Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg

  • TThe three week Dharna by Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TL) at Faizabad, on Islamabad Expressway has ended peacefully, but leaves behind many questions to be answered, particularly the role of the State Institutions – the Government, Judiciary and the Army. Tehreek-e-Insaaf Dharna and the agitation ...

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  • TOf the several activities of our national life that have bearing on national security, two aspects, i.e., Defence and the Psycho-social, enjoy the status of National Power. These will be discussed briefly to identify the threat to our National Security Power Matrix, caused by the nexus: America and ...

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  • TPakistan needs to develop a well-thought-out, cool and calculated response to US President Trump’s Strategy on Afghanistan, which is a vague plan, and cannot be called a strategy. The fact is that Trump is on the back foot and on the wrong side of history. He doesn’t have to be pushed ...

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  • TThe Afghan War of Liberation has twice changed its course in a short period of three decades. In 1987, it was the ‘stinger missiles’, which forced the Soviets to withdraw and now it is the “suicide bombers”, which have forced the Americans to change course in ...

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  • TThe Supreme Court of Pakistan formed the JIT, comprising officers drawn from government institutions for digging political dirt related to their elected Prime Minister. And as the investigations started, the opposition political parties supported by the media, launched an unabashed trial of the ...

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  • TThe land mark judgment has been given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 20th April 2017, which is discrete enough as “not to send wrong signal” so that both, the petitioner and the respondents are celebrating with political naivety. In passing this judgment the rule of law has been ...

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  • TWhile talking to PM Nawaz Sharif, President Trump complemented him with the words “He is a terrific guy” and now uses the same words for the Egyptian Dictator, General Abul Fateh Al-Sisi. These are symbolic words with deep meaning. General Al-Sisi, encouraged by America and Arab friends ...

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  • TTrump is an interesting personality, frank, outspoken with an impolite mannerism. He now is the President of the United States of America, elected after a tough election campaign where he exposed his plans, his thought perceptions and almost all the facets of his personality, without inhibitions. ...

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  • TPakistan appears to be at war with itself, as a result of a terrible mindset causing deep divisions in the social order. As early as 1958, when the Khans of Kalat protested for their political rights, it was taken as revolt and the Army was let loose on them. Such actions have been repeated five ...

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  • TPakistan is passing through very turbulent times, demanding from our new military leadership deep reflection, to evolve policies and plans to face the challenges. The change of command has taken place in a routine manner. The outgoing COAS gave full advantage to the incoming COAS to select and ...

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  • TRegime change through undemocratic means is nothing new for Pakistan. It has happened four times in the past, through the manipulations of the nexus, called Four A’s – America, Army, Adliah, Allies (political opportunists). The present day political agitation against the sitting ...

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  • TOur ambassador at the United Nations – Maliha Lodhi has termed the Kashmir issue as “Mission Kashmir” expressing thoughts balanced in contrast to the promises made by late PM Nehru: “We stand committed to the world to facilitate the right of self-determination to the people ...

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  • TThe Russian President while talking to our President at Tashkent recently, said “we are all Muslims” meaning thereby that, we all have a common “tormentor” who, during the last three decades, has destroyed more than half a dozen Muslim countries, killing over two million of ...

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  • TThe coup makers attempted to stem the tide of change taking place in Turkey, under the democratic order, but failed, unlike the earlier four attempts made in 1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997, which succeeded. The attempted coup took place because the military considers itself the ‘guarantor of the ...

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  • TThree years back the government decided to “beg and borrow”, to correct the economy and save the country from going into default. They did succeed in achieving the primary objective but this simple answer to the complex issue has created myriad problems as one can judge from the ...

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  • TDespite the Saudi snub, that they don’t need Pakistani mediation, Pakistan has taken a bold initiative to defuse the Saudi-Iranian tension. It is a step in the right direction, because Pakistan in its own right enjoys perfect sectarian harmony, despite so many induced sectarian riots and ...

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  • TThe dispute between the two strands of Islam has existed for the last fourteen hundred years, yet they have learnt to live peacefully with traditional grace and there is no fear that the present dispute “will grow something like the murderous religious wars of Catholics and Protestants in the ...

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  • TThere is a design behind Modi’s unscheduled visit to Jaati Umra, (not to Pakistan) on 25th December 2015, because his image as a hard-line nationalist leader, drawing fervour from the concept of Hindutva of his followers, is in conflict with secular India thinking. This has caused growing ...

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  • TA few months back, Dr. Ikram Azam, reminded me of the book “Pakistan – The Heart of Asia”, by late Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan. The author gave his vision of Pakistan of the future, its geo-strategic importance and the linkages it could create with immediate neighbors and ...

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  • TRussian military intervention in Syria is a deliberate act, based on years of planning. Putin solved domestic problems; re-juvinated the armed forces; ensured security of the “Near abroad” and reached out to Afghanistan to eliminate the terror threat. The primary objective was, to ...

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  • TKunduz is a turning point of the conflict between the two opposing forces – the Americans and the Taliban. The Americans having failed to achieve the objectives of war, have retreated, leaving behind a residual force of about 12,000, operating from five air bases in support of the Kabul ...

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  • TWe celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the 1965 War with India and paid homage to our martyrs and revelled in their acts of courage and sacrifice. Six years later we fought the 1971 War, and lost half of our country. It was a pathetic example of how not to fight a war. Luckily, during the 1980s, ...

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  • TTwo years ago, Mullah Omar passed away.“We belong to Allah and unto Him, we return”.May Allah rest his soul in peace. Ameen. For two years Taliban kept his demise secret from the eyes of their own people as well as the international spies swarming Afghanistan, and have elected Mullah ...

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  • TThe ‘Heart of Asia Conference,’ held at Beijing late last year, gave the hope that the post 1990 mindset, which tormented the Afghan nation in the past, may not be repeated when the 2015 draw down came to an end. But that was not to be. The Americans and the proxy government at Kabul ...

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  • TDuring the last thirty five years, a new paradigm of human conflict has emerged as a result of continuous aggression on the Muslims of the world by the non-Muslims. The Muslims are weak and the non-Muslims are strong, thus creating an asymmetric conflict syndrome. Yet, the weak have developed ...

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  • TThe Durand Line forms the international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it does not divide the Pakhtuns, a nation of over forty million, with sixty percent of them residing in Pakistan. Historically, this majority has maintained a strong influence over the affairs of Afghanistan. No ...

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  • TYemen has remained a ‘Crisis Zone’ of the Middle Eastern Region for the last half a century. In 1962, Gamal Abdul Nasir of Egypt having swept across Middle East invaded Yemen, putting the fear of God, into the hearts of the monarchs from Baghdad to Sana’a. He engineered a revolt ...

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  • TWe have two prior examples to judge the consequences of military action against political parties, when our governments failed to address post military operation administrative demands, and Pakistan suffered. In East Pakistan, by July 1971, the military had regained control over the entire ...

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  • TThe factors determining the geo-political dynamics of our region have a name. It is Modi’s concept of ‘Act Asia’ and Obama’s idea of ‘Pivot to Asia.’ In fact, both the concepts emanate from their failed post 9/11 Afghanistan policies: The 2005 Indo-US Strategic ...

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  • TThe fast changing scenario in Afghanistan gives one hope that the post 1990 conspiracies which tormented the Afghans might not be repeated as foreign occupation is vacated. Therefore, the factors determining the destiny of Afghanistan need to be analysed, keeping in mind the conspiracies of the ...

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