Sajjad Shaukat

  • Although October 27, is commemorated every year as a Black Day by Pakistanis and Kashmiris dwelling on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and all over the world as a protest against Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir (IIOK) on October 27, 1947, yet the dispute remains alive owing to the war of ...

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  • For years, India has been lobbying the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international watchdog, to blacklist Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of using the banking system to sponsor terrorism.Pakistan has been on the grey list of the FATF since June 2018. In this regard, some Western countries and ...

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  • Whenever a natural calamity or man-made disaster hit Pakistan, Dr Asif Mahmood Jah and his devoted teams of Customs Health Care Society reached the affected areas without wasting any time and helped the helpless people by providing them basic necessities of life and medical assistance. He played a ...

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  • The 6th of September is celebrated every year as the Defence Day by every Pakistani, as on this very day, Pakistan’s courageous Armed Forces and the entire nation stood united in 1965 for the defence of the homeland in thwarting the nefarious designs of the enemy which had threatened the ...

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  • In the last few years, US-led Nato powers have continuously been insisting upon Pakistan to 'do more against the militancy in the tribal regions in order to stop cross-border terrorism in Afghanistan. While ignoring the responsibilities of the US, ISAF and Karzai-led troops in Afghanistan, ...

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  • The international community has taken war against terrorism seriously, while not much bothering about bloodless forms of wars, for instance Indias water terrorism. In a bid to calm Islamabads concerns and speaking in diplomatic language, Indus Water Commissioner of India G Ranganathan, who recently ...

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  • One of the major causes that led to the First World War was Emperor Wilhelm's ambitions for the German Empire to be a world power. He believed in an uncompromising policy of 'power or downfall' which ultimately resulted in the 'downfall' of the empire. Similarly, it is the misfortune of South Asia ...

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  • A new wave of suicide attacks and subversive acts which have especially targeted the installations of the security personnel in the country in recent days cannot be seen in isolation. They are part of rapidly occurring inter-related developments. Pakistans armed forces have been rapidly achieving ...

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  • Drone strikes on Pakistans tribal areas which started during the Bush era have intensified under the Obama administration. In this regard, two different missile attacks killed 13 militants on September 29 in North and South Waziristan. Two days later another attack in North Waziristan claimed five ...

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  • The prospects of a renewed Sino-Indian cold war surafced recently when Indian leaders and media seriously reacted to an article from a Chinese think-tank researcher, Zhan Loa, who suggested the disintegration of India. The fact of the matter is that it is only the personal opinion of a Chinese ...

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  • Like Palestinian 'Intifada', the current phase of Kashmiri uprising began on August 12, 2008 when Indian forces killed Hurriyat Conference leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz who was protesting against the government decision to give land to the trust that runs Amarnath, a shrine of Hindus. While extremist ...

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  • After meeting the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit at Sharm El-Sheikh, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani stated on July 18 that during the talks, he also raised the issue of Indian interference in Balochistan. Although our security ...

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  • Since the Treaty of Westphalia (1648) when the nation state system came into existence, sovereign countries have been negotiating and resolving their differences diplomatically. Before and after World War I and II, various global developments proved that diplomacy had been employed by the rival ...

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  • More than 17 people including some foreigners were killed and 70 injured on June 9 when a mini-truck, loaded with 500 Kg explosives, exploded at Pearl Continental hotel, Peshawar. In the past few days, terror-incidents have occurred at the public places of Peshawar, Dera Ismail Khan and Upper Dir ...

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  • Although since 9/11, the US-led western countries have been strengthening their counter-terrorism cooperation against the common threat of nuclear proliferation, posed by terrorist organizations, yet in the recent past, setting aside India, they have only focused Pakistan as the main danger in this ...

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  • Although in the last few years, owing to their failure in defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan, US high officials have been unilaterally stressing upon Pakistan to do more against the militants in its tribal areas and across the Pak-Afghan border, yet America and its western allies have intensified ...

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  • On January 20, 2009, in his first address, President Barack Obama had stated: "To the Muslim World, we seek a new way forward, based upon mutual interest and mutual respect." But instead of reversing the anti-Muslim policies of ex-president Bush who had used the term 'crusade', a few days after the ...

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  • Since Mumbai mayhem of November 26, several anti-Pakistan stories have appeared in the Indian media. An article published in the Indian Defence Review, Jan-Mar 09 (Online Edition) under the caption Stable Pakistan not in India's Interest went unnoticed in our country. While taking cognisance of the ...

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  • After its failure to cope with the Al-Qaeda-related Taliban in Afghanistan through power factor in order to tackle the issue of terrorism in South Asian, US new strategy of War On Terror is still under review due to American confused goals. However, main theme of the strategy has been disclosed by ...

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  • Frustrated in proving the alleged involvement of Pakistan's government in the Mumbai terror attacks through its fictitious dossier, Indian propaganda campaign against Islamabad to get our country declared a terrorist state continues unabated. In this regard, while disagreeing with the "uncouth ...

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  • Although India is trying to maintain pressure on Pakistan in the aftermath of Mumbai terror attacks, yet its coercive diplomacy is proving hollow. Indian fruitless strategy could be judged from the self-contradictory statements of its External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee who while changing ...

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  • In the post-Mumbai carnage, India's highly provocative actions such as mobilisation of troops and tightening security at airports and violation of Pakistan's air space have created an alarming situation in the region as Islamabad has also taken defensive steps in response to meet any prospective ...

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  • Since 9/11 tragedy, western high officials and their media have been propagating in the world that the so-called Islamic militants can use Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) inside the US and Europe. By joining west's bandwagon, some Indian fundamentalists have coined a new term of 'Super ...

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  • The US War On Terror has enveloped Pakistan from all sides. Besides other drastic implications, it has also caused a grave financial crisis in the country. Even America refused to bailout Islamabad and compelled her to accept the 'conditionalities' of the IMF where Washington has a greater ...

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  • After facing a prolonged threat of the growing militancy, moderate tribesmen have started challenging the Taliban by raising their own traditional militias, called lashkars since September this year. Recently, Asfandyar Wali Khan, leader of the Awami National Party, who himself survived a ...

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  • Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate who has been very vocal in his various speeches regarding Pakistan to "do more" against the Al-Qaeda-related insurgents in the tribal areas repeatedly said in a threatening tone during his first debate on September 26 that if ...

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  • After the announcement of the US new strategy to "include targeting Pakistan's tribal areas" The New York Times reported on Sep 11 that President Bush has given a go ahead for raids to be carried out inside Pakistani territories. Taking cognizance of the imminent threat, addressing the ...

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  • Taking cognisance of the growing threat of global terrorism which has been dividing the Western and Islamic nations on cultural and religious lines since 9/11, American and European governments have already started inter-faith dialogue especially between the Christian and Muslim nations. In the ...

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  • Since the issuance of a notification on July 26 last month by some officials to bring our ISI under the control of the interior ministry and its reversal in no time in wake of the recent trip of Pakistan's PM Gilani to the US shows that an international plot against the superior agency has reached ...

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  • It is because of Indian ambivalent approach towards Pakistan that no major breakthrough occurred in the settlement of main issues between the two neighbouring countries despite periodic meetings of the composite dialogue. For example, before the fourth round of talks held in May 21 this year, ...

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