Samson Simon Sharaf

  • TAs events prove, no political party is ready to contest Elections 2018, on the main issues identified as ‘Backdrop of US Policies in Region’, ‘Economic Development’ and ‘Water’. It is a Royal Rumble to win by hook or crook. Most parties are hell bent on playing ...

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  • TLack of drinking and agriculture water in scorching summers compounded by unscheduled load shedding has stirred a debate on lack of dams. Supreme Court’s intervention has intensified it. The controversial Kalabagh will widen divides at a time when national cohesion is important. The question ...

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  • TThis series will help readers develop a deep memory and understand the emerging gap between national priorities and party/self-interests. Should national priorities outweigh political expediencies is a question that shall repeatedly emerge in the run up to 2018 elections. As election campaigns get ...

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  • TIn Pakistan’s street cricket, the boy who owns the bat calls all shots. He is captain, batsman, bowler and umpire; all in one. Pakistan’s disqualified prime minister played his street cricket on Nisbat Road Lahore as all in one. This innate childhood characteristic continues to frame ...

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  • TColonel Sohail Abid Raja our little soldier boy was commissioned in First Sindh Regiment (Fakhar e Sindh). We called him Raja and so he was; the Raja of Hearts. Ever eager to dash on the word go, he was energetic, self-activated and a dare devil. After every assignment, he returned with a smile, ...

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  • TIt is neither a revelation nor a surprise that majority of Pakistanis are consuming poisoned water in treated and untreated forms. High rates of child mortality, kidney failures, liver cancers, hepatitis, gastronomical diseases, stunted growth and deformities are all because of the treated (mineral ...

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  • TSubcontinent has a penchant for mystery and flair for metaphysics; primarily so because the land was once inhabited by people of diverse mythical beliefs who were all lumped by the British Raj Census as Hindus. Hindu was a reference to the Indus people once known as Sindhu with cultural ...

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  • TThe use of term Hybrid War by COAS General Qamar Bajwa has opened a discourse in media and academics. Though the levels of public awareness are seen in divided and polarised opinions, historically Pakistan has been subjected to such dynamics for decades. Pakistan has lost three prime ministers and ...

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  • T“An archer letting off an arrow may or may not kill a single man, but a wise man using his intellect can kill even reaching unto the very womb.” –Chankya Vishnugupta Kautilya   When the national policy planners embarked on this dangerous, unknown and unchartered course in ...

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  • TThough the counter-terrorism operations may be reaching the fag end, the unseen dynamics to destabilise Pakistan are intensifying in fire and fury. In military strategy, these are called operations other than war (OOTW) or non-kinetic offensives.  These unseen operations are lashed at soft ...

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  • TStatistics are surprising and revealing. They catalyse the truth. Estimated casualties of the ‘Shock and Awe’ launched by Bush Junior are appalling. US operations for broad spectrum dominance of West and South West Asia have caused over 1,011,000 fatalities. If 130,000 fatalities caused ...

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  • TThird world developing countries have always been susceptible to economic policies that have political consequences as also politics that impacts economy. The relationship between the satisfactions of people is directly linked to political policies affected by economics. When the satisfaction index ...

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  • T23 March is a significant date in the history of Pakistan. On this day in 1940, the historic convention of All India Muslim League convened to resolve the next day; demanding autonomy of the Muslim majority States within the Indian Union. The Hindu media contemptuously called Lahore Resolution as ...

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  • T"The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all" Ecclesiastes 9:11 This biblical quotation sums up the game of chance. Opportunities come and go and the best ones do ...

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  • TPrime Minster of Pakistan has appointed investment banker Ali Jahangir Siddiqui as ambassador to the United States of America. He is son of financial tycoon Jahangir Siddiqui who in the past four decades has emerged from a stock broker to become Pakistan’s leading businessman. The new envoy ...

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  • TPresident Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan has held out an olive branch to Afghan Taliban offering direct negotiations. The offer includes a ceasefire, constitutional review, recognition of women rights, prisoner swaps, new elections and rehabilitation of militants. At first glance it appears as a very ...

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  • TNawaz Sharif’s second disqualification by the Supreme Court of Pakistan explains how parliamentarians have subverted the system to enable those who lack honesty, integrity, moral courage and transparency to rule the country through remote control. The remote was necessary to stringing ...

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  • TNAB has asked the Ministry of Interior to immediately put Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son in law Safdar on exit control list (ECL). Will it work is questionable. Earlier Ishaq Dar was also on ECL but managed to flee using the Prime Minister’s aircraft. The federal government ...

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  • TIn the age of information technology, intelligence agencies and cyber experts create tunnels to get into systems for data and information collection. In simple words, this is called hacking. Cyber pirates also use this invasive system for crimes, extortion and edging out competitors. This simile ...

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  • TGoing by US media, the next US surge in Afghanistan is imminent. It is certain that this will not be like Obama Surges that petered into nothingness. It will neither be based on COIN Strategy advocated by General David Petraeus, who is convinced that Pakistan bashing is unreasonable. Will it have ...

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  • TIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s six-day visit to India manifests a growing relationship. Beyond reciprocity, both countries will widen the ties beyond defence and intelligence. With the rise of the Hindu Right, relations between the two countries were bound to grow. RSS always ...

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  • TAs economic and technological globalisation takes shape, it shatters long held strategic beliefs. My first article as a columnist appeared in a national English daily titled ‘Pakistan’s Present and Future War’ on 1 January 2009. The last line said it all. “The war has ...

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  • TPakistan is in search of stability on the Afghan front for over seven decades. Pakistan created many opportunities only to be stalled by its allies. Seeing the futility, the international coalition has since washed its hands. The combined failure of ISAF, NATO and US Military juggernaut are now ...

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  • T‘Highway through Hell’ is a Canadian reality show on hazards and heavy rescue in difficult mountainous terrain, unpredictable winter weather, landslides, avalanches and human error. The show focuses on Coquihalla Highway, also called Coq, where conventional cranes, towers and wreckers ...

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  • TIn the past decade, it has been an honour through the pages of Nation to write on Pakistan; a sort of compiled critical non-revisionist history. Commenting on my Thesis, an Indian wrote, “I had read that Jinnah started alienating Bengalis in 1948 but this writer says it started in 1906 ...

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  • TThere has never been such defiance in protecting a criminal; and blatant misuse of authority than the indicted of the Panama Case. PMLN is jeering at the verdict of Supreme Court of Pakistan amply supported by its majority in the National Assembly to cross all lows of law making. The Legislature ...

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  • TAltaf Hussain’s hate speech against Pakistan on 22 August 2016 had a design. He cursed Pakistan in a most abusive manner and enticed people for violence against private TV Channels. Karachi police charged Altaf Hussain with treason and enticing terrorism. This madness had a method and purpose ...

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  • T“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”  Benjamin Franklin The arrest of scores of Saudi Princes (cousins and uncles) in a somewhat bloody purge on charges of corruption stirred the accountability ...

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  • TI once wrote that the ‘Panama Pyre’ will keep burning. My contextual argument was then framed on the premise that ultimate ends of justice would be met. But the time consumed from the Supreme Court proceedings to a logical conclusion of accountability cases is likely to be a long haul ...

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  • TThe current decade of democracy has been the most destructive in Pakistan’s chequered history. It has brought a complete collapse of organs of the state that include parliament, executive as extension of the ruling legislature, governance, ...

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