Samson Simon Sharaf

  • Just go back to century old days of the Great Game against Russia-USSR and back to today’s Russia. Through economics, the hypothetical map of the greater Middle East is being shrunk. The containment ring from Turkey to Bangladesh-Myanmar is perforated. Iran, Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar have ...

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  • Fifth generation warfare is entering a phase beyond common understanding. It is a hybrid zone towards the sixth generation, beyond the six levels known a decade back. This development bypasses the balance imposed by nuclear deterrence, introduces a new form of compellence, war by remote control, ...

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  • India has been toying with the idea of a ‘two-front war’ since its defeat by China in 1962. Ironically, it was the Chinese who kept cajoling it from 1947 to 1960 to resist the spectre of a two-front conflict by making China an enemy. Much to Pakistan’s relief, India opened the two ...

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  • The world knows but chooses to ignore that Indian Prime Minister Modi’s change of status quo in Ladakh and Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) was an illegal bravado in contempt of international law. Perhaps I am being too kind as the prophets of free economy and dominance may just have prompted ...

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  • Hand-to-hand combat without weapons was indeed the goriest of gory affairs on the dominating ridges of Galwan Valley. For the unarmed Indian soldiers, climbing along ridgelines, narrow gorges and reentrants must have been slow and difficult. The more time it took, the bigger target they presented; ...

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  • Pakistan Steel Mills can rightly be called a stillbirth; a wish that never was: a case of chasing shadows: and a dream turned nightmare; not because it was destiny but for other factors. Too many misleading analyses have been written on the Steel Mill’s affairs. A detailed analysis of events ...

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  • India’s border disputes with its neighbours are primarily thelegacy of a colonial power, with India claiming paramountcy to be the only heir to the British Raj. Under law, judicial precedence and historical conventions, this paramountcy is illegal, creating border disputes with ...

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  • The Ladakh stand-off between India and China has once again highlighted the political and strategic muddle that India has deliberately framed for itself. This was bound to happen when Indian policymakers deliberately fell into the trap of grandiose designs without factorising its capabilities and ...

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  • When Imran Khan kept promising “to make Pakistan an egalitarian, modern, Islamic democratic welfare state which upholds the fundamental rights of the people in which all citizens, regardless of gender, caste, creed or religion can live in peace, harmony and happiness”, for over two ...

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  • Heads I win, tails you lose! The game cannot get crueller and more self-defeating; a tragedy most Pakistanis have adapted as fait accompli. With the ghost of COVID-19 haunting every house, old habits still prevail. This means laissez faire or business as usual. Cognisant that the health, political ...

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  • Pakistan is caught in the midst of a pandemic. While the new tested cases and deaths are rising exponentially, the data is not conclusive. Testing through swabs and blood/faecal samples is like a drop in the ocean. Laboratories in Pakistan are under strain due to limited supply of imported testing ...

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  • By the time this article is printed, Labour Day, commemorating the struggle, exploitation, social responsibility and long-term welfare of labour in Pakistan would have come and gone with hackneyed statements, banners, posters, limited rallies, photo shoots and promises of a better future. Inasmuch ...

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  • There is tact in giving bad news. ‘Cricket they won, Football we lost’. Bringing ‘winning before losing’ no matter for whom, takes the sting out of defeat. Who gains and who loses is what defining the undefinable all is about. In a glance at national and international events ...

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  • The dirty rich capitalism has failed to provide health security to its citizens. The senior citizens, once heroes of the great depression and World War II have been abandoned to the fury of the virus and fate. Despite a technological edge and an unchallenged superiority in chemical and biological ...

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  • Prime Minister Imran Khan has just seen the tip of the iceberg. Soon he will see submerged icebergs that can sink many a titanic. The Prime Minister of Pakistan made a very bold decision around the time when the noose was tightening around his neck. He broke the lock-hold and hit back all guns ...

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  • Europe and USA are glaring examples of how the capitalist world has failed in ensuring health and safety for their citizens. European nations that have shifted to welfare models of Scandinavia have displayed far more control and reduction in fatalities. Germany, with the biggest proportion of ...

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  • Yesterday, Pakistan reached the 4th week and the most critical phase of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is a race against time to deploy critical medical supplies from abroad and provide safe conditions to medical staff. Prime Minister Imran Khan insists that taking precautions and staying indoors is ...

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  • Every soldier is motivated to lie in wait for a day that may never come and yet be prepared if it does; even to the peril of life. Military planners spend entire careers identifying a threat that may never materialise. The world over, militaries are being requisitioned to help contain and fight ...

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  • After four decades of intense conflict, will peace finally prevail in a ravaged Afghanistan? Due to interlocked destinies, people in Afghanistan and adjoining Pakistan keep fingers crossed due to many assumptions based on suppositions. Ultimately, it is possible that the tangle of these assumptions ...

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  • As Hindu and Muslim protestors in New Delhi clashed and police encouraged violence against Muslims, a few miles away President Trump commended Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “working very hard on religious freedom”. He refused to discuss a controversial new citizenship law that ...

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  • Reorganising the Labour Wing of a political party in Pakistan is like building a city on Mars. This is so because the cause of assertion collides head-on with deep rooted exploitative forces existing in every sinew of Pakistan’s society. While there is a law for everything, reaching the Mars ...

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  • “We beheld in the sky what appeared to us to be a mass of scarlet cloud resembling the fierce flames of a blazing fire. From that mass many blazing missiles flashed, and tremendous roars, like the noise of a thousand drums beaten at once. And from it fell many weapons winged with gold and ...

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  • Indian Prime Minister Modi’s policies have resulted in a broad spectrum policy muddle across the entire spectrum. The ideology that promotes such an exclusive confusion is a lethal mixture of Indian Nationalism rebranded as Hindutva (religious class superiority), Bharat Versha (Greater ...

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  • The story of Kashmir is a tragedy in bloodshed for over a century; an endless tale of betrayals, British mercantilism, geo strategic intrigues and elastic ethics. The existence of a live Line of Control has the nuisance to reach a Fire Break Point. With American cooption of India as the lead ...

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  • This is not the first time. Like now, Pakistan in late 90s was in an alarming economic situation as also in 2007-8. In 1999, apart from international sanctions, the country was gripped by Structural Adjustment Programmes of IMF, massive corruption by Sharifs and bureaucracy/judiciary loaded with ...

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  • Acadia means a ‘perfect world’ and ‘a land of plenty’. The land has everything for all living beings, flora and fauna. It is a perfect balance in every sense of the word. There is no darkness of sin, greed, selfish desires and violence. Given that we live in an imperfect ...

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  • Display of a Soldier’s Boot in a television show was contempt and sacrilegious. It caused angst and dismay to every soldier who wears or hung his boots after fading away. Most, it was an insult to thousands of soldiers who sacrificed their blood and lives for the country with their boots on ...

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  • It seems that the spat between USA and Iran has taken a sharp turn towards negotiations and peace, a position inherited by President Trump from the previous administration and later discarded with jingoism. If President Trump had to take this U turn, what was the logic behind sustained hostilities ...

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  • A butterfly fluttering its wings or want of a nail in soldier’s boot have ripple effects   USA is a power in retreat. Weary of two decades of battle fatigue, ‘shock and awe’ is morphing to working through allies, vassals and non-state actors. After 9/11, the world forgot that ...

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  • The Special Court verdict on the treason of Ex-President Pervez Musharraf has opened a can of stinking worms. Perhaps these worms can best be described as upstarts of opportunity. The first lesson and abject reality are that in the highest echelons of politics in Pakistan, loyalties and allegiances ...

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