Samson Simon Sharaf

  • TThe progress of a country’s revenue generation directly depends on the growth of its economy and the fairness of its tax collectors. At the broadest and lowest level of this enforcement lie a mass of people with different ideas, idiosyncrasies, historical traditions and daily experiences. ...

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  • T“When you’re nothing, people will ignore you but when you’re on top That’s when everybody swears they know you.”   Lincey Alphonse Why do some people compete with themselves and not others? Some call them loners, arrogant, self-obsessed or narcissist. Are they ...

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  • TThe anguish of political opposition, media in support and the liberated class of desi intellectuals is visible. To borrow a term from post 9/11, they are in ‘Shock and Awe’. In what they described as a stuttering and incoherent start by the present government, has taken an unexpected ...

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  • TWhile Pakistan is fire fighting its own economic crises, the world around is moving fast towards a global meltdown of unprecedented proportions. Varying estimates and forecast of finance houses and economist send chills over an impending crises, the world is ill organised to handle.  Meanwhile ...

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  • TThe decision by the federal government to request a bailout from International Monetary Fund was and will continue to be debated for a long time to come. To get a drift of why the government got lured to IMF needs a roving eye and insight on how Pakistan’s economy has performed in the past ...

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  • TThe Chemical and Biological Weapons prohibited under international conventions are slowly and surreptitiously finding their way back into periphery conflicts. The accusations include the Syrian Conflict, ‘Skripal Incident’ in UK, cyber hacking of OPCW offices in Hague, Holland and ...

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  • TThe Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has made an epic statement. Pakistan wants to be a partner in peace and not conflict. He offered India two steps forward for one. He also reached out to the world.  The intent was demonstrated by offering free access to Sikh pilgrims from India to ...

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  • TA few days ago, US National Security Adviser John Bolton informed that the decision to suspend military aid to Pakistan was not taken lightly. The Trump administration was fully aware of the consequences of taking such an action against a nuclear weapons state despite danger of it falling into the ...

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  • TWednesday’s short visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Joseph F. Dunford to Pakistan was a pit stop to reconnoitre the political turf in Pakistan. Given the uncertainty factor, both sides decided to keep it as iceberg ...

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  • TOn the eve of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pakistan, the controversy surrounding the Transcript Diplomacy has been mutually mulled. Pakistan has shown grace and flexibility so as to make bilateral and regional engagement more objective and fruitful. USA to the contrary has ...

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  • TNotwithstanding geography and geopolitics, the epitome of measuring national power is the leadership, national character and morale. Pakistan now has all three. This is a development that shall bode well for Pakistan’s engagement amongst comity of nations.  Prime Minister Imran ...

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  • TSeven years ago it was 30 October 2011. Like a tsunami moving with angst, force and fury, they swept beyond imaginable in waves of green and red. Bumper to bumper, every road, bypass and short cut was choked. They were flanked by motor cyclists, rickshaws and cyclists flying the bicolour. Like a ...

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  • T“If you know yourself and know your enemy, you need not dread the result of thousand battles” Sun Tzu in ‘Art of War’   In strategy, selection of objectives with an indirect approach, simplicity of plan, maintenance of aim and flexible contingencies are crucial for ...

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  • TThat PTI has emerged as the single largest party in the national elections 2018 has long term implications. Voter turnouts indicate a rising confidence that shall grow with time. As George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, “Soon or late the day is coming; tyrant Man shall be o'erthrown. And the ...

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  • TMy land is parched by neglect while rivers raging destruction pass close by. These flow from the highest heavens but run wild. The streams have run dry because the land shifted and rivers were not harnessed. The once rich orchards were never pruned and don't fruit anymore. The flora and fauna died ...

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  • T“Now I am a journalist, so of course I am inclined to always want to defend the freedom of journalists but you know I also have to consider what’s happening in Pakistan today. There is a real security problem in Pakistan. We just saw yet again in Peshawar, a suicide blast which killed a ...

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  • TIn this electrified, polarised and a ‘moment to moment’ election environment, it is a demanding act to write what could happen in the next few hours; leave alone the next few months. Events are moving like a spinning wheel in which the induced vertigo effect makes analysis challenging. ...

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  • TPakistan’s public and media is driven more by perceptions than by statistical analysis; within the statistical data of 2008 and 2013 elections lie hidden a trove of data and inferences that prove mass scale rigging in 2013 election. In 2013, PMLN could have emerged as a fringe and never an ...

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  • TThere is no doubt that major political parties are ignorant of the major issues confronting Pakistan in the next few months. Yet, once in power, the hands-on challenges will revolve around ‘Backdrop of US Policies in Region’, ‘Economic Development’ and ‘Water’. ...

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  • TThere is no doubt that major political parties will avoid contesting Elections 2018 on the main issues identified as ‘Backdrop of US Policies in Region’, ‘Economic Development’ and ‘Water’. Each party has its strategy to win by hook or crook. No political party ...

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  • 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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