Samson Simon Sharaf

  • 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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  • 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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