Shahid Zubair

  • TToday, the top of priority US foreign policy is the challenge of Chinese phenomenal rise in economics, trade, science, technology, military, paramilitary, cultural and geopolitical strength. But incredible worries start creeping in when a pacifist like the present writer learns about the huge ...

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  • TThe two lines of poetry from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous ballad which is related to the sea-journey experience of an ancient mariner who kills an albatross with his crossbow without any rhyme or reason are reflective of what is happening today. The act of killing a harmless bird owing to ...

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  • TIn view of the apocalyptic holocaust which nuclear capability can cause, the superpowers regard one another as “existential threats”. But, at the same time, a sequent view of nuclear capability as deterrence dawns in. Hence, the world is never sure what will happen next, and thus ...

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  • TThe history of the Silk Road is essentially the history of Eurasian relations. The road, which interestingly wasn’t any road in the conventional sense, signifies a network of transcontinental routes that existed between the West and the East for approximately sixteen centuries. The network of ...

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  • TThe signing ceremony in Shanghai in May 2014 for the $400 billion natural gas supply deal left no secret about the presence of some kind of an understanding between the two super powers: Russia and China. The settlement of border issues between them is a further development. Their mutual support to ...

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  • TEven when the power shifted from the British to the United States (US), the pattern of paradoxical approach designed by Sir Winston Churchill remained the cornerstone of Western policies towards the Muslim countries of the Middle East. The two aspects of the paradox were: attraction for oil so as ...

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  • TThe second tier of criteria suggested by Timothy Beardson is ‘prosperity’ which refers to economic growth, employment, security of economic development. In the early months of 1948, Jawaharlal Nehru told his chief ministers to pay attention to economic liberation as he does not envisage ...

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  • TThe Chinese four-decade phenomenal achievement is posing an alarming challenge for the United States because it is seen as the rise of a rival. The worried detractors known as “Blue Team” who in alliance with Western media and whose projections are based on home-made theories and wild ...

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  • TIf Pakistan can maintain friendly relations with China, which, proverbially speaking, are higher than the Himalayas, deeper than the ocean and sweeter than honey, then relations with Russian Federation can also be warm, enlightening like sunshine and soothing like twilight. On a very personal note, ...

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  • TGenerally speaking, the modern world asserts itself to be democratic. In practice, it is a deceitful and tricky network of plutocracy. In simple words, under the garb of democracy, highest possible practices of fraud and corruption exist which go on cementing political power with economic power in ...

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  • TThis article begins with a cliché that China has turned out to be a superpower covering the distance in three decades only which others have taken centuries to traverse. At present, China is recognized as the second largest economy after the United States. The main reason for that is that ...

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  • TYesterday’s enemies are today’s friends. International relations keep changing in view of developments in ground realities. France and England prolonged war for 100 years, but they fought cheek by jowl against Hitler in the Second World War from 1939 to 1945. Such instances are ...

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  • TIt is a bitter fact of recent times that the monster of terrorism has crawled and devastated every nook and corner of the sacred land of Pakistan.Irrespective of direct or indirect involvement, the horrifying act of terror inflicts life-long after-effects upon humanity and environment. These ...

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  • THeraclitus, the famous Greek philosopher and historian of 6th century BC, said that one cannot put the same foot in the same stream for the second time because by then, neither the foot not the stream are the same. What he means to say is that, change is the crux of life. Certainly, one of the ...

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  • TContainment for the US is the act of restricting either China’s growth, or its influence on other countries of the world. In sharp contrast to harsh gestures of antagonism related to this strategy, engagement is a friendly gesture, such as extending status of most-favored nation (MFN) to ...

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  • TThe series of brief provocative exchanges which started in May 2014 and continued all through the following months between India and Pakistan border forces posted in Sialkot-Zafarwal-Shakergarh sector, the news that India is creating trouble for PIA, and recent irresponsible threats to Pakistan by ...

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  • TThe 1979 war in Afghanistan which ended in 1989 has brought new dimensions to the art of warfare with effects lingering till today. It had not only been a serious task for the US military and government officials to deal with the situation, but IT experts and corporate sector employees of high and ...

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  • TAfter 9/11, the US administration over-reacted and destroyed first Iraq and then Afghanistan on false allegations, such as possession of weapons of mass destruction, and Iraqi links with Al-Qaeda. Making war decisions on the basis of brazen lies and brutal shenanigans not only damaged US ...

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  • TTen years after the Twin Towers came hurtling down, signalling the end of one era and the grim beginning of another, it is a hotly contested controversy whether the US has succeeded in its objectives after a decade of war. Ex-ISI Head, Lt Gen (retd) Hamid Gul, is of the view that the American-led ...

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