Tariq Osman Hyder

  • TPakistan’s 71st Independence anniversary is a time for looking back to see forward. The country is a prime example of the global historian Toynbee’s challenge and response theory. If the challenge facing a civilization, a country or a society is too great as in the artic, then the ...

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  • TImran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf - the Party of the Movement for Justice which he founded, is poised to become Prime Minister of Pakistan. He has done remarkably well in the National and Provincial elections. The PTI is the largest party by far in the National Assembly and ...

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  • TOn 12 June, worldwide attention will be on the Singapore Summit between President Trump and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong-un. Since World War II the divided Korean Peninsula has been beset by war, then an uneasy peace punctuated by alternating periods of agreement to keep the peninsula free of nuclear ...

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  • TThe dust is settling in Turkey with the Government in control of all areas by middy, but for a few inconsequential, isolated and declining pockets in districts of Istanbul, Ankara and elsewhere left, according the reports from Turkey. Moving ahead is as important as the failed coup by a military ...

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  • TToday is an important day for two reasons. First of all the historic Brexit decision of the British people to leave European Union after four decades. Secondly equally important for South Asia the inability of India to get the Nuclear Suppliers Group at the just concluded NSG Summit in Seoul to ...

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  • TThe history of Afghanistan is full of monumental mistakes by foreign forces, however well-meaning their intentions, who temporarily occupied the land or allied with whoever was in power in Kabul against other contenders. The Greeks, the British, the Indians, the Russians, the Pakistanis and most ...

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  • TPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan from 20 to 22 May. Regional energy connectivity lies at the heart of Pakistan’s strategic interests in Central Asia; particularly with Turkmenistan, our oldest and closest partner in this region. This is an opportunity to ...

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  • TWhat is the significance of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan, his first abroad this year? The answer reflects the many dimensions of a relationship which has remained rock firm in the face of changing and sometimes difficult global and regional currents. Though not well known, in his ...

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  • TPakistan which has close bonds of civilisation, history, ethnicity, culture, faith, and commerce with all the Gulf countries has an abiding interest in Gulf security and has contributed significantly towards that objective. Therefore it is a misunderstanding to assume that since one of the twelve ...

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  • TIt was nostalgic to be in the Marriot’s Crystal Ballroom in Islamabad where this very day, on 15th March 1995, I had been present when Turkmenistan’s President Saparmurat Niazov had first articulated his country’s policy of permanent neutrality during the ECO Summit. As ...

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  • TLet me begin by defining what my concept of image and diplomacy is not about, and what I consider relevant. Much has been written on image projection including soft power, and on the image of diplomacy itself, hence I am not dealing with these issues. I take it for granted a country’s image ...

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  • TIn order to critically analyse the party’s stance on the topic, the first half of the following text is reproduced here from the BJP manifesto’s section on foreign relations, “Nation First, Universal Brotherhood.”BJP believes a resurgent India must get its rightful place in ...

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  • TBJP believes that the strategic gains acquired by India during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee regime on the nuclear programme have been frittered away by the Congress. Our emphasis was, and remains on, the beginning of a new thrust on framing policies that would serve India’s national interest in ...

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  • TThe BJP motto “Ek Bharat - Shreshtha Bharat,” and the defining slogan for its 2014 Elections Manifesto, “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,” sum up the guiding vision. The manifesto’s publication on the 7th of April was followed by many analyses. For Pakistan in particular, the ...

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  • TThe Foreign Policy of any nation, its objectives, articulation and execution, reflects its history, its psyche, its strengths and weaknesses, its self image; what it wishes to project and helps shape how it is viewed. India is no exception.The pre-independence history of India can be roughly ...

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  • TIn 2009, President Obama in his much acclaimed Prague speech voiced his determination to work towards a future world free of nuclear weapons.  Since then, there has been deep disappointment that little progress beyond START 11 has been achieved towards this objective. On the contrary, a ...

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  • TIn looking at the Nuclear Security Summit process, four questions come to mind. What are its distinguishing characteristics? How has it evolved? For Pakistan, what have been its objectives? How have these fared?American Presidents have often sought to add to their legacy through initiatives in the ...

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  • THaving been invited to address this second EU Conference on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in Brussels on 30th September-1st October 2013 on the subject of Strategic Trade Controls, I speak in my personal capacity; and shall focus on the objective of this Conference to provide inputs for ...

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  • TCivil wars by their nature give rise to extreme passions, the basest instincts, atrocities, and draw in external actors, material and volunteers. They may differ in scope, intensity and location. What they have in common is toll of suffering, death and destruction for combatants and non combatants ...

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  • TIndependence Day for Pakistanis is a time for introspection and hope for a better future. The promise of earlier years has not been realised, the country falling far short of its full potential. The responsibility is collective. The rulers, be they elected or military, have disappointed. The social ...

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  • TContinuing public demonstrations in Turkey centring around Taksim Square have aroused much comment. Comparison with the Arab Spring despite Turkey being an established democracy. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political future appears uncertain to some, with speculation that Abdullah ...

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  • TEven before official results came in, certain main trends were clear. PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif  though short of an absolute majority in the National Assembly would head the new Government. Imran Khan’s PTI could well become the second largest party, edging out the PPP, the former ...

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  • TWith the elections set for May 11, the campaigning is at its peak. The questions in the minds of the electorate and observers abroad are: will the elections take place on time given the targeted attacks of the TTP; what will be the electoral outcome and what challenges lie ahead for the post-poll ...

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  • TPakistan’s impending national and provincial elections in May 2013 are arguably its most important ever. For the first time a democratically-elected government has been able to complete its term to hand over power to a similar dispensation. More importantly, the quantum of challenges Pakistan ...

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  • TThe national requirement for strategic restraint for any country is derived from its political judgment given its location and the prevailing strategic environment. The cutting edge lies in the military domain and the contours of the quantum of strategic restraint depend on the military ...

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  • TMuslim societies with few exceptions, Arabs in the Mediterranean till the 11th century, Turks, Omanis and the Barbary Corsairs, have neglected the importance of sea power and paid a heavy price as the Mughals found to their cost. Paradoxically, while naval officers despite their small number have ...

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  • TThe trilateral  summit, in early February at which Prime Minister David Cameron hosted Presidents Asif Zardari and Hamid Karzai at Chequers, was the third since this trilateral process began in July 2012 in Kabul, followed by a meeting last September on the margins of the UN General Assembly ...

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  • TAs the Pakistan and India negotiators met in New Delhi for the latest round of Nuclear and Conventional Expert Level Talks on 27 December 2012 in New Delhi I wondered if the agenda had changed from my time. The process represents the political recognition by both countries reached in Lahore in 1999 ...

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  • TThe imminent US/Nato drawdown in Afghanistan poses major challenges for Pakistan and the region: how best to work towards the peace and stability desired by all? Clearly, America acknowledges its failure to fulfil neither Bush’s transformative ambitions, nor Obama’s lowered ...

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  • TEveryone inPakistanknows that our relations withChinaare a major cornerstone of our foreign policy, and thatChinahas stood withPakistanthrough thick and thin as a vital strategic partner. With theUnited States, another very important bilateral partner, our relationship has had its ups and downs and ...

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