Saturday, June 24, 2017

Next Gulf War – Iran


By Brigadier Nadir Mir

The Next Gulf War is about the Middle East Dominance. Qatar may be the Casus Belli of the Next War Iran or maybe not.

The Gulf has become the Centre of Gravity of Larger Middle East. Parts of the Middle East are Destroyed, parts in Turmoil and parts Opulent. Whoever controls the Gulf Region, controls Oil, Gas, influences Israel, Conservative Arab Monarchies or Revolutionary Iran. USA stands challenged; Russia is back and Non State Actors galore with ISIS – Daesh spreading. 

In 2011, I wrote an article published in Pravda Moscow. ‘Next War – Iran’. This was War between Israel and Iran which was averted! In my book, ‘Geopolitik Pakistan’ published 2013, sub chapter was titled – ‘Iran on the March and Arab World Part Opulent Part Turmoil’. In 2015, I was invited from Pakistan to attend Manama Dialogue at Bahrain for Gulf Security, hosted by International Institute of Strategic Studies – one conclusion ‘Next Gulf War’ a matter of time. 

A complicated scenario because too many contenders with clashing and often unattainable aims. Many Gulf Commentators are biased and not pragmatic, only unbiased analysis can lead to positive outcome:

USA wants to retain Hegemony in the Gulf and Middle East which is slipping. American aim is to sell Massive Arms, (Military Industrial Complex), retain stable and free flow of Oil, Dollar Monopoly, Israel secure forever, and Arab Monarchies secure for now. Make America Rich Again by transferring part of the Gulf Wealth to USA. To secure Israel and Arab Monarchies, Check Russia, Iran is the Next War. Iran has recently rejected the US Dollar. This is crossing an American Red line as US Dollar Hegemony leads to Global Dominance. Kissinger can hear the Drums of War, since he set the Drum Beat – Petrodollars in the 1970s. Saddam tried Euros in place of Dollars. Gaddafi wanted Dinars to replace Dollars, their Fate is History.

Iran wants to be the Leader of the Gulf and the Middle East. It is a Rejectionist State which wants to destroy Israel and oust America from the Gulf and Middle East. Iran is in clash with Sunni Gulf Arab Monarchies. A Combined Clash of Historical Arab – Persian and Current Monarchies – Revolutionaries. Iran is united with fervor, Motivated to fight, Excels in Asymmetrical and Missile War. Backed by Russia to an extent and with Local Militant, Non State Actor Allies. It is a Proud and Cultured Nation, however, lacks the resources to dominate the region. If an all out war breaks out it could inflict Heavy Damage but will come to Grief against the combined resources of Saudi – GCC/Allies, Israel, US, EU. 
Saudi Arabia – GCC/Allies



Saudi Arabia considers itself the Natural Leader of the Gulf and Middle East. The Obama Presidency Cool Relations have been rekindled by warmth of Trump Administration. President Trump’s Team and Saudi Arabia/GCC less Qatar are determined to halt Iran in its tracks. Wrestle back Dominance of the Gulf and Middle East from Persian to Arab hands. It uses its endless Petrodollars and Bedouin Wisdom to achieve Geopolitical Ends. It cannot alone defeat Iran, or dominate the region, and needs Allies. Considers the Pakistan Military as the most Powerful Regional Force and seeks its Support.

China, EU and Japan all retain key economic interests in the Gulf and the Larger Middle East. They may not be Direct Military Participants except NATO in case of a Larger Iran Conflict.

Turkey: Aspiring Leader of Muslim World. A Rising Economy of a Beautiful County. Over all has a balancing role, closer to Pakistan. Its biggest fear is Kurdistan. It will position itself in a manner to influence all sides seeking peace in the region. 

Russia is back in the Gulf – Middle East Game and its making up for lost time since Soviet Union Days. Russia will support Iran to embroil USA in another Protracted and Bloody War. Draining America and forcing its withdrawal from Gulf – Middle East or seek concessions in Europe and elsewhere. Russia lacks the resources to dominate Gulf – Middle East itself, but it has positioned itself as a Geo strategic Player in the Region.

Israel considers Iran as the Existential Threat, aided by Allies Hezbullah and others. It is determined to destroy Iranian Nuclear Infrastructure and deny Iran the Bomb at all cost. It has been preparing for Iran War with Air, Missile and Submarines Attacks. (Read detailed article, ‘Next War Iran’ published in Pravda Moscow by Brigadier Nadir Mir – 2011 on Google). Obama Presidency never gave Green Light for Israel’s Strike. Now Israel feels emboldened by President Trump’s Policy and seeks cooperative relations with Arab States to Defang Iran. 

Daesh and Non State ActorsMajor State Actors are supportive of their own suited Non State Actors in the Gulf – Middle East. However, though squeezed on many fronts, Daesh is spreading out for Gulf, Larger Middle East and other parts of the world. War and destruction is the catalyst for more militancy and terrorism.

Pakistan should make efforts for Gulf Peace and Avoid War. Mediation along with Turkey maybe helpful. Pakistan must Defend Saudi Arabia, (more so, the Holy Sites) but not fight Iran. A Delicate Diplomatic Tightrope. Pakistan should supply humanitarian aid through Pakistan border to Iran. Retain leverage on both sides and coordinate with China, Russia and USA for Peace. Pakistan cannot remain so called Neutral or Aloof in a Major War on its Western door step which can threaten CPEC – Gwadar. (With 4 million Pakistanis sending remittance from the Gulf and oil flow essential for Pakistan’s Economy). 

In my article, ‘Pakistan New Gulf Player at Gwadar’, it had been highlighted that Pakistan’s role is Crucial for Gulf Peace. Pakistan has critical Geo-economic and Geo-strategic interests in the Gulf. Visits and role of Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is Essential and Commendable for securing Pakistan’s Interests. Pakistan must also monitor Indian Developments in the Gulf as Indians are already positioning themselves in Afghanistan. Pakistan should also be prepared against possible Indian Misadventures during a Major Gulf War – Crisis.

About the author:
Brigadier Nadir Mir (R), Soldier – Scholar – Reformer 
Author of the books “Gwadar on the Global Chessboard” and ‘Geopolitik Pakistan’
He is the Chairman of Pakistan National Reform Movement (PNRM).
PNR Movement is Nationalist (Pro Pakistan) and Reformist (Pro People).
Unite Pakistan, Defend Pakistan, Reform Pakistan 
(PNRM)

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Pakistan Armed Forces Defence Budget - Myths and Facts


We in Pakistan are very fond of sharing what we listen than first challenging the authenticity of a news or information. Mark Twain once remarked, “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” And in contrast to what Twain said, we just do the opposite, believing the gossips that then travel down to the masses, specially when it comes to our "HUGE" defence spending. 
Politicians always twist facts and give an impression that the defence forces of the country eat away a major chuck f the budget, leaving not enough money to spend on the welfare of the people. And sure enough, the people who have never read the budget and its breakdown believe their politicians, a vast majority of which itself is unaware of the breakdown of the budget and percentage allocation to the defence budget to sustain the 6th largest army of the world.
Lieutenant General Tariq Khan (retired) is a well read general of Pakistan army who has a vast experience of combat, specially fight against terrorism, and working with the US led coalition forces during the ongoing Afghan conflict. He has a stint at the CENTCOM and is one of the few officers of Pakistan Army to be honoured with the Legion of Merit by USA. He often shares his views on the current strategic issues on TV and Facebook offering crisp and incisive analysis. Herein under, he discusses certain myths and facts about the percentage breakdown of the national budget vis a vis the defence allocation to set aside ill founded conclusions.
Myths about the Budget
Myth 1: The allocation for defence is the single largest component in our budget. Not true. The single largest allocation in Budget 2015-16 went to the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). The second largest allocation in Budget 2015-16 went to servicing the national debt. The third largest government expenditure, including off the budget allocations, are the losses at public-sector enterprises (PSEs). Yes, the fourth largest government expenditure goes into defence.
Myth 2: The defence budget eats up a large percentage of the total outlay. Not true. In Budget 2015-16 a total of 15.74 percent of the total outlay was allocated for defence. PSDP and debt servicing were 30 percent each. What that means is that more than 84 percent of all government expenditures are non-defence related.
Myth 3: The defence budget has been increasing at an increasing rate. Not true. In 2001-02, we spent 4.6 percent of our GDP on defence. In 2013-14, twelve years later, our defence spending has gone down to 2.7 percent of GDP.
Myth 4: We end up spending a very high percentage of our GDP on defence. Not true. There are at least four dozen countries that spend a higher percentage of their GDP on defence.
They include: India, Egypt, Sri Lanka, the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, France, Eritrea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Liberia, Brunei, Syria, Kuwait, Yemen, Angola, Singapore, Greece, Iran, Bahrain, Djibouti, Morocco, Chile, Lebanon, Russia, Colombia, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Ethiopia, Namibia, Guinea, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Algeria, Serbia and Montenegro, Armenia, Botswana, Ukraine, Uganda, Ecuador, Bulgaria, Lesotho and Sudan.



Here are some more interesting myths and facts:
Myth 5: The Pakistan Army consumes the bulk of the defence budget. Not true. In the 1970s, the Pakistan Army’s share in the defence budget had shot up to 80 percent. In 2012-13, the Pakistan Army’s share in the defence budget stood at 48 percent.
Now some facts:
Fact 1: The Pakistan Army’s budget as a percentage of our national budget now hovers around eight percent.
Fact 2: Losses incurred at public-sector enterprises can pay for 100 percent of our defence budget.
Fact 3: Pakistan’s armed forces are the sixth largest but our expenses per soldier are the lowest. America spends nearly $400,000 per soldier, India $25,000 and Pakistan $10,000.
Fact 4: Of all the armies in the world, Pak Army has received the highest number of UN medals. Of all the armies in the world, Pak Army is the largest contributor of troops to the UN peacekeeping missions.
Please pay special attention towards FACT 2 above.
I think after reading these facts and myths, those wanting to know the fact will have a clear picture of spending on defene and will be able to discuss with others with authority to dispel ill founded fears and would in fact appreciate the armed forces of Pakistan for maintinag itself with such meager resoucres but still keeping its flag high. 

Views shared above are that of Lieutenant General Tariq Khan (Retired), and can be debated if so desired.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Beware of Linguistic and Cultural Terrorism



Fourth Generation War is essentially a civilian (non-military) doctrine which is characterized by attack on ideology, culture and social values, small combat actions by non state actors, media and information warfare and psychological operations. In such warfare the media persons and journalists are purchased for propagating a set pattern of information and the target nation is broken into various segments on racial, sectarian and linguistic grounds. 

Recently, there has been an adaption of many Hindi words for which already alternatives in Urdu exist. But our writers and TV channels, mostly having loyalties and funding from India, prefer to use the Hindi words to express their linkages with India.

Herein under are some of the examples of many words being replaced:


ابتدا                  شروعات
تقریباٌ                     قریب
انتخاب                    چناو




کشیدگی                    تناو


نظر آتا ھے        دکھتا ھے
سوکن                    سوتن
گیتی

خُدا  ۔  اللّٰہ تعَالٰی      اُپر والا


"پتنی کی ہتھیا کو آتما ہتھیا میں بدلنے والا چمتکاری پتی"

It is time now that we start to ponder over even minor things, which we otherwise tend to ignore, specially when it comes to copying words from Hindi and innocently incorporating into our daily usage. If this trend continues unabated and unchecked, I am afraid one day we would revert to Hindi rather than Urdu which was born to suit the Muslim rulers of India, and one day our children will be speaking more of Hindi and less of native languages.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dawn Leaks and after from a General's Perspective


Lieutenant general Tariq Khan (retired) of Pakistan is an intellectual and well read person beside having served in the Pakistan Army for almost four decades. He often airs his views on important national and bilateral relations of Pakistan with neighboring countries for he has bad an extensive  employment in areas adjacent to Afghanistan and very intimate interaction with the senior US Forces' high command. 

He generally avoids going on to TV because he does not think he is equipped nor have the authority to pass judgment and give an opinion on the controversial issues of today. Simply do not know enough, says he. However, he does it at times, as a layman only if he thinks he can contribute towards a better understanding of how the military works or thinks since that is where he spent most of my life and my only claim to fame.

Recently he was approached by BBC to comment upon Dawn Leaks in their Seherbeen Programme and thinking that he could be helpful and that BBC has a reputation and is reliable, he gave my consent, specially once he was given to understand that there will be no editing. 

However after seeing what was telecast at 2300 hrs, 5 May on Aaj TV by BBC, he was disappointed; the gist of his talk was edited brutally and only portions that suited them were shown. While extremely disappointed with the BBC, he says that he would not give any interviews to BBC again, explains his view point very candidly and openly to clarify his stance on recent happenings in and around Pakistan in the wake of Dawn Leaks, which has tried to malign Pakistan Army:
1. Dawn Leaks must not be seen as an event but more as a phenomenon that has much more to it than visible at the surface.
2. It stems from a divided opinion about India-Pakistan relations. The govt wants a better relationship at 'any cost', and the Army, a better relationship after resolution of core issues. This has led to a divided nation. Though both views are valid there is no policy defining which is correct.
3. However it is India that directs how our relationship develops and not us. They are in a position to influence Afghanistan as well and as such most regional matters will be directed, regulated and manipulated by them.
4. India is conducting unprecedented genocide in Kashmir and is disturbed by Pakistan' s new but weak stance at the UN. The progress on CPEC is another issue leading to deeper Pakistan China ties and rapprochement with Russia.The Taliban successes in Afghanistan leading to the likely ouster of the present artificial Unity Govt, is yet another.



He continues to assert:
5. Kulbashan incident has exposed a nexus between Indian Intelligence and some of our political leaders. Sajjan Jindal's open statements against Pakistan Army are on record. The timid approach in bringing the Kulbashan matter to the UN and welcoming Sajjan Jindal in Pakistan is a sad reflection of how the govt wishes to pursue its concept of better relations with India. It is easier for them to talk to a hostile Indian than our own Army.
6. It seems that the Army is standing in the way and has to be suitably put in its place. Thus the Dawn Leaks, a manufactured bit of information was released to the press to defame the Army and tell the international community that the govt is beleaguered and hostage to a rogue army. The wordings echoed Jindal's tweet in meaning as well as accusation. It reflected an enemy's point of view. If it was manufactured, what was the purpose? If it was actually a leak of an event that did place in the PM's house; why?
7. India is trying to get the Army listed as a proscribed terrorist organization in the UN. Our govt is likely to show criminal indifference. The Army may get listed as such in the future by default and a walk-over. This would lead to international pressure to reform the Army.
8. The Govt is likely to try a 'Turkey' here. This is what the Dawn Leaks is about. It is a blatant display of sedation and subversion. It is about spreading propaganda against a State institution responsible for National Security, that has so far not been compromised or politicized and is standing ground, for the people of this nation.
9. Its resolution lies in a top level meeting, removing of all disagreements, giving a joint statement on a unified approach to India as an enemy of the State and a State sponsoring terrorism in the region. Also Aggressively pursuing the Kashmir issue at the UN and Security Council.
This view point was edited and for better or for worse was my opinion that I was trying to put out.

Note: The view point expressed above are that of Lieutenant general Tariq Khan (retired) and have only been reproduced to show an other perspective from a person who has in depth knowledge and experience of affairs presently being faced by Pakistan
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Terrorism and Pakistan: Challenges and Culprits


"In the aftermath of brutalities and mass violations of human rights in Indian Held Kashmir and international perception favoring Kashmiris and Pakistan, India will launch a diversionary effort in near time frame. In addition the strategic efforts against China Pakistan Economic Corridor are likely to be operationalised in near time-frame and US can not allow time space easily for the project. 

The effort could be launched with their Strategic assets and partners along areas of LOC, along Afghanistan Border, Islamabad, Karachi, Gwader, Gilgit and or Quetta. It could be massive terrorist activities in sequels, border escalation with hot pursuit option or a traumatic blow in shape of man made disaster. Since last 10 days or so most Indian channels viewed through satellite systems in Europe, USA, AFRICA etc are screening English dubbed movies showing Pakistan as terrorist heaven while Pakistan Army and ISI as the terrorist sponsoring institutions.There is a news that Indian High Commission staff have been asked to return their families to India. It indicates two possibilities. One, India may be planning for war/border tension in near future.

Two, a massive terror attack in the offing....... ".

.... and the massive terror attack took place yesterday 8 August 2016 in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan province - leaving almost 100 dead and nearly 200 wounded - some incapacitated for life.



The author continues:

Quetta like carnage will happen again and again and it's not entirely due to our complete failures in all Regards. Lets not overlook what Modi has been standing or stating for regarding Pakistan and what Obama forecasted Pakistan in next ten years or ?

India has achieved a tremendous boost through US, Israel and UK strategic alliance and due to its Econo-demographic might. It is set rolling its regional and global ambitions in the shadow of US and UK hence will achieve impetus with time and intencity of similar traumatic events as well as soft power projections. The Shock and Chaos against Pakistan will remain the predominant application on the lines of Iraq with the purpose of applying pressure vault aiming at " internal implosion" with focus targetting on Quetta, Gawader, Karachi, Peshawar, Gilgit, Lahore and Muzaffarabad. This needs to be flagged as a harsh and stark reality only then we can brace up for a cohesive and efficient response. Addressing our own inadequacies, faultlines, governance and socio-economic vulnerabilites are beyond doubt and it must be our priority ONE. 

While the essential capacity building, enhancing reaction surveillance and intelligence capabilities, policing, community response pattern and all inclusive approach can never be over emphasized. At the same time, Pakistan must achieve and maintain credible deterrence against India's punitive proxy wars potentials and the ambition to subdue Pakistan so as to tender it a complaint state. All options including negotiations and engagements with India at various spectrum of statecraft must take their own course. Though it heavily depends upon if India has this option on table before achieving their mid term objectives? 

Who or how will this be done," this is people centric war aimed to sap our will, resolve, slow bleeding and integrity"...... just stand together against it while first or second responders must deliver their part right.

"No matters what happens; what matters is how we behave when it happens".

It is time now to KNOW YOUR ENEMY and all their cronies; The best way to pay tribute and respects to the victims of foreign sponsored terrorist targeting is by not giving in to the design. Staying united, steadfast, resilient and strong willed is the most appropriate compliments to the fallen. 

Stand up and keep the guards in place while just don't give in to anti Pakistan rhetoric ; prove that we are ready to pay price for our sovereignty, national interests, solidarity, the Kashmir stance, CPEC and for a legitimate role in regional power equations.

About the author: Lieutenant General Agha Umer Farooq (retired) besides serving in Pakistan army for almost four decades is Forner member Board of Directors at Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, and UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and India - Pakistan Track 2 Mil to Mil Dialogue. He is presently Pakistan's ambassador to Nigeria.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pakistan-US Relations: An open letter to the US Congress


The US - Pakistan relations have never been easy and have remained tense most of the time since the creation of Pakistan. The changing geo-political situation around Pakistan has been the major contributing factor. But despite Pakistan's efforts to side with the US and try its best to continue to be its best ally, the US has always views its relations with Pakistan with uneasiness.

While Pakistan sided with US and was the major US partner to defeat the Russians when the invaded Afghanistan in the 1980, Pakistan was abandoned soon after the Russians left.  The Americans again returned to Pakistan for help when they invaded Afghanistan after 9/11, but soon suspicion returned and as of today, the US Congress is mouthful of mistrust and showing visible signs of breaking away from Pakistan yet again.

Recently the US congress was seen spewing venom against Pakistan and asking to declare Pakistan as an enemy state. The comments seem to portray the bitterness in US about Pakistan's closing in to China and opening a corridor of friendship from deep seaport of Gwader on the Arabian Sea to China, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Lieutenant General Tariq Khan, a well read and respected Pakistan army retired officer, who has been awarded the coveted Legion of Merit by the US for his services to bridge gap between US and Pakistan, has written an open letter to the US Congress, airing his very candid and bold views about the US policies and stance against Pakistan in his Facebook page. The letter is herein shared for general reading and showing his perspective:

To the US Congress:

I was amazed to hear your one sided debate where your Congressmen were foaming at the mouth to declare Pakistan an enemy state. They sounded so committed that one could be forgiven for believing that they meant it and knew what they were talking about. Most of the speakers, heavily sponsored by India would not be able to find Pakistan on a map let alone make an intelligent comment on the regional environment. I shall not stoop to respond to the meaningless charge-sheet bandied about by this anti Pakistani lobby, a bunch of stooges who not only do a great disservice to democracy and the US image but are responsible for the very foreign policy blunders the US is suffering the consequences of today. So here are some points that need to be understood, considered and explained:

1. The US and it's Coalition partners have lost the war in Afghanistan. It will be recognised as one of the greatest military defeats in history when all the dust and debris settles down.

2. This loss has affected Pakistan the most. Barring the political rhetoric we hear about the situation and viewing it more from a State's perspective, only a fool would see a benefit for Pakistan in this US defeat.

3. It is natural for those responsible for this disaster to invent reasons for their failing and look for an appropriate whipping boy. That the narrative that needs to be manufactured for both is a product of this military defeat.



4. That India is exploiting the situation and working herself into a position where She can promote the US agenda and defame Pakistan is a no-brainer.

5. That Pakistan has made mistakes and bad choices is not contested but to define these decisions as State Policy intended to come in the way of a US victory is not only childish but ludicrous.

6. That the US has a bad precedence of letting down its allies is very well recorded and documented in history. Some US-PAK experiences illustrating this are: The Somalia case where after entering with all the pomp and panoply the US ran unilaterally and returned home. The US left Pakistan on the beaches and withdrew under its protection. That Hollywood was encouraged to screen, 'Black Hawk Down', depicting Pakistani soldiers as cowards whereas it was a Pakistani squadron of 19 lancers that fought it's way in and rescued the besieged Americans. This small truth was conveniently forgotten in making up of the narrative. Also, how after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan the US abandoned Pakistan with 3 million refugees, drugs and heavily armed Mujahidin Camps. One of the major causes of militancy all along the border today and one that apparently plagues the US security spectrum.

7. If there is an iota of truth where some of your Congressmen bravely shoot their mouth off in a one-sided harangue, they should look forward to a public debate on the matter also. I am sure we can produce someone to give them a run for their money if they are up to it. Is the US willing to hold a public enquiry to determine the causes of the American failure in Afghanistan? It will probably be a better road to take than to conveniently blame every tactical and operational defeat on Pakistan.

8. Can anyone amongst the US Congress explain the following:
- The US Strategy in Afghanistan? 
- The desired End State?
- The political and military objectives?
- The causes of a military defeat?
- The reasons for a political failure? 
- Was Pakistan your undoing?
9. I have personally been involved in US-Pak operations for years along this border and I know we could have resolved this conflict easily. However, we were played and influenced by factors, people and institutions that did not want such a resolution. Pakistan was not one of these but do the US and it's people even want to hear Pakistan's story? Do they have the stomach to grapple with reality? Can truth be given a chance?

10. For Pakistan: we have had enough. Let's move on. Being a US ally over the years has been a painful experience. We have now been declared an enemy state. 
Let our future relations with the US be governed by this fact first and foremost. 
In other words when we speak to the US again on any and every occasion, remember you are speaking to the enemy.

Answering to the questions on his post, the general elaborates his view point as under:

1. We must revisit our policies but for now sanctions or otherwise let's just breakaway. The fallout will effect every Pakistani and I would like to hear what these people have to say then? It may bring reality to the political rhetoric which would be a good thing. On the other hand, we need to confront these sell-out Congressmen on their own turf. This challenge must be widely publicized and repeated everywhere.

2. The USA is like a large river where the people on the banks benefit as long as the river stays the course. The moment the river changes course it leaves those people in the middle of a desert. Rivers do change course just as national interests and such changes are natural, normal and predictable. It's only us who think relationships are governed by moral values, honour, commitment and trust. Today, the US is a stranger in the region having lost the war in Afghanistan and has aligned itself with India, Afghanistan and Iran in a very overt manouevre which cannot escape anyone's attention. It is an attempt to reassert Herself and establish relevance. It is not working for them so far. 

3. Those who wish to remain in the US camp today must understand that it would involve compromising on CPEC, developing a friendly relationship with India as a product of Indian demands, assisting the US in containing the Chinese and giving up on the strategic deterrence, i.e. nukes. Today, without these compromises there is no question of bettering relations with the US even if we bend over backwards, hire a the best PR team and lobby on every hill outside the White House. The alternative is, get aggressive with Afghanistan, put India under moral and physical pressure, ignore Iran and expand the nuclear capacity in terms of range and second strike. Announce these as policy measures and hope that the world in general and the US in particular try and wean us away from possible confrontation and conflict. This may lead to a better relationship or even total annihilation, however, in my unqualified opinion, it is a calculated risk that will lead to a better relationship. Beggars cannot be choosers but destiny can be shaped so that a beggar does not remain a beggar. We feel that our foreign policy must be about pleasing everyone and disagreeing with no one. We also feel that dialogue and diplomatic initiatives can take off from a position of weakness. We think we can talk ourselves out of a difficult situation. 

We are always in search of something for nothing. We are never ready to show our strength and resolve.


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Pakistan fighting the Militancy


The Bajour Agency operation was a major offensive undertaken by Pakistan Army and its Frontier Corps troops in the troubled north of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. Al Jazeera International broadcasting channel made a comprehensive tour of the area and interviewed the Inspector General of the Frontier Corps Pakistan Army Major General Tariq Khan, later lieutenant general. 

The report and interview has been compiled by Rageh Omaar, which covers the army operation in September 2009. I would not add anything from my end - just watch the video how the operation was launched and its dynamics. This is part one of the four series coverage of the operation.



Watch the video below:



The views and interviews conducted by the Al Jazeera International are exclusive to the channel and this writer does not take any responsibility of its substance in any manner. 

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