Pessimism at New Delhi
Dr Muhammad Khan

While there always existed a sense of positivism at Islamabad, the New Delhi has been under the delusion of pessimism about Pakistan. The worst part of this Indian approach is that there exist an agreement among the political leadership, Indian military, its intellectuals and media for the conception, promotion and exercise of negativism against Pakistan. Once these segments operate together, the masses get an automatic signal to be negative about their neighbourhood. This practice is a continuing process in the world’s biggest democracy and the so-called secular state of India. Recently the Indian pessimism reached a new peak once Pakistan decided to open the route through Indo-Pak border at Kartarpur to allow the Sikh community to visit the Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. This five kilometre corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak in India to Dera Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

Read more

Genocide of Kashmiri youth in IoK
Dr Muhammad Khan

IN its mass killing in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), Indian security forces have killed fiftytwo youths in the month of November 2018. Twentytwo youths were killed just in one week (23-29 November, 2018). Over 600 people have been injured and tortured during this month. This is the reported number of deaths and injuries, since there is ban on media and most of the time, internet services remain off in the IoK, therefore the actual number would be higher than this. In the month of October 2018, thirtynine youths were killed mercilessly and there were cases of over 400 people, who were injured and tortured. Besides there have been 10 custodial killings and 11 cases of rape in October 2018. On November 29, 2018, Indian security forces killed two youth; Aadil Ahmad Lone and Adnan Bilal Butt, during a so-called cordon and search operation at Khrew in Awantipora area of Pulwama district. Following this killing, there was complete strike in Chattergam, Sopore, Awantipora and Malangpora areas. Life was totally paralyzed with all activities remained suspended. There was no internet service and educational institutions remained closed. Earlier, thousands of mourners attended the funeral prayers of martyred youth, Meraj-ud-Din in Sopore area of Baramulla district, who was killed by Indian security forces along with another youth a day earlier.

Read more

Reality of Mumbai attack 2008
Dr Muhammad Khan

ACCORDING to Times of India (Nov 18, 2018), an inquiry is underway to establish the facts, as who issued the domicile to Ajmal Kasab, the main attacker of Mumbai attacks-2008. Kasab was hanged on November 21, 2012 in Yerwada Jail in Pune. It was revealed a month earlier that as per revenue records of Bidhoona Tehsil of Auraiya district in UP State, Ajaml Kasab was an Indian domicile holder of UP. This Indian Newspaper revealed that the concerned lekhpal (revenue officer) has been suspended and an inquiry has been ordered by the District Administration. The details show that in the domicile, Ajmal Kasab’s birth place is written as Bidhoona and his father’s name is mentioned as Mohd Amir. His mother’s name is mentioned Mumtaz Begum. The certificate bore registration no: 181620020060722. Though, Indian authorities have cancelled the domicile and are conducting an investigation, however, this revelation means a lot. Indian authorities may declare it as fake certificate but, after all, it was well documented and recorded in the record of District Revenue of Auraiya District.

Read more

The role of ISI in perspective
Dr Muhammad Khan

WHEREAS the armed forces of Pakistan act as a strong combat force to defeat and destroy the enemies of Pakistan in physical terms, its premium intelligence agency, the Inter-services Intelligence Agency (ISI) act eyes and ears for the country. Ever since its establishment, this premium organization has acted as the first line of defence. It provided information and early warnings about the global and regional happenings with particular emphasis on the issues concerning Pakistan. Moreover, ISI through its efficient organizational structure and dedicated work force timely inform the leadership about the emerging threats and approaches to handle those threats.

Read more

Missing diplomatic norms in Pak-Afghan ties
Dr Muhammad Khan

It was a complete violation of diplomatic norms, once Afghan authorities refused to hand over the body of slain SP Tahir Dawar to Government of Pakistan. Earlier, Pakistani embassy in Kabul and Pakistani Consulate at Jalalabad made all out efforts to take over the body. Nevertheless, the Afghan Government has been reluctant to hand over the body to Pakistani Consulate at Jalalabad. Moreover, Afghan authorities took two days in handing over the body of slain SP to Pakistan, which was amounting to disparaging the body.

Read more

Kashmir conflict and Pakistan
Dr Muhammad Khan

ON two occasions, Fiazul Hassan Chohan, the Information Minister of Punjab exceeded the limits of decency while talking about Kashmir and Kashmiris. He uttered humiliating remarks about the Prime Minister of AJK, Raja Farooq Haider on a political statement. In his TV show, he not only humiliated Raja Farooq Haider but the State’s Prime Minister and people of Kashmir. It was height of disgrace to a nation which is fighting against India since 1947 to join the state of Pakistan. On another occasion, he named people of Sharif Family with Kashmiri prefixes, as if; it is a crime or disgrace to be a Kashmiri. Despite his crossing the limits of decency and humiliation, he has not been admonished or asked for these demeaning remarks by the Govt of Imran Khan which raises questions. Failure to hold Faizul Hassan Chohan answerable for his repeated delinquency on a national issue, Shahid Afridi, a Cricketer dared to trigger another controversy over Kashmir.

Read more

Economic challenges and prospects
Mohammad Jamil

THE PTI government faces challenges vis-à-vis fiscal deficit, trade deficit and current account deficit, of course not of its own making but inherited from the previous government. However, during the last one week rupee hit record low to 142 against the US dollar, and stocks shed 373 points at Karachi Stock Exchange. Prime Minister Imran Khan had visited Saudi Arabia, UAE, China and Malaysia, and radiated an aura of optimism that with loans and investments the country would be out of the woods. However the government is keeping the option of bailout package from IMF open; and there is a perception that electricity tariff has been revised upwards, interest rate has been increased and currency has been devalued to satisfy the IMF.

Read more

Justification for continuity of military courts
Mohammad Jamil

SINCE joining the war on terror, Pakistan faced death and destruction more than any other country of the region. Half-hearted measures were taken to rein in militants by various governments because consensus could not be reached on the measures to eliminate the spectre of terrorism. However, after APS attack in December, 2014 entire nation demanded of the government to take strong action against militants; it was in this backdrop that National Action Plan was formulated, and military courts were established to ensure speedy justice. A section of the liberals and a few religious parties had opposed the establishment of military courts. However, better sense had prevailed because the country was going through extraordinary situation and circumstances; therefore extraordinary decisions had to be taken.

Read more

Valour and commitment of LEAs
Mohammad Jamil

A terror attack targeting the Chinese Consulate in Karachi’s Clifton area was foiled by security forces that conducted an operation killing all the three terrorists within one hour. However, two of the three policemen manning a check-post at the Consulate gate were martyred while fighting off the assault. Reportedly, police posted for the security of Chinese Consulate had been trained by the Army, which was reason that the threat was neutralized within one hour. It also transpired that family members of Abdul Razzaq Baloch son of Din Muhammad had lodged FIR in 2015 that he was missing, and accused the state and law-enforcement agencies of his abduction. In fact, there are many names in the missing persons’ list that are actually living abroad, getting training in India or Afghanistan or waging war against the State. Now it has become clear as to how the State and intelligence agencies are being maligned in the missing persons’ issue.

Read more

India’s machinations and hegemonic designs
Mohammad Jamil

QUITE a few treatises, articles and books have been written by renowned authors that expose India’s machinations and hegemonic designs. Published in 2017, the book titled “Machinations of RAW in Transitional Nepal” authored by Nepalese scholar Dr. Shastra Dutta Pant provides a deeper insight into the RAW’s covert/overt onslaughts against the strategically-located Nepal, compelling it to compromise its sovereignty in subjugation to the Indian hegemony in South Asia. The book dwells at length with regard to RAW’s micro-management of the Nepalese affairs, specifically after the 1990 political change in Kathmandu, deepening its dependency exclusively on India. A conflict-ridden, poverty-stricken, and politically weaker Nepal is a boon to RAW’s Great Game Plan in Nepal. It also exposes RAW’s engagement in espionage, subversion, sabotage and psychological warfare against the South Asian neighbours including Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and using Afghan soil against Pakistan.

Read more

Politicising SP Tahir Dawar’s murder
Mohammad Jamil

Pakistan’s adversaries do understand that in the presence of strong armed forces they can never defeat Pakistan in kinetic warfare so they adopt the non-kinetic approach, using their proxies and hybrid war tactics to disrupt Pakistan’s march towards growth. This time they took advantage of fault line of FATA and the Pashtun ethnicity. According to writer Merwah Hamid Qureshi, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) is a practical manifestation of 5th generation hybrid warfare, which has its roots in anti-state propaganda set by anti-Pakistan forces. She stated: “PTM has become the tale of a blame game. Its leadership has directly hit the prestigious institutions of State and has explicitly tried to malign the military which helped the people of FATA to get rid of the menace of terrorism. Moreover, PTM under the agenda of just demands is accusing the State institutions for creating chaos in the FATA region.”

Read more

IMF programme is inevitable
Mohammad Jamil

FINANCE Minister Asad Umar said, “The government seeks IMF’s support for its efforts aimed at achieving an economic turnaround.” He expressed government’s desire for the bailout package at a meeting with the visiting IMF mission led by its chief Harald Finger. However, the programme’s size will depend on the financing gap projected for over the next three years under the extended fund facility (EFF). An official, privy to the IMF-Pakistan’s recent meeting has said, “We will have to seek IMF program in the range of $6 to $8 billion under EFF for next three years period, and the final decision is expected till November 20.” The visiting delegation requires of Pakistan to make further amendments to the NEPRA Act to empower the regulator to issue automatic notification of quarterly, annual and multi-years tariffs. The objective is reportedly meant to stop re-emergence of circular debt.

Read more

Our extremism problem
Rashid Wali Janjua

Two passions as per Bertrand Russell threaten human reason and emotional stability like no other earthy passion. These include politics and religion. While politics has the temporal dimension that lends its debates a measure of human fallibility no such luck with the religious debates where the truth is immutable and the dissent an heresy. The farraginous blend that our polyglot religious beliefs present feature differing stances ranging from puritanism to syncretism. The ethos of Indus Valley Civilization is the substrate over which we have grafted the competing belief systems and despite its inclusive nature the sectarian outlook of our Middle East inspired beliefs begets a virulent strain of extremism that runs deep in our religious beliefs. The persecution complex of new converts from an old faith in India clashed with the hauteur and xenophobia of the old faith i.e Hinduism to develop a fortress mentality wherein any rational debate over religion was discouraged.

Read more

CPEC and revival of tourism in Pakistan
Farooq Awan

valley to attract tourists. Pakistan is home to some of the highest mountains in the world and is highly rich in landscape, mountains, glaciers, lakes and valleys. Pakistan is also prized with diverse culture which can become a source of attraction for the tourists from all over the world. However, due to unavailability of adequate infrastructure and some security issues in the past, the huge potential couldn’t be fully tapped. It is hoped that with the completion of CPEC, the tourism industry will rapidly grow and not only generate a huge foreign reserve for Pakistan but also promote a soft image of the country abroad.

Read more

End of a ‘bumpy road’ for QAU!
Farooq Awan

ISLAMABAD: If we call the last couple of years the most tumultuous, if not outright worst, in the history of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), it will not be wrong. In these years, the country’s once top-ranking university had had months of protests by both students and faculty, its departments shut down, its research centres shattered and its fees multiplied – all this led to the university’s international ranking plummeting down. Worst of all, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had to step in to roll back illegal promotions of some faculty members in the university.

Read more

 


Copyright saras.org.pk 2014