Corporate interests of the religious elite and Edhi’s philanthropy

Mullahs’ religious decrees against Edhi were not issued for religious reasons; these are motivated by corporate interests of madrassas threatened by philanthropy. Hussain Saqib Religious seminaries, called madrassas, were established in the Sub Continent to impart education in theology. The seminaries were few and far between and were managed by those men of letters whose academic credentials and moral and … More Corporate interests of the religious elite and Edhi’s philanthropy

Why Madinah blast is a bad omen for the House of Saud?

 Someone somewhere is planning to get rid of the baggage called the House of Saud. In all probability, the Holy Sites are not the target, the target is Custodian of these sites. HUSSAIN SAQIB It is not like “swallow your own bitter pill and burn yourself in the fires of terrorism you have been stoking everywhere.” … More Why Madinah blast is a bad omen for the House of Saud?

Exercise Shatrujeet, Kulbhushan Yadav and Panama Papers

The exercise is being conducted in Thar desert, the same which on Pakistani side of the border is a living paradise of good governance. HUSSAIN SAQIB The timing of this massive exercise is starkly intriguing. Let’s look at the horizon from New Delhi; Pakistan’s political forces are in total disarray, governance structure is collapsing, those … More Exercise Shatrujeet, Kulbhushan Yadav and Panama Papers

Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia will remain a non-starter

India’s misplaced hopes to drive some wedge between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are out of touch with ground realities HUSSAIN SAQIB India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Saudi Arabia from April 2, 2016 on special invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz ibn-Saud. This visit may be very important milestone for India’s diplomacy in … More Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia will remain a non-starter

A country at war spares just peanuts for its military

Pakistan’s budget 2014-15 presented before the Parliament highlights the priority its political leaders assign to national security. The country’s military, and by extension, the Pakistani State is at war. Foreign-aided insurgency that has claimed close to 10,000 military lives is raging though there are some signs of let up after the military (army and air … More A country at war spares just peanuts for its military

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 54,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 12 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.  

Balochistan insurgency; The Army will have to win the war of perceptions….

Idea in the modern day warfare is an effective weapon. Before winning a war in the battlefield, armies must win the war of perceptions and effectively counter baseless and negative propaganda. Pakistani army lost this war in East Pakistan but now it cannot afford a defeat in Balochistan. In Balochistan, it has to fight a … More Balochistan insurgency; The Army will have to win the war of perceptions….

Eurozone: Will the bail-out keep another “Great Depression” away?

If you think eurozone is now out of the danger zone after a stronger bailout fund, you may be in for a big disappointment.  The zone will have to pay the price for taking along its continental baggage; the looming Greek default. Financial markets are already anticipating a likely Greek default and demanding more far-reaching … More Eurozone: Will the bail-out keep another “Great Depression” away?