There are four possible spoilers that Erdogan is busy dealing with right now; democracy itself, professional armed forces, independent judiciary and free-thinking intelligentsia HUSSAIN SAQIB The failed coup of last Friday has not only changed the way Turkey looked a week back, it has shaken the very foundations of the country and shattered the faith of … More Four imminent spoilers of Erdogan’s Caliphate ambitions
Hussain Saqib When President Putin postponed his visit to Pakistan in 2012, the most jubilant countries were India and the US but it was subsequently revealed that this postponement did not mean anything to lift the spirits of Cold War adversaries now turned into allies. The on-going visit to Russia by Gen Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s … More Pakistan may alter the contours of a unipolar world order
When asked about the kind of weapons used in the next world war, Albert Einstein said: “I don’t know what kind of weapons will be used in the third world war, assuming there will be a third world war. But I can tell you what the fourth world war will be fought with—stone clubs.” The … More Will the Patriots trigger a World War III?
It is no more a secret that US-Pakistan relations are deteriorating despite hectic damage-control efforts from both the sides. Pakistan seems to have learned from history and come of age and is seeking new partnerships. Its outreach to Russia, US adversary of the Cold War era, is enough to demonstrate that Pakistan’s leadership, more … More Time for Uncle Sam to learn from history….
Those who have pressurized President Putin into postponing his Pakistan visit have done no good to the prospects of a peaceful Afghanistan after draw-down of foreign troops. This is a disservice even to a graceful exit for the NATO forces. According to media reports, President Vladimir Putin was to attend the quadrilateral summit of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Russia … More Putin’s Pakistan visit postponed under Indian pressure…..
The American war in Afghanistan was never a winnable adventure from the very beginning but there were reasons for the sole super power to pretend in 2014 that it had achieved its objectives after 13 years of fighting in Afghanistan. Alas, the Americans are now being denied that luxury. There are two major factors, … More Anti-Islam Video: Sam Bacile is America’s Enemy Number One….
A defeatist position [in Afghanistan] is not possible for us. We cannot leave in our underpants…or without any: Mikhail Gorbachev (1987) The erstwhile Soviet empire got bogged down in Afghanistan and finally got disintegrated. The major reason for her defeat was Soviet army itself which was organized, equipped and trained for big and conventional wars in … More An alarming shift from Blue-on-Green to Green-on-Blue….
In order to avert the risk of its international isolation, Pakistan has agreed to reopen the ground lines of communication (GLOC), critically vital to the logistic support of NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan. These forces are apparently engaged in war on terror but the menace of terrorism has been strengthened many times over since October … More Reopening of GLOC: Despite dirty US tactics, Pakistan did not disappoint the world community….
If we now count Pakistan’s national security challenges, there will be corrupt and inefficient political leadership, weak economy driven by elite-based taxation system, foreign-aided insurgents, terrorists and,of course, India, in the same order. The armed forces can fight only one of these threats. Focus of Pakistan’s national security policies has always been its Eastern neighbor. … More Pakistan’s Budget 2012-13: National security is not a national priority anymore…..
There is no doubt now that the Pakistan’s decision to open GLOC for NATO supplies can help determine NATO’s future course of action being deliberated in Chicago Summit. Pakistan can become a game-spoiler if her sentiments are not respected. The vibes are that so far Pakistan has proved to be real spoiler of the whole … More Chicago Summit: Can Pakistan be a real spoiler of the end-game?