Pakistan is not the only place where politicians, judges and bureaucrats are jealous of generals. Real cause of jealousy is not the capacity of generals to rule from behind the curtain. It is the perks and privileges traditionally enjoyed by the top military leadership. Even in places like the US, privileges of generals are far … More The general-bashing and civilian jealousies….
When the honorable justices of the apex court have chosen not to speak through their judgments, it will not be improper to scrutinize their conduct. And the judges have chosen to speak, that too publically, not on constitutional matters but on matters concerning national security. It will only be appropriate to remind them that they, … More Honorable judges and the matters of national security….
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and the civilized societies respect opinions even when they do not subscribe to it. Drones being used to kill terrorists may be a “cost-effective” military solution in the eyes of hawks in US administration but the fact that their collateral damage in the loss of innocent human … More Drone criticism is not an act of blasphemy….
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….
Killing of US Ambassador in Libya is not only a condemnable act, it is sad and gory. An ambassador is supposed to be the most protected precious asset in the host country even when the two countries are at war with each other. And Libya and the US won friendship the hard and bloody way. … More Mini-9/11 in Benghazi: Why the Americans are so adept at turning friends into foes?
HUSSAIN SAQIB Pakistan’s economy has experienced decades of boom and bust in a set pattern. If we divide Pakistan’s political history into periods of military rule and democratic rule, we clearly see that the country invariably enjoyed economic boom during the so-called military regimes. The bust pattern invariably pertains to the period when Pakistan was … More Democracy and economic growth are incompatible in Pakistan….
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….
The terrorists in Pakistan, and elsewhere, are fortunate in having unsolicited support from a cross-section of society on so many issue in more than one way. The issue on which they are indeed grateful for this support is the campaign against drone strikes. This campaign has been launched on the basis of self-defeating arguments. The … More How drone strikes help the terrorists….