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Has India Overplayed Its Hand?

By   3 weeks ago

20 Indian military personnel dead. Scores of Chinese soldiers reported to be injured. Not a single shot fired. On the night of June 15th, hundreds of Indian and Chinese soldiers came to blows in the disputed Galwan Valley region of Ladakh. It is rare to see two large militaries getting into physical altercations without the […]

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Breathless

By   1 month ago

Imtiaz Gul The shocking video of the killing of George Floyd revived bitter memories of  similar incidents in the past. Among them is David Dungay, a 26-year-old Aboriginal man, killed in a similar fashion while being restrained by five prison guards in a Sydney prison in Australia. Floyd was murdered by a white police officer […]

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The Sino-Indian Standoff

By   1 month ago

Gen (rtd) Asad Durrani That they go together is by now amongst those Chinese words of wisdom, which have so often been quoted that they have lost their sheen. Even then, since the latest excitement in the Himalayas is so quintessentially Chinese; has followed so soon on the heels of what Trump called the Chinese Virus; […]

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Countering Xenophobia Against Asians Due to Covid-19

By   3 months ago

“Let me be clear. There is no place in our country for discrimination driven by fear or misinformation. This is not something Canadians will ever stand for.” said Prime Minister Trudeau in February. The Covid-19 pandemic has upended the world in more ways than one. Some changes have been positive such as the decrease in […]

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The Effect of the War in Afghanistan to Pakistan’s Economy

By   2 years ago

“Do more” is the call resounding today throughout the halls of the White House with regards to Pakistan’s alleged facilitation of the Afghan Taliban. This is by no means a novel American approach to dealing with Pakistan and its complex relationship with some of the groups that both nations had promoted during the 1979 Soviet […]

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    Has India Overplayed Its Hand?

    By   3 weeks ago

    20 Indian military personnel dead. Scores of Chinese soldiers reported to be injured. Not a single shot fired. On the night of June 15th, hundreds of Indian and Chinese soldiers came to blows in the disputed Galwan Valley region of Ladakh. It is rare to see two large militaries getting into physical altercations without the […]

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    The Sino-Indian Standoff

    By   1 month ago

    Gen (rtd) Asad Durrani That they go together is by now amongst those Chinese words of wisdom, which have so often been quoted that they have lost their sheen. Even then, since the latest excitement in the Himalayas is so quintessentially Chinese; has followed so soon on the heels of what Trump called the Chinese Virus; […]

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    Fighting Covid19 – The Canadian Way

    By   3 months ago

    Cricket matches in Brampton are being broken up, roller-bladers are getting hauled up, social gatherings of more than five people are banned and residents in Toronto need to ensure they keep at least a two meter distance from non-family members while out in public. These are just some of the measures enacted by the Ontario […]

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    Ships Are Safe In The Harbor, But That’s Not What Ships Are For

    By   3 months ago

    By Rafiq Jan We witnessed far too many planes aloft in the skies than the flocks of birds in the last two decades or so, prompting the manufacturers to burn the midnight oil in meeting the demands of producing planes for airlines, also because of the burgeoning global travel industry. But then struck the unseen […]

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    Politics of SROs

    By   4 months ago

    Imtiaz GulChief Editor The most common tool for extracting benefits from the state in favour of particular person or group in Pakistan is the  Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO).  Back in 2014, for example, the SRO 115(1)/2014 of 19-2-2014 literally suspended the Finance Act 2013 the Parliament to allow existing taxpayers, keep on evading taxes by […]

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    A Different World Post COVID-19?

    By   4 months ago

    Gen.(Rtd) Tariq Khan This is what is doing the rounds. It is an attempt to create a social divide in an already divided country. Everyone knows that the bulk of the virus infection was brought in through Taftan. These are those zealous people who were living parts of the Ziarat. They comprised the uneducated, the […]

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    COVID-19 Paralyses New York

    By   4 months ago

    Jehangir Khattak – Matrix Magazine This is incredibly scary; the city had 185 confirmed cases on March 14 and exploded to 30,000 by the evening of March 28. The number for the New York state stood at at least 52,318, with at least 728 COVID-19 induced deaths. This means around 46 percent of the national […]

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    Iran After Soleimani

    By   5 months ago

    To say that 2020 has been a maelstrom of epic proportions might be an under-statement. With Iran and the US going toe to toe at the beginning of the year, the ongoing battle between Turkey and the Syrian Regime in Idlib, the riots in Delhi and the rapidly growing COVID-19 pandemic causing panic around the […]

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    Remembering Jinnah

    By   5 months ago

    The terrible violence against Muslims by rampaging Hindu mobs in Dehli with the full support of the State, fuelled by Modi’s Hindu India’s madness, should put at rest the rumblings of those who even today question the creation of Pakistan and in their view “the desertion” of the Muslims left behind in India. This mistaken belief postulates […]

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    Afghanistan: Shun The Past For a Better Future

    By   5 months ago

    Imtiaz Gul After years, if not decades, an unequivocal message is resonating out of Islamabad; Pakistan desires a sovereign, democratic, united, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.  From the PM’s Office to the GHQ – all key stakeholders continue to convey to Afghan visitors as well as through the media this guiding principle of the country’s Afghan […]

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      India’s Goebbelian Concoctions and COVID19

      By   3 months ago

      By Imtiaz Gul Nationalism – your appreciation of the land you belong to – is indeed something cherishable. But when conflated with a particular ideology – either religious or political – it turns deadly and morphs into extremist nationalism. Remember what happened in Germany under Hitler and Italy under Mussolini. Is history repeating itself in […]

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      Press Freedom in Pakistan: Some Questions to CPJ

      By   4 months ago

      A veteran Pakistani journalist and author challenges CPJ’s statement in support of the owner of Pakistan’s largest media group, advising it to raise its voice for the Pakistani journalists who are being exploited by media owners and not paid for months.Posted on 03/31/20By Imtiaz Gul | Via ViewsWeek Let me clarify at the outset: No believer in […]

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      Pakistan’s Corona Options

      By   5 months ago

      There’s a battle raging in Pakistan over the Corona crisis, especially on the strategy.  Whether we should go for a soft mitigation strategy of self imposed social distancing or through a harsh state mandated suppression strategy of forced lock-down. While there’s limited data on eventual outcomes, so far we know that harsh suppression is far […]

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      Winds of Change in South Asia

      By   6 months ago

      Three weeks ago, Bangladesh shut off all mobile services along its 4,156 km long border with India. Such a drastic step for a nation that is for all intents and purposes a client state of India is quite reflective of a change in mood in the Awami League’s camp. The reason for this? Security reasons […]

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      The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring written by Paul Danaher, A Book Review

      By   3 years ago

      Paul Danaher has been the BBC’s bureau chief of several high profile regions such as the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and currently, North America. He ran the entire news operation in the regions and even helped the BBC to win an Emmy for its 2013 coverage of the Syrian Crisis.[1] (Middle East Institute) […]

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