His Excellency Mr. Zarooni, Thank you very much for taking the trouble to write about us. Let me start with a friendly advice to kindly read the letter again that you think I have written. At the top of it, I have put the disclaimer in big, bold, underlined letters that it was received on … Continue reading Response to His Excellency Mr. Al-Zarooni
Posting here as received on WhatsApp. Writer anonymous: To, His Excellency Mr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, The United Arab Emirates. Dear Mr Gargash, All of us Pakistanis are in receipt of your expression of outrage over the decision of our sovereign Parliament, to NOT bend over this time, grab our ankles, … Continue reading To His Excellency Mr. Anwer Gargash from an Average Pakistani!
On this day forty-two years ago, democracy started its journey towards maturity by unanimously adopting the Constitution. Democracy reached another milestone when Charter of Democracy was signed. The journey went on. And Parliamentary Democracy strengthened our federalism in 2010 with the passage of landmark 18th constitutional amendment that put us on the tedious road to … Continue reading Thank you Parliament!
Civil Society National Statement 5 April 2015 The Government of Pakistan reiterates its intention to “protect the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)”. However, the sole purpose of the current Saudi-led Arab military coalition is aggression against Yemen. KSA has formally asked Pakistan for ‘boots on the ground’, ‘fighter jets in the … Continue reading Pakistanis against Military Involvement in KSA
Part II of the article from 2011
The defenders of the report, launched jointly by the Jinnah Institute (JI) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on a possible ‘Afghan endgame’, are irked by critics’ accusation of it protecting the ages-old worn-out ‘strategic depth’ notion. This ingenuous defence detracts from important issues while extenuating a faulty ‘strategic depth’ notion. The defenders present the report’s suggestion to include the Quetta Shura Taliban in the peace process as a globally accepted principle. One must concur that the report has triggered an interesting debate in the media. If taken personally, the criticism would not be able to serve the very purpose of the report: initiate an informed debate on the issue.
While the discussion process…
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Something that I wrote in 2011. Reminds of quite a few things about strategic depth doctrine
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, all we have in our hands is 35,000 graves, no state writ in 40 percent of our territory and our flippant, time-tested policy of ‘strategic depth’. First connoted by General Ayub Khan, vague references to the idea could be found in the statements of Pakistani leaders earlier too. Despite the ‘Muslim’ card that Pakistan used for its origins, it could not attract an immediate recognition from a Muslim Afghanistan in 1947 (which became one of the earliest nations to establish diplomatic relations with Pakistan in 1948). The overused concept of strategic depth (SD) has proven to be not only counterproductive but also damaging to Pakistan’s own interests in the region.
The rhizome of Pakistan’s paranoia has been its irascible relations with neighbouring India. After breaking away from it in…
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This is the unedited version of the article that appeared in The Nation on Tuesday July 8, 2014 “We are not wearing bangles”, “Be a man and face it”, “Have some balls and do it”, familiar language? Awfully so. Around us, at home, at workplace, on roads, in political rallies, in advertisements, in newspapers, on … Continue reading Mind Your Language, Gentlemen