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Karachi : Mismanaged and in need of urgent attention

By : Syed Muhammad Kashshaf The biggest and the most diverse city of Pakistan, have been facing various problems for a long time. Gas supply, water scarcity, and power shortages are some of the major issues and the whole city seems to be trapped under the detrimental impacts of such life-threatening problems. Not only have these issues engulfed Pakistan’s economic...

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A New Arabia, evolving Persia: Friendships, trade, ‘moderate’ Islam and espionage

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan | The article was originally published on 26/10/17 Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has vowed to "return" the country to “moderate Islam” and asked for global support to transform the hardline kingdom into an open society that empowers citizens and lures investors. Welcome to a new Islam being created in the Saudi kingdom....

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The drones are back to haunt the Af-Pak region

US drones on Friday fired missiles near Pak-Afghan border, killing at least 12 people and destroying six militant hideouts. It was the fifth such attack in as many days. At least 41 people including Jamaat-ul-Ahrar chief Umar Khalid Khorasani have been killed in the drone attacks. Senior militant commander Asad Afridi has emerged as the favorite to become the new...

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Accountability of the Sharifs amid unfolding events

By each unfolding event, it is becoming apparent that the Sharifs are in intense pressure. Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and her spouse famously known for his inflammatory speech against Ahmedis,  Captain(R) Safdar is in jeopardy as the accountability court indicted them for Aveneue Field references and Azzezia Paper Mill. Nawaz managed to escape the proceedings as his wife Begum Kulsoom...

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Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif’s tumultuous US visit continues

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has dismissed “hollow allegations” and claims by a number of US officials about his Pakistan's possible collusion with terrorist groups wreaking havoc in neighboring Afghanistan. Washington has long been chiding Islamabad for not doing enough to curb militant groups like the Taliban. “You want us to sniff them out, we will do that. You...

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Knife bearing maniac on the loose in Karachi

A rather ridiculous series of events have recently left parents and women in fear, a motorcycle riding, knife bearing maniac has been seen attacking women on the streets at random leaving them bruised and then rushing away on his motorcycle. The motive of the attacker is yet to be determined and varying news about his identity are doing the rounds...

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Quaid-E-Azam, The great leader

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was one of the greatest Muslim personalities of the sub-continent. He was a recognized leader of one hundred million Muslims of the subcontinent. His political life spread over many decades which had assured the Muslim of India of his astuteness, sincerity, courage audacity, perseverance and his proficiency in the...

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Lest we forget, The great Indian sabotage

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   On the midnight of 18-19 February 2007, India-Pakistan Samjhota Express train was bombed in which 68 Pakistani nationals were killed. A Hindu extremist leader Swami Aseemanand, a leader of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) confessed to his involvement in the vile act. On 1 July 2009, the US Department of Treasury designated Arif Qasmani...

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Lest we forget, Samjhota Express

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   On the midnight of 18-19 February 2007, India-Pakistan Samjhota Express train was bombed in which 68 Pakistani nationals were killed. A Hindu extremist leader Swami Aseemanand, a leader of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) confessed to his involvement in the vile act. On 1 July 2009, the US Department of Treasury designated Arif Qasmani...

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What’s cooking? Delhi in trumps National Security Council

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   The appointment of Brigadier-General Robin Fontes as senior director for India, Pakistan and Central Asia at the NSC came a day after Trump's national security adviser (NSA) Michael Flynn resigned amid controversy, worrying India. Flynn was the only cabinet-ranking member of the Trump administration who had met his Indian counterpart, NSA Ajit Doval,...

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What’s Cooking? America First (Background)

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   A continuation of the Hudson Institute Policy papers, 'In March 2009, then-President Barack Obama defined his top priority as being to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the Al-Qaeda infrastructure in Pakistan, which posed an imminent and significant threat to the United States and its allies. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was the lead element...

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What’s cooking? A New U.S. Approach to Pakistan

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   Husain Haqqani & Lisa Curtis jointly authored a policy paper at the Hudson institute, following are the highlights, the complete paper could be read online on their official website. 'The new Trump Administration must review its policies toward Pakistan in order to more effectively contain, and eventually eliminate, the terrorist threats that continue...

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What’s cooking? Insert, Hussain Haqqani

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   The Hudson Institute is an American conservative non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1961 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, by futurist, military strategist, and systems theorist Herman Kahn and his colleagues at the ‘RAND Corporation’. A recent write-up from the premier security think-tank of America had the notorious Hussain...

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What’s cooking? Indo-Pak Relations and Linda Curtis

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy Miss Lisa Curtis. Curtis focuses on America's security relationships with India, Pakistan, Afghanistan & other South Asian nations. Strongly favored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party and the Government, New Delhi’s trusted diplomatic darling and the high-profile South-Asia expert,...

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Tanks of Porus: Assumptions Vs Reality

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   India has recently made their nefarious designs known with regards to the controversial "Cold Start Doctrine" for which we see frantic deployments on the borders, India is preparing to deploy more than 460 main battle tanks (MBTs) along its border with Pakistan, substantially increasing its already sizable tank force there. To understand the...

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Devious Designs, Cold Start Doctrine

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   “Cold start or Hot Start we are ready for any and all misadventure” The statement given by the recently outgoing Army Chief reverberates in the hearts and mind of most Pakistani’s addressing an event held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to mark the golden jubilee anniversary of the 1965 Pakistan-India war last...

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Riyals for Raheel

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   November 29, 2016 the day Raheel Sharif decided to exit gracefully after serving as the Commanding Officer of the Armed Forces of Pakistan, shall be remembered throughout history for the “unusual circumstances” that proceeded and preceded his departure. Raheel Shareef served as Pakistan’s COAS for 3 years (2014-16) in a much talked about...

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