Lessons from India’s Myanmar raid

Days after elite army commandos took on terrorists along the border with Myanmar, the neighborhood is still edgy. Within India, there is the heightened state of alert along the Indo-Myanmar border obviously being extra careful of a strike back by insurgents. And on the western front, Pakistan is still fuming not only on account of . . . → Read More: Lessons from India’s Myanmar raid

Political corruption alone isn’t the only issue

EXPRESSING dissatisfaction over Pakistan’s latest ranking in the Corruption Perception Index, President Mamnoon Hussain told the National Accountability Bureau some time ago to “net the big fish involved in corruption”. He also called for “social boycott of corrupt elements”, and said that “primary responsibility for ensuring a culture of good governance lay with the civil . . . → Read More: Political corruption alone isn’t the only issue

A military without a spirit

India has more of tanks, guns, aircraft and ships than Pakistan. But more assets don’t always translate into victory. Pakistan, at the strategic level, scores heavily over India in terms of war control, command and coordination

Given the acrimonious relations between India and Pakistan, and the regular accusations and counter-accusations by both sides, foreign analysts . . . → Read More: A military without a spirit

India’s new defence work with the USA

US Defence Secretary Ashton carter, currently in India, will renew the ten-year-old defence framework between the two countries and probably enhance co-operation in maritime security, intelligence-sharing and joint development and production of military equipment. He will, no doubt, again pressure India to sign a Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) in order to increase co-operability . . . → Read More: India’s new defence work with the USA

Businessman shot dead in Lahore

Gunmen shot dead a businessman on offering resistance during armed robbery attempt in South Cantonment police precincts, police sources said on Thursday.

Mursaleen riding on a motorcycle (LEL-9450) was on his way home when two motorcyclists stopped him at gunpoint near Nishat Colony. The bandits held him up and demanded cash and valuables.

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Modi hate Pakistan obsession

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rightwing Hindu nationalist government has ordered India’s armed forces to organise a ‘carnival’ to mark 50 years of a war with Pakistan in 1965, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

The Kolkata-based paper said the three-week long event is set to reignite a debate on whether India lost on the negotiating table . . . → Read More: Modi hate Pakistan obsession

No ears to hear the plight of the Rohingya

When is genocide not really genocide? When the victims are small, impoverished brown people no wants or cares about – Burma’s Rohingya.

Their plight has finally commanded some media attention because of the suffering of Rohingya boat people, 7,000 of whom continue to drift in the waters of the Andaman Sea without food, water or . . . → Read More: No ears to hear the plight of the Rohingya

Targeting the minorities

In a hostile world, Pakistani minorities face many threats; each new atrocity brings with it reams of analysis and no shortage of finger-pointing toward the perceived culprits. But general public opinion might be just as much to blame as terrorism.

Earlier this year, on the same day that small pockets of Pakistani society came together . . . → Read More: Targeting the minorities

How India has failed to handle AFPAK

From the press release issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing on Tuesday, there is no evidence that the situation in Afghanistan figured in the meeting between the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and State Councilor Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the recent BRICS meeting in Moscow. Regional security as such, surprisingly, didn’t . . . → Read More: How India has failed to handle AFPAK

Adolf Hitler reincarnated as Modi

Narendra Modi and the rise of his party have many similarities with Adolf Hitler and rise of Nazis in Germany. Modi’s victory bodes ill for this nation.

In a state where Mahatma Gandhi was born, we have a leader now who confesses his targeting of Muslims, and yet, people vote him back into power. Hitler . . . → Read More: Adolf Hitler reincarnated as Modi