Saleem Qamar Butt

  • The announcement and confirmation of the new Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) as well as new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) on November, 24, 2002 has helped bring an end to the most undesirable media speculations, public anxiety and political exploitation by all stakeholders; ...

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  • Populism refers to a range of political stances that emphasize the idea of “the people” and often juxtapose this group against “the elite”. It is frequently associated with anti-establishment and anti-political sentiment. In simple terms, populism is a name for a kind of ...

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  • What is most palpable in Paki­stani society and often a sub­ject of comments and discus­sion is the decline in the moral values that we once used to feel proud of. The definition of the word mor­al is “Concerning or relating to what is right and wrong in hu­man ...

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  • While all the stakeholders seem to have dug their heels deep enough in the ongoing political tug-of-war in Pakistan that commenced in the first week of April 2022; however, the real internal and external beneficiaries are dancing on their toes. The recent unsuccessful assassination attempt on ...

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  • The last-ball result of the Pakistan-India T-20 World Cup match as usual created a sense of self-blame and undue criticism of our otherwise brilliant team. It was obvious that Pakistan was on the verge of victory with India losing a wicket on the first ball of the last over with 16 runs required, ...

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  • The US president Joe Biden told a Democratic Congressional fundraiser on 13th October 2022 that Pakistan “may be one of the most dangerous nations in the world” for possessing “nuclear weapons without any cohesion.” His remarks despite extra backward bending and full ...

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  • A few days back, I along with my three kids visited Balakot, Naran, Kaghan, and Garhi Habibullah after a gap of 17 years. While we enjoyed travelling on the wonderful Hazara Motorway, the weather, overall serenity, and natural beauty; however, the side roads linking towns were in a poor state and ...

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  • Clausewitz describes a war in holistic terms as a paradoxical trinity composed of the tendencies of the people, the commander and his army, and the government. In Clausewitz’s most famous words: “War is merely the continuation of policy by other means”; we see, therefore, that war ...

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  • It is the sixth day of Russian invasion of Ukraine that commenced on Thursday, 24th February 2022 after blatant provocation by the US and NATO for years. We all know that Russia is not part of NATO. The Russia-NATO Council was established in 2002 to handle security issues and joint projects. Russia ...

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  • The incumbent government in Pakistan is discernibly under a lot of pressure for delivering on tall promises made to the people of Pakistan during the election campaign, especially with regards to the provision of easy and cheap justice, the recovery of plundered national wealth through mega ...

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  • The US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001/02 greatly relied on the strategic bombing of the Tora Bora mountains, thought to be the hideout for OBL, and subsequently put even greater dependence on drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and other parts of the world under the ...

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  • In pursuit of their geo-economic and geo-strategic security interests, the two global superpowers, namely the US and China, seem to have locked horns on the domination of the global commons i.e. land, sea and air lines of communications, outer space and cyberspaces. The phenomenon of guarding ...

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  • The radicalisation of minds, progressing to ever expanding extremism and terrorism needs a fresh holistic approach to counter and overcome this menacing problem. It is a well-established fact that the radicalisation of human minds points towards the failure of education and religious institutions ...

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  • Afghanistan under Taliban control is a reality that has come around after 20 years long conflict, which saw the US and allies exiting Afghanistan without achieving almost all of their declared and undeclared aims and objectives. In a broader sense, it is a strategic loss of face for the USA and to ...

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  • A lot of friends approach me to write more about problems and challenges afflicting our beloved country. We all know that there is a sea of problems ranging from the very simple to the most complicated ones on multiple fronts, which keep frustrating the masses with almost all governments’ ...

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  • US President Joe Biden’s two-day virtual Summit for Democracy, held on 9-10 December 2021 with more than 100 countries’ heads’ participation was more like an attempt to declare the USA as “Champion of Democracy” and the primary force pitting democracies against ...

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  • The recent developments in Pakistan with respect to the government making unspecified deals with the TTP in Afghanistan through interim Afghan interior minister Siraj Haqqani, and with the TLP on the rampage again through an equally controversial clergy has earned the government a lot of ire from ...

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  • One hears and watches with utter incredulity the demands being heaped on the Afghan Taliban government soon after the complete and forced exit from Afghanistan by the US and allied forces. The revengeful invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 by the US and NATO/ISAF allies, rubber stamped by the UN and ...

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  • The new challenge for the US military and intelligence community at hand is to accomplish President Joe Biden’s vow to fight terrorists left behind after 20 years of war in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. However, what couldn’t be achieved with the presence of large military forces from ...

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  • The US and allies’ exit from Afghanistan and the Middle East followed by marshalling of new alliances in the Asia-Pacific region like Quad (USA, Australia, Japan, India) professed to become a mini NATO before the latest military alliance named AUKUS (Australia, UK and USA).Some leading ...

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  • The Pakistani premier was in Tajikistan on a two-day visit i.e. 16-17 September 2021, during which he attended the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO’s) Heads of State Summit in Dushanbe, which helped Pakistan to play a greater diplomatic role in galvanising regional support ...

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  • It took four American presidents to finish the 20 year war in Afghanistan initiated by Bush. Obama’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan looked more like one step forward and two steps backward. Trump’s consistent obsession with concluding all endless wars remained a non-starter due ...

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  • In politics, hard power is the use of military and economic means to influence the behaviour or interests of other political bodies. This form of political power is often aggressive (coercion), and is most immediately effective when imposed by one political body upon another of lesser military ...

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  • Newton’s third law of motion states that ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction that acts with the same momentum and the opposite velocity’. In slightly different words, ‘when two bodies interact, they apply forces to one another that are equal in ...

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  • The victory of the Afghan Taliban through the non-violent takeover of Kabul, contrary to the US President’s claims, is indicative of many flaws and failures. A lot of analysts are offering a host of reasons for this sudden collapse of Afghanistan. However, none make sense as the Afghan ...

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  • The fall of Kabul to the Taliban on August 15 was long overdue. As expected, they made it a peaceful takeover by avoiding bloodshed, giving a safe exit to all the people wanting to flee Afghanistan–including President Ashraf Ghani, Afghan spies, families and supporters of invaders and foreign ...

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  • I recently read a short paper titled ‘The Future of US Cooperation with Pakistan’, co-authored by General Joseph Votel (Ret.) who was commander of CENTCOM from March 2016 to March 2019, and Lt. Gen. Michael K. Nagata (Ret.) who was director of strategy for the US National ...

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  • People at the helm of affairs in the Pentagon need to put some good faith in the global proverbial truth that ‘a wise enemy is better than a foolish friend’. It took the US more than 18 years to be able to talk to wise foes (Afghan Taliban) only because the armchair military and ...

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  • For more than 40 long years, India has consistently backstabbed Pakistan by misusing Afghan soil through buying and launching proxies inside Pakistan. Close sponsorship of the former Northern Alliance and the last two puppet regimes in Afghanistan has been no secret and even publicly acknowledged ...

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  • Pakistan has been under a lot of pressure by the USA and allies after joining the Chinese BRI and its flagship project, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The defeat in Afghanistan marked by the unceremonious exit, despite using Pakistan as a scapegoat for two decades, and an upright stance ...

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