Imran Malik

  • The collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the Caliphate in the wake of the First World War left a searing vacuum in the Muslim World-Ummah. It was fragmented by the destruction of its centre of gravity, the Caliphate. The inspiration to re-create a unifying centre of power was provided in 1969 by a ...

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  • Kashmir, the most underrated of all global crises, is fast becoming the hub of conflicting geopolitical, geostrategic and geo-economic interests of global powers as they manoeuvre to gain advantageous positions in Asia. The national interests of three nuclear powers clash directly here making it ...

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  • India and Israel make for very strange bedfellows. They are asymmetrical in absolute terms and have no common geopolitical or geostrategic aspirations. Their shared factor comes through a quirk of history and similar radical, supremist, expansionist ideologies. Furthermore, both have illegally ...

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  • Kashmir, Ayodhya and Kartarpur will impact Indo-Pak subcontinent’s social-religious-political milieus and bilateral relations between India and Pakistan in emphatic albeit contrasting ways. The colossal paradigm shifts and the ominous precedents being set will henceforth define and determine ...

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  • The world is gradually but surely transitioning to an increasingly multipolar mode. The spheres of influence of global powers are evolving rather meaningfully. The US is a power in retreat, as evidenced by its withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan. That will leave it without a footprint in mainland ...

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  • The Union of India’s ostensible Centre of Gravity (COG), its Unity, is under direct threat by multiple forces; the two most critical ones being the brazen imposition of the divisive, fascist, supremacist and racist Hindutva ideology by the present Modi Government and the plethora of ...

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  • India’s annexation of Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) region has been explicitly exposed by Pakistan in all its illegitimacy, injustice and inhumanity. It has sensitized the international community to the atrocious violations of international law and Human Rights there. It has ...

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  • The operational environment in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) is pregnant with multifarious possibilities although ominously subdued at the moment. Is it the proverbial lull before the storm? Are the Indian Occupation Forces in a strategic pause waiting for the winters and snows to ...

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  • Serious introspection is warranted by the Muslim Ummah as its inherent weaknesses and the complexities of Realpolitik have literally rendered it irrelevant to issues of geopolitical import, like Palestine and Kashmir. Islam, its only unifying factor, is fast becoming superfluous to the self-serving ...

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  • The South-Central Asian Region (SCAR) is again hogging headlines all over the world. Two events of great geopolitical and geostrategic significance, seemingly unrelated yet connected, are taking place simultaneously; on the western and eastern flanks of Pakistan. While one war is on the threshold ...

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  •  Is Nazism revisiting the planet? Is its revival taking shape in a Hindu av­atar in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) now? Can the world not read the writing on the Kashmiri wall or is it cal­lously blinded by its obtuse, self-serving geopolitical, geostrategic and geo-eco­nomic interests ...

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  • The emergency session held by the UNSC on 16 August 2019 on the Kashmir issue(s) between India and Pakistan and India and China (Ladakh) was significant for many reasons, most importantly because it involved three of the world’s nine known nuclear powers! Two, it resurrected the Kashmir issue ...

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  • The US Afghan Campaign, ”suffers from a persistent mission creep, insufficient force levels, meek operational strategies, an uncertain strategic direction, an ambiguous desired end state and a chronic dearth of policy stewardship and coherence at the White House, State Department and Pentagon ...

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  • The explosive strategic environment in the GMER simmers ominously. As a macabre foreplay of a devastating war, brinkmanship and the battle of coercions is on in real earnest. The US is mustering its military might in the Persian Gulf Region and so are the Iranians. Iran has further threatened to ...

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  • The continuity of US policy in the Greater Middle East Region (GMER) is remarkable for its unwavering consistency. Over the last four decades it has been exemplified by its steadfast albeit arrogant and ruthless exposition of all manners of political, diplomatic, economic, technological and ...

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  • The Pakistan Armed Forces, through their highly successful Operations Zarb e Azb and Rad ul Fassaad, have largely pacified the western and north-western stretches of Pakistan. This has created the desired environment for CPEC’s next developmental phase to start. Pakistan, arguably, is set for ...

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  • The emerging geopolitical and geostrategic environments in the Greater Middle East Region (GMER) and the South-Central Asian Region (SCAR) portend severe turmoil, instability and war as the US-Israel-India Combine moves to impose its unchallenged hegemony in the GMER-SCAR Complex. Iran in the GMER ...

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  • Israel and India are the two fulcrums or centers of power in the Greater Middle East Region (GMER), the South-Central Asian Region (SCAR) and the Indo-Pacific Region (IPR) around which the US’ current and future geostrategic and geopolitical interests appear to evolve. Both have the ...

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  • The Muslim world has failed the peoples of Palestine and Kashmir! It has been criminally negligent in failing to stop the atrocities being visited upon these helpless peoples. The selfish, politically timid and spineless Muslim ruling elites have been played around like mute, submissive pieces on ...

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  • Pulwama brought Kashmir, the world’s most sensitive nuclear flashpoint to the fore! This horrendous Indian faux pas will turn out to be a colossal watershed in the enigmatic geopolitical and geostrategic dimensions of this region. Where it emphatically crystallized the strategic balance ...

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  • Post Pulwama and the misadventure across the LOC the frustrations of the Indian nation have predictably peaked. Its attempt to unequivocally stamp its hegemony over Pakistan has backfired miserably. Their larger than life image of themselves that borders on the surreal and the mythical has clearly ...

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  • The brutalisation of Kashmir continues unabated. It is still occupied by well over half a million Indian soldiers. This is the highest concentration of hostile soldiers per civilian anywhere in the world. The Kashmiris (and the Palestinians) are the most dehumanised peoples under hostile occupation ...

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  • The Afghan peace process has made an uncertain start and has as yet many a mile to go and many a hurdle to cross till it reaches fruition. There are and will be many contentious issues that will need deft and masterful handling to resolve. However, it must first be determined which end state do ...

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  • US Afghan Campaign continues to totter along undefined paths towards an as yet undetermined end state. The US is now not the only power dominating the strategic environment in Afghanistan; the Afghan Taliban/Haqqani Network (TTA/HN) have staked competing claims too. The aims, objectives and end ...

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  • The US’ Afghan policy is in total disarray and consequently its Afghan Campaign has gone awry too. It suffers from a persistent mission creep, insufficient force levels, meek operational strategies, an uncertain strategic direction, an ambiguous desired end state and a chronic dearth of ...

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  • Pakistan is the virtual fulcrum around which much of the geopolitical, geostrategic and geo-economic future of the Afghanistan Pakistan Region, (APR), the South-Central Asian Region (SCAR) and largely the Greater Middle East Region (GMER) is now evolving. No power including the US, China or Russia ...

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  • The US has apparently made an adjustment in its policy towards South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular. This is epitomised by President Trump’s U-Turn in re-engaging Pakistan much against the run of persistently worsening US-Pakistan relations. Through his missive to PM Imran Khan ...

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  • Two devastating terrorist attacks, one in Orakzai Agency and the other in Karachi have heralded the intensification of the Hybrid War (HW) against CPEC and Pakistan’s future. These terrorist attacks have clearly underscored the growing inevitability of the CPEC- BRI Combine in geopolitical, ...

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  • The Trump Presidency is most mercurial and unpredictable in nature. The rapid-fire “hirings and firings” at the Secretary and senior most levels reflect chaos and disarray, weak command and control, fickle-minded team selection, and a rampant lack of confidence amongst his staff. It is ...

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  • India’s strategic posturing in the IOR continues unabated. Its acquisition of bases/port facilities at Duqm, Oman and Chahbahar, Iran in particular pose real threats to Pakistan and its interests in the region. These positions straddle the Hormuz Straits and place Pakistan’s SLOCs and ...

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