Samson Simon Sharaf

  • TPakistan’s ex-President Musharraf’s treason trial by a special court will test the limits of dispensing justice in meandering intrigues. It is now sixteen years since the emergency was imposed and there is plenty of hindsight to determine why he transgressed and was he partially ...

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  • TSoldiering is an experience punctuated with strong emotive factors, comradery, a sense of belonging to a strongly bonded group with an exclusive identity and always putting others ahead of self. This training, dormitory living and bonding forge a collective identity to create a spirit de corps in ...

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  • TEach man’s death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee Johne Donne I quoted this in December 2016 in ‘Pity the Nation’. Like most Pakistanis, my initial hope and excitement were short lived. Come Panama, ...

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  • TThere is no doubt that the government is making hectic efforts to put the economy back on track. However, the major targets being met are related to IMF Package resulting in a false sense of achievement. Does a clean chit from IMF mean that ‘all is well’ or there are more ...

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  • TThe news on FAFT front is not good. In the October 2019 plenary session Pakistan was found fully compliant in only one area. All the remaining 39 areas in various shades of green and red are to be complied by February 2020. Pakistan was warned and cautioned that unless the compliance was credible, ...

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  • TDuring the past decade, the pace of international events in West, South and Central Asia has been hectic. Like oscillating molecular clusters in water, constantly bonding and un-bonding, discerning who is who, and with who, keeps changing at random. This strategic flux started from the Middle East ...

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  • TThe campaign for the ‘Collective Hindu identity as essence of Bharat’ is now a reality. In time Indian politics will change forever and etch in constitution by 2024. The begging question is how Pakistan meets and deters this onslaught? In chagrin to Indian secular and leftist ...

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  • TThe Charter of Medina established a multi religious Islamic State, conferring collective responsibility to nine constituent tribes to avert actions against the State. The Quraysh, Yathrib and Jews were mentioned repeatedly. Excluding scholarly inferences, an incisive reading of the Charter of Media ...

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  • TWhen Prime Minster Imran Khan left the podium at UNGA after a humanitarian and assertive speech, the propaganda against him had already begun. Shell shocked and bewildered, the combined opposition, the desi liberal brigade and ‘his master’s voices’ synergised a scandalous campaign ...

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  • TBy this time the Prime Minister would have addressed the UNGA. It goes without saying that his address would be an up scaling of his Kashmir Diplomacy; assertive, factual and persuasive with a profound element of humility and pain. Though President Trump refrained from addressing Kashmir in his ...

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  • TIn statecraft, every challenge is an opportunity; bigger the challenge, more fleeting the opportunity. Leaders and nations that seize the moment have much to gain. Lesser ones wither like the sands in time. Right now the challenges and fleeting opportunities for Pakistan are many and Prime Minister ...

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  • TJust when everyone expected that President Trump could pull a fast one and begin the transition of Afghanistan to peace and stability, he dumped it through a tweet. The not very convincing reason was that Taliban had killed 12 people including a US Sargent on duty.  “As far as I’m ...

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  • TPakistan’s prevailing geopolitical and regional situation has not evolved overnight. The environment began shaping right after withdrawal of Soviet Union. Exasperation and vulnerability increased manifold. Unexpectedly, Pakistan ignored its building blocks of national power mainly due to ...

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  • TIt goes unnoticed that India launched many small wars of unifications in 1947. How many in the world (even Pakistan) realise that in 1947 India was half the size it is today. From 1947 to 1961, Indian geographical map expanded two folds. There seems no end to this mythical size that goes beyond ...

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  • TTourniquet is a kind word for lack of a better synonym. Modi has put a strangle-hold on Kashmir; a neck lock that has closed all avenues of access. It is inflicting deep wounds and flushing out blood in the same direction that rivers flow. This is dangerous development the world may live to regret. ...

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  • TShaguftagi-e-Gul-o-nastaran nahi bhoolay Haseen phoolon ki woh anjuman nahi bhoolay Bhulaaon kese manazir teri baharon ke Teri fazaaon mai kaliyaan khilaayen ge aik din Teri baharon mai phir muskuraayen ge aik din Mere Watan Mere Watan Mere Watan teri jannat mai ayen ge aik din   An ongoing ...

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  • TTrade Unions and Federations in Pakistan have become a farce and a front for elites to exploit working classes for political gains. All through Pakistan’s political history, these organisations lacked a unified purpose, vigour and thrust. A glance through labour laws and codes and ...

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  • TIs the world so perfect or so imperfect depending on how you view it? The light before passing through the glass prism, or refracting its path into colours after passing through? Or is it the wavy image seen through water. The objects are not what they seem to be. This is what propagandists ...

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  • TThe manner in which the rulings of the Panama Tribunal of the Supreme Court of Pakistan have been flouted is making headlines all over Pakistan. The way events are unfolding is cause for concern. Despite judicial activism, overactive and aggressive Bars, the sociology of the bench and bar has not ...

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  • TChristian and Parsee institutions played an outstanding role during the partition and early years of Pakistan’s development. Though the Parsees are gradually dwindling, the Christian community has continued to serve Pakistan in the field of education, technical education, defence, health and ...

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  • TI would reassert my thesis that this is ‘Pakistan’s Past, Present and Future War’. The modern battle field has transited from a conventional battlefield to an invisible theatre where Operations Other Than War (OOTW) are far more lethal than military manoeuvres and firepower. These ...

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  • TWhen Lahoris read these lines, the last rites to bury Lonsdale Robert Niblett are being performed concurrently in USA. Born on April 4, 1926, he died June 12 2019; thus ended an epoch spanning 93 years of which four decades were devoted to patrolling Lahore and seven years to educating boys. ...

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  • TFor a long time, analysts in Pakistan will discuss the validity of the reference in Supreme Judicial Council against Justice Isa and its timings. Rather than defend himself on merits in the apex body of judicial accountability, the honourable judge has indicated to fight his case in the gallery. ...

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  • TContinued…   The financial year 2019-20 is around the corner. Most likely, the government will set an ambitious growth target of around 4% with expectations coming from the agriculture and large scale manufacturing. A big segment of this increase in GDP will be incidental linked to ...

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  • TContinued...   Has anyone ever pondered why we talk so often of Sher Shah Suri and his development works? He was a military administrator. Military organisations and technologies have always been dual purpose and precursors of development. Whether it was the moving logistics of Napoleon, the ...

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  • TContinued…   The West led by International Financial Institutions (IFIs) is close to achieving in Pakistan, what military cooperation, coercion, violent non-state actors and 13 years sanctions could not. In the past, Pakistan wriggled out of successive crunches through friends and own ...

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  • TContinued…. I have talked to people in power corridors on kick starting Pakistan’s economy with my oft repeated hypothesis of sustainable growth at grass roots. My argument is based on statistics that appropriate the bulk of Pakistan’s GDP and GNP to these poor segments. I also ...

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  • TContinued… Just like Rome was not built in a day, Pakistan was not de-structured in a day.  The seeds for the prevailing mess were laid with the Economic Reforms Act of 1992. Thereafter PMLN and Zardari governments have worsened the rot. The government of President Musharraf led by ...

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  • TContinued…  There are glaring aspects of Pakistan’s economic negatives that despite repeated rejoinders constantly go unnoticed. Why is it that from 2005 onwards, Pakistan’s economy suddenly began to become non-productive and in reds? This is despite the fact that ...

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  • TContinued….   Asad Umar has resigned as finance minister of Pakistan. He was provided an exit he availed gracefully. My advice to him would be to stick to the core and resist temptation to become a sacrificial lamb for red herrings. The widely acclaimed poster boy was never cut for ...

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