Samson Simon Sharaf

  • 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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  • TThe Minister of State for Revenue, Hammad Azhar’s article ‘The Economy in 2019’ is a brave attempt to justify many hard decisions of his government. Do his explanations of a consumption led growth, fiscal ill-discipline, domestic borrowing, exchange rate overvaluation, fiscal ...

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  • TMilitary diplomacy, strategic positioning and structures of commands are a well deliberated and articulated exercise that sometimes goes unnoticed to public. Like diplomacy, these are like the unseen icebergs sunk below the water. Appearances are deceptive. Deep below lie the jagged and abrasive ...

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  • THaving brought the world to the brink of a nuclear catastrophe, the latest escalation between India and Pakistan has temporarily subsided. The way it started and ended is a direct reflection of the Indian doctrinal muddle. It is a creation of Sangh Parivar of BJP, Prime Minister Modi, national ...

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  • T“The war has already begun. The question is. When did it begin?” (Pakistan’s Present and Future War, January 2008).   Immediately after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pakistan was put under sanctions for pursuing a nuclear programme. The Afghan Mujahedeen backed by ...

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  • T“We beheld in the sky what appeared to us to be a mass of scarlet cloud resembling the fierce flames of a blazing fire. From that mass many blazing missiles flashed, and tremendous roars, like the noise of a thousand drums beaten at once. And from it fell many weapons winged with gold and ...

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  • TAfter the suicide attack on an Indian police convoy at Pulwama, Kashmir is once again making international headlines. India seized Pakistan’s preoccupation with the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman to launch a relentless smear campaign. Within minutes, the anti-Pakistan blitz ...

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