Samson Simon Sharaf

  • Europe and USA are glaring examples of how the capitalist world has failed in ensuring health and safety for their citizens. European nations that have shifted to welfare models of Scandinavia have displayed far more control and reduction in fatalities. Germany, with the biggest proportion of ...

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  • Yesterday, Pakistan reached the 4th week and the most critical phase of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is a race against time to deploy critical medical supplies from abroad and provide safe conditions to medical staff. Prime Minister Imran Khan insists that taking precautions and staying indoors is ...

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  • Every soldier is motivated to lie in wait for a day that may never come and yet be prepared if it does; even to the peril of life. Military planners spend entire careers identifying a threat that may never materialise. The world over, militaries are being requisitioned to help contain and fight ...

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  • After four decades of intense conflict, will peace finally prevail in a ravaged Afghanistan? Due to interlocked destinies, people in Afghanistan and adjoining Pakistan keep fingers crossed due to many assumptions based on suppositions. Ultimately, it is possible that the tangle of these assumptions ...

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  • As Hindu and Muslim protestors in New Delhi clashed and police encouraged violence against Muslims, a few miles away President Trump commended Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “working very hard on religious freedom”. He refused to discuss a controversial new citizenship law that ...

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  • Reorganising the Labour Wing of a political party in Pakistan is like building a city on Mars. This is so because the cause of assertion collides head-on with deep rooted exploitative forces existing in every sinew of Pakistan’s society. While there is a law for everything, reaching the Mars ...

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  • “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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  • Indian Prime Minister Modi’s policies have resulted in a broad spectrum policy muddle across the entire spectrum. The ideology that promotes such an exclusive confusion is a lethal mixture of Indian Nationalism rebranded as Hindutva (religious class superiority), Bharat Versha (Greater ...

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  • The story of Kashmir is a tragedy in bloodshed for over a century; an endless tale of betrayals, British mercantilism, geo strategic intrigues and elastic ethics. The existence of a live Line of Control has the nuisance to reach a Fire Break Point. With American cooption of India as the lead ...

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  • This is not the first time. Like now, Pakistan in late 90s was in an alarming economic situation as also in 2007-8. In 1999, apart from international sanctions, the country was gripped by Structural Adjustment Programmes of IMF, massive corruption by Sharifs and bureaucracy/judiciary loaded with ...

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  • Acadia means a ‘perfect world’ and ‘a land of plenty’. The land has everything for all living beings, flora and fauna. It is a perfect balance in every sense of the word. There is no darkness of sin, greed, selfish desires and violence. Given that we live in an imperfect ...

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  • Display of a Soldier’s Boot in a television show was contempt and sacrilegious. It caused angst and dismay to every soldier who wears or hung his boots after fading away. Most, it was an insult to thousands of soldiers who sacrificed their blood and lives for the country with their boots on ...

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  • It seems that the spat between USA and Iran has taken a sharp turn towards negotiations and peace, a position inherited by President Trump from the previous administration and later discarded with jingoism. If President Trump had to take this U turn, what was the logic behind sustained hostilities ...

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  • A butterfly fluttering its wings or want of a nail in soldier’s boot have ripple effects   USA is a power in retreat. Weary of two decades of battle fatigue, ‘shock and awe’ is morphing to working through allies, vassals and non-state actors. After 9/11, the world forgot that ...

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  • The Special Court verdict on the treason of Ex-President Pervez Musharraf has opened a can of stinking worms. Perhaps these worms can best be described as upstarts of opportunity. The first lesson and abject reality are that in the highest echelons of politics in Pakistan, loyalties and allegiances ...

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  • Pakistan’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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  • Soldiering 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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  • Each 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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  • There 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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  • The 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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  • During 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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  • The 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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  • The 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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  • When 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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  • By 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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  • In 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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  • Just 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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  • Pakistan’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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  • It 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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  • Tourniquet 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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