Mushfiq Murshed

  • TThe fraud-tainted Afghan presidential election of August 20 has deepened the political crisis in the country against the backdrop of the Taliban insurgency which has spread like wildfire to the relatively peaceful provinces of the north such as Balkh and Kunduz. Meanwhile the Independent Election ...

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  • TOn September 11, 2001, the action of 19 persons changed the dynamics of global politics. Since then, the two countries have been invaded, the War on Terror continues unabated and, as a result, if remedial measures are not taken then, Huntington's theory of a "Clash of Civilisations" may actually ...

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  • TBaitullah Mehsud's death has been a formidable setback for the Tehrik-i-Taliban, however, the aftermath may prove to be highly volatile for Pakistan in the form of a fresh spate of terrorist attacks. The August 27 suicide bombing of the residential barrack of the Khasadar force in the Khyber Agency ...

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  • TPresident Obama's speech in Cairo was a courageous statement of his political philosophy which, according to various sources, he had been working on since his campaign. It highlighted a strategy that his administration intends to follow. According to Dr Brezezinski, the speech redefined: "What ...

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  • TThe world had predicted a doomsday scenario for Pakistan where they felt that Talibanisation would eventually engulf the entire nation. Militarily that is not possible. Predictions of the capital being overrun by militant forces emerging from the Margalla Hills are absurd. However, if the word ...

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  • TIn his second address to the joint session of the National Assembly and the Senate on March 28, President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated the hackneyed slogan that Pakistan would not countenance the violation of its sovereignty. The reference obviously was to US drone attacks in the tribal areas which ...

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  • TThe March 2009 political upheaval initially suggested that, for Pakistan, the intrigue, agitations and riots that dominated the spring of 2007 would pale in comparison to what was expected this year. The disqualification of the Sharif brothers and imposition of Governor's Rule in Punjab again ...

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  • TDespite the favourable outcome of the Second World War for the allies, the then superpower, Great Britain, emerged with a tarnished image. It was no longer perceived as the invincible imperial power that its colonies had imagined it to be. Similarly, the two dominant superpowers of the Cold War era ...

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  • TAlexander Pope, who is regarded as the greatest English poet of the 18th century, wrote: "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." This dictum has been proved correct by the welter of rapid and confusing statements made in Pakistan about Ajmal Kasab. The repercussions of National Security Adviser ...

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  • TIf the target of the terrorists in Mumbai was to derail the peace process between Pakistan and India then their mission is on its way to succeeding. The post-November 26 media war, initiated by India, coupled with the imminent elections in that country has escalated tensions between the two ...

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