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US stance on CPEC

The United States has now openly supported the Indian position on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Trump administration has informed that it too believe the CPEC passes through a disputed territory. The $56 billion mega project passes through northern areas, which India claims a part of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir. The US Defense secretary James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee, ” The One Belt One Road (OBOR) also goes through a disputed territory and I think that it in itself show the vulnerability of trying to establish a sort of dictate”. He said US is opposed to OBOR policy in principle because in globalized world there were many built and roads and no one nation put itself in a dictating position. Hence, we oppose the one going through Pakistan.

The new US position on CPEC will further strain the already tense relations between the US and Pakistan. The latter is also opposed to the greater role that Washington has assigned to India in Afghanistan which is envisaged in a strategy that President Trump announced on August 21. It reflects the reversal of his earlier inward looking approach and depicts the China Containment policy initiated by its predecessors. The US now understands OBOR as being a vehicle by which Beijing can catalyze an irreversible change in the strategic balance of power of new trade routes and markets. The CPEC is a flagship of this initiative because it provides China with reliable non-Malacca access to the Indian Ocean. Russia has also backed this initiative.

The US has not opposed the joint Indo-Japanese infrastructure projects, the Asia Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), which is viewed the Indo-Japanese response to CPEC. It is also called the “freedom corridor” which will be built across the Indo-Pacific Rim land. China hosted 29 heads of states and governments at the Built and Road Forum in May which reinforces its claim to leadership of an emerging global and economic world order. India boycotted this summit. The summit conference was also attended by the representatives of more than 40 other countries and multi financial agencies. It was the clear expression that China is breaking out of its old foreign policy mould that had restrained it from attempting a global role. China is now propelling itself to the center stage of global power game. CPEC is a new geo-economic reality of representing an emerging world order. The US led new world order built on the devastation of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria is dying out. The recent historic visit of King Salman of Saudi Arabia to Moscow and Turkey’s towards Russia clearly manifest this scenario. The strong anti-globalization wave in the Western World that is showing a growing tendency to more protectionism also indicates the advent of China’s new world order.



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Jhal Magsi carnage

Twenty people were killed and 22 injured in a suicide blast at Dargah Fatehpur near Gandawa area of Jhal Magsi district. A suicide bomber blew himself up when a police personnel stopped him at the entrance of Dargah. Deputy Commissioner Assadullah Kakar confirmed the death toll and said, “A suicide bomber blew himself up when he was intercepted by the police guard on duty outside the shrine”.

The province of Baluchistan has been worst hit by the terrorist attacks over the past two years. During the current year 82 people have perished and 132 injured in suicide bombing and firing. In 2016, 224 people lost their lives and were 434 injured in the acts of terror. One Judge Judicial Commission was formed to investigate the August 8, 2016 attack on Civil Hospital Quetta in which 60 people mostly lawyers were killed. Justice Qazi Faez Isa compiled the report which pointed out monumental failure of the Ministry of Interior to combat terrorism. But the federal as well as the provincial governments turned a blind eye to the findings of this report.

After a deadly terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar a National Action Plan (NAP) of 20 points was approved for implementation in letter and spirit. But only three points were implemented and action on the remaining 17 points is yet to be taken. After the Panama Papers revelations NAP is virtually on the backburner whereas the sharp sword of terrorism is hanging on our heads. National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) is virtually dysfunctional. It is facing dearth of officers and financial resources. Rs. 1.4 billion has been released to NACTA so far. The total outlay of NAP was 40 billion for which the federal government had to contribute 8 billon and remaining 32 billion had to be provided by the provincial governments.

NAP has never been serious subject for the government otherwise top priority would have been given to its implementation in totality. The May 28 attack on the motorcade Deputy Chairman Senate, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidary should have jolted the conscience of political leadership. JUI (F), JI and MQM were not happy about the formation of military courts. No attention has been given to strengthen the law courts for the trial of terrorists. Hence, two years extension had to be given in the tenure of Military Courts. A counter narrative to sensitize public opinion against the terrorism and extremism is inevitable but initiatives has not been taken because of political expediency. Shabaz Sharif government is averse to a thorough cleanup operation against the sleeper’s cells in South Punjab for fear of losing the vote bank in the next general election. The inland security laws were not reformed. Terrorism is a threat to the national security from within like termites and should be fought with courage and strong determination for which NAP provides a viable platform if the political leadership show some spine for its implementation.


Education reforms?

Speaking at the teachers awards distribution ceremony the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak  said political interference has ruined the government educational institutions, The politicians has always used the teachers for their political objectives which resulted in big decline in the standard of education.

The Chief Minister has given an objective assessment about the degeneration of government educational institutions. The principle of reward and punishment has brought significant improvement in the elementary and secondary education. The representatives of Monitoring and Inspection Unit has performed a commendable job to ensure punctuality of teachers in schools. The curriculum reforms have brought a thorough transformation in the subject matter of text books. The contents of text books will certainly promote the conceptual acumen of the students. However, deficiency in the training programs is yet to be removed. The teachers of government schools need training and capacity building courses compatible with drastic changes in curricula.

The English text books from class-1-10 are being compiled the teachers specializing in linguistics, who have intermingled the topics related to traditional grammar and the difficult terminologies of linguistics. In the text book ‘Reader Two’ linguistic terms like Rebus and Diagraph are perplexing for the teachers of primary level. Likewise, the terms like cataphoric and anaphoric references included in the textbook of class 10 are beyond the comprehension of teachers. The teachers leave out explaining these type of terms as well as activity sections related to these topics intentionally without admitting the failure of their understanding.

There has not been reforms in the higher education per se. Unlike, the appointment of teachers on merit in school, the appointment in post graduate colleges and public sector universities are entirely made by politician and academicians according to their sweet will. The criteria and other steps for qualifying the post announced is purely a charade for public eyes. That is why, talented students are discouraged and frustrated to seek jobs in government colleges and public sector universities. The ultimately results of this injustice leads to one’s setting fire to one’s degree and transcripts. Specifically, talking in this matter one renowned example is of a student who had M.Phil. Qualification in Physics burnt his degree because of continuous mental depression caused by the injustice of the system. If this kind of misdeeds and mishandling is not rooted out in time, it will accelerate the sense of deprivation in the present and future youth.

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Tillerson’s positive remarks

US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson after a meeting with Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif said that he believed the United States has a reliable partner in Pakistan. He said its role is critical for the long term stability of South Asia. In his brief remarks to the media, Secretary Tillerson expressed concern about the future of Pakistan’s government, stressing that Washington wanted a stable government in Islamabad. He stated “Pakistan’s relation with the US is extraordinarily important”.

The US Secretary of State remarks about the future relations between the two countries is a pleasant surprise. It encourages optimism for cordial mutualism between these two long standing allies in war on terror in this region. There has been frequent interactions between the political and military leaderships of Pakistan and the US over the past 16 years notwithstanding the occasional ups and downs in mutual relationship. However, his apprehension about the stability of government in Islamabad is based on mere conjectures and surmises. After the disqualification of former PM Nawaz Sharif, new PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was elected by National Assembly. The federal cabinet meets regularly, whereas the former Prime Minister did not give much importance to his cabinet and the parliament when he was on the saddle of power. A few months of five years term of the present government are left and next general elections are due in the first half of 2018, after which new democratically elected government will be in place. There is no imminent threat to democracy and it will move on.

It is not only the leadership in Pakistan which express reservations about President Trump’s South Asia policy. Afghan leaders are also apprehensive of it. The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has also visualized fault lines in the US new Afghan policy. He said Trump’s administration policy on Afghan is not a message of peace and hope for this region as it lacks the component of negotiation and peace. Hamid Karzai expressed the desire that both Afghanistan and Pakistan should sit together like brothers, sort out their differences and make persistent efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan. The Chief of Army Staff in his recent visit to Kabul met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in which it was agreed that high level contacts will continue.

Secretary Tillerson is a voice of moderation and restraint in Trump,s administration but the popular viewpoint about this administration is that the hawks like James Mattis and MC Master call the shots in the domain of foreign policy. There is a dire need for clear initiatives to reduce the trust deficit between the United States and its friend in need, Pakistan.


CM KP outburst

Talking to a delegation of elders from upper Dir, the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak disclosed that the federal government has suddenly stopped the release of funds to Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa which has halted the work on the ongoing development projects. He said that developmental projects of people’s socio-economic uplift will remain incomplete if the timely release of funds is not in effect. He said the province is confronted with the problems of terrorism and poverty. The federal government should be generous in providing us the much needed financial resource for its speedy development. The Chief Minster gave a stern warning to the federal government to release KP share of financial resources within two weeks or face a sit in (Dharma) in Islamabad.

KP is a resource deficient province because it hardly generates a revenue of 73 billion from its own sources, whereas the total budgetary outlay for the current financial year is 487 billion. The resource gap is met through the transfer of funds by the federal government from the divisible pool of federal taxes revenue and loans acquired by the federation. Hence, the demand for the immediate release of developmental funds is justified. Hopefully, this issue will be resolved amicably between the center and province.

The line departments responsible for the execution of projects of people’s welfare fail to utilize the available funds and every year 30 percent of development funds could be spent on the ongoing schemes and the allocated funds are lapsed at the closing of financial year. The provincial government did not give proper attention to the capacity building of these departments. The glaring example about the lack of capacity for the utilization of developmental funds is that the local governments could spend 27% of the available financial resources during the fiscal years of 2015-16 and 2016-17. The provincial government released 42 billion out of which 12.5 billion could be used during the past two financial years. As the funds released to the local government institutions are non-lapsable therefore, the provincial government did allocate development funds of 28 billion for local governments in the current financial year budget but did not release a single penny to them even though its first quarter has passed. The inefficient line departments bring misnomer to the local governments. The provincial government should focus on the capacity building and enhancing the efficiency of these departments to ensure 100% utilization of funds judiciously on time.

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Arm twisting

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that Washington would try one more time work with Islamabad on Afghanistan Front before President Trump turns to option to address the latter’s alleged support for militant groups. According to sources in Washington the likely Trump administration response being discussed include expanding US drone strikes and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan major non-ally status. In a separate Senate hearing a top US military officer levelled baseless accusation against a Pakistani sensitive agency of having ties with militant groups. While making a statement before Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staffs told that a Pakistani Agency have ties with militant groups.

The allegation of top military officer is the repetition of President Trump charge sheet against Pakistan. Announcing his new strategy for South Asia he blamed Pakistan for sheltering terrorists in safe heavens. He threatened to stop economic and military assistance to Pakistan and offered India great role in Afghanistan, ignoring our concerns. The Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif in his visit to Washington will meet the Secretary of State Rix Tillorson and National security Advisor General HR MC Master. Hopefully, he will strongly articulate Pakistan’s policy about war on terror by elucidating the sacrifices that Pak army rendered during the operations of Zarb Azab and Radul Fasad. He will also highlight the gains in these operations and will emphasize the point that it is the soil of Afghanistan where the sanctuaries of terrorists exist. In the recent incidents of firing of militants across the border Lieutenant Arsalan and Naib Subedar Azhar Ali lost their lives.

In the past the United States used to apply stick and carrot policy against Pakistan. But this time around President will resort to our arm twisting. We are no longer dependent on the United States for military assistance. However, the financial mismanagement, fiscal indiscipline, widespread corruption and money laundering has put the economy on the ventilator of loan shark, the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The renowned economists have predicted the $ 40 billion budgetary support from international donors for the next year budget. The government will approach the IMF for the much needed bailout package. Here the US will apply its leverage of our arm twisting through IMF, World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

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Rising political pemperature

The Election Bill 2017 has been rejected by the opposition. It was bulldozed through National Assembly despite protest from opposition lawmakers. Among the bill clauses is a controversial amendment that will allow politicians disqualified from holding public office to head a political party. The bill was passed amidst a ruckus as opposition lawmakers protested what they saw a law designed to accommodate a single individual, the ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The enraged opposition tore the copies of the bill and threw them to the Speaker’s dais as he announced its passage.

The leadership of Pakistan Tehrik Insaf (PTI) and Sheikh Rashid Ahmad of Awami Muslim League have decided to challenge Election Bill 2017 in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Speaking to media hours before the passage of this bill PTI chairman Imran Khan made his intention clear for approaching the Apex Court in this regard. The PTI chief also said that he has already planned protest rallies against this legislation. Criticizing the ruling PML (N) on several fronts, he reiterated his call for fresh election. The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not whole heartedly accept the Supreme Court verdict disqualifying him from holding public office. He has made his ouster from power under the Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution a matter of self-esteem and misplaced vanity. He spearheaded a tirade and vilification campaign against the judiciary which is highly deplorable. His speeches in the GT road rally from Islamabad to Lahore revealed the disrespect for an important State Institution. The show of power by the federal ministers by bringing party workers and PML (N) supporters to the premises of National Accountability Court of Islamabad on the eve disqualified former Prime Minister hearing does not augur well for the democracy and rule of law in the country.

The politics of blatant defiance against the state institutions, disregard for rule of law and protest rallies will push up the political temperature beyond control. If past experience is any guide, the PML (N) government in the Centre and Punjab will resort to massive use of force against PTI rallies. The tremendous use of force in the form of teargasing and firing on protest rally led by KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Motor Way M-1 last year amply demonstrate the ruthless mood of PML (N) leadership. This tremendous use of force on the rally of KP CM was monitored personally by the then Punjab IGP and now federal tax ombudsman Mushtaq Sukhera. Deploring this  incident, senior PPP leader Senator Itezaz Ahsan described the use of force against the sitting Chief Minister of a small province a deep cut on the roots of federation.

The headlong collision against the state’s institutions by the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is still under trial in graft cases, with the active support of Federal and Punjab governments will create disorder and chaos in the country and harm the moving forward democratic system. The PML (N) leadership must observe the established norms of democracy and emulate the examples of political leaderships of the countries where real democracy is functioning. One man say is the order of day attitude well not bode well for the future of democracy in Pakistan.


Threat of

diphtheria in Fata

KP Health Department has cautioned the Director Health services FATA against the emerging threat of the fatal disease of Diphtheria and suggested him preventive measure well in advance. The Director Health Services FATA has been informed that Provincial Health Department does not have sufficient stock of Diphtheria antitoxin vaccine and if proper preventive measure were not taken then control of this disease will be extremely difficult. According to KP Extended Program on Immunization (EPI), Diphtheria took an endemic form in children of the North and South Waziristan Agencies of FATA last year. Later the disease spread to the adjoining settled district of Bannu. The North and South Waziristan Agencies were largely affected by this disease. The report indicates fresh cases of Diphtheria in these areas and urges Director Health Service FATA to make proper arrangements for its control so that the disease may not once again take the unmanageable form and cast a spillover effect on the people of settled districts adjacent to FATA agencies.

Diphtheria is communicative fatal disease of children and the isolation of patients is mandatory, but the isolation wards in the Agency Headquarter Hospital do not exist. Same is the case with the hospitals in the settled areas. Diphtheria antitoxin vaccine can be purchased from National Health Laboratories in Islamabad, but transportation and preservation of available stock need special arrangements to maintain the efficacy of the vaccine. The Diphtheria antitoxin vaccine has to be put in optimal temperature for which specially designed refrigerators are required. It may be recalled that some 50 years back World Health Organization (WHO) provided these specially designed refrigerators for FATA hospitals. To overcome the problem of non-availability of electric power the WHO refrigerators were operated by Kerosene Oil combustion. Now electricity run refrigerators to ensure the optimum set of conditions can be purchased for keeping the vaccine. KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jaghra should take notice of Diphtheria cases reported from the FATA by print media and issue strong directives to ACS of his secretariat to immediately release sufficient funds to the Director Health Services for the purchase and safe supply of this vaccine to Agency Headquarter Hospitals.

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COAS visit to Kabul

The chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajva visited Kabul on the invitation of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. This was his first visit in which he was accompanied by a delegation comprising DG ISI, DG MI, DG ISPR, Foreign Secretary and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan. He met the Afghan President and both sides discussed important issues including regional security, bilateral relationship and stability and terror efforts. Business and transit relationship also came under discussion.  They agreed to continue high level contacts and carry out coordinated actions against terror.

The Communique issued after the talks between the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and President Ashraf Ghani envisages positive signals from Kabul. Reciprocating Pakistan desire and efforts for the peace and stability in Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani emphasized the need for task team and monitoring mechanism to create a cooperative framework to ensure implementation of promises and meet the deadlines. He said peace and stability will benefit both the countries in terms of poverty alleviation. Pakistan agreed with Ashraf Ghani suggestions and assured that its task team will draft a plan.

The Army Chief visit to Kabul is of greater importance in the wake US Defense Secretary James Mattis recent parleys with Afghan leadership. The well entrenched pro India lobby in Kabul creates mistrust about Pakistan. The talks between General Bajwa and Ashraf Ghani will help reduce the trust deficit and pave the way for exploring ways and means to strengthen border security for countering terrorism.

The need of the hour is that our relationship with Afghanistan should be determined by economic interests rather than politics. By investing $ 2 billion in Afghanistan, India has earned the gratitude of its people and successive Afghan governments. President Trump has used India’s economic muscle as an ingredient in his recently announced policy on Afghanistan. Pakistan can create a goodwill amongst the Afghan people and their government by facilitating measures for Afghan transit trade, granting scholarships to students in the Pakistani Universities and arrangements for faculty exchange. Friendly relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan will enable the Central Asian states to establish close economic cooperation with Pakistan given the complementarity between their economies and ours. As both sides have agreed to continue high level contacts, it is now for the political leadership to visualize the dynamics of this region and initiate follow-up steps for closer relationship with Afghanistan by formulating and putting into practice a pragmatic Afghan Policy.

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NSC meeting

PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting which expressed its unwavering resolve to keep country’s defense impregnable against all forms of external aggression.

It also condemned the human rights violation in the Indian occupied Kashmir and showed deep concern over the repeated incidents of firing along the line of control (LOC) by Indian, resulting in the loss of innocent lives. The NCS deliberated at length over the current developments in the relationship with Afghanistan and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment for peace through an Afghan led and owned peace process.

Human rights violation in the Indian occupied Kashmir is an ongoing issue which ranges from mass killing and blinding of resisting Kashmiri youth by pellets firing. These atrocities also include forced disappearance, sexual abuse and torture of prisoners beside political repression and suppression of freedom of speech. The human rights groups have accused the Indian govt. of an “Institutional cover-up” to avoid punishing dozens of high ranking military and police officials implicated in the killings, torture and sexual violence in Kashmir.

A report by the International People Tribunal on Human rights and Justice has identified more than 900 individuals whom it blames for a range of human right abuses. They include 150 officers of Indian army of the ranked of major and above. This report of heinous crime against the people is also confirmed by the association of parents of disappeared persons. Although, our political leadership, diplomats at the UN and foreign office officials raise the issue of atrocities perpetrated on the innocent Kashmiris in their speeches and statements, yet a consistent foreign policy strategy has not been put in place to engage the world powers and Muslim countries in mounting a constant diplomatic pressure on India to stop human rights violation.

The incidents of firing and shelling by Indian troops on the LOC have become almost a daily affair in which our military officials and civilians lose their lives. The Nirandra Modhi government of India is adamant on the restoration of composite dialogues and a stalemate continues in Pak-India relation. Hence, the discussion on core issue of Kashmir and disputes of Ciacheen cannot go forward. An active and comprehensive diplomacy on our part can generate a pressure on India in the calamity of nation. Complacency on the foreign policy front has emboldened India to persist with LOC ceasefire violations.

President Donald Trump’s Afghan policy is ominous and vague. It is an unabashed reversal of his passionate pre-election position to pull out of Afghanistan on the pretext that it is not America’s war. Now it is very much America’s war and there is no option to win it. About 4000-5000 additional US troops will be pumped into Afghanistan which will bring the total number up to 12000. The US defense secretary James Mattis and NATO secretary general Stoltentberg recent visit to Kabul indicate the preference for military option. President Trump has already made it clear that the military and not the politicians will decide the implementation of Afghan policy. With over 60% of Afghan territory in Taliban control, the induction of few thousands additional US troops will proved to be peanuts. It won’t even suffice to make sure the protection of Kabul and a couple of other cities against the likely attacks of Taliban. Rocket firing on the Kabul airport after the arrival of James Mattis proves how Afghan cities are vulnerable to Taliban attacks. The US will be compelled to ask its NATO allies to send their troops into Afghanistan, if he pursues his belatedly announced Afghan policy. The US defense secretary in his visit to New Dehli has shown a desire for Indian troops on Afghan soil.  The defense minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman has rule out Indian military presence in Afghanistan but the US and India strategic partnership may necessitate the latter military involvement in Afghanistan. India has already made huge investment in development projects there.

The intensification of hostilities in Afghanistan have fallout for Pakistan. The resolution of Afghan problems on the negotiation table is the only plausible and viable option. The US has not succeeded to win the war in Afghanistan by his military adventurism during the past 16 years and cannot win in the future. However, this region will remain destabilize which will have a direct bearing on Pakistan. The regional peace initiative in which Pakistan has joined hands with China, Russia, Iran and Central Asian states need to be hectically perused till such time the Afghan problem is resolved. National security advisor to the PM, Lt General (R) Nasir Janhua may have discussed it in his meeting with defense minister of Tajikistan Sherate Mirzo during his visit to Dushanbe.

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Mattis visit to Kabul

The US Defense Secretary James Mattis visited Kabul along with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the broad parameter of President Trump Afghan Policy with Afghan leadership which gives more weight to military option. On 22nd August in his prime time address to a crowed of Us troops he vowed we will fight on to win in Afghanistan. Unfolding his plan for Afghanistan President Trump gave no timeline for exit. However, in a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Stoltenberg, the US Defense Secretary urged Taliban to participate in a peace process and forget about anticipating victory on the war front.

Afghan President also corroborated the stance of James Mattis and said the Taliban now have to choose between continuing to serve international terrorism or to take part for peace and reconstruction of the country. He said that Afghan security forces were getting stronger but an Intra-Afghan peace and internal dialogue remains a priority of his administration. The NATO Secretary General said that there is much the Taliban can gain around the negotiated table.

Although Afghan President and NATO Secretary General held an olive branch to Taliban yet the President Trump administration is keen to pursue the military option. During his visit of New Delihi, the US Defense Secretary discussed with his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman the possibility of inducting troops of India. That is why Indian Defense Minister has categorically said that there should be no boots in Afghanistan and ruled out India’s military presence there. Russia hosted a twelve party peace conference on Afghanistan in Moscow in April, 2017 to which the United States was also invited to participate but Trump administration decided to skip out of Afghan-Taliban Conference. The regional countries are worried about the spillover effect of Daesh as the continuity of protracted warfare is making this terrorist outfit stronger. The use of mighty military force has failed to subdue Taliban over the past sixteen year. Hence, it is worthwhile that the United States back a regional peace initiative for the resolution of Afghanistan issue which is vital for peace and stability of this region.

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Blame game

During his two days visit to India the US defense secretary James Mattis said that Washington will work with New Dehli to eradicate terrorist safe heavens across the world. He said, “Terror safe heavens will not be tolerated anywhere in the world”. India and the US have resolved to work together to nip this scourge. The statement by Mattis came after a press conference following his meeting with his Indian counterpart, Nirmala Sitharaman.

The US defense secretary oblique reference of blame game is covertly directed against Pakistan. He has in fact repeated the stance taken by the President Donald Trump in a speech to the UN general assembly. The foreign minister Khwaja Asif strongly rebutted the US allegations of terrorist safe heavens in Pakistan. In a speech at the Asia Society Forum, the foreign minister said Pakistan refuses to take the blame for Haqani network and other alleged outfits, reminding the US that these ‘terrorist’ were considered ‘darlings’ of the white house until a few decades ago. The weak diplomacy of Pakistan has given leverage of Pakistan bashing to the India and the US. Merely, reminding the US of its support to the afghan warlords and militant outfits during Soviet Union occupation of Afghanistan will not produce the desired results in the domain of foreign policy. India is exporting terrorism to Pakistan by using Afghan’s soil. FATA has been almost cleared by the Pakistan Army in operation Zarb e Azb and the Government writ has been fully restored. The recent cricket match between UK-11 and Pak-11 in Miramsha confirms it.

The successful completion of operation Zarb e Azb in FATA and the ongoing operation Rad UL Fasad all over the country demonstrate our resolve that Pakistan’s soil cannot be used for cross border terrorism anymore. It is now for the civilian leadership to embark upon a pro-active diplomacy to promote the soft image of the country persistently being tarnished by India, Afghanistan and the US.




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Rule of law

Former PM, Nawaz Sharif once again criticized the Supreme Court of Pakistan hours after he appeared before the NAB court. In addressing the press conference Sharif said, although he and his family were apparent targets of campaign yet it was the people of the county that had become the ultimate victims. He said, “I have faced gravity of circumstances and still continue to face it but never bowed before the dictatorship”. He also said that Panama case was the first example in which a defender was deprived of all rights.

The ex PM told that he was punished on the pretext of Iqama because the court would not have been able to punish him in Panama Papers Case. He stated that the court formed a mysterious joint investigation team after finding no evidence against him in the wake of Panama Case revelations. The critique of disqualified PM against the SC is not justified. During the prolong hearing of Panama Paper Case, the apex court provided  all possible opportunities to Sharif and his family to produce the money trail of their assets abroad but they did not submit a single genuine document about acquiring the off-shore properties through legal means. Moreover, they also committed forgery and perjury by submitted a fake documents transcribed in calibre font and lying under the oath.

Nawaz Sharif and his family did not challenge the apex court verdict, directing therein, the formation of JIT whereas, this legal option was available to them. On the contrary, PMLN leaders were instructed to launch a tirade against the judiciary and other state institutions. It is pertinent to mention that a former PM Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani bowed to the rule of law when he was disqualified by the SC of Pakistan for not complying with the court orders to write a letter in Swiss account case against the former President Asif Ali Zardari. It is worthwhile, that Nawaz Sharif faced the trial in accountability court and refrain maligning the state institutions.