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There Is Nothing Indian About Denying Rohingya Refuge

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Taking a break from my nazaria-e-pakistan analysis routine to focus on the important part of my life, I had decided to not tweet or blog for few months. And while my life continues to demand my full attention, I couldn’t resist but pick up my pen for silence at this hour would be tantamount to condoning injustice.
Again, I have spoken on numerous wrongs within Pakistan; today I have a more important plea to make and I hope my reader’s listen, as they’ve done in the past.

There Is Nothing Indian About Denying Rohingya Refuge

Discrimination and persecution against Rohingya’s has existed since 1962 coup by Burmese Army, which went on to legally strip Rohingya’s of their Burmese nationality in 1982. The current round of oppression is only therefore a continuation of ethno-communal identity politics played by Buddhist majority Burma (Myanmar).
Truth is also that Rohingya’s pre-1962 did not hide their affinity for East Pakistan based on commonality in language, culture and religion, and as we…

A counter argument to sub conventional options for India as suggested by Prof. Christine Fair

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Distinguished South Asian Peace & Security Affairs researcher & Georgetown University Professor Christine Fair, recently for ORF, made a compelling case for India to recalibrate its “near term” response strategy to continued terror provocations emanating from Pakistan state and its proxies. And, part of the overall response strategy suggestion included using sub-conventional ops, with specific recommendation to consider leadership decapitation of Panjab based terror groups such as LeT and JeM.
“India should focus its efforts on degrading groups like the LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) as well as their enablers in and out of uniform.”
“India should consider seriously how it can degrade key leaders. LeT seems particularly ripe for such options given its hierarchical structure.”
While there are plentitude of pros to such response, namely – low risk, pointed & limited (especially among two arch rivals with nuclear weapons), effectiveness in degrading the capability …

Pakistan’s – Achilles Heel

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The legend of Achilles has it that his mother Thetis dipped him into the river Styx in order to make him invincible. The water, however, didn’t cover his heel and an arrow wound to his heel later killed him.
Pakistan, in comparison, has multitude vulnerabilities, primarily as a result of Pakistan fauj’s “strategic culture stemming from pathological geopolitics infused with a Salafi jihadist ideology, suffused by paranoia and neurosis” as recently observed by Col. Robert Cassidy, Ph.D., U.S. Army. And while the vulnerabilities extend to include socio-ethno-religious spheres of public life, and wreck havoc to its national fabric – the Pakistan fauj with its control over governance, foreign-security policy, infusion of political Islam and NGO/media bullying has skillfully managed the national narrative to its favour.
Recently, Prime Minster Modi, in his address to the Nation on the 70th Independence Day, for the first time in history of India spoke about suppression and persecution of peo…

Jehad - an existential threat

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The classical civilization – Roman and Greece, had flourished from central Europe, extending up to Near East, North Africa and Iberia – area currently divided between Portugal, Spain and southern France. North Africa was considered the "granary of the Roman Empire", a region made rich and prosperous because of its advanced (according to that time) agrarian practices.

What is common knowledge is that the Arabs conquered all these areas during the initial period of Islamic expansion, but what remains less emphasized is that these areas were subjugated within a space of less than a century.

Further, historians, over past eight decades have consciously overlooked the idea that Islam was the primary cause for the end of classical civilization. Even today, it is commonly repeated and understood that the fall of Rome began in fifth century – a good two hundred years before the beginning of Islamic expansionism. Per scholars, Roman civilization was in tatters by the time Arabs ar…

Checkmate Prime Minister Modi

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Uri attacks, timed with the intent to internationalize Kashmir at UNGA, seem to have failed its objective, and instead dented Pakistan’s diplomatic credits (whatever is left of it), as both USA and UK – the two key western powers with history and interest in the region – choose to ignore call for "talks", while strongly condemning the act of terror. Equally eroding Kashmiri’s moral legitimacy of indigenous freedom struggle

However, for Pakistani establishment, international shame is no longer a matter of concern, as it’s perfected the art of subduing these under the rhetoric of victimhood and western saazish. The net tangible gain for Pakistan in this entire episode has been sifar – but then it has never been in the past – be it Kargil or Mumbai 26/11 & alike incidents. What it does though is help satiate domestic thirst for standing up against the hegemony of Hindu India, especially the current Hindu nationalist dispensation of Modi, and therefore domestically the costs …