Russia’s (re)entry into the now emerging game in Af Pak signals a new great game for influence in the region. On the larger plane this may be a SCO backed initiative to marginalise US influence in the region. However, amidst the above stated chaos, Russia’s designs of building a house in Indian Ocean may not be very viable, at least for now. We need to watch this space.
Taliban have carried out the most serious assault in Kabul in 11 years, simultaneously attacking embassies, a supermarket, a hotel and the Afghan parliament, in addition to attacks on US bases and Afghan police stations in three other provinces. Hardly a spent force. In fact these attacks managed to achieve a great deal.
Defence Secretary Panetta’s airborne disclosure of a 2013 winding down of combat operations in Afghanistan, one year ahead of schedule, has baffled political and military analysts world over. While it appears to be a political judgement in the election year, it has much wider ramifications for the region.
The Indian experience of winning hearts goes to prove that the Indian approach has delivered every time in dealing with the nuances of wearing heart on its sleeves. Today the situation in Kashmir is far better than in any other proxy war led situation in the world. India has a lot to teach the world about fighting among people by resorting to a multi dimensional humanitarian approach.
How Pakistan’s Generals turned the country into an international disaster by Mohammad Hanif HOW TO AVOID A COURT MARTIAL: Pervez Musharraf (bottom centre) and his colleagues should have been court martialed for inflicting the Kargil mission on Pakistan — a humiliating defeat and a diplomatic disaster. Instead, he elevated himself to become the country’s President [...]
As President Obama took office he shifted focus from Iraq to Afghanistan. However two years down the line his promised surge and draw down have yet to reduce any tangible results. Training the Afghanistan Security forces(ASF) was the prime ticket for the draw down. The primary hypothesis for the ISAF troops to begin the withdrawal [...]
Major Agha Amin (Retd) The assassination of Salman Taseer is a marginal issue for the vast bulk of Pakistan’s population. This is so because Pakistan’s common man is going through the darkest part of Pakistan’s economic history where mere survival has become difficult for him! It would not be wrong to say that Pakistan is now a [...]
Af Pak Events The intensity of war in Af-Pak has picked up considerably in September beginning last week of August. The pattern indicates flexing of muscle by the Punjabi Taliban and TTP across Pakistan. The numbers in Pakistan include 108 civilians, mainly Shia minority, killed and 400 wounded. In Afghanistanthe coalition forces were able to kill 64 “terrorists” of [...]
War in Iraq The writing was on the wall with Obama formally announcing an end to the war in Iraq. “We are turning a new page in history”, he said. The next page is obviously the drawdown in Afghanistan in July 2011. Apparently this page has been turned without as much thinking through as was [...]