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India And The South China Sea

“The sea is full of unseen treasures, but safety lies in the security of the shores.” – (An Indian saying) Through ages the South China Sea (SCS), lapping over the southern Chinese coast and dotted with more than 200 small islands of rock…

BBC And The Tirade Of Information War

The airing of a two segment BBC ‘investigative’ documentary series, Secret Pakistan, is instructive in understanding the coercive manner in which our ‘allies’ are turning the powerful media screws at their command to make Pakistan conform…

Pentagon Report And The Shades Of Grey

“Shades of grey wherever I go, The more that I find the less that I know, Black and white is how it should be, But the shades of grey are the colours I see.” It has taken four and a half years for the truth to emerge and - given the…

Shadow Of Indira Gandhi’s Assassination

The year 1984 remains the ultimate annus horribilis for the Sikh community, littered with monumental events that left deep scars on India’s supposedly secular ethos. It was during this fateful year that the Indian forces launched ‘Operation…

Remembering The Black Day Of Kashmir

October 27, 1947 - the day when India landed its forces in Srinagar to forcibly occupy the erstwhile princely State of Jammu and Kashmir - veritably marks the birth of an unending tragedy that continues to bleed to this very day. The day…

Relevance Of Strategic Depth Scenarios

With the escalating cost of war on terror being fought astride the Pak-Afghan border and mounting pressure generated by the US urgings to “do more” in toeing its objectives in Afghanistan, the concept of ‘strategic depth’ in the framework…

Pak-Afghan Cross Border Attacks

While the third week of September saw an orchestrated verbal onslaught on Pakistan by the US policymakers and military brass, alleging it of providing support to the Haqqani network, there remains an eerie silence in US politico-military…

Tackling The Kishanganga Knot

The Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) signed in Karachi on September 19, 1960, by India’s Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Pakistan’s President Muhammad Ayub Khan and Mr W.A.B. Illif of the World Bank has shown a remarkable endurance and resilience…

A Deserving Rebuke

“There is a war out there, old friend - a World War. And it is not about whose got the most bullets; it’s about who controls the information: What we see or hear, how we work, what we think. It’s all about the information.” – Cosmo The…

The Sterling Spirit Of September 6

September 6, 1965, will forever live in the history of Pakistan, as a sterling moment when the nation - its armed forces and citizens - came together to defy the might of India’s full-fledged aggression and were able to carry the day,…