Aug 212017
A critical time

North Korea and the US have had a fragile relationship for so long. However, in recent times the tensions between the two countries have escalated. This has posed a serious threat to millions of people. In addition, US President Donald Trump’s regular belligerent statements and North Korea’s missile tests have further deteriorated the situation. The UN sanction on North Korea has added fuel to the fire. Having a defence budget of $7.5 billion and an army of seven million active troops, North Korea has become one of the most powerful countries of the world. This powerful country also has an arsenal of nukes. Millions of people around the country are closely watching the repercussions of the cold war between the two countries. A hasty decision from either of the sides can start a major war that would devour the entire world. The memories of deaths and barbarism during World War II and the subsequent poverty and miseries are still fresh in the minds of the people. World War II was the darkest chapter in human history. Instead of sending witty and provocative replies, the US president should act wisely. A great deal can be achieved through diplomacy and dialogue. At this critical time, influential states, especially China, can play a major role in mitigating the tensions between the two states before the world has its imminent tryst with a war. Jamshed Ali Jokhio (Hyderabad) Click for detailed story

Aug 202017
Trump Sidesteps Afghan Troop Announcement, Warns Pakistan Over Terrorist ‘Safe Havens’

U.S. President Donald Trump has sidestepped an announcement on U.S. troops levels in Afghanistan during a major address to the nation and warned Pakistan over its alleged support for extremist groups in the region.Trump backtracked from his campaign pledge to end the United States’ longest war as he appeared to commit the country to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan.Outlining his new strategy for Afghanistan and the South Asia region, Trump said he would not “talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.”Speaking at the Fort Myer military base near Washington, D.C., on August 21, Trump vowed “to win” the war and said his strategy will not be based on “arbitrary timelines,” but conditions on the ground.Some analysts praised Trump’s tough stance on Pakistan while others criticized what they called a strategy that was short on details and reminiscent of former President Barack Obama’s failed policies.The president warned that Washington will no longer tolerate Pakistan offering “safe havens” to extremist groups like the Afghan Taliban, a claim Islamabad denies.“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens,” Trump said. “Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor terrorists.”“Of the three U.S. presidents who have had to grapple with Pakistan’s undeclared war on Afghanistan, Trump’s words were the clearest in pointing out Pakistan as part of the problem,” said Mohammad Taqi, a Pakistani analyst.No ‘Arbitrary’ TimelinesTrump also said the United States was in Afghanistan [Read More…]

Aug 202017

A video purportedly showing Indian and Chinese soldiers throwing stones at each other has surfaced on social media. The Indian military is yet to comment on the authenticity of the video, which has been reported on by leading Indian media outlets, but did confirm that “an incident” took place near Pangong Lake in Ladakh on August 15, an incident which the video purports to show. The video shows a group of around 50 people throwing stones at each other and engaging in a skirmish. No weapons are used in the video, however. China may initiate ‘limited war’ with India “Currently, we have no confirmation of the authenticity of the video,” the army said, according to Hindustan Times. The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region near Pangong Lake on Tuesday but were confronted by Indian soldiers, said a top police officer. The officer said Indian soldiers retaliated but neither side used guns. China did not immediately comment. An Indian intelligence officer said the confrontation occurred after Indian soldiers intercepted a Chinese patrol that veered into Indian-held territory after apparently it lost its way due to bad weather. The officer said soon the soldiers began shouting at each other and later threw stones. He said some soldiers from both sides received minor injuries. After nearly 30 minutes of facing off, the two sides retreated to their positions, he said. An Indian military officer said the skirmish was brief but violent and for the first time stones were used. [Read More…]

Aug 162017
The silent soldier

I served under General Akhtar Abdur Rahman for four years at the height of the afghan war, he carried the enormous responsibility for the struggle against what was then the Soviet superpower, for… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jul 172017
Uzbekistan lauds Pakistan’s sacrifices in war against terrorism

Ambassador of Uzbekistan Furkat Sidikov called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Rawalpindi on Monday.Matters related to bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two brotherly countries and regional security environment were discussed during the meeting.Both sides reaffirmed the resolve to continue supporting efforts for peace and stability in the region.The Uzbek Ambassador appreciated the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and sacrifices made by Pakistan in war against terrorism.Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Click for detailed story

Jul 072017
War on terror

At present, the most serious problem faced by Pakistan is terrorism. Although terrorism is a global issue, Pakistan has been affected the most because of terrorism. Foreign investment in the country has minimised, the industrial sector has been hit hard and Pakistani people have been facing war like situation for a long time. Terrorists have entered in almost all places. From mosques to education institutes, no place is safe anymore. Illiteracy breeds extremism and terrorism. The higher authorities should introduce education reforms at all levels. Students should be taught that the importance of peace and harmony in the country. Hasan Ali Rahat Karachi Click for detailed story

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