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India, Pakistan Get Rare Chance to Ignore US

The meeting of the Director-General of Military Operations [DGMO] of India and Pakistan, which is due to take place on Tuesday at the GHQ in Rawalpindi, becomes a rare event in the chronicle of the fractured relationship between the two countries. Possibly, such an exchange between the two militaries is taking place for the first time since the then Indian DGMO Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar visited Pakistan in 1991. Gen. Nambiar is a gifted soldier-diplomat and the visit went exceedingly well. His Pakistani hosts even took him and his delegation, in an exceptional gesture, to the Khyber Pass to peep into the tangled world of Afghanistan…

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 21.12.2013


 

Who Will Benefit from the Disintegration of Pakistan?

On the eve of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the goals of U.S. politicians with regard to Pakistan are as follows: 1) the fragmentation of Pakistan with a view to weakening the strategic position of China in Southern Asia; 2) full control of the territory of the "narcotaliban", where about half of the world's hard drugs are produced; 3) neutralization of Pakistan's nuclear program, which is being implemented with the assistance of Chinese specialists (or on the contrary, if this is not successful, the removal of the psychological barrier to using atomic weapons)...

Nikolai MALISHEVSKI | 31.10.2013


 

Whither US-Pak Relations After Kerry’s Visit

After a number of false starts US Secretary of State, John Kerry finally did arrive in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad on the 31 st July... One subject that figured prominently during the Kerry visitwas the drone attacks on Pakistan soil. Kerry defended these attacks...Pakistan, however...wanted the drone attacks to be stopped and not just curtailed. This will remain a point of contention between the two sides...Kerry had made an effort to put US-Pak relations on the path of normalisation.Whether this reasoning would be accepted remains open to question in a Pakistan where anti-American sentiment has been growing over the years…

Najmuddin A. SHAIKH | 11.08.2013


 

US Drones and Destabilized Pakistan

John Kerry arrived in Pakistan the day after Mamnoon Hussain was elected the new President of the country. Just a few hours before that, the jail building in Dera Ismail Khan  (located in the tribes area, in the North-West of Pakistan) was captured by Pakistani Taliban. The State Secretary came to meet Prime Minister Navaz Sharif, acting President Asif Zardari (Mamnoon Hussein was to take office on August 9) and top military leaders. There was a wide range of issues on the agenda, including the thorniest one which has deteriorated the relationship with Washington – the incessant operations of drones in Pakistan (that is exactly what makes Pakistan the leader among nations with strong anti-US sentiments)…     

Dmitriy SEDOV | 08.08.2013


 

Pakistan Post Election

The general elections that took place in May 2013 in Pakistan’s Lower House of Parliament – the National Assembly – and in the provincial assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly the North-West Frontier Province) has introduced certain changes into the life of this large Asian nation with a population of nearly 200 million, a nation with nuclear weapons that occupies a crucially important geopolitical position in South Eurasia... 

Sergey KAMENEV, Svetlana MINASENKO | 04.08.2013


 

Whither Afghan-Pak Relations (III)

...An optimistic but perhaps plausible scenario is that once there has been an exchange of prisoners - a sine qua non for building Taliban confidence in the efficacy of negotiations - Pakistan can play the role assigned to it in the Roadmap proposed by the Afghan High peace Council and help bring about a reconciliation which remains at this time the best hope for bringing a modicum of peace to Afghanistan. This will require Karzai to abandon his current anti-Pakistan stance and revert to thinking of Pakistan and Afghanistan as «conjoined twins» whose fates are intertwined.

Najmuddin A. SHAIKH | 11.06.2013


 

Whither Afghan-Pak Relations? (II)

Karzai believes or at least indicates publicly that the difficulties in advancing reconciliation have arisen because Pakistan has not cooperated. Pakistan, his spokesman says, has failed to release the Taliban prisoners Afghanistan wants specially Ghani Baradar Mullah Omar’s former No.2. Further, his spokesman alleges that at Chequers, Pakistan laid down 3 conditions for Pakistan’s cooperation. These were that Afghanistan limit its relations with India; reach a domestic consensus on peace; and immediately sign a strategic partnership with Pakistan...

Najmuddin A. SHAIKH | 06.06.2013


 

Whither Afghan Pak Relations? (I)

From all the media reporting of developments in Afghanistan and the statements made by President Karzai and his aides it is evident that in Kabul’s perception or perhaps more accurately President Karzai’s perception Afghanistan’s relations with Pakistan have reached a new low...

Najmuddin A. SHAIKH | 01.06.2013


 

The Travails of Pakistan’s Sharif

Following the initial sense of jubilation over the magnificent victory of Pakistan Muslim League led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in last week’s parliamentary poll, the inevitable reality check is about to commence. A mixed picture is bound to emerge. On the face of it, Sharif’s party secured 126 seats out of the 273, which were up for grabs in the poll. This is a most impressive tally and by far exceeds the prognosis by sympathizers and well-wishers within Pakistan and abroad...But on closer examination, it also emerges that out of the tally of 126 seats, Sharif’s party garnered as much as 118 from a single province, namely, Punjab...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 16.05.2013


 

Pakistan Elections: Musharraf Operation Failed

...Washington is not concealing its concern over the outcome of the presidential race in Pakistan. The election is slated for May 11. According to the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, “With the United States heavily invested in the withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, the next Pakistani government will be vital to upholding U.S. interests in the region.” It’s not only the situation in Afghanistan that is at stake, but also the control over the nuclear potential...

Dmitry MININ | 22.04.2013




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The Kiev regime’s parliamentary elections this weekend are set to go ahead amid an atmosphere of rampant political street violence and intimidation – and that’s not in the war-torn eastern part of Ukraine. The parliamentary elections were called in June by the then elected President Petro Poroshenko as a way of legitimising the illegal coup against the Ukrainian government that occurred four months previously with the support of the American Central Intelligence Agency... In the paraphrased words of Abraham Lincoln, no electoral process can sanitise the glaring fact of Kiev’s rule of the mob, by the mob, for the mob.

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