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How Successful Is India’s - Pakistan Policy

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India’s - Pakistan Policy
The root meaning of success is outcome, result – in other words accomplishment of a desired end. This morning, I ponder over this noun as I recall a question asked to me, many moons ago, by a follower and well-wisher on Twitter – How successful has India’s covert operations been against Pakistan? A simple yet intriguing question, especially in the current geo political context and rise of powerful personalities as leaders in Asia and US.
Before determining the “how” of success, it is important to define “what” success looks like, feels like. And while, there could be no ambiguity in accepting Pakistan’s India policy has been a dismal failure for itself, it’s economy, it’s public image, its reputation and societal development – but if you were to ask a Pakistani General, the mere ability of pakistan to not accept its evident failure is somehow construed as success of fauj’sIndia policy. Any psychologist would conclude this as sickness, and a mental state that ha…

What Ails Pakistan

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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

Counter Argument
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…