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Indo-Saudi Arabian Relations

By Afshain Afzal • Feb 27th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of the Saudi Arabia is on an official visit to India from 26 to 28 February 2014. Saudi Arabia is a peace loving country and does not believe in interference in the internal affairs of other countries. However, many countries [...]



Testing military Patience

By Afshain Afzal • Jan 25th, 2014 • Category: Politics

In an attack in Kabul on 18 January 2014 that focused international attention, 22 people, mostly foreigners, including three United Nations staff and head of International Monetary Fund in Afghanistan were killed while over two dozen injured. The attack was followed by another attack at Pakistani city of Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province next day [...]



Strategic Moves in Middle East and South Asia

By Afshain Afzal • Oct 8th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Fears of more unemployment and strong resistance from protesting unemployed Americans haunt Washington. The policy makers and strategists at White House seems to open new theater of war. This time the target is Middle East, more specifically, it is Iran. The previous predictions that Washington lacks capability to attack Iran does not fit in the [...]



How long US will hide American home grown terrorism?

By Afshain Afzal • Sep 17th, 2013 • Category: Politics

Unaware of what is going to happen on return to duty after merry weekend, it came as a total surprise. The security was at the lowest in and around Naval Headquarters, while everyone failed to apply the drills rehearsed over time and again. It is a usual practice in all the military and sensitive installation [...]



Changes in Law - Attempt to get away with War Crimes

By Afshain Afzal • May 27th, 2013 • Category: Politics

Changes in Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 18 September 2001 that  allowed USA forces to go after the perpetrators of the 11 September attacks on Pentagon and World Trade Centre are being worked out. The barbaric geographically limitless War on Terror that allows USA without any legal authority to carry out [...]



How to get rid of terrorists?

By Afshain Afzal • Apr 3rd, 2013 • Category: Politics

Pakistan Foreign Secretary, Jalil Abbas in a statement  pointed out that terrorism would continue to affect Pakistan even after the withdrawal of NATO forces. He disclosed that Pakistan has released over two-dozen Taliban cadres at the request of the Afghan High Peace Council but same failed to produce results. He also disclosed that Islamabad is [...]



Reality Behind Foreign Funded Agencies in India

By Afshain Afzal • Feb 8th, 2013 • Category: Politics

The appointment of Syed Asif Ibrahim, an Indian Muslim, as Director Intelligence Bureau (DIB) came as a surprise for many. It is being propagated that New Delhi has finally realized the grievance of the Muslims, who are, indeed, the most deprived and underprivileged community in India. If we recall, after going through recommendations of the [...]



Need for new strategic partnerships

By Afshain Afzal • Jan 17th, 2013 • Category: Politics

The paradigm shift in the security calculus of the Indian Ocean Region, after Washington’s attempts of naval misadventures and positioning of foreign warships in and around Arabian Gulf has endangered the peace in whole region. Exercises between the countries have become a routine feature but often these serve as a message to the rivals and [...]



There is no justice for a woman in India

By Afshain Afzal • Jan 6th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Nothing new or unusual happened on the night 16th December 2012 at a busy road of Delhi as it is a routine affair. But, another daughter of India namely Nirbhaya, a 23 years physiotherapy student belonging to lower caste “Dalit”, was tortured along with her colleague for complete 35 minutes after which she was r@ped [...]



Game in the name of Development

By Afshain Afzal • Dec 23rd, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The US Senate has passed  Defence Bill to a tune of US dollars 631 billion. The budget seems insufficient to handle security situation arising after US and allies withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Libya as well as additional resources required to cap Iranian nuclear, military and strategic projects. A chunk of defence budget will [...]