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New Challenges for India

By Afshain Afzal • Jul 11th, 2014 • Category: Politics

Ten US Senators, led by Senator Barbara Boxer, recently wrote a letter to Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, calling on to take immediate action to combat gender based violence and improve the safety of women and girls in India. The letter demanded that more efforts needs to be put in to prevent violence against women, [...]



Hidden Hands Behind Recent Terrorist Attacks

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

The unfortunate and tragic incident of firing by terrorist on 8 June 2014, which resulted in killing of 30 innocent people hailing from predominantly Khyber Pakhtun Khwa is worth condemning in the strongest words. All those killed in Taftan belonged to Shia sect and were on their way to Iran to visit holy shrines there. [...]



High Hopes for Pak-India Rapprochement

By Afshain Afzal • May 28th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

India is on the world focus. This time the elections results of the world biggest democracy has surprised the western players and proved to be a setback to Washington’s long term strategy in Asia, which aimed at to steal eastern culture, traditions and values through local westernized puppets. The May 2014 elections witnessed the victory [...]



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 [...]