The Pakistani Spectator

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Firing on Landing Plane? Don’t Take it Lightly

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Jun 25th, 2014 • Category: Politics

Our all main airports are in the middle of congested cities. In any given city of Pakistan, thousands of people live right in front of the airport runway parameters. In Rawalpindi, Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Sukkur, Hyderabad, Quetta, Peshawar multistory houses and businesses surround the airport.
After firing on the PIA plane which was in process [...]



Ajit Doval Never Was a Spy in Pakistan

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Jun 4th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

One of the surefire way to get popular among the Indian public is to claim that you haveĀ  served as a spy in Pakistan sometime. The myth of Ajit Doval spending eight years as a spy in Pakistan is total pack of lies, and this is in fact a total responsible and well researched information [...]



Modi in India - What Pakistan is Thinking

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • May 19th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The brand new Indian Lok Sabha is all set to place the tea boy Narendra Modi, born in Vadnagar in the Mehsana district of Gujarat in 1950, as the 14th Prime Minister of India. With vermillion powder on his forehead, Modi is here. The trajectory of Indian politics is taking a 180 degree paradigm shift [...]



Traitor or Patriot; Who Will Decide?

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • May 2nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Contrary to what is being said and written, the military and its agencies are not even thinking about gagging the media. All they want is responsibility and end to the 24 * 7 nonsense, which is getting on the nerves on the Pakistanis. GEO’s crossing the red line proved last straw on the camel’s back. [...]



Why Talks With Taliban are Non-Starter

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Mar 30th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

You simply cannot negotiate successfully with the terrorists. Terrorists are not some sane, reasonable, and polite people. They thrive on bloodshed, insanity, and ruthlessness. How on earth could you expect TTP to convert from a pure terrorist outfit to a talking political entity just by some talks? That is childish and shows the weakness on [...]



Da Da, Tan Tan or Fight Fight, Talk Talk

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Feb 28th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

It’s rude awakening for the interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and PTI chief Imran Khan in recent couple of weeks. Judging from their statements it’s obvious that they now understand that it’s useless to negotiate from the point of weakness. The interior minister, his boss in PM house has now understood that they need [...]



Pakistan is ACE in Afghanistan Conflict

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Feb 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

In Afghanistan, US and NATO forces were able to defeat the Taliban by pushing them away from power center but more importantly they failed to convert Afghanistan into a modern, developing, and sustaining state. That is why, as soon as the withdrawal will be completed by the end of this year, civil war is imminent [...]



Where Generals and Politicians Stand Right Now

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Jan 23rd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Never before in the history of Pakistan, the relations of army chief and prime ministers were so confident, tolerable, patient, and cozy. Both General Sharif and Premier Sharif are on the same page and even running their fingers on that page in unison. Whether its the matter of war on terror, or its the matter [...]



Chabahar Versus Gwadar

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Nov 27th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The distance between Gwadar port, Pakistan and Chabahar port, Iran is just 72 kilometers (around 38 miles). The very close proximity of these ports make both of them geographically equally important. Pakistan has always eyed Gwadar as its Ace card, because nobody thought that someday Iran would blink, acquiesce to the world’s demands, and sanctions [...]



Rawalpindi Carnage - What To Do Now

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Nov 18th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Curfew is about to be lifted in the city, still 1 hour remains but already there is some activity on the streets as the people prepare for the Fajr prayer. With 9 Sunnis assassinated by the Shia protestors of the Ashura procession in front of the burnt Sunni Mosque, things are haywire and very tense [...]