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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 [...]



Tit for Tat

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Aug 11th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Till barely a month ago, there was upbeat talk about beginning of new era of relationship between India and Pakistan. Now after few days, the most puzzling feature of that mood is the sabre-rattling of India at the Line of Control and through it’s frenzied electronic media. Silence of doves in India is ominous during [...]



Kerry Carries the Key

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Aug 1st, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

John Kerry should be in a upbeat mood, as he has come to Pakistan after getting good news about his wife’s health. Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, was discharged from a Boston hospital Saturday, just under three weeks after she suffered a seizure at their Nantucket home, a State [...]



Welcome Mr. Prime Minister

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Jun 5th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

After almost fourteen long years and plethora of vicissitudes of time, Nawaz Sharif is all set to become the third time premier of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This might be his last round too as premier, as Shahbaz Sharif would like to take his place if come the next time in the future. So Nawaz [...]



LAST WEEK !!!!

By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Apr 29th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

In third world countries, elections render a country vulnerable. In order to minimize this vulnerability, establishment in such countries manage the elections. There are very few examples of free and fair elections in third world countries including Pakistan, and whenever that or anything close to that happens, countries either break or implode.
Pakistani establishment has awakened [...]