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Gen Raheel Sharif & Gen Rashid Mahmood: The new military Commanders of Pakistan

The newly appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General, Raheel Sharif, Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) hails from a martial stock. He was born in Quetta on 16 June 1956 to Major and Mrs Muhammad Sharif. He is younger brother of Major Shabir Sharif, Nishan-e-Haider (NH), Sitara-e-Jurrat (SJ) and Capt Mumtaz Sharif, Sitara-e-Bisalat (Sbt). He is an alumnus of Govt College Lahore, and Pakistan Military Academy from where he passed out with 54th Course. According to Bio Data issued by ISPR here on Wednesday, Raheel Sharif was commissioned in October 1976 in the battle hardened and renowned Battalion the Frontier Force Regiment. As a Young Officer, he performed his duties in Gilgit in an Infantry Brigade and also served as Adjutant of Pakistan Military Academy.  He did Company Commander’s Course from Germany and subsequently served in the prestigious School of Infantry and Tactics as an instructor. 
He attended the Command and Staff College Canada, graduating with distinction.
The offic…

A deadly consciousness of religiosity

In medieval India, people were conscious of their social cast and ethnic identity but in the colonial period right up to 1813, new political and social changes significantly shaped religious identity and its consciousness.

In its earlier days the East India Company, being solely interested in economic expansion, but also aware of the religious sensitivities of the subcontinent, discouraged missionaries from coming to India. Later, as the government became more stable, their policies changed and they supported the missionaries who arrived in the subcontinent to convert people to Christianity.

The government believed that if the people converted and became Christians, it would be relatively easier to govern them on the basis of sharing the same religious beliefs.

The missionaries condemned the religions of the subcontinent and persuaded people to embrace the Christian faith. They openly preached in public places like Lahore`s Anarkali bazaar. Their activity intensified when in 1837, a Germ…

Nuisance in the Middle Class of Pakistan

There have been three major occasions when the Pakistani middle-class has broken away from its traditionally conservative disposition to come out and announce its `revolutionary` political aspirations.

The first demonstration of this political assertiveness was in the late 1960s when the bulk of the youth began to air their grievances against Pakistan`s military-industrialist nexus headed by military dictator, Field Marshal Ayub Khan.

Owing to its inherently conservative worldview, one expected this middle class to oppose a secular-capitalist military dictatorship by siding with the mainstream anti-Ayub religious parties, but the many young men and women who led the revolt against Ayub turned sharply leftwards.

They seemed to have embraced ideas such as socialism and social democracy, largely expressed through political organisations such as the PPP, the National Students Federation and the National Awami Party.

The young, middle-class Pakistani`s romance with the leftist ideology lasted …

Social Media for Intelligence gathering, Propaganda and Crime control by Police

We have commonly seen that in developing societies the institution of the police lacks the initiative to make optimum use of technology and social media.
Extremist groups fight simultaneously at the physical level and on cyberspace. To execute their immediate agenda and launch attacks, the terrorists make use of physical space, sometimes for a few hours, or a few minutes.
However, in order to wage a psychological war they ensure their continuous presence on social networking sites. The proliferation and effects of such sites have generated a new debate on how to counter their presence and ensure surveillance of social networking sites.
Referring to the Rawalpindi incident on Muharram 10, the Punjab law minister condemned the negative use of social media. There is an impression that social media fanned the flames of hatred after the incident.
An example from India would be useful in this regard.
In September, hate-inciting, fake YouTube videos and doctored photographs were used to cau…

Twelve Reasons of poverty in Pakistan

At independence in 1947, Pakistan was a poor country. But it was richer than China, India and many other currently `emerging` economies. Today, Pakistan`s per capita is $1000 while China`s is $5000 and South Korea`s $15,000. One per cent of Pakistan`s population controls over half its wealth; the other 99pc struggles to survive on less than $500 annually.
At this time, when hope has been revived that new leaders and policies may retrieve Pakistan from the poverty trap, it is relevant to recall the dozen reasons why our people are poorer today than at the country`s creation.
First, population growth
At Pakistan`s birth, the then West Pakistan had around 50 million people. Today, we number 200 million. The oooulationcontinues to grow at around 2.5pc. There is progressively less for more. The explosion can be moderated through incentives and disincentives.
Second, inflation. The state spends more than it earns. It orints money tomake up tl1e deficits, steadily devaluing the earnings and…

Baloons Barrage: The Simple Defence Against US Drone Attacks in Pakistan

Kite flying is dangerous for drones as Bird hit for aircraft ... in World War-2, big baloons were deployed to force enemy aircraft to go to higher altitude thus hindering their performance. They shall not have FREE-RUN..... atleast. Baloons are deployed in critically important areas.

In 1938 the British Balloon Command was established to protect cities and key targets such as industrial areas, ports and harbours. Balloons were intended to defend against dive bombers flying at heights up to 5,000 feet (1,500 m), forcing them to fly higher and into the range of concentrated anti-aircraft fire—anti-aircraft guns could not traverse fast enough to attack aircraft flying at low altitude and high speed. By the middle of 1940 there were 1,400 balloons, a third of them over the London area.


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دہشت گردی میں عوام ، حکومت اور میڈیا کا کردار - ایک سادہ تجویز: A simple suggestion to ideologically isolating TTP Terrorists

طالبان دہشت گردوں کے ہمدرد ہمارے درمیان موجود ہیں . اس کنفیوژن کی ایک
 وجہ ہمارے جمہوری ور غیر جمہوری حکمرانوں کے منافقانہ دو رخی پالیسیز ور معاشی نہ انصافی ہے . جہاں طالبان کے غیر اسلامی غیر قانونی دہشت گردی کو واضح کرنا اور مسترد کرنا ہے وہاں حکمرانوں کو بھی اپنے غیر اسلامی بیہودہ ظالمانہ نظریات ور ترجیحات کو تبدیل کرنے کی ضرورت ہے .

طالبان کے اثرات کا اندازہ لگانے کے لیے میں اپنا زاتی تجربہ آپ سے  share

کر رہا ہوں . میں ایک کالونی میں رہائش پذیر ہوں جہاں ایک خوبصورت مسجد ہے امام صاحب اعلیٰ تعلیم یافتہ انگریزی لکھنا بولنا جانتے ہیں ور ایک پرائیویٹ یونیورسٹی میں لیکچرر بھی ہیں . مگر آج تک دہشت گردی میں ہلاک ہونے والے معصوم لوگوں کی مغفرات کے لیے دعا نہیں کی .

عید کی نماز کے بعد انھوں نے امت مسلمہ کے لیے دعا کی فلسطین شام کے مسلمانوں جہاد کرنے والوں کی کامیابی کی دعا کی . بعد میں عید ملتے ھوے میں نے کہا مولانا صاحب آپ سے ایک شکوہ ہے . بولے فرمایے میں نے کہا آپ کو فلسطین ور شام یاد رہا مگر جو یہاں معصوم مارے گئے ان کو بھول گیے . مولنا نے فرمایا کون لوگ ؟ میں نے…

‘Magic’, reality, Drone : Why not Jihad in Kashmir, but in Pakistan ..

BEFORE his death in a US drone strike, the Pakistani Taliban chief Hakeemullah Mehsud had started to feel better thanks to the ‘spiritual’ healing at the hands of an Arab shaikh. The CIA and ISI had cast an ‘evil spell’ on him — most probably through ‘black magic’.

According to the official obituary of Mehsud, released by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) media wing, US and Pakistani officials decided to kill him after they received reports that Mehsud was recovering from the effects of a spell cast on him after the 2009 suicide bombing of a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan.

Many will laugh at this, but the TTP’s obituary of Mehsud narrates in a very serious tone that he felt pain in parts of his body without any outward symptoms of physical illness because of the spell. (Some would, of course, argue that this could be the ultimate effect of restlessness or disordered eating habits amid the constant threat of drone strikes.)

Media reports further strengthened this notion, and clai…