Tuesday, February 24, 2015


A new phase of feared arms race has finally reached at the doorsteps of South Asia by the auspicious of foot settings by the President Obama as chief guest on India’s Republic Day on 26 January 2015.  Consequently, the repetitive misapprehended and irrational judgment of nuclear cooperation with a de-facto nuclear state for enhancing the ostensible civilian nuclear cooperation with a so-called natural ally is, logically no more than business-related interests and consequently providing an opportunity to the ever-aggressive state of the region only for empowering it to challenge the China.
The Indo-US nuclear deal came as a result of Bush administration’s aspiration during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the United States in July 2005. The Bush administration declared its ambition to pull off civil nuclear energy cooperation with India as part of its broader objectives of promoting nuclear power and achieving nuclear security. In pursuance of these objectives, the Bush administration at that time agreed to seek agreement from Congress to adjust U.S. laws and policies for working with friends and allies to adjust international regimes to enable full civil nuclear energy cooperation without paying any heed to the articles of Non-Proliferation Treaty which states: Each nuclear weapon state Party to the Treaty undertakes not to transfer any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosives directly, or indirectly, or induce any non-nuclear weapon state to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, or control over such weapons or explosives..
The basis of such behavior of paying less-regard to the rules has an itinerary of nations’ history when the business-related objectives played a leading role in reshaping and persuading foreign policy decisions. Fundamentally, the foreign policy determines how a nation conducts its relations with the other countries. National interests that shape foreign policy covers a broader spectrum of political, economic, military and other fields specially, focusing certain goals such as a variety of opportunities to ensure national sovereignty, defence and other political gains that enable any state to protect its national interests in the world. The foreign policies also take into consideration the core human values and the betterment of the whole humanity, therefore, many civilized nations in the world decided to withdraw from most of their policies only for the sake of humankind like withdrawing nuclear programs and so on though they were capable to develop and maintain tremendous stocks of mass-killing weapons.
The disgusting arms race in South Asia, because of recent development will pave the way for an aged-hegemonic dream of India of atomic colonization of the South Asian region. This was an aspiration, also repeatedly expressed by the Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru in the Lok Sabha. Moreover, the nuclear-dominance designs of India reflect a typical mindset of becoming a regional and later on a dominant player of the global arena. These ambitions were firmly replicated by Nehru’s address to the Indian parliament in1948 by accrediting country’s objectives and declaring that, “of course, if we are compelled as a nation to use nuclear capability for any other purpose, then possibly no pious sentiment of any of us will stop the nation from using it that way”.
In addition, the historical experience of two superpowers and Cold War rivals was, basically, the ideological hostility and a contest of military supremacy over the other belligerent side. This race produced unprecedented proportions. Since each competitor wanted to gain enough military dexterity to overawe the other consequently, the weapons of exceptional lethality and destructiveness became at the highest priority of both powers. The rational upshot of this armament competition outbreak with huge stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction that were estimated more than 70,000 - a total of worlds 98% of nuclear warheads only belonged to the United States and the Soviet Union.
 The people of two countries have already been severely victims at the hands of poverty and lack of access to basic human needs. A new race of armaments in an unbalanced power symmetric region will cost very high and add only to the sufferings of the people. A civilized nation who advocates the democracy, liberty and human rights and is the sole promoter of human dignity and values  should reconsider its policy of empowering a non- NPT state, which will only trigger a new era of the arms race and will further add to the global WMD stockpiles and enhancing to the overkill capabilities of aggressive countries. The world has already greatly suffered at the hands of wars, conflicts, environmental degradation and consequently, with growth in poverty. This is the need of hour for the whole humanity and especially the civilized and developed nations of the world to play their constructive role, think for the true betterment of humankind, and make our planet worth living.

Written By Nasurullah Brohi

* The writer works as a Research Fellow in Strategic Vision Institute, Islamabad and can be reached at nasurullahsvi@outlook.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Army chief inaugurates Central Trade Corridor and bridge in South Waziristan

Army chief General Raheel Sharif inaugurated an important section of the upcoming Central Trade Corridor (CTC) and a bridge in South Waziristan Agency, according to an Inter Services Public Relations statement.

The army chief was visiting the South Waziristan agency on Sunday to inspect the ongoing development work.
The Central Trade Corridor is a 705-kilometre road network linking Pakistan’s Indus Highway and Waziristan agencies with the Afghan Ring Road. It is a strategic road link to facilitate trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan and will help revive the local economy of Fata and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
“The CTC is being built by army engineers and is funded by friendly countries,” the statement added.
“A 76km-long Shakai – Makeen road funded through USAID is an important lateral along the CTC which connects the two main axes of trade corridor — Road Bannu – Miramshah – Ghulam Khan and Road Wana – Aangor Ada.”
DG ISPR Asim Bajwa tweeted pictures of the road inaugurated today:

According to ISPR, apart from other economic, security and strategic advantages, the newly constructed roads have reduced travelling times considerably.
“Development of Fata is a priority task being undertaken by the army as a well considered strategy. Pakistan Army has undertaken 178 projects so far in the social sector, communication infrastructure and power sector in Fata and Malakand areas,” the army chief said.
These projects will improve the quality of life in tribal areas and address the problem of militancy on a long term basis.
While addressing the tribal elders, General Raheel appreciated their support in combating terrorism and acknowledged their sacrifices in the war against terrorism. He reiterated the army’s resolve to bring peace and stability to the affected areas.
Referring to ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants in North Waziristan, the army chief said that the operation is progressing successfully.
“While focusing on early completion, the army will continue with rehabilitation and reconstruction activities. A comprehensive plan in this regard has been chalked out in consultation with the government,” Gen Raheel said.
Earlier on his arrival in South Waziristan, General Raheel was received by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Hidayatur Rehman and tribal elders.

بھارت کی وجہ سے شدت پسندوں کے خلاف مہم پر اثر پڑ رہا ہے

پاکستانی فوج کے سربراہ جنرل راحیل شریف نے کہا ہے کہ لائن آف کنٹرول اور ورکنگ باؤنڈری پر بھارتی کارروائیوں کی وجہ سے پاکستان کے لیے افغان سرحدی علاقے میں شدت پسندوں کے خلاف کارروائی میں مشکلات درپیش ہیں۔
واشنگٹن میں ایک اہلکار نے نام ظاہر نہ کرنے کی شرط پر بی بی سی اردو کو بتایا ہے کہ امریکہ کے دورے پر آئے ہوئے پاکستانی جرنیل نے امریکی حکام سے کہا ہے کہ ’بھارت کی طرف سے جس طرح کی سخت کارروائی ہو رہی ہے اور جس طرح کے بیانات آ رہے ہیں وہ ہماری مہم پر اثرانداز ہو رہے ہیں۔‘
اہلكار کا کہنا تھا کہ جنرل راحيل شریف نے امریکی اہلکاروں سے کہا ہے کہ پاکستان نے اپنی مغربی سرحد پر ایک لاکھ چالیس ہزار فوجی تعینات کر رکھے ہیں اور انہیں یہ یقین دلایا گیا تھا کہ مشرق میں بھارت سے متصل سرحد پر امن رہے گا مگر ایسا۔‘
پاکستانی فوج کے سربراہ کی اس شکایت پر امریکہ کے سرکاری ردِعمل کے بارے میں تو کچھ نہیں پتہ چل پایا لیكن مبصرین کا کہنا ہے کہ امریکہ اب بھارت اور پاکستان کے باہمی معاملات میں مداخلت سے گریز کرتا ہے۔
خیال رہے کہ پاکستان اور بھارت کے درمیان ورکنگ باؤنڈری اور لائن آف کنٹرول پر کشیدگی کئی ہفتوں سے جاری ہے۔
اس دوران دونوں ملکوں کی افواج کے درمیان فائرنگ کے مختلف واقعات میں دونوں جانب سے اب تک کم از کم 19 افراد ہلاک اور 50 کے قریب زخمی ہو چکے ہیں۔

پاکستان اس معاملے پر بھارت سے سفارتی سطح پر احتجاج بھی کر چکا ہے۔
جنرل راحیل شریف بدھ کو امریکی کانگریس کے ارکان سے بھی ملاقات کر رہے ہیں جس میں وہ شمالی وزیرستان میں شدت پسندوں کے خلاف جاری کارروائی کی تفصیل پیش کریں گے۔
اس کے علاوہ اس ملاقات میں افغانستان سے امریکی فوج کی واپسی کے بعد امریکہ اور پاکستان کی طویل المدتی سٹریٹجک شراکت پر بھی بات ہوگی۔
مبصرین کا کہنا ہے کہ راحیل شریف شمالی وزیرستان میں پاکستانی فوج کے آپریشن ضربِ عضب کو ایک مثال کے طور پر پیش کر سکتے ہیں جس کی بنیاد پر امریکہ سے پاکستان کو ملنےوالي فوجی امداد جاری ركھنے کا مطالبہ کیا جا سکتا ہے۔
پاکستانی فوج کی جانب سے فراہم کردہ اعداد و شمار کے مطابق پانچ ماہ سے جاری آپریشن میں شمالی وزیرستان کے مختلف حصوں میں 1200 سے زیادہ شدت پسند ہلاک اور ان کے 200 سے زائد ٹھکانے تباہ کیے گئے ہیں۔
فوج کا کہنا ہے کہ اس دوران حقانی نیٹ ورک اور ایسٹ ترکستان موومنٹ کے عناصر کا اس علاقے سے صفایا کر دیا گیا ہے۔

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

مودی کا پاکستان کیخلاف وحشیانہ پلان ،برطانوی میڈیا نے پردہ چاک کردیا

لندن : سچ ڈاٹ ٹی وی : کنٹرول لائن اور ورکنگ باؤنڈری پر کشیدگی کی ذمہ دار اس بار بھی بھارتی
حکومت ہی ہے، برطانوی میڈیا نے بھانڈا پھوڑ دیا۔ انتہا پسند مودی سرکار پاکستان کو زیادہ سے زیادہ نقصان پہنچا کر دباؤ میں رکھنا چاہتی ہے۔
پاک بھارت کشیدگی کی ذمہ دار انتہا پسند مودی سرکار ہے، اس بات کا انکشاف برطانوی خبررساں ادارے نے کرکے سب کو بتا دیا۔ برطانوی نیوز ایجنسی کے مطابق دونوں ملکوں کے فوجی حکام اور دہلی میں سرکاری اہلکاروں کا کہنا ہے کہ سرحد پار جارحیت کی ذمہ دار ہندو توا کی پیروکار نریندرمودی کی سرکار ہے۔
مودی کی صاف اور واضح ہدایات ہیں کہ پاکستان کو گہرا اور بھاری نقصان پہنچایا جائے۔ بی بی سی کے مطابق مئی میں حکومت سنبھالنے والے نریندرا مودی نے فوج کو کھلی چھٹی دی ہے، جس کا مقصد پاکستان پر برتری ثابت کرنا ہے، جارحانہ حکمت عملی قومی سلامتی کے مشیر اور سابق انٹلی جنس افسر اجیت دؤل کی ذہنی اختراع ہے، تاہم نریندرا مودی کو اندازہ نہیں کہ یہ پالیسی خود ان کیلئے کتنی نقصان دہ ہے۔
غیر ملکی ہی نہیں پراپیگینڈا میں ماہر بھارتی میڈیا بھی مودی سرکار کے وحشی رویے پر حیران و پریشان ہے، بھارتی اخبار انڈین ایکسپریس نے سرکار کو خبردار کیا ہے کہ دل و دماغ کو ٹھنڈا رکھے۔ اخبار کے مطابق مودی کی جارحانہ پالیسی سے نہ صرف غیرملکی سرمایہ کاری متاثر ہوگی، بلکہ مقبوضہ کشمیر میں شورش میں اضافہ اور علیحدگی کی تحریک بھی زور پکڑے گی۔

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jets pound hideouts in NWA kill 35 terrorists

MIRANSHAH: As many as thirty-five suspected militants were killed when the fighter jets pounded the militants’ hideouts in Tehsil Dattakhel of North Waziristan tribal region, Aaj News reported.
According to a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), in precision strikes in the northwest of Dattakhel, three terrorist hideouts were destroyed early on Wednesday while 35 terrorists were also killed in the attack.

Army to make all efforts to help flood victims, says COAS General Raheel Sharif

ISLAMABAD: The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif, has pledged that the army would leave no stone unturned to help their brethren affected by the floods.

The ISPR, in a press release, announced that General Raheel Sharif visited the flood-affected areas in Gujranwala and Mandi Bahauddin districts on Tuesday. The army chief was briefed by the local military commanders on the ongoing rescue and relief efforts launched by the army.

He greatly appreciated the tireless efforts of field formations and the Army Aviation, working round the clock and at full capacity to provide relief to the affected people. He directed the commanders to remain proactive and employ all available resources for rescue and relief.

The sources told The News here on Tuesday evening that the visit by the army chief hadn’t only proved to be a morale booster for officers and Jawans but had also enhanced the confidence of the people in the relief and rescue efforts.

The army has been in the field ever since the floodwaters overflowed from the riverbanks.

On Tuesday, civil and military leadership were both seen in the flood-affected areas as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif were also out to provide solace to the flood victims. The prime minister appreciated the role of the army for providing relief to the flood victims while the army chief, who has been leading from the front on every occasion, reached his troops who were engaged in performing their national duty in the most professional and dedicated manner. The appearance of General Raheel Sharif helped in enhancing the morale of the troops and it was acclaimed by the people.

The army is already engaged in the war against terror, carrying out Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan to flush out the terrorists from the area.Nevertheless, its officers and Jawans, when called for the help of flood-hit people, got quickly engaged in rescue and relief activities.