What makes a regional chaudhry?



According to Paul Kennedy, author of The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, those states emerge and survive as great powers that are able to maintain a “balance of military and economic strength”. As Kennedy notes, “great power ascendancy correlates strongly to available resources and economic durability; military overstretch and a concomitant relative decline are the consistent threat facing powers whose ambitions and security requirements are greater than their resource base can provide for”. In other words, great world powers are made by their own achievements and through recognition by peers..
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IF WE WANT TO BE  A CHAUDHARY LET US WORK TO BECOME ONE!

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by Ardeshir Cowasjee

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SOON after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement earlier this year that America was “betting” on India’s future and sought Indian presence beyond the region, numerous articles were written in Pakistani papers with titles such as ‘US daydreaming’, ‘Sponsoring India’s rise’, ‘Challenging regional environment’ and ‘America plays Indian game’.

The common theme of these articles, duly backed by the rantings of our television anchors, was that the US is ‘sponsoring’ India’s rise as a major power and since India is Pakistan’s eternal enemy, such US sponsorship of our eternal enemy should be unacceptable to and resisted by us.

Are major powers really sponsored and created by others? Our intellectually challenged prime minister summarised the contrived national sentiment when he said that Pakistan would not accept a chaudhry or hegemon in the South Asian region.

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The Memogate Brouhaha


Mr. Haqqani’s audacious caper seems to have backfired spectacularly. Far from reining in the generals, President Zardari is weaker than ever. The military is confirmed in its suspicion that he would, if he could, sell them (and Pakistan) to the US. Its doubts about US intentions have increased, especially in respect of its nuclear arsenal. Husain Haqqani, for the time being, sits snug in his wife’s apartment in the presidency, occasionally issuing defiant Tweets (though not on the infamous Blackberry, now impounded, that, as Eliza Doolittle would say, had done him in!). Outside, angry mutters of treason trials are being heard. Memogate rolls on.

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FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS!

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by F B Ali
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All of Pakistan has recently been watching with rapt attention the twists and turns of an unfolding scandal that the country’s febrile media has happily termed ‘Memogate’. The ruling party, in full defensive mode, watches apprehensively even as it bobs and weaves with every disclosure. The opposition parties gleefully plot and maneouvre to gain maximum advantage, while the generals nervously button and unbutton their holsters.  (more…)

Days of rage


Nearly 300 trucks carrying supplies to U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan clogged the Pakistani border crossings Sunday, leaving them vulnerable to militant attack a day after Islamabad closed the frontier in retaliation for coalition airstrikes that allegedly killed 24 Pakistani troops. As Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani attended the funerals of the victims, including a major, the U.S. sought to minimize the fallout from the crisis, which plunged Washington’s already troubled relationship with Islamabad to an all-time low. Pakistan also ordered the U.S. to vacate an airbase that is used by American drones to target al-Qaida and Taliban militants in the country’s tribal region along the Afghan border.
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 NATO’S BLATANT ATTACK IS AN ACT OF TERROR (IN THE WAR ON TERROR)

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the News Editorial

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Pakistan, its government and its people have every right to express their sense of rage. Which country would not if the armed forces of another state had crossed its borders in the dead of night and fired on sleeping soldiers in a border-control post, killing 26 of them and wounding many others? Those who died were buried with full military honours on Sunday at a funeral attended by General Kayani, and the diplomatic storm gathered weight and power as the bodies were lowered into the ground. The incident has plunged the frosty Pak-US ties into deeper crisis.

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Why is Greece in Trouble? The Analogy



The global financial crisis is an engineered strategy by the group to force the US-EU into a global war—WW III so that the nation called Zion emerges as the grand ruler. Next year –2012—is US presidential elections and beyond a shadow of doubt the Republicans will move into the White House in Jan 2013. The group will ensure that through the media, US and EU Reserve banks, energy, etc remain under it’s controls. They’ll call for the blood of Iran and Pakistan – once again – the choice of “you’re with us or with them”.
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THE VANISHED BRIDGE

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by Gulam Asgar Mitha

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Some years ago a small rural town in Spain twinned with a similar town in Greece. The mayor of the Greek town visited the Spanish town. When he saw the palatial mansion belonging to the Spanish mayor he wondered how he could afford such a house.

The Spaniard said, “You see that bridge over there? The EU gave us a grant to build a two-lane bridge, but by building a single-lane bridge with traffic lights at either end, this house could be built.”

The following year, the Spaniard visited the Greek town. He was simply amazed at the Greek Mayor’s house, gold taps, marble floors, it was marvelous!

When he asked how this could be afforded the Greek said, “You see that bridge over there?”

The Spaniard replied, “No.”

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MEMOGATE: Who in the World is Mansoor Ijaz? [II]



James Jones said, he was the intermediary who delivered to former military chief Admiral Mike Mullen a secret memorandum that he received from Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz and delivered it to Mullen in May. Mansoor Ijaz claims that he drafted the memo on the instructions of Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani, a charge denied by the envoy [who in the meanwhile has resigned]. Jones, was the NSA of President Barack Obama from January 2009 to October 2010.. Haqqani has been at the centre of what the media is referring to as the “Memogate” controversy since Mr. Ijaz claimed last month that the memo delivered to Mr. Mullen had sought American assistance to prevent a possible military takeover in the wake of the US raid that allegedly killed Osama bin Laden on May 2 this year.
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THE (ULTIMATE) BELTWAY INSIDER

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by Fasih Ahmed | The Newsweek

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 In the days between Admiral Mullen’s testimony to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee in September—in which he said the “[Jalaluddin] Haqqani network acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency”—and the publication of his October op-ed, Ijaz says an exhausted Haqqani sounded him out on another matter.

 “He was ready to call it quits,” claims Ijaz, who urged the ambassador to “hang in there.”

 But what made Ijaz go rogue? Ijaz says he wrote the op-ed in reaction to the “harsh treatment” of Admiral Mullen by Pakistan’s media after his Senate testimony. “I opened the piece with the brief anecdote of what had been done in May to highlight the tangible actions that had been taken to deal with the growing interference and threat posed by extremist segments of the military and intelligence communities in Pakistan,” says Ijaz.

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