M. Saleem Butt

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The Wrong Defence Budget

Defence expenditure has almost doubled since last five years. In its latest budget, government has hiked defence spending up to Rs700.2 billion. Even this...

Is Pakistan Being Dragged Into A Regional Sectarian War?

Military operations against Taliban militants in North Waziristan give some hope for a much welcome change in direction in national security policy. Support for...

Time to Re-Think Drones

After tens of thousands of deaths and Taliban's refusal to accept offers of peace talks, national consensus is finally beginning to come around on...

New operations against terrorists: Proof of pudding is in the eating

Are the winds changing direction? New reports indicate that after tens of thousands of graves have been dug, the government is finally preparing to...

Position of Strength

Two rules for successful negotiations are to enter from a position of strength and to be the side that sets the terms and timeline....

The Reality of Civilian Deaths

Say what you will about Imran Khan, but at least he is consistent. The PTI chief opposes American drone strikes, but he opposes Pakistan...

Our soldiers deserve better

Recent statements of Jamaat-i-Islami amir Munawar Hassan that Pakistani soldiers are not martyrs if they die battling jihadi terrorists resulted in outrage as is...

Disproportionate Impact of Drones

According to a new report including data compiled by Asian Human Rights Commission, 7,170 people were killed and 8,746 injured by violence in Pakistan...

Has the military lost control?

Despite losing over 3,000 soldiers and 40,000 civilians, there was always some confidence that GHQ had a plan and that, when the final accounting...

Fighting the symptoms, Ignoring the disease

A week after the drone strike that killed Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, public discourse remains dominated by questions of 'what comes next?' Mehsud's death...

Taliban’s Punjab Army

In avoiding any responsibility for dealing with the growing threat of militants within our borders, many analysts both amateur and professional turn to the...

Pakistan Must Respond To The Modern Threat

Army Strategic Force Command successfully conducted a training launch of Short Range Ballistic Missile Hatf III (Ghaznavi) on Thursday. This successful test adds another...

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Is Pakistan’s Opposition Finally Standing up to the Military Establishment?

For far too long, Pakistani politicians have traipsed around the issue of the military’s meddling in politics. The Multi-Party Conference held on Sunday, September...

Rape Culture, Ignored and Condoned by Establishment and its Henchmen

Pakistan was the first Muslim country to have a woman as a Prime Minister and yet it is one of the most unsafe places...

Now, Pakistan’s Shia Muslims are Under Attack

Suppression of religious freedom and targeting of religious and ethnic minorities is old in Pakistan. The country has a long history of sectarianism with...

Imran Khan’s Claims About Pakistan Media Freedom Ring Hollow

Pakistan’s leaders may keep asserting that there is no media crackdown in Pakistan or that the country’s press is freer than in the West,...
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