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Just imagine a woman who is a wife and a widow at the same time: she does not know where her spouse is; whether he is dead or alive; would he ever return home or not? Or a mother, who continuously hopes to hear the footsteps of her son.

The Trump administration released new "National Security Strategy of the United States of America" on December 18, 2017. It provides an important window into the thinking of Trump administration's means, ways and ends.

On a broader level, the geopolitical location of a country and regional dynamics of security, peace or war constitute the fundamental elements of national security.

It is heartening that the Armed Forces of Pakistan have pledged to not only support CPEC but safeguard it with their resources so that the mega project achieves fruition.

CPEC A Defining Project The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been one of the most discussed and written topics in Pakistan. It has been subject of great interest and also apprehension by friends and foes of Pakistan. Few enterprises have been viewed so dramatically different as CPEC both within country and abroad. Described as a "game changer" the most wonderful gift that China could give to Pakistan.

The safekeeping of nuclear and other strategic weapons has always been given enhanced attention over the storage of conventional weapons system. Since the first development of nuclear weapons more than 70 years ago, gradual development of the command and control of these very sensitive weapons has been the priority of the nuclear nations of the world. In spite of these efforts several kilograms of fissile material Uranium 233, enough to build three nuclear war heads, was stolen from the Los Alamos facilities of the United States and was never traced.

It is difficult to align the constant U.S. mantra that Pakistan is 'not doing enough' in the war against terrorism when we take a look at just what has and continues to be done. To say that the mantra is unreasonable and extremely disappointing is an understatement. So many lives have been lost in Pakistan in a long battle to defeat the scourge of terrorism, much of which has emanated from events in Afghanistan.

A new kind of normalcy is taking root in North Waziristan. After years of being at the mercy of terrorist groups, the local people are finally free to build a new and better life. The rapid change in this once 'no-go' area is impressive. What's happening in North Waziristan is too extensive to do justice to in one article. This perspective will be the first of three in a series to provide insights into this, until now, rarely visited area.

The fresh wave of terrorism, particularly the deadly terrorists' attacks in Lahore and Sehwan Sharif, has forced the government to launch a countrywide security operation against militants, their facilitators and sanctuaries.
The campaign Radd-ul-Fasaad having major focus on urban centers, is believed to be long anticipated and needed too; following the purging from militants the 'peripheries' particularly the tribal areas and adjoining districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the hard-fought military actions.

Soon after assuming command of Indian Army, its new Chief General Bipin Rawat, acknowledged existence of Cold Start Doctrine in an interview to the media. This was rather surprising as India had been in denial mode for nearly fifteen years since it first announced it in the aftermath of Kashmiri militants' attack on Indian parliament in 2001. Former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh had gone to the extent of stating publicly, "There is no Cold Start Doctrine. No such thing. It was an off-the-cuff remark from a former Chief of Staff. I have been defence minister of the country. I should know".

"Had there a thousand mountains been, my longing would have crossed them all." In the epic tale of Sassi Punnu the great Sufi poet Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai aptly narrates the ordeals of Sassi when she crosses over the treacherous mountains of Kech Makran to unite with her beloved husband, separated from her by the rivals. "O mountain, when my love I meet; your tortures I'll relate; Your hideous shadow ghosts at dawn, your winding way's deceit,"

Plain, simple logic says that if the Indian troops carried out 'surgical strikes' in Azad Kashmir as claimed, Pakistan would have retaliated and immediately raised the issue internationally.After all, how can silence over any cross-border intrusion suit Pakistan? Taking an Indian aggression lying down means encouraging an already belligerent Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to act more belligerently.

So where does Pakistan stand in its make-or-break struggle against religiously-motivated extremism and terrorism? Are we somewhere close to victory against this "internal enemy" or need to slog it out for years and years to come? Is the dream of a peaceful, stable, economically vibrant and strong Pakistan within our grasp or will it continue to elude us?

Spirit of Defence Day Celebrations
The term Defence Day Celebrations is synonymous to the resolve of Pakistani Nation to defend the territorial integrity of its motherland from external and internal aggression while preserving the Ideology of Pakistan. Commonly celebrated on 6th September to commemorate the great sacrifices rendered by Pakistan Armed Forces against the Indian display of its military might.

Lieutenant Colonel Mian Khan was enlisted in the British Indian Army as a Sepoy in the year 1927. Born in Buchal Khurd, District Chakwal, Punjab on 16th June 1908, he completed his initial Schooling in his native village.

India's 'Military Elections' in Kashmir
India had two excellent opportunities over the past seven months to show the world that Kashmir has finally entered the Indian fold after seven decades of resistance.

1971 War Hearts Divided but Not the Soul
The officers and men forming part of armed forces from Bengal were at their best when it came to test during India-Pakistan war in 1965. The East Bengal Rifles fought well in Sialkot and Lahore sectors and won gallantry awards.

Know thy Friend
The nations, like traditional families, cannot be detached from their past. Their present and future do have a linkage with their past experiences. According to Hegel, perfection of an idea covers a thesis, anti-thesis and synthesis cycle.

Quaid-i-Azam's Defence Vision
Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was one of the most world leaders of his time, who left his mark on all aspects of future statecraft of the subcontinent and the world at large.

5 Quotes, 6 Facts & 7 Myths
Arundhati Roy: "Now, we have a democratically elected totalitarian government"
Kuldip Nayar: "I see induction of religion in politics."

Federal Budget for the fiscal year 2014-15 was presented on 3 June 2014. The total outlay/expenditure of the budget is Rs. 4,302 billion, which is 7.9% higher than the previous budget.

Fire That Has Reached Our Homes
A cold morning... Birds singing... 19 years old girl waiting for bus outside of her home. Bus arrives... she takes her place... The journey to college starts...What next?

Separatism in India: The Hindi-Speaking Factor
When India is discussed, the violent insurgencies affecting millions of Indians often fail to register. The credit for this goes to Indian politicians, media and think-tank types who continue to keep the lid on a terrifying reality: that the large Indian union is challenged by difficult strains of armed groups that fail to disappear despite more than sixty years of brutal and unreported state response.

Pakistan Army Soldier's Life
The life when he had back then was entirely different from the day he entered the Military Academy. Each day of rigorous training was making him realize that the life of a soldier is not an easy one. He has to give the best years of his life to the nation.

Balochistan's Brave Daughter
Salma Rasool is from Khuzdar, Balochistan. Her father was murdered by BLA in 2008 for his pro-Pakistani stance. Later her brother was also murdred by same people in 2013.

No Second Thought
Since the creation of Pakistan, the Christian sons of soil never hesitated to sacrifice their lives for defence of motherland. They always stood shoulder to shoulder with their Muslim brethren to shed their blood for the noble cause of defending Pakistan.

A Tale of Two Martyr Brothers
Lieutenant Colonel Amer Baig Mirza and Major Umar Baig Mirza embraced Shahadat in 2005 & 2009. Their families, today, carry the spirit of martyrdom and the resolve to sacrifice even more for Pakistan.

The Battle of Ideas
A leading English-language monthly magazine carried Pakistan's founding father Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's caricature on the cover of its February issue, showing him espousing a beard instead of the familiar clean-shaven face we all know and love.

India's Defence Budget: Fight Currency Devaluation or Fight Pakistan?
The Indian military is facing a moment where it has to choose between fighting the debilitating effects of a slow economy after 2011 versus the pursuit of a largely Pakistan-specific military buildup.

My Journey To The Guinness World Record
Pakistan made a new record. Pakistanis are feeling proud. People are clapping, friends are standing with me, family members are watching me live on TV.

The True Hero
Balochistan is always projected as an area having many problems. For the last decade or so it has turned into a playing field of different regional and global powers.

Balochistan: As I see it
Balochistan is always projected as an area having many problems. For the last decade or so it has turned into a playing field of different regional and global powers.

Public Opinion and Counter-Terrorism Strategy
In democratic political settings, public opinion is essence of governance which not only facilitates rulers in implementation of their policies smoothly but can also remove irritants in political spheres.

Governance of 3G
During the month of September, the Supreme Court directed the government to put in place the necessary institutional arrangements at the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in particular, hiring of the three members central to the governance of this regulatory body,

Conflict Transformation by Pakistan Army: CTC
Pakistan Army has contributed a great deal towards nation building both in kinetic and non-kinetic realms. Inter alia, the socio-economic spheres such as education, health, communication and telephony, national logistics, infrastructural development, and disaster management including rescue, relief and rehabilitation activities in the aftermath of natural calamities are but a few to note.

A Paper Free Army
Balochistan, the resource rich province of Pakistan has always been an attraction for international power players. Often these powers have been playing negative role in planting and nourishing unrest in the province.

BALOCHISTAN A Victim of Negative Perceptions
Balochistan, the resource rich province of Pakistan has always been an attraction for international power players. Often these powers have been playing negative role in planting and nourishing unrest in the province.

Global Struggle For Education
The incident of an attempted murder of a fifteen year girl child Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head by Taliban on 9 October 2012 for speaking in favour of educating young girls in Pakistan got an unprecedented attention domestically and globally.

From Cold Start to Cold Storage
In the rapidly changing domestic and external security environment in the region, Pakistan Army has conducted a series of war games and field exercises, codename; 'Azm-e-Nau'. Four war games of this series (Azm-e-Nau - I-IV) were conducted from year 2009 to 2013.

The Six Dimensions of National Security
The government has established an organisational framework for national security by reconstituting the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) as the Cabinet Committee on National Security (CCNS). Whilst the committee formulation remains the same, the new entity has a broader and more significant mandate.

Sino-Pak Military Ties and Future
As early as over 2000 years ago, the world renowned Silk Road linked the two sides together in a connection. During the 7th century A.D., an eminent Chinese monk in the Tang Dynasty, who travelled westward has mentioned about his fond memory of the land and people in his famous book Records of Western Travels.

The Day Earth Shook
The mountains of northern Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir are magnificent. Unfortunately, they also hide great dangers. Underneath those majestic peaks and beautiful valleys lie fault lines that make the region one of the most earthquake-prone regions in the world.

Pakistan's True Heroes
Our history is full of trillion sacrifices of our true national heroes for protection of their motherland since the time Pakistan came into being. Pakistan, since its earlier times faced the challenges of the world and the threats of its furious enemies but none of the enemies have ever succeeded in overpowering Pakistan although they were planning to uproot it since the time it came into being.

India's Water War against Pakistan
India resorted to using water as a weapon of war against Pakistan in the very first few months after our independence. Choking Pakistani water was one of the first weapons used by India against a weak, newly-born Pakistani state.

Security has been a hot topic since ever. Every living creature is ready to do anything when there is a question mark on its survival. National security is one of the legitimate interests of all the states. In history reasons of conflict among animals, human, tribes and states was land, food, and shelter as they were the principal needs of existence.

A Tale of Brutality
In the pursuit for the implemen- tation of UN resolutions, Kashmiris are struggling for their right of self-determination thus can neither be labeled as militants nor should their struggle be dubbed as terrorism, as it is mandated with over twenty-five resolutions of civilized world including United States and Britain at the forum of UN.

We are the Bright Future of Pakistan
Journey of thousand miles starts with a single step" said La Tzu. Actions are something that arises naturally from stillness. It is said that, great acts are made up of small deeds. The idea of independence is well grounded in the desire of humans to live their lives accordingly in their full spirit and capacities without any subjugation, oppression or curb on their basic fundamental rights and freedoms.

A Tribute to my Father
'Shahadat' is not just what we call death; it's something more than that, higher than any rank, bigger than any achievement and more honourable than any medal. When a soldier embraces 'Shahadat', the eyes of his loved ones not only have tears and sorrows but they are also covered by aroma of pride, glory and honour.

Hope, Courage and Confidence - Honouring Jinnah's Message
Courage is a word that has become devalued in the international media, too often applied to - sports stars and others for simply winning a contest. Confusing courage with ambition and persistence devalues the true meaning and spirit of the word. But in Pakistan, real courage in the face of adversity is all around us.

This 'Land of the Pure' can never fall, and no one can undo it as long as the defenders of this nation follow the legacy left behind by the tales of dedication and sincerity of the likes of M. M. Alam.

Dealing with Terrorism in 
The most disturbing aspect of attack on women university bus is targeting of women folk which is against the Baloch and Pashtun culture and Islamic values. Having done this, the terrorists have earned further hate of the people of Pakistan and international community.