Posts From Z Khalid

Anti-Terrorist Cyber Operations And The Future Of National Security

The English-language version of Chinese military’s mouthpiece reported on October 15, 2015 that a cyber (Internet-based) exercise codenamed “Xiamen-2015” was held in the city of the same name in Fujian province. The decision to hold this exercise was undertaken on April 10, 2015 during the SCO RATS Council’s 26th regular meeting in the Uzbek capital Tashkent. It was jointly organized by member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) of

Pakistan Should Effectively Use The Media As A ‘Soft Power’

The post 9/11 world is defined by mastery of deception, propaganda or what most call the mastery of narrative projection. Whoever achieves dominance of a particular incident through manipulative views and opinions wins the race. We have long seen how mass media has been used as a “soft power” tool to influence opinions in favor of, or against, a specified entity. In an insightful report for Robert Bosch Stiftung, ‘How

The Dovals: Father-Son Duo Behind Indian Hegemonism

A vast majority of Pakistanis are well familiar with the name “Doval”. Some even pronounce it as “Devil” to amuse themselves and their listeners. These and other alterations all refer to Ajit Doval, India’s National Security Adviser in office since May 30, 2014. Who is this person and why is he discussed too often by government officials and security analysts around the world? Profile Ajit Kumar Doval is a former

The Significance Of Nasser Janjua’s Appointment As National Security Adviser

On a calm weekend, Sunday the 18th of October 2015, media groups reported that Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua of the Pakistan Army had been selected for appointment as Pakistan’s next National Security Adviser (NSA). Profile News observers in Pakistan have been familiar with Janjua’s name since the Kayani era. He was, until recently, Commander of the Quetta-based 12 Corps; a position which concurrently made him Commander of Pakistan

Towards Regional Aggression: Modi Government To Establish A Joint Special Operations Division

The hardliner Hindutva government of BJP-elect Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the bill to establish three new joint (army, navy, airforce) organizations, The Times of India reported on October 17, 2015. These organizations are the Defence Cyber Agency, Defence Space Agency and a Special Operations Division. The focus of this article is on India’s special forces, hence the other two proposed organizations will be discussed on a later date.

Proactive Global Diplomacy A Must For Success Of CPEC

With an announced investment of approximately $46 billion, Chinese authorities announced their unwavering reliance and confidence on Pakistan, their bordering neighbor and strategic ally. The Chinese are known as brilliant thinkers and planners. Little wonder that many around the world were startled on how Beijing reposed so much trust on a country which is apparently, if not actually, infested with an alphabet soup of terrorist groups; ethnic militancy, sectarian wars,

Time For Pakistan To Stop Being Apologetic

Terrorism, mounting debt, inter-communal strife, etc. Yes, Pakistan has it all, but it is not the only country facing such circumstances. No one could have imagined that the second millennium would witness the drastic re-shaping of global geopolitics. The security scenario post 9/11 brought about the emergence of a joint US-NATO (Pacific-Atlantic)-dominated war establishment that, to this day, dictates the ‘acceptables’ and ‘unacceptables’ of regional engagements. A recent exception, however,

5 Reasons Why Pakistan Should Recognize And Hold Dialogue With Israel

DISCLAIMER: “Opinions expressed here are solely of the author. Pakistan Insider does not necessarily agree with its content”. Clarification: Before I come to the actual body of this article, it is important to shed light on lesser known historical facts; facts which most Jews and Muslims, or Israeli and Pakistanis to be precise, would not want to acknowledge. Despite the visibly clear disconnect between Tel Aviv and Islamabad, both countries have

Disaster Management and Way Forward For Pakistan

Year after year, the Pakistan faces a multitude of natural and man-made disasters. Examples of the former include earthquakes and floods whereas the latter includes fires, critical infrastructure meltdown, etc. Despite the fact that National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has an office in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, it fails to effectively dispense relief efforts, let alone synergize the efforts of its provincial offshoots. After the deadly October 8, 2005 earthquake

Introspection: Is Pakistan threatened by its own inhabitants too?

Since its inception on August 14, 1947, Pakistan has continued facing a multitude of threats, both internal and external. Exhaustive efforts and deliberations have been made by concerned citizens to bring to fore foreign conspiracies which are aimed at maligning, destabilizing and ultimately destroying Pakistan. We have heard names of several countries in the region and beyond, their notorious intelligence agencies and armed forces trying to cause sabotage, mayhem and