SMHali
S M Hali

The writer is a retired Group Captain of PAF. He is a columnist, analyst and TV Talk show host, who has authored six books on current affairs, including three on China

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Who killed Zia?

Who killed Zia?

Even 29 years after the death of General Ziaul Haq, there is little clarity as to who was behind the incident that claimed his life. General Ziaul ...

Not in my name

Not in my name

The #NotInMyName protests in New Delhi and other cities of India are snowballing into a massive movement. Carrying placards saying 'Not In My Name' ...

Beyond the JIT report

Beyond the JIT report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has submitted its report on the Panama Papers case. The JIT deserves appreciation for its perseverance and non-s ...

Denigrating CPEC

Denigrating CPEC

As the early harvest projects of CPEC near fruition, detractors are stepping up their propaganda to denigrate the mega project. Christine Fair, of ...

Ramazan’s significance

Ramazan’s significance

During the recently concluded ICC Champion's Trophy - which Pakistan won despite being ranked at the bottom - some foreigners were asking "Who is R ...

Discovering Russia

Discovering Russia

  In this scribe’s formative years, Kremlin, Red Square and Leningrad were shrouded in mystery. Owing to the Iron Curtain, visiti ...

Cerebral peace for Xinjiang

Cerebral peace for Xinjiang

During a recent visit to Xinjiang, it was learnt that the Chinese government had taken a number of concrete steps to provide mental peace to its re ...

Rising above the rhetoric

Rising above the rhetoric

The recent spate of events between Pakistan and India of verbally assaulting each other and levying preposterous charges, i.e. the terror boat dram ...

Pakistan’s entry to SCO

Pakistan’s entry to SCO

July 10, 2015 will be marked as a red-letter day for both Pakistan and India because their submission for full membership into the powerful Shangha ...

Balancing Sino-Pak ties

Balancing Sino-Pak ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s April 2015 visit to Pakistan elevated Sino-Pak ties from ‘all-weather friendship’ to ‘all-we ...

Zarb-e-Azb and beyond

Zarb-e-Azb and beyond

It has been a year since the launch of the joint military offensive, Operation Zarb-e-Azb by Pakistan’s armed forces against various miscrean ...

Religious tolerance

Religious tolerance

Islam lays great emphasis on religious tolerance but currently, it is at its lowest in many Muslim societies. Islamic State’s (IS's) destruct ...

Keukenhof: Eden on earth

Keukenhof: Eden on earth

Last month my family and I took a trip to Europe. Our itinerary also included Amsterdam. A visit to Amsterdam must include a trip to Keukenhof, pro ...

Cultural invasion

Cultural invasion

US philosopher Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 to May 7, 1915) once commented: “He who influences the thought of his times influences the ...

Pakistan’s priorities

Pakistan’s priorities

Every country has the right to pursue policies that are in consonance with its national interests and priorities. This aspect is defined in diploma ...

Xi’s mega visit

Xi’s mega visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s much-awaited visit to Pakistan came at a significant moment in the history of both nations. Sino-Pak rel ...

Indian insensitivity

Indian insensitivity

Over the weekend, the Indian media went berserk at the release of the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, from Adi ...

Infusing energy into Pakistan

Infusing energy into Pakistan

While addressing the Pakistan-China Media Forum on the 21st century Maritime Silk Road, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and One Belt One Ro ...

Criticism of K2 and K3

Criticism of K2 and K3

The prime advantage of nuclear energy is that it does not depend on fossil fuels and is not affected by fluctuating oil and gas prices. Coal and na ...

Sino-Af-Pak convergence

Sino-Af-Pak convergence

China, Pakistan and Afghanistan have a converging view on finding peace in the war-ravaged region. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was on a t ...