Bhopinder Singh

Bhopinder Singh

Pakistan's sophistry

Pakistan's sophistry

Thursday, 07 January 2021 | Bhopinder Singh

Its terror-conducive justice system, backed by the machinations of the politico-military-clergy triad, is a hoax. The country had better be prudent Pakistan’s overall criminal justice system on terrorism is a creaking sham, not just owing to the complicity of the politico-military-clergy triad but also due to the compromised nature of the...

Sinking naval ethos

Monday, 02 December 2019 | Bhopinder Singh

Trump’s short-term tactic of intruding into the hallowed precincts of military order is to play with fire in the long term. It is sure to dilute the culture within the rank and file Participative or liberal democracies are predicated on the concept of civilian control over the military. In his book,...

‘Tricky Mush’ at it again

Friday, 22 November 2019 | Bhopinder Singh

The Pakistani military has been cursed by Generals who have been overtly political. Military men have contributed to the atrophy in the current narrative The 1980s were the infamous years of Gen Zia-ul-Haq’s murky cold war machinations in Afghanistan and the “shariasation” of Pakistan that muddied the cultural air of the...

Guarantors vs enforcers

Thursday, 14 November 2019 | Bhopinder Singh

The brawl between police officers and lawyers over a parking lot was the manifestation of a misplaced sense of entitlement at work. The episode should lead to corrective introspection Submission to an inviolable sense of justice, order and probity ought to be at the heart of professionals rendering policing and legal...

War on terror not over yet

Saturday, 02 November 2019 | Bhopinder Singh

While Baghdadi has been eliminated, the US has to tackle the battle of perceptions in negating the idea that gives rise to forces like the Taliban, IS or Al Qaeda US President Donald Trump’s over-enthusiastic and cinematic description of the end of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi notwithstanding, the...

Turkish non-delights

Saturday, 26 October 2019 | Bhopinder Singh

There is a commonality of governance between Pakistan and Turkey that binds them. Both believe they can bluster, blackmail and intimidate their way on to the global stage There is an open shadow-boxing of a considerable bitterness that is ensuing between New Delhi and Ankara as each seeks to hit the...

A reflection of past deeds

Saturday, 12 October 2019 | Bhopinder Singh

Imran Khan, who rose to power by encouraging sit-ins, is now himself faced with an unprecedented protest, which is aimed at toppling his Government Pakistan has a unique political phenomenon of staging sit-ins, a strategy that is routinely deployed to express political or religious protests and bring the sitting Government...

Cheque book diplomacy

Thursday, 03 October 2019 | Bhopinder Singh

China’s ability to impress upon nations the benefits of joining its bloc is not unknown. Counter-moves like the Quad need to be strengthened The Chinese have either deployed “intimidation” or their famed cheque book diplomacy to “win” over other nations towards their own purposes. Both as an undisputed military and an...

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