Author: Anees Hafiz

Mr. Anees Hafiz is a UET graduate and post-graduate from US in Mechanical Engineering with vast experience (nearing three decades) in multifaceted engineering management, business development, Innovation, revenue generation and research & development in Pakistan, Middle East and Americas. Mr. Hafiz has special subject expertise in corporate & political governance, manifesto development, Policy Position papers, foreign policy, Pakistan’s strategic doctrine and the concept of good governance. He is author of Pakistan defence and nuclear doctrine (print & online versions). His upcoming books in 2024 are, “Ingredients of an effective foreign policy” and “The Governance in Pakistan”. Mr. Hafiz has been consistently writing articles in numerous newspapers and is a prominent writer in Defence Journal of Pakistan from around two decades.

The Wakhan Corridor, situated within Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province, serves as a narrow strip connecting Afghanistan to China while separating Tajikistan and Pakistan. Established in 1893, the Wakhan corridor acted as a buffer zone between the British and Russian Empires, with its creation resulting from an agreement between Mortimer Durand of the British Raj and Emir Abdur Rahman Khan of Afghanistan. Pakistan’s strategic interest in the Wakhan Corridor stems from its potential to enhance its military posture against Indian intrusions in Gilgit-Baltistan and to establish direct access to Tajikistan for greater trade interests. Historical Origin of Wakhan Corridor: Wakhan Corridor or…

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Strengthening Economic Ties: Exploring Trade Opportunities and Investment Potential Navigating Regional Dynamics: Balancing Relations with Neighboring States Enhancing Strategic Cooperation: Projects like the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline and Border Markets Iran is the southwestern neighbor of Pakistan and an Islamic country that has deep cultural, historic and religious roots with Pakistan. This is a fairly large country about 1.5 times the size of Pakistan with 83 million+ populations. Iran is an oil rich country having borders with Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, some Central Asian states and the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf. Strategically, Iran has a long coastal line in the…

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The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is the successor of RCD (Regional Cooperation for Development), formed in 1964 and re-established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey to enhance economic, trade, and tourism cooperation. ECO expanded in 1992 to include seven new members after the collapse of the USSR, with a focus on developing infrastructure and institutions for sustainable development in the region. ECO serves as a vital platform for dialogue among member states, emphasizing connectivity for regional prosperity, cooperation in energy, infrastructure development, and mutual economic growth. The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is the successor organization of RCD (Regional Cooperation…

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The vision of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) promised a transformative approach to regional connectivity and economic integration. However, as scrutiny mounts, it’s becoming increasingly evident that IMEC falls short in comparison to alternative projects like the Iraq Development Road Project (IDRP) and the potential extension of the RCD Highway. From logistical challenges to geopolitical complexities, IMEC’s shortcomings highlight the need for a reevaluation of regional connectivity initiatives. The grand vision of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) was conceived with lofty ambitions of fostering connectivity and economic integration across continents. However, as the dust settles on its proposal,…

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Khojaly Genocide Unveiled: Explore the harrowing events of February 26, 1992, as Armenian forces unleashed unspeakable violence upon innocent Azerbaijani civilians in the town of Khojaly during the First Nagorno-Karabakh War. Azerbaijan’s Resilience and Resolve: Witness the resilience of the Azerbaijani people in the face of tragedy as they vow to never forget the victims of the Khojaly Genocide and tirelessly seek justice for their senseless deaths. Solidarity in Struggle: Pakistan-Azerbaijan Alliance: Discover the unwavering support of Pakistan for Azerbaijan, as the two nations stand united in their pursuit of peace, stability, and accountability in the South Caucasus region. The…

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Self-Reliance: Prioritize indigenous capabilities across sectors to reduce dependence on external resources and negotiate from a position of strength in international affairs. Food Security: Invest in agricultural infrastructure and sustainable practices to ensure food security, mitigating social unrest and bolstering resilience against external pressures. Strategic Alliances: Navigate shifting geopolitical dynamics while safeguarding national interests through balanced partnerships and alliances, maximizing economic and security benefits. Defense and Sovereignty: Strengthen border security, intelligence capabilities, and diplomatic efforts to deter external threats and safeguard Pakistan’s sovereignty against hybrid warfare tactics. Human Capital Development: Invest in education, healthcare, and social welfare to empower citizens,…

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Pakistan is set for upcoming elections on Feb 8th, 2024. In this regard, all political parties are working for manifesto development and the promises to undertake in front of the People of Pakistan. One of the key areas that has needed the utmost attention since the creation of Pakistan is good governance. Good governance is the vital ingredient of a prosperous nation. It nourishes a culture of reform, effective implementation, proactive decision-making, just rewards for virtuous behavior, a consistent rhythm of progress, and unwavering accountability. The countries where good governance is exercised, its impact on economic and social development is…

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Good Governance: A Universal Imperative: Whether in developed or underdeveloped nations, the principles of good governance, including the rule of law, are crucial for sustainable growth and societal well-being. The Heartbeat of Prosperity: Good governance fosters a culture of reform, accountability, and proactive decision-making, serving as the bedrock for a prosperous nation and a robust democracy. Pakistan’s Path to Progress: By prioritizing honest leadership, accountability, and effective governance structures, Pakistan can unlock its true potential and pave the way for a brighter future. In a world marked by diverse political landscapes and varying levels of economic development, one thing remains…

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By definition, A manifesto is a published declaration of the intentions, and motives of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party, or even government. A manifesto usually accepts a previously published opinion or public consensus or promotes a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out changes the author believes should be made. It often is political, and social in nature, sometimes revolutionary, but may present an individual or collective elaboration of a party what is the plan forward, and how it will be achieved. Keeping that statement in mind, the objective of this write-up is to study…

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Digital Warfare: Pakistan confronts a new battleground, the 5th Generation warfare, where social media is exploited to manipulate perceptions and weaken the bond between its populace and armed forces. Unified Defense: With challenges evolving beyond traditional warfare, Pakistan needs a multifaceted approach encompassing open societal dialogues, fortified intelligence networks, regional collaboration, and robust border management. Economic Cohesion: As external entities attempt to destabilize Pakistan, a united economic front, strengthened by collaboration between political entities, is essential for national resilience and defense against propaganda. In today’s digital age, traditional warfare is not the only challenge nations face. Pakistan, too, finds itself…

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