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Contents - October 2003


Regional implications
of Iran Nuclear Deal

Air Cdre (Retd) KHALID IQBAL

While attempting to gauge the strategic impact of the Iran nuclear deal, one is haunted by the dilemma about American as well as Iranian intent behind evolving the agreement in the form as it stand now. Is it a part of prior greater strategic understanding reached between Iran and the US, ultimately leading to gradually assigning Iran a key strategic role in the Gulf? If so, does it mean that has the US led bloc tacitly accepted the so far abhorred Iranian practices in statecraft as legitimate norms of diplomacy? OR Is it only a technical endeavour to plug in a proliferation attempt by a non-nuclear weapon state member of the NPT? If so, will Iran continue to carry the baggage of a pariah state minus the bomb phobia?........................more

Fresh Challenges being
Faced by Pakistan


We had barely overcome the OBL scandal when the news of Mullah Omar’s demise in Karachi has surfaced. That Mullah Omar is hopefully dead is good riddance but his supposed expiry in a Karachi hospital is once again putting us in a spot. That said, no evidence, circumstantial or otherwise has been provided by the Afghan intelligence agency which has aired the Karachi scenario while the Afghan Taliban Shura has categorically denied the Karachi portion while admitting their supreme leader is no more. In the current ambiance this story, whether true or false is unlikely to make much of an impact.................more

UAE Anti-Discriminatory
Law’s Strategic Objectives


His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a new “anti-discrimination law No. 02 of 2015” that has multidimensional strategic objectives. It is indeed a way forward to curb hatred, discrimination, racism, incitement and terrorism from the country. It is anti-conflict, division, destruction and promotes harmony peace and love. UAE has set an example in dealing with racism.
It has also multiplier socio-economic, geo-political and geo-strategic effects and is the reflection of multiculturalism. It stands for globalization. It stands for togetherness. It speaks about universalism. It has introduced a new social contract in the Emirates.............more

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