Brig Asif Haroon Raja an Member Board of Advisors Opinion Maker is Staff College and Armed Forces WarCoursequalified, holds MSc war studies degree; a second generation officer, he fought epic battle of Hilli in northwest East Bengal during 1971 war, in which Maj M. Akram received Nishan-e-Haider posthumously.

He served as Directing Staff Command & Staff College, Defence Attaché Egypt and Sudan and Dean of Corps of Military Attaches in Cairo. He commanded the heaviest brigade in Kashmir. He is lingual and speaks English, Pashto and Punjabi fluently.

He is author of books titled ‘Battle of Hilli’, ‘1948, 1965 & 1971 Kashmir Battles and Freedom Struggle’, ‘Muhammad bin Qasim to Gen Musharraf’, Roots of 1971 Tragedy’; has written number of motivational pamphlets. Draft of his next book ‘Tangled Knot of Kashmir’ is ready.

He is a defence analyst and columnist and writes articles on security, defence and political matters for numerous international/national publications.

Exclusive: Repercussions of chemical attack in Syria

Exclusive: Repercussions of chemical attack in Syria

Brig Asif Haroon Raja – Syria’s cities and infrastructure are destroyed, there is very little electricity, 80% are living in poverty, and economy has shrunk by 55%. But for the Iranian and Hezbollah ground support and Russian air intervention in September 2015 in support of the beleaguered Bashar al Assad regime, a regime change would have occurred long time back and Assad would have met the fate of Saddam and Qaddafi.

Countering resurrection of terrorism

Countering resurrection of terrorism

Asif Haroon Raja Terrorism was stoked in Afghanistan in October 2001 under a well-thought out plan chalked out by Indo-US-Israel-UK alliance. The plan envisaged ousting Taliban regime with the help of Pakistan and eliminating Al-Qaeda so that Afghan soil could be used for launching covert operations against targeted regional countries. The US installed puppet regime […]

Rejoinder to Dr. Subhash Kapila

Rejoinder to Dr. Subhash Kapila

Asif Haroon Raja Dr. Subhash Kapila has written an article in Eurasia Review the theme of which is, “Afghanistan cannot be abandoned to China-Pakistan-Russia Troika”. A highly melancholic and distressful picture has been painted by the writer in a bid to remind Donald Trump Administration that Afghanistan is slipping out of the hands of the […]

Pakistan’s bloopers

Pakistan’s bloopers

Asif Haroon Raja Inconsequential Western Pacts In search for security in the face of India’s belligerence and dangerous designs together with Afghanistan’s hostility, Pakistan blundered to join SEATO and CENTO in 1954 and earned the hostility of Afghanistan, former Soviet Union and China. India took these western pacts as an excuse to make a U […]

Will Donald Trump make America great?

Will Donald Trump make America great?

Trump has a pro-rich agenda and besides him all his cabinet ministers are millionaires who have no idea about the pangs of poverty and deprivation. He is therefore not likely to touch any of the real destroyers of the US economic health and élan and as such hope of making America great again will be illusory.

Indian efforts to bring Trump under its magic spell

Indian efforts to bring Trump under its magic spell

Asif Haroon Raja After the outgoing British Raj partitioned India and Pakistan took birth out of the reluctant womb of India, the latter sat in the lap of former Soviet Union to draw maximum diplomatic, political, economic and military support. India also drew benefits from the West by playing the levers of secularism, democracy and […]

Reservations over Gen Raheel Sharif’s appointment

Reservations over Gen Raheel Sharif’s appointment

Asif Haroon Raja Displacement of pro-Saudi Mansoor Hadi’s govt in Yemen and capture of the capital city of Sanaa by the Huthis (Zaidi Shias in northern Yemen) and large swathes of territory in southern Yemen alarmed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), since its vulnerable backyard was threatened. It was already feeling uneasy because of […]

Evolving Regional Security Dynamics And Impact on Pakistan’s Security

Evolving Regional Security Dynamics  And Impact on Pakistan’s Security

  Asif Haroon Raja Till as late as 1990, India remained a close knit strategic partner of former USSR and it kept belittling the US imperialist policies and its provision of military assistance to Pakistan on all international forums. It fully supported the Soviet military intervention and occupation of Afghanistan. Paradoxically, today India is among […]

Paksitan: Popularity of Modi is waning

Paksitan: Popularity of Modi is waning

Asif Haroon Raja Narendra Modi had been elected by the Indians in June 2014 under the fond hope that contrary to Manmohan Singh who in their view was weak and unassuming, Modi being tough and assertive, he will be able to nail down Pakistan and annex remaining part of Kashmir. Impressed by his economic management […]

Paksitan: Media Needs Reformation

Paksitan: Media Needs Reformation

ASIF HAROON RAJA Gen Musharraf after coming to power through a military coup on October 12, 1999 decided to boost up and modernize electronic media by allowing foreign ownership in the name of freedom of expression and to show soft image of Pakistan to the west. His concept of enlightened moderation also had similar ambition […]

Pakistan: The MQM in Doldrums

Pakistan: The MQM in Doldrums

Asif Haroon Raja   The MQM under Altaf Hussain reigned supreme in urban Sindh from 1988 till March 2013. It expanded its political power by introducing the cultures of dead bodies filled in sacks, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, torture cells, target killings, no-go areas and strikes to paralyze the city. Despite its policy of fascism, […]

Political temperature has cooled down

Political temperature has cooled down

The political temperature that had begun to boil from 28 October onward became menacing on the following three days, but mercifully it scaled down dramatically on the evening of November 01 after Imran Khan (IK) decided to call off his much hyped foray into Islamabad (Isbd) on November 2.

Pakistan: Long arm of ISI needs unsheathing

Pakistan: Long arm of ISI needs unsheathing

Asif Haroon Raja The ISI had developed its long arm capability during the tenures of Gen Akhtar Abdur Rehman, Lt Gen Hamid Gul (VT editor) and Lt Gen Javed Nasir as DG ISI. It was owing to this capability of hitting the chosen target outside the frontiers of Pakistan that the ISI earned the reputation […]

Looming political upheaval

Looming political upheaval

Asif Haroon Raja Pakistan is going through critical times and some are of the view that the obtaining geo-political environment surrounding Pakistan are worse than 1971. The US, UK, Israel, India and Afghanistan are working in unison since late 2001 to destabilize, denuclearize and balkanize Pakistan using covert and overt means. The gang has operationalized […]

Mistakes & Accomplishments of Gen Pervez Musharraf

Mistakes & Accomplishments of Gen Pervez Musharraf

Asif Haroon Raja The Army, paramilitary forces and the police are fighting the US dictated war on terror since 2003 but have yet not been able to completely root out terrorism. I will be frank in stating that the Army was not mentally prepared, trained, equipped, acclimatized and motivated when it was suddenly launched to […]

Pakistan has been repeatedly duped

Pakistan has been repeatedly duped

Asif Haroon Raja The US was the first country to dupe and trap Pakistan after 9/11 for the achievement of its go-strategic objectives in the region. Collin Powell pushed Gen Musharraf against the wall by asking him bluntly whether “you are with us or against us”. And when he unhesitatingly opted for the first option, […]

Rejoinder to Dr. Sadia Ali

Rejoinder to Dr. Sadia Ali

Asif Haroon Raja Dr. Sadia Ali has timed her article titled “The poor daughter of Baluchistan” in The News dated August 17, 2016 with Narendra Modi’s diatribe on the occasion of India’s Independence Day on August 15. She has lent strength to Indian ongoing propaganda onslaught drumming up the sufferings of the people of Baluchistan […]

Why do more mantra applicable to Pakistan only

Why do more mantra applicable to Pakistan only

Asif Haroon Raja After making Pakistan an ally and a frontline state in September 2001 to help the US in occupying Afghanistan and in fighting global war on terrorism, it was first asked to sever relations with Taliban regime in Kabul. Later on, it was coerced to flush out Al-Qaeda elements and their supporters from […]

Sindh imbroglio needs full antidote

Sindh imbroglio needs full antidote

Asif Haroon Raja PPP-MQM 5-year rule in Sindh from 2008 to 2013 had devastated Karachi. The cosmopolitan city of lights was destablised by the MQM with the help of its target killers trained in India with an additional base in South Africa under a well calculated plan of India and its strategic partners to bleed […]

An Overview of Contemporary Geopolitical Scenario

An Overview of Contemporary Geopolitical Scenario

  Asif Haroon Raja The US in connivance with Israel, NATO and India had planned in 2001 to burn Pakistan as well as several other Muslim countries in the flames of terrorism. In Pakistan, fire was initially lit in FATA and Baluchistan in 2003/04 and gradually the flames were spread to other parts of the […]

Mullah Mansour’s Reported Death

Mullah Mansour’s Reported Death

The US-India-Afghan government (govt) nexus has been the root cause of Afghan instability. While the US initiated war on terror in October 2001 to defeat and eliminate terrorism from the face of the earth, and utterly failed to do so, the trio has also been outwardly pleading for peace since 2011 when force failed to cow down the Taliban.

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