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Ikram Sehgal, author of “Escape from Oblivion”, is Pakistani defense analyst and security expert. He is a regular contributor of articles in newspapers that include: The News and the Urdu daily Jang. He appears regularly on current affairs programs on television as a ‘defense and security analyst. He is a retired Pakistan Army officer.

Why good advisers matter?

Ikram Sehgal | Two names were recently recommended to the PM for appointment as MD PIA. One was a former MD who had earlier set...

Common man’s uncommon PM -Ikram Sehgal

Ikram Sehgal | Imran Khan won over the hearts of the masses by his very candid and honest manner in his address to the nation...

How Imran Khan can turn challenges into opportunities?

Ikram Sehgal | Poised to become the Prime Minister (PM). Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will lead a new Coalition govt. Among the...

Writing on the wall for corrupt elite of Pakistan?

Ikram Sehgal | Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen...

Is NAB becoming effective again?

Ikram Sehgal | The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) came into existence on 16 Nov 1999. Simultaneously Special Investigation Wings (SIWs)were raised from the ISI to...

India’s hybrid warfare: Options for Pakistan

Ikram Sehgal | With the Pacific Ocean dominated by the US and Japan while the Indian Ocean by the US (conceivably along with its new...

SC stopped us from becoming a “Gangster Heaven”

Ikram Sehgal | Consensus on matters ensuring security and welfare of the common man is rarely achieved by our parliament. Such unanimity is only displayed...

Pakistan’s place in a globalized world

Ikram Sehgal | In an increasingly globalised world, we are geographically very beneficially at the crossroads separating South Asia with Central Asia and the Middle...

Will caretaker government be able to hold free and fare elections?

Ikram Sehgal | Headed by former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, the Caretaker Regime taking office today includes in its mission statement (1) running the affairs...

Pacific, Indian Ocean and Asia

IKRAM SEHGAL | Pakistan was founded in 1947 at a time when nobody was thinking about globalization even though the just finished WW II suggested...

The Game-Changers

Ikram Sehgal | With US President Trump scrapping the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions, the possibility of conflict in the region has increased dramatically....

America’s Pakistan Fatigue: Dangerous!

Ikram Sehgal | The periodic ups and downs in US-Pakistan relationship, alternating approximately in 10 years cycles since 1971, has had us going from being...

Former FBI director’s book parallel with Pakistani Politics

Ikram Sehgal | James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald...

Did opposition ‘steal’ Senate elections from PML-N?

Ikram Sehgal | The ruling coalition says the Senate election has been ‘stolen’ from them, the Opposition panel winning far more votes than expected. You...

Fraud of Calibri Font: Disinformation and Cover Up by Pakistani Media?

Ikram Sehgal | This adverse media focus propagating perceptions quite contrary to reality about the “Calibri Font” is meant to discredit the allegations of alleged...

The Blue-Eyed mutineers

Ikram Sehgal | Arrested on Feb 22 by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for corruption in the Ashiana Housing scandal under Section 2 of the...

Courage beyond compare

Ikram Sehgal | On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the...

World Economic Forum is more than a rich man’s club

Ikram Sehgal | Named for the Alpine resort town in which the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting is held, the prevailing misconception is that...

Pakistan Breakfast at Davos 2018

Ikram Sehgal | Truly independent and impartial the World Economic Forum (WEF) is not tied to any special interests or groups. WEF’s Annual Meeting at...

Exploiting Pakistan’s steel mills

Ikram Sehgal | Employing more than 40000 workers, Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) was a gigantic force-multiplier for employment downstream in directly contributing to the national...

Davos presents golden opportunity for Pakistan

Ikram Sehgal | The World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland is a major creative force for engaging top leaders from across the...

Our Trump Card

Ikram Sehgal | Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year...

Pakistan’s ambitions for 2018

Ikram Sehgal | Events of national significance tend to linger on in our combined memories for some time, even then 2018 ushered in hopes of...

Elections 2018

Ikram Sehgal | Squabbling and endlessly bickering on issues not of any public importance, our parliamentarians may clamour passionately for early elections, yet not enough...

A polite ‘shut up’ call

Ikram Sehgal | Along with one of my platoons, radio operator and runner, I was hugging the bottom of a steep ridge with Marri militants...

Karachi in dire need of investment in power infrastructure

Ikram Sehgal | During the 1980s the shortfall between electricity generated and consumers’ demand in Karachi widened to unmanageable proportions. Rampant over-staffing compounded by excessive...

Can education be decolonized in Pakistan?

Ikram Sehgal | Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious...

Fueling religious fires

Ikram Sehgal | The Indian War of Independence (or the 1857 Indian Mutiny as the British call it) did not start as a "War of...

Pakistan’s system of governance is tailor-made for strife

Ikram Sehgal | A Muslim majority state was envisaged by its founder Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to ensure conducive conditions for the Muslims of British-India...

Hybrid warfare against corruption

Ikram Sehgal | Anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) in line with Pakistan's action plan agreed with Financial Action Task Force (FATF),...

Build dams or face starvation

Ikram Sehgal | For a country blessed with many rivers, the perennial scarcity of water in Pakistan is because of the shortage of storage capacity....

State Bank of Pakistan performing despite obstructions

Ikram Sehgal | Over the years, many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking...

Nawaz’s doomsday politics

Ikram Sehgal | Disqualified as Prime Minister (PM) by the Supreme Court (SC) on July 28, Nawaz Sharif was forced to relinquish his position as...

Is Social Media a hub of fake news?

Ikram Sehgal | Disinformation and propaganda for achieving one’s ends by foul means is not a new phenomenon. Around 320 BC Kautilya’s Arthashastra annunciated this...

Economy & security: Two sides of the same coin

Ikram Sehgal | A strong connection between the country’s prosperity and military power or put simply, economy and security are two sides of the same...

ECO: The next big regional alliance?

Ikram Sehgal |  Because of superpower rivalry and evolving geopolitical circumstances, a group of countries of this region is coming together in a natural economic...

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