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Saleem Akhtar Malik was a Lt Colonel in the Pakistan Army. He holds an honors degree in War Studies, an MBA and an M.Phil in Management Sciences. He is the author of the book Borrowed Power.

The graveyard of Indian tanks: the battles in the Sialkot sector...

Saleem Akhtar Malik | In this sector Pakistan’s 15 Division, consisting of four infantry brigades (24,101,104, and 115) and 6 Armoured Division, faced Indian I...

What led to 1965 war? – Part 1

Saleem Akhtar Malik l The 1965 War Kashmir is simmering with a brazen homegrown resistance movement against the Indian state. Since last year, Kashmir is back...

What happened on the Kasur front in the 1965 war?

Saleem Akhtar Malik | In this sector, Pakistan’s 11 Division (21, 52, and 106 Brigade), with under command 15 Lancers and 32 TDU* were pitted against...

How Pakistan planned and prepared for the 1965 war against a...

Saleem Akhtar Malik l Planning and Preparation Force Ratios War plans are based on the threat assessment. Let us have a look at the relative force ratios...

Why will US military continue to fail in Afghanistan?

Saleem Akhtar Malik | On 7th October 2001, almost a month after the tumultuous bombing of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, U.S. and British...

The dimensions of the Indo-US strategic relationship

Saleem Akhtar Malik| Conceived in 2009 as the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, the mechanism has been the primary forum to advance “shared objectives in regional security,...

Why are Iran and US bitter & old enemies?

Saleem Akhtar Malik | Getting bored with his sniping match with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Trump has now turned his Twitter guns on Iran....

Cheers at Gymkhana remained a dream for Indian Generals

Saleem Akhtar Malik l General Chuadhari's dream of having a toast at Gymkhana remained unfulfilled. At the Lahore front Indian XI Corps began its operations by advancing...

How we allowed the US to Endanger Pakistan’s Security

Saleem Akhtar Malik l The U-2 incident occurred during the Cold War on 1 May 1960, during the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower and the premiership of Nikita Khrushchev, when a United States U-2 spy...

NRO: What it was and what it became?

Saleem Akhtar Malik l National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) stands prominently in the cliché ridden Pakistani society. Unmindful of the grammatical connotations, our political jargon has...

Remember the hero of Lakshmipur: Major Tufail!

Saleem Akhtar Malik l On the eve of independence, Jinnah had declared that the future relations between India and Pakistan would be like those between...

Of biscuits and hot tea-cups: US aid to Pakistan over the...

Saleem Akhtar Malik l Since 1947, Pakistan’s relationship with the US has followed a tortuous and unpredictable route. The relationship had all along been a...

Of promises, meddling and delusions: the story of Pak-USA ties

Saleem Akhtar Malik l May 1, 1960: While I was still enjoying those heady childhood days ,the Soviet Union had scored a propaganda hit over...

The Pakistan diaspora,economy and the Gulf crisis

  Saleem Akhtar Malik l A little more than a century after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire,the Arab Middle East looks as fragile as the...

America’s on again – off again romance with freedom movements

Saleem Akhtar Malik l Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the US gives many reasons to the Indians to chuckle and bask in the warmth of...

Breaking inertia on Kashmir

Saleem Akhtar Malik l The 1965 War Kashmir is simmering with a brazen homegrown resistance movement against the Indian state. Since last year, Kashmir is back...

Indo-US strategic ties: Nuclear brinkmanship in the Himalayas

Saleem Akhtar Malik | Pakistanis keep complaining about America’s totally indifferent stance towards Pakistan during the '65 and '71 wars. Pakistan joined the US sponsored...

The Iranian threat: How can Pakistan safeguard its interests?

Saleem Akhtar Malik | Pakistan’s northwestern and southwestern borders are no longer inert. We are well aware of the security environment along the Durand Line....

The 4th generation war: Who is running away with the show?

Saleem Akhtar Malik | After President Trump’s recent tour of Saudi Arabia and Israel, the Middle East is ablaze with accusations and counter-accusations. The geopolitical...

Operation Blue Star: When Sikhs were massacred by the Indian Army

Saleem Akhtar Malik | Operation Blue Star was an Indian Army operation launched between 1st and 6th June 1984. The aim of this operation, ostensibly,...

Summer of ‘67 (Part-II) – Pakistan Air Force’s show of excellence

Saleem Akhtar Malik | Air Commodore M Kaiser Tufail's gripping account of an epic air battle Parked on the flight lines at Mafraq Air Base...

Pakistan finally learns what it must do to help Kashmiris

Saleem Akhtar Malik | 8th July 2016: Kokernag, a sleepy town in the Anantnag district in Indian occupied Kashmir, shot into prominence when Burhan Muzaffar...

Pakistan’s bomb turns 19: Were Pakistan & India 1998 nuclear tests...

Saleem Akhtar Malik | On 28th May 1998, Pakistan carried out nuclear tests under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, apparently as a response to India’s second...

Can Americans seize Pakistan’s nuclear bomb?

Saleem Akhtar Malik|  It is a long and well-known story, how Pakistan, despite the West’s and India’s attempts at denying us the nuclear technology,...

Can India actually win a war against Pakistan?

Saleem Akhtar Malik | Indian Army releases a video showing the purported destruction, by artillery fire, of a Pakistani post along the LOC. Pakistan Army...

CPEC and Pakistan’s road to development: Can India sabotage the plan?

Saleem Akhtar Malik | CPEC is presently the subject of intense debate within and outside Pakistan. India has openly declared its opposition to CPEC because...

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