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Geopolitical Assessment: Pakistan-China-Saudi Axis

Author/s: Kemal Alam

Publication Date: July 2015

Geopolitical Assessment: Pakistan-China-Saudi Axis

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“Enough of this pussyfooting, there are two Victoria Crosses in my family. We are going into North Waziristan & Karachi”

— General Raheel Sharif at the Corps Commander Conference.

Raheel Sharif is now half way through his term as Chief of Army Staff (COAS), and under his watch the Pakistan Army has taken control of almost all aspects of foreign policy for the first time since 2008. Since General Pervez Musharraf handed over command to Ashfaq Kayani, the Army had retreated into its barracks in almost every way. Even operationally, Kayani’s six years were seen as those of great indecisiveness. Barring the operations in South Waziristan and Swat Valley, the other border movements were piece-meal. There was a quiet revolt brewing amongst his top Generals most notably former IGFC (Inspector General Frontier Corps) and commander of Pakistan’s main strike corps (1 Corp Mangla), General Tariq Khan.

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