J&K Focus by Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain
J&K: Operation 'All Out' and Prospects for Winter
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 26 Oct, 2017 · 5384
The third quarter of 2017 in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has been characterised by the marked success of Operation All Out; a reduction in the quantum of violent incidents; and an overall stabilisation of the situation, which has permitte ...
Handling J&K: What is Right and What More Needs To Be Done?
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 31 Jul, 2017 · 5333
As the Kashmir Valley stabilises just a bit, there is the lurking fear that the next big negative event may not be very far in the future. In such an environment, it may be good to take stock of trends that may contribute to further impro ...
Evolving Situation in J&K: Summer 2017 (Part I)
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 07 Jun, 2017 · 5292
the turn of the millennium, most military experts have advised the Indian government
and the Indian Army to view J&K related issues with a
longer and wider perspective. The longer perspective is needed because the year-on-yea ...
Evolving External Influence in Jammu and Kashmir (Part I)
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 12 Apr, 2017 · 5266
Over the past month, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) took a familiar turn, usually witnessed around the end of winter. Terrorist activity increased and there has been much worry about energised mobs attempting to come to the ...
J&K: A Strategy is What May Still Be Elusive
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 06 Mar, 2017 · 5241
It has been almost 27 years since the externally sponsored conflict commenced in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Throughout this period, each year came and went with some reviews and a few lessons learnt. However, without fail, a strange phe ...
The Ominous Calm is both Good and Bad for J&K
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 31 Dec, 2016 · 5213
After the 2013 hanging of Afzal Guru, many had expected that the Valley would boil. Nothing much happened, leading people to inquire from Kashmiris as to why this was so. Friends from Kashmir often say that people from the Valley do not r ...
An Opportunity to Bring Heart Back to Kashmir
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 28 Nov, 2016 · 5193
Something that escaped most observers even as queues at ATMs increased and worries about the next purchase of vegetables kept attention focused, is the sudden quieting of the situation in the Kashmir Valley. In ferment since 08 July 2016, ...
From South Kashmir to Uri: The Strategic Connect
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 23 Sep, 2016 · 5136
The long festering Kashmir street disturbances and the four-hour encounter at the Uri administrative base have a distinct connect, which is easy to identify if one knows the entire dynamics of the sponsored proxy war under way in Jammu &a ...
J&K: Communication Strategy is Key but First, Stabilise the Streets
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 22 Aug, 2016 · 5111
Recently, this author was in Singapore interacting with that city state’s marvellous intellectual and strategic institutions. The issue of J&K raised no apparent interest there but scholars were aware about the strife in the str ...
Burhan Wani and a State on Tenterhooks
Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain · 11 Jul, 2016 · 5078
That the summer of 2016 in the Valley would be ‘hot’ was well predicted a couple of months ago. It is not an unusual phenomenon - only the nature of events is different, year on year. This season commenced with the Handwara in ...