Rana Banerji

Rana Banerji headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency. You can e-mail the author at rbanerji49@gmail.com

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Pak army PRO shift: Bajwa back in charge

Pak army PRO shift: Bajwa back in charge

Rediff.com17 Jan 2020

Major General Asif Ghafoor's transfer indicates General Qamar Bajwa is well in control once more, pushing behind the discontent among the peer group of senior generals over extension of his tenure, says Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Discontent simmers in Pakistan army

Discontent simmers in Pakistan army

Rediff.com25 Dec 2019

Senior general refuses to retire, reveals Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Ananlysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

End of the road for Pak army chief?

End of the road for Pak army chief?

Rediff.com29 Nov 2019

'A six month extension, if not extended further, would make General Bajwa a lame duck chief, altering the balance of his equations with the senior peer group of lieutenant generals,' says Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

The man who could succeed Pak army chief

The man who could succeed Pak army chief

Rediff.com26 Nov 2019

Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza is the Pakistan army's new chief of general staff, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Pakistan hangs brigadier for spying

Pakistan hangs brigadier for spying

Rediff.com25 Nov 2019

It is unlikely Brigadier Raja Rizwan was working for RA&W, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Resentment over Pak army chief's extension

Resentment over Pak army chief's extension

Rediff.com22 Nov 2019

As many as 17 three star generals will retire before General Bajwa hangs his boots, says Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Pak army chief promotes four major generals

Pak army chief promotes four major generals

Rediff.com12 Sep 2019

These promotions will allow General Bajwa to shuffle the deck on the top, but this is likely to be a limited reshuffle, points out Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

What Pak army chief's 3-year extension means for Kashmir

What Pak army chief's 3-year extension means for Kashmir

Rediff.com20 Aug 2019

'With the extension issue settled clearly in his favour, Gen Bajwa would be free to fashion a more hardline policy against India. 'We could, therefore, expect a raising of the ante in Kashmir,' says Rana Banerji.

Pakistan appoints new ISI chief

Pakistan appoints new ISI chief

Rediff.com17 Jun 2019

Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid will take to his new command as duck to water, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Why is Pak army chief delaying appointments?

Why is Pak army chief delaying appointments?

Rediff.com20 Apr 2019

'Given the past practice in the Pakistan army, this delay is most unusual,' notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Pakistan: Bajwa promotes major generals

Pakistan: Bajwa promotes major generals

Rediff.com13 Apr 2019

Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency, on the latest changes among Pakistan's top generals.

Who will Pakistan army chief promote?

Who will Pakistan army chief promote?

Rediff.com31 Mar 2019

General Bajwa gets inputs from his senior officers, but he has the final word, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Why Jaish has become the ISI's terror arm in J&K

Why Jaish has become the ISI's terror arm in J&K

Rediff.com16 Feb 2019

'Jaish e Mohammed has been allowed to resurge through supported terror actions in J&K in a deliberate tactic by Pakistan, if only to reduce the international pressure on the Lashkar e Taiba leadership after 26/11,' points out Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Bajwa's choice is new ISI chief

Bajwa's choice is new ISI chief

Rediff.com8 Oct 2018

General Bajwa remains in command as army chief and Prime Minister Imran Khan did not play any role in the reshuffle, says Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan Desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Why is Imran delaying ISI chief's appointment?

Why is Imran delaying ISI chief's appointment?

Rediff.com8 Oct 2018

If Imran Khan delays his assent to General Bajwa's recommendations any further, it could imply he is taking stock of possible serious dissent within Pakistan's top army echelons, says Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan Desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Who will head the ISI?

Who will head the ISI?

Rediff.com29 Sep 2018

General Bajwa and the outgoing DG, ISI Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar, had a long meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday, says Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan Desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Bajwa shuffles Pakistan's generals

Bajwa shuffles Pakistan's generals

Rediff.com24 Aug 2018

'By convention, the prime minister is technically kept in the loop for the DG, ISI's appointment.' 'It remains to be seen if Prime Minister Imran Khan is able to indicate any preference by then,' says Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan Desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Challenges Imran's 'Naya Pakistan' Faces

Challenges Imran's 'Naya Pakistan' Faces

Rediff.com30 Jul 2018

'Against the backdrop of difficult administrative, political and economic problems, Imran's temperament and staying power will be the subject of intense expectation and public scrutiny,' says Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan Desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Will Imran Khan wrest Pakistan on July 25?

Will Imran Khan wrest Pakistan on July 25?

Rediff.com12 Jul 2018

'The army has been open about its determination to keep the PML-Nawaz out of power at all costs.' 'Both the military and the higher judiciary have indicated a preference for Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik e Insaaf,' says Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan Desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Will Pakistan's army chief stay on?

Will Pakistan's army chief stay on?

Rediff.com13 Oct 2015

'Already, there is talk of a possible extension for Raheel Sharif in the context of his perceived sterling, but incomplete work in the war against terror, as also the cleansing of crime and extortion networks in Karachi,' says Rana Banerji.

Pulls, pressures and the Pakistan Army

Pulls, pressures and the Pakistan Army

Rediff.com13 May 2015

The recent postings and promotions of three-star generals in the Pakistan Army have propelled some of former chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's favourites to traditionally important positions

Why did the Pakistan army warn R&AW?

Why did the Pakistan army warn R&AW?

Rediff.com8 May 2015

'After General Raheel Sharif took on the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, some sections of the military establishment may have felt unease as to whether the crackdown could be extended against friendlier 'non-State' actors like the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.'