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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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Pakistan Poll Results Stun Army

Pakistan Poll Results Stun Army

Rediff.com10 Feb 2024

The result is a big blow to the military establishment, revealing the limits of 'political engineering'. It reflected the anger of the electorate, especially its younger voters, who have spoken decisively against the persistent harassment and victimisation of Imran Khan's political party, asserts Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RA&W.

Pakistan Army Chief Is Now In Charge!

Pakistan Army Chief Is Now In Charge!

Rediff.com25 Nov 2023

General Syed Asim Munir is now firmly ensconced as army chief after the May 9, 2023 upheavals, which were planned by Imran Khan's supporters to destabilise him, asserts Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RA&W.

Shenanigans Surface In Pakistan Military

Shenanigans Surface In Pakistan Military

Rediff.com21 Nov 2023

Recent disclosures allege large scale corruption, nepotism and kickbacks by Pakistan air chief Air Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar Sidhuin housing land deals in Islamabad and in buying of new aircraft, points out Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RA&W.

Pakistan Army Chief Shuffles Generals

Pakistan Army Chief Shuffles Generals

Rediff.com2 Oct 2023

But the ISI chief did not retire giving the impression that he has won General Asim Munir's trust, notes Rana Banerji who headed the Pakistan desk at RA&W.

Is Imran Khan's PTI Party Imploding?

Is Imran Khan's PTI Party Imploding?

Rediff.com25 May 2023

These are obviously not 'organic' desertions but brought about under intense military pressure, post the 9/5 arrests. It seemed as if the party was being dismantled the same way it was brought into power!, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RA&W, India's external intelligence agency.

How Will Pakistan Army Deal With Imran Khan?

How Will Pakistan Army Deal With Imran Khan?

Rediff.com22 May 2023

The last word may not have been said on the churnings within the Pakistan army or the extent to which army chief General Asim Munir is in control, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RAW, India's external intelligence agency.

Imran May Be Jailed For A Long Time

Imran May Be Jailed For A Long Time

Rediff.com10 May 2023

His disqualification to participate in future elections may follow, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RA&W, India's external intelligence agency.

Asim Munir Wants His Generals In Pakistan Army

Asim Munir Wants His Generals In Pakistan Army

Rediff.com4 May 2023

Aware of simmering dissensions within the top echelons of the army, Munir has moved slowly in reshuffling senior generals, observes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RA&W, India's external intelligence agency.

Pak Army Chief Is In No Mood To Forgive Imran Khan

Pak Army Chief Is In No Mood To Forgive Imran Khan

Rediff.com6 Mar 2023

The military establishment is in no mood to forgive or forget Imran's anti-military utterances, observes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RAW, India's external intelligence agency.

Disastrous Decisions, Achievements: Pervez Musharraf's Mixed Legacy

Disastrous Decisions, Achievements: Pervez Musharraf's Mixed Legacy

Rediff.com6 Feb 2023

Learning perhaps from the Kargil debacle, Musharraf tried hard to evolve as a statesman in his dealings with India, recalls Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RA&W.

Pakistan army chief shuffles generals

Pakistan army chief shuffles generals

Rediff.com2 Dec 2022

It could be part of a deliberate strategy to heal divisions within and restore the Pakistan army's image, explains Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RA&W.

Will General Munir Take On Imran Khan?

Will General Munir Take On Imran Khan?

Rediff.com24 Nov 2022

If General Asim Munir, Pakistan's new army chief, wants to help defuse the current polarised atmosphere and shepherd civilian politicians towards negotiations on an acceptable date for elections, he may need to distance himself from any perception of needless hostility to Imran Khan, explains Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RA&W, India's external intelligence agency.

Who Benefits From Imran Khan Attack?

Who Benefits From Imran Khan Attack?

Rediff.com4 Nov 2022

The rather amateurish, even ham-handed, attack would lend some credence to a 'false flag' theory, of the PTI leadership staging this incident, to provide new impetus to a flagging agitation, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RAW, India's external intelligence agency.

Why's Pak Army Chief Shuffling Generals?

Why's Pak Army Chief Shuffling Generals?

Rediff.com14 Oct 2022

Significantly, these 12 officers would form a major part of the team that the new army chief will inherit, observes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at RA&W, India's external intelligence agency.

What Was Pak Army Chief Doing in Britain?

What Was Pak Army Chief Doing in Britain?

Rediff.com19 Aug 2022

Another extension for General Bajwa in office at this juncture looks unlikely at this juncture, observes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

What Pakistan Army Reshuffle Means

What Pakistan Army Reshuffle Means

Rediff.com9 Aug 2022

The timing of these transfers, while being projected as routine, is significant in both strategic and political terms, asserts Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

In Pakistan, Allah smiles upon Lt Gen Asif Ghafoor

In Pakistan, Allah smiles upon Lt Gen Asif Ghafoor

Rediff.com5 Aug 2022

as journalists active in Pakistani media have been quick to point out, with Ghafoor at the helm in Balochistan, no one will take seriously any claims by the civilian leadership to use the velvet glove to work for peace there, points out Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.He did not hesitate to pejorate developments in India at the slightest opportunity, points out Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

The Challenges Confronting Shahbaz Sharif

The Challenges Confronting Shahbaz Sharif

Rediff.com12 Apr 2022

India will need to watch carefully and understand the new round of instability and uncertainty in Pakistan, while charting the course of its future diplomatic initiatives, points out Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Is Imran Khan's Exit Imminent?

Is Imran Khan's Exit Imminent?

Rediff.com24 Mar 2022

No prime minister in Pakistan's recent history has survived long in office after appointing an ISI chief who did not have the army chief's confidence. Imran may be no exception, observes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing.

Why the ISI chief was changed

Why the ISI chief was changed

Rediff.com8 Oct 2021

Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, who has been replaced as ISI chief, will remain in the forefront of Pakistani initiatives in Afghanistan as also in the peace talks with the Tehrik e Taliban, Pakistan. He will also get a year plus to serve in a corps command, remaining in the race for selection as the next army chief when General Bajwa retires in November 2022, explains Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing.

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