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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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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.

Why Bajwa did not shift ISI chief

Why Bajwa did not shift ISI chief

Rediff.com8 Sep 2021

Despite persisting questions among peer officers in the army about his professional competence and ethics, after his recent 'triumphal' Kabul sojourn, Faiz Hameed remains the hot favourite of both General Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing.

Can the ISI keep the Taliban United?

Can the ISI keep the Taliban United?

Rediff.com26 Aug 2021

Despite dependence on the ISI for years of sustenance, Taliban leaders may harbour resentment over the ISI's excessive control, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing.

When will the ISI get a new boss?

When will the ISI get a new boss?

Rediff.com5 Apr 2021

There were reports of lobbying within the Pakistan army for the ISI DG's post, which falls vacant in June, reveals Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

LoC ceasefire looks fragile

LoC ceasefire looks fragile

Rediff.com1 Mar 2021

It would be realistic to see India's position on the DGMOs joint statement more as 'engagement, different from dialogue', where our subsequent options could be decided depending on the realities of the situation on the ground, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Pakistan tries to cement ties with Saudi Arabia

Pakistan tries to cement ties with Saudi Arabia

Rediff.com21 Jan 2021

India should remember that Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations will remain special due, not least, to bonds of all Muslims with The Holy Land. They would also be strategic enough, irrespective of whether the ambassador is a military man or a career civilian appointee., notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

A big reshuffle of Pakistan's generals

A big reshuffle of Pakistan's generals

Rediff.com26 Nov 2020

Keeping trusted men in key positions at Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar has become vital for Bajwa, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Pakistan army chief promotes 6 generals

Pakistan army chief promotes 6 generals

Rediff.com25 Nov 2020

How Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa deals with the ensuing reshuffle of lieutenant generals would be interesting to watch, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

A former ISI chief's SENSATIONAL story

A former ISI chief's SENSATIONAL story

Rediff.com16 Nov 2020

General Asad Durrani's disclosures could leave considerable egg on the face of those currently wielding the stick in Pakistan, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

What is going on in Pakistan?

What is going on in Pakistan?

Rediff.com21 Oct 2020

His ministers's conduct may lead to a distancing between the army leadership and Prime Minister Imran Khan reveals Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Which way is Pakistan headed?

Which way is Pakistan headed?

Rediff.com12 Oct 2020

With the maulana fully committed and PML (N) cadres prepared to court arrest, this would be the first time where both Punjabis and Pakhtuns would be standing up against the Pakistan army, notes Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

Why a Pakistan colonel was kidnapped

Why a Pakistan colonel was kidnapped

Rediff.com28 Aug 2020

A retired Pakistan army officer incurs army chief General Bajwa's wrath, reveals Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

What Pakistan plans to do with a new political map

What Pakistan plans to do with a new political map

Rediff.com8 Aug 2020

India cannot afford to be complacent about a possible Pakistan resort to military options across the LoC, warns Rana Banerji, who headed the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency.

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.

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