Farrukh Saleem

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Farrukh Saleem
Residence Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory
Nationality Pakistani
Citizenship Pakistan
Alma mater New York State University
Known for Game theory and economic competition
Supporting Ideas and arguments for initiative programs: Threat Matrix, 4G War, and geopolitical situations
Scientific career
Fields Political Science
Institutions Center for Research and Security Studies
New York Stock Exchange
National Defence University
Quaid-e-Azam University

Farrukh Saleem (Urdu: فاروخ سليم; PhD), is a Pakistani political scientist, game and economic theorist, financial analyst writer, and television personality. Currently working on specialising the discipline of finance and education, he has extensively published articles on geopolitics, economic competition, and education reforms in Pakistan, and the world. Currently, he is leading the research project on politics and education at the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS).



Educated in the United States, Saleem managed an eight figure equities portfolio invested in the New York Stock Exchange between 1988 until 1994. Upon returning to Pakistan, he began writing English-language analyst articles for The News International, Pakistan's largest English-language daily newspaper, which he also continues to write for the paper. Prior to that, he also contributed in a weekly column for the Dawn newspaper in 1996. His work has also covered geopolitical dynamics involving Pakistan, India and Iran. He also authored columnist paper for the Canadian newspaper, the Vancouver Sun.[1] In addition, Saleem has additionally been a guest columnist for the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review and the Asia Literary Review.[1] He has served as the CEO of Dominion Stock Funds Limited, a KSE-listed company, and Executive Director of the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS). His core competencies include strategic analysis, conflict dynamics and game theory. His areas of interest include governance, crisis analysis, public finance, fiscal policy and regulation. He currently lives in Islamabad.

Notable arguments[edit]

Writing and advocacy[edit]

Saleem extensively writes on Jewish people, Israel and its geopolitical policies.[2] In his recent article, Saleem advocated for directing a friendly-foreign policy for Israel.[3] In his notable article, "Why are Jews so powerful and Muslims so powerless?", Saleem argues that, for every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims.[4] Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together.[4] Concluding the article, Saleem pointed out that, the Muslim world is failing to diffuse knowledge.[5]

Threat Matrix and Afghan war[edit]

As President Barack Obama announced the troop evacuation from Afghanistan, Saleem published his article, Threat matrix, which he provided a critical analysis of Pakistan military's security doctrine. Saleem argues that threat matrix has five major elements: military, nuclear, terrorist, cyber and economic.[6] The first two threats are existential while the last two are non-existential.[6] Saleem further argued that since the country is fighting a "4G War" where the combatants are the state of Pakistan and violent non-state actors (VNSA) from various country, the threats posed by them threaten the "very basis of the state and its physical existence."[6] Existential threats essentially threaten the "unity, demography and integrity" of a nation-state.[6]

In March 2013, Saleem applied his theoretical insights to analyse the "Kayanian Doctrine"— a geopolitical contingency armed program of Pakistan military built on four pillars, comprises:

    • American troops would have to withdraw from Afghanistan.[7]
    • Reconciliation among Afghan factions is not possible without the ISI.[7]
    • The Jalalabad-Torkham-Karachi route remains the most viable for withdrawing American forces.[7]
    • India cannot be allowed to encircle Pakistan.[7]

Such ideas were resisted and objected by ISAF Commander, General David Petraeus, in 2009.[7] General Petraeus instead began implementing his "comprehensive counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy" which four pillars: "securing and serving the population, understanding local circumstances, separating irreconcilables from reconcilables and living among the people."[7] Saleem observes that the doctrine has apparently put India out of the Afghan war equation but in all probability, Pakistan’s security challenges are going to become even more challenging when the militants of all sorts and forms could team up in their attempt to subdue Pakistan in which Pakistan military has no contingency plan.[7]

Pipedream and Game Theory[edit]

After the official bilateral signing of IPI Gas pipeline, Saleem remains sceptical towards the building the pipelines. Saleem argued that a "pipedream" is being inaugurated, not a pipeline.[8] In 2009, Saleem published "Game Theory" article, where he showed and provided an explanatory thesis on mathematical "heptagonal game matrix" which, the military, the PPP, the PML-N, US the media and the judiciary as major players in the heptagon matrix.[9]



  1. ^ a b Pakistan Herald. "Farrukh Salim". Pakistan Herald. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Saleem, Farrukh (26 September 2012). "Hate". The News International. Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Saleem, Farrukh. "Recognising Israel?". Daily Jang (English). Archived from the original on 22 December 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Saleem, Farrukh (8 January 2010). "Why are Jews so powerful and Muslims so powerless?". Muslim Times. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Saleem, Farrukh. "Why are Muslims so powerless ?". Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d Dr. Farrukh Salim (10 February 2013). "Threat Matrix". The News International June 2013. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Dr Farrukh Saleem (3 March 2013). "The Kayanian doctrine". The News International, 2013. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Dr Farrukh Saleem (10 March 2013). "Pipedream". Pipedream. Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Salim, Farrukh (15 November 2009). "Game Theory, President Zardari and Pakistani Politics". LUBP. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 

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