August 16, 2017

Pakistan Needs Whole-of-government Approach

Pakistani security personnel checking a car at the country border with Afghanistan. (Photo via video stream)

Beijing has literally pulled Pakistan out of a generally hostile international environment through the CPEC. Read More »

McCain’s Formula for Success in Afghanistan

Will Senator McCain's proposal turn the Afghan tide? (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Freire via DVIDSHUB, CC license)

Senator John McCain's proposed measures as Afghan strategy can be helpful to some extent, but there is no guarantee they will turn the tide in Afghanistan. Read More »

India-Pakistan Partition Through Writers’ Eyes

The partition displaced 15 million people while more than a million died in the ensuing violence. (Photo via The Tribune)

When we tell the story of Partition of India and Pakistan through writers' experiences, it becomes a very different event from the one we know through the high-political narratives focused on Jinnah, Nehru, and the Mountbattens.  Read More »

Morality and Misplaced Loyalty

Supreme Court building in Islamabad has been at the center of much of Pakistan's political drama in recent months.

Accountability must not be applied only to politicians, bureaucrats and ordinary citizens, keeping the corrupt in the senior military hierarchy and the superior judiciary out of the ambit of accountability is utter disloyalty to the institutions and to the state. Read More »

Mindset That Rules Pakistan

Ayesha Gulalai's accusations have pushed Pakistan into a new round of nasty politics.

Accountability and compliance with the rule of law probably should be our yardstick for this support of the opposition, instead of looking at it through the eyes of incumbent elites. Read More »

The Politics of Water

Pakistan is moving fast towards acute water shortages with little planning at government level to prepare for the disaster in waiting. (ViewsWeek photo by Uzair Khan)

Corruption, terrorism, nepotism and flight of capital are important challenges, which Pakistan is facing. However, the water issue needs to be tackled with the utmost diligence and commitment by our government. Read More »

Court Bars Pakistan’s Sharif from Holding Public Office for Life

Nawaz Sharif's family has been accused of abuse of power and financial corruption for years.

Pakistan's Supreme Court has sent Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif packing after an investigation found him and his family failing to give satisfactory evidence of money trail to justify his opulent lifestyle and expensive London properties. Read More »

India-China War Circa 2017

(Image via Tube India video stream)

India-China standoff in Donglang plateau indicates that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that New Delhi’s interest will be better served in an aggressive American alliance rather than in a neighborly relationship with China. Read More »

India Hastens Hydropower Projects in Jammu and Kashmir

The Baglihar dam, also on the Chenab, in J&K. (image by: ICIMOD, via thethirdpole.net)

The government appears determined to utilize the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty to the full. Read More »

View from India: Dams Pakistan Will Build…

Tarbela Dam is Pakistan's largest water reservoir and world's largest earth-filled dam. (Photo by  Christine Osborne/CORBIS, US Embassy Pakistan)

It is a cause for concern that Pakistan has requested China to provide water security as a part of CPEC. This is strategic, given the worsening Pak-India ties. However, India needs to be watchful, writes one former General of Indian Army. Read More »