September 21, 2017

Pakistan: From ‘Do More’ to ‘No More’?

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations on New York on September 20. (ViewsWeek photo)

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi talks tough on his country's difficult relations with the US, Afghanistan and India. Read More »

Thoughts on Trump’s Afghan Strategy

(Photo by Sean Ellis, CC license)

If President Trump’s new strategy and the reaction it has received from the current and former US officials and commentators around the world is any evidence, the chances of its success seems pretty low. Read More »

India Changes Tack on Rohingya

Thousands of Muslims are living an uprooted life in refugee camps in Bangladesh. (Photo by Fondo Andaluz de Municipios para la Solidaridad Internacional FAMSI, CC license)

India was silent on the plight of the Rohingya since Hindutva project architects did not want to include the Muslim. But in the end, the gravity of the tragedy forced it to express concern. Read More »

The Streets of Intimidation

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif addressing his supporters near Rawalpindi during his journey to Lahore after being disqualified by Pakistan Supreme Court on corruption charges.

Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification has a much larger impact beyond him and his family, a challenge not only to the judges but to all people of Pakistan about how they want to live their lives and to run their state. Read More »

Pakistan Not Deterred by Trump’s Afghan Policy That Favors India

Pakistan's cabinet committee on defense met twice in  a week after President Trump's speech announcing new policy for Afghanistan.

Islamabad is extremely suspicious of Donald Trump’s South Asia policy because it gives an open cheque to India for mounting a double front against Pakistan. Read More »

Chinese Commitment And Expectations

(Image via Daily Times)

The message out of Beijing is of unwavering friendly political and economic commitment and the expectation of Pakistanis is to play their cards well. And indeed, the onus seems to be on them for reassuring China that Pakistan is totally consensual and united on its partnership with the "strategic iron brother". Read More »

Pakistan: The LNG Scam

(Photo via Engro Pakistan)

Pakistani government's decision to import LNG from Qatar at exorbitant rates and extraordinarily generous LNG terminal contract to a leading business group smack of a major corruption scandal that needs an independent investigation. Read More »

Floods Catch Bangladesh Unprepared

This year the monsoon flood has inundated most of the parts of the country. (Photo by Zobaidur Rahman, CC license)

Bangladesh, lauded for disaster preparedness, reels as dozens of deaths occur in “non-flood prone” areas. Read More »

View from India: The Doklam Test

China India map disputed regions

China has been assiduously working to encircle India both on land and sea, with the eventual aim of capturing markets and relegating India to a secondary position, says one former general of Indian Army. Read More »

Afghanistan: Winning Strategy?

President Trump announcing the new US strategy for Afghanistan war on August 22. (Photo via video stream)

President Trump has embraced deeper US involvement in Afghanistan in a military campaign he once slammed as futile. Though touted as a conditions-based regional move towards a political solution, the new plan indicates little innovation. Read More »