June 29, 2017

Pakistani Officials Call for Water Agreement with Afghanistan

The River Naguman, a tributary of the River Kabul in Peshawar. (Photo via thethirdpole.net)

Pakistan’s failure to reach an agreement with Afghanistan over shared rivers will worsen water problems at home, warn officials. Read More »

Surgical Strikes Post-Uri?

The electric fence at the India-Pakistan border. (Photo via video stream)

If India’s belligerence continues, normalization of relations with Pakistan will remain elusive. The entire region is likely to suffer the consequences of this jingoism. Read More »

Indo-Pak Detente? It Takes Two to Tango

Pakistani and Indian troops lower their respective national flags at Wahgah border near the Pakistani city of Lahore. (Photo Michael Foley, Creative Commons License)

It is time to shun the cold-war mindset and to take bold and pragmatic decisions in favor of the 1.4 billion people on both sides of the border. Read More »

Fighting 21st Century Wars

(Photo via ISPR)

To ensure peace and stability against adventurism in the 21st century a mean and lean fighting machine must be re-organized to fight the many wars Pakistan must contend with in this day and age to survive as an independent entity. Read More »

Melting Glaciers May Impact Hydropower Plans

The Karakorum glaciers [image via thethirdpole.net, courtesy earthobservatory.nasa.gov]

The World Water Week has put the focus back into shrinking glaciers but the jury is still out on the impacts they will have on the flow in snow-fed rivers and hydropower generation. Read More »

Pakistan Needs Another Sept. 6 Moment?

Relatives of Pakistanis who lost their lives in war against terror paying their respects at the national martyrs monument in Rawalpindi. (Photo via video stream)

With Pakistan’s democratic system not delivering despite its soldiers and citizens tremendous sacrifices, should the state be delivered to chaos and anarchy? Asks one analyst. Read More »

Instruments of Terror

More than 50,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in terrorist attacks. File photo shows scale of destruction in a Karachi neighborhood following powerful explosion in Karachi in 2013. (Photo by Nadir Burney, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan faces the unavoidable specter of an ever-growing Indo-US-Afghan alliance that  requires it to do more in the anti-terror fight. It also needs to clean up its image that became tainted because of its alliances with or support for non-state actors. Read More »

The Abrupt Fall of Altaf’s Empire

A sealed office of MQM in Karachi. (Photo via video stream)

The important legal lesson derived from US Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes concept of “clear and present danger” is that when anything impacts national security adversely, you can’t afford to debate and vacillate, you have to act, and swiftly. Read More »

Is Terrorism The Real Target?

Pakistan Army troops carrying out combing operation against terrorists in Punjab province. (Photo via ISPR)

Is terrorism the real target of our rulers or is it the Army? Instead of calling DG Rangers “to restore peace at all costs in Karachi”, the COAS could call the PM’s House to stop playing with the lives of the people of Pakistan.With Gen Raheel Shareef running out of time, Nawaz Sharif is rearing to call his bluff! We are in real trouble because even though the Army sees the political game, it clearly lacks the commitment to do something about it. Read More »

Pakistan: Making Accountability Effective

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It is almost impossible to prove a crime in court without conducting a thorough investigation while Pakistan's methods of investigation remain outdated, invariably political influence waylays criminal investigations. Read More »