July 23, 2017

Pakistan’s Forgotten Pashtoon Minority

People remving the injured from the blast site in Parachinar after twin explosions on June 23. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan's Pashtoon minority, especially those belonging to tribal regions, are right in asking whether their blood is cheaper than ‘mainstream’ Pakistanis after the country's Punjabi prime minister displayed the most visible discrimination towards his own countrymen by completely ignoring the deadly bombings in Parachinar that left more than 70 ethnic Pashtoons dead. Read More »

Afghanistan: Beset by Geo-Politics

Marine Drivers Training Course mentors instruct Afghan National Army 209th Corps soldiers on basic driving skills. Marines also train a select few ANA soldiers to become instructors themselves. (Photo by: Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt/ResoluteSupportMedia, CC license))

As the Trump administration ponders raising troops level in Afghanistan to stabilize its security environment, one Pakistani analyst digs into the complex issues and conflicting interests of regional and international players in the war-torn country that remain continue to be part of Afghan problem. Read More »

Misusing Corporate Responsibility

(Photo by Jorge Franganillo, CC license)

The “acid test” for anyone with conscience occupying a seat of influence is to expose those misusing corporate responsibility either for personal benefit or ulterior motives whoever he (or she) may be. Read More »

Report Paints Bleak Electoral Outcome for Bangladesh’s Hasina

Bangladesh's parliament in Dhaka. (Photo via Bangladeshi parliament)

Bangladeshi intelligence agencies project that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may not win enough parliamentary seats to retain power in the next general elections. Read More »

Mr. Ghani’s Anger

President Ashraf Ghani has been frequently blaming Pakistan for his shrinking power. (Photo via US Institute of Peace)

Multiple trans-border geopolitical and internal political factors are responsible for Kabul's current political and security crisis. Pakistan needs to step up its game to counter accusations of Afghan bloodshed. Read More »

The Qatar Crisis: A Diplomatic Curveball for Pakistan

File photo of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meeting with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Islamabad in January 2016. (Photo via video stream)

The rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors may pose difficult choices for Pakistan’s foreign policy. Read More »

Game On

Supreme Court of Pakistan's building in Islamabad.

Pakistan's superior judiciary seems determined not to allow criminals to use the state apparatus for governance in the name of justice for their own ends. Without judicial activism accountability will become a figment of imagination and justice will become a crime! Read More »

Clouds of Third Afghan War?

Afghanistan's situation makes it much more imperative for the land-locked country's immediate neighbors to also collectively pursue peace and reconciliation. (Photo via Daily Times)

Although the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, one would only hope that Afghan leaders would put the fears of a third Afghan war to rest. But, much more than the international actors, a lot depends on the Afghan leaders to jointly work for peace. Read More »

Keeping Politics Out of Business

People crossing over into Pakistan from Afghanistan at Chaman border.

Following into China’s footsteps, Pakistan too can chart a new path that keeps it connected with all the countries of the region, including Afghanistan even in worst political times. Kabul’s ruling elites, too, have to carefully weigh as to what security costs their narrative on Pakistan will entail in a situation marked by huge shades of grays of geo-politics. Read More »

Can India be a Game Changer in Afghanistan?

Hamid Karzai is seeking more Indian military help for the Afghan National Army. (Photo via ANA's FB page)

India can be a useful ally to the Afghan government. It cannot be a substitute for the United States. Its best chance for influencing Afghanistan’s trajectory lies in a close partnership with Washington in which the US provides the military support necessary to ensure the survival of the Afghan government and eventually brings the insurgency to the negotiating table. But in the broader picture, New Delhi’s margins of maneuver are slowly but surely diminishing. Karzai needs to take realities into account when he next makes political calculations. Read More »