March 25, 2017

ECO Gamechanger

Group photo of ECO leaders at its summit meeting in Islamabad on March 1, 2017. (Photo via ECO)

With both China and Russia having vital stakes in the region, ECO has the potential of developing into a powerful political alliance. Read More »

Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Blockade

Lines of trucks stranded at Torkham border crossing on Pakistani side of its border with Afghanistan.

Will Islamabad see the patent reality that the road to Central Asia lies through Afghanistan? Read More »

Stereotyping Pashtuns

(Photo by Kashif Mardani, CC License)

Externalizing sources of terrorism by dumping it on a particular ethnic group is scandalous as well as detrimental to Pakistan. It also seriously jeopardizes the constitutional guarantees for equality of citizens and preservation of their dignity, argues Imtiaz Gul. Read More »

The Decisive Battle

Pakistan Army,  Pakistan Rangers Punjab and Police established joint Check Posts on M-1 and M-2 (Motorway) to enhance security and  surveillance.
 (Photo courtesy ISPR)

The Punjab government was disinclined to allow anyone go after the militants making up a percentage of their vote banks in the province. Operation “Raadul Fasaad”,  will have to focus without political interference where most of the extremist and militant elements are concentrated. Read More »

Pashtun Profiling in Pakistan

Even their Pakistani Identity Cards wouldn’t help the Pashtuns as Punjab police and Federal Investigation Agency would block these cards after their arrests.

Pakistan's Punjabi political elite and their so-called mainstream media that clamors a lot about the unjustness and unfairness of Muslim profiling in US fails to see the brazen racial discrimination against Pashtuns under their nose. Read More »

Common Interests, Common Enemy

Pak Afghan flags

Pakistan and Afghanistan have no choice but to fight terror together. Read More »

Pak-Afghan Stand-off: The Way Forward

Pakistan-Afghanistan border gate at Torkham.

Pakistan and Afghanistan must shun the past baggage and move on for a sincere, substantial dialogue to ease human suffering and normalize relations. Read More »

Coordination Not Confrontation

The nexus between corruption, organized crime and terrorism, seen at its worst in Karachi, widens the gap between civilian rulers and the military. (Photo by  Wasif Malik)

Howsoever weak and imperfect democracy might be, with the military simply not interested in taking over, democracy it is here to stay in Pakistan, argues defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

Pakistan’s Economic Hitmen

A view of Karachi port. Pakistan's exports have not grown as much as other countries in South Asia. (Photo by salis, CC license)

Is Pakistan dealing with economic hitmen who are ensnaring it in debt which can lead it to financial insolvency and eventually result in compromising its sovereignty? Read More »

Duty to One’s Country

The Supreme Court of Pakistan's building in Islamabad where Panamagate hearing is being held. (Photo by Aamer Ahmed, CC license)

Pakistani Supreme Court’s moral and ethical obligation to the downtrodden and poverty stricken citizens must ensure that country’s leaders are morally and ethically qualified to govern. Read More »