October 21, 2017

Pakistan: Tagging the Corrupt

The moral authority of Pakistan Army suffers in public perception in the face of the avarice, greed and ambitions of a few. The corrupt, whoever they are, need to be tagged, says one defense analyst. Read More »

Pakistan: No Shades of Grey

Adhering to rules, editors who enforce strict standards about facts and sources are on the decline in the Pakistani media. There is a dire need for a responsible media to restore objectivity.  The demise of objectivity has made things black or white, there are no shades of grey. Read More »

The Disappearing Morel Mushrooms of Pakistan

Climate change and deforestation are wreaking havoc on the production of a rare mushroom species, impacting local communities and national exports. Read More »

Pakistan: The Mustafa Kamal Factor

Being central to the economics of Pakistan, peace in Karachi means prosperity in the country, Karachi is vital ground!   How would “the great silent majority” of Pakistanis chose between Altaf Hussain and Mustafa Kamal to restore peace to Karachi and to its former pristine economic glory is yet to be seen. Read More »

Breaking Sri Lanka’s Economic Gridlock

The sharp drop in oil prices is helping to turn around Sri Lanka’s external current account, but remittance earnings are being hit hard, while export earnings remain in negative territory. The impact of global developments is only one side of the story. More compelling is the government’s capitulation to reform inertia. Read More »

Pakistan-India Intelligence Cooperation: A Game Changer?

The exchange of information between the Indian and Pakistani national security advisers begs a major question; if this can happen, why cant it happen between the two in Afghanistan? Can such an interaction translate into a game changer for all the three countries? Read More »

Historical Baggage at Kabul Airport

A Pakistani parliamentarian’s experience at Kabul airport reveals the deep mistrust between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Read More »

The Needy and the Greedy

When establishing the rule of law becomes the domain of those who live outside the rule of law, accountability becomes a figment of imagination. When criminals function in the name of justice, justice becomes a crime. Read More »

View from Kabul: Obstacles to Afghan Peace Process

The intra-Afghan peace talks are up against multiple internal and external challenges. There has been a surge in Taliban attacks alongside increasingly conflicting views on the peace process within Afghanistan’s National Unity Government – reflected in the pro-Karzai and pro-Ghani camps. Read More »

View from India: Breakdown of Law and Media Trial

Two forms of nationalism emerging are emerging in India —an aggressive, dominating and capable of assaults while the second one being democratic and demanding the right to dissent. Read More »