March 26, 2017

The Davos Challenge

(Photo by Robert Scoble, CC license)

With the world becoming so fluid and changeable, leaders will have to share real-time insights and innovations on how to best navigate the future and inter-act positively on a plethora of issues. Read More »

View from India: Getting Ties with UAE on Track

Relations between India and UAE have improved dramatically during the past few years. (Photo via video stream)

Strong words are no substitute for action, however, and the strategic partnership that India envisions with the UAE must be based on clarity and concrete measures, says one Indian analyst. Read More »

Riyadh Presses Pakistan on Sharif, Keeping Iran Out of CPEC

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdullah Marzouk Al Zahrani meeting Pakistan's army chief General Asif Qamar Bajwa. (Courtesy ISPR)

Saudi diplomacy is reportedly at work to rescue Nawaz Sharif's embattled government once again and at the same time pushing Pakistan's military to speed up transition of General Raheel Sharif to head the 34-nation yet-tobe-formalized miltary alliance of Muslim majority countries. Read More »

General Raheel Sharif at Davos

General (Retd) Raheel Sharif speaking at the Davos panel.

Pakistan's former army chief General Raheel Sharif was one of the most sought-after dignitary at the World Economic Forum in Davos, writes Pakistan's leading defense analyst. Read More »

Trauma and Afghan Journalists

Image Caption: The training participants in group with trainer. (Photo via FN)

Simple bravery is not enough for journalists to cope with trauma-like situation. Training is a must and the international community must come forward to help the Afghan journalists recover from the stress they face in the line of duty. Read More »

Davos 2017 Season

(Photo by Loic Le Meur, Creative Commons License)

Davos is a unique opportunity to showcase Pakistan. But a handful of Pakistani businessmen at are unable to shoulder the burden of projecting Pakistan. Read More »

45% Drop in Violence in Pakistan in 2016

Scene of a bomb attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore in March 2016.

Since 2014, there has been a 66% overall reduction in violence-related fatalities in Pakistan, says Islamabad-based think tank Center for Research & Security Studies in its annual report. Read More »

Intellectual Honesty and Moral Obligation

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is under growing pressure from the opposition to resign. (Photo by Patrick Tsui/FCO, Creative Commons License)

Without a real sense of ethics among Pakistan's rulers things will never become better for the people, rampant intellectual dishonesty and their total apathy towards their moral obligations make them invariably choose colleagues and subordinates who they believe will blindly follow their criminal dictates. Read More »

Wishes for 2017

Sun sets on the hills in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan's federal capital. (Photo by ViewsWeek)

Only a stable democratic system where participation of ordinary citizens in the decision-making process is a key element will stop the wholesale loot and plunder that is the order of the day. Pakistan's sham democracy has no intention whatsoever of permitting the effective participation of the citizens in the affairs of even their own community. Read More »

Changing the Guard

General Qamar Javed Bajwa is the 16th chief of Pakistan Army.

While merit, combat experience and/or being straightforward could have acted as disqualifications for Ishfaq and Javed, only time will tell if Nawaz Sharif is third time lucky. Given the reputation that he deservedly has, Gen Bajwa will be true to the country. Read More »