March 26, 2017

Hybrid Warfare

A Pakistani soldier guards a border post on boder with India. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan-India border has remained tense since the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After suspending the peace dialogue with Islamabad, New Delhi has now suspended the bus service between Pakistan and Indian-administered Kashmirs, raising fears of further instability in one of the most militarized regions of the world. Here is one Pakistani perception about India’s strategy. Read More »

Pakistan’s Shias Face Slaughter, Apathy

Paramilitary troops  stand guard in Shikarpur in Pakistan's southern Sindh province after a terrorist attack on  a Shia mosque. (Photo via video stream)

Tens of thousands of Shias have been slaughtered in a slow genocide over the past several years, yet those who publicly vow to purge Pakistan of the Shia roam free. Read More »

Afghanistan at the Crossroads

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, left, shakes hands with rival Abdullah Abdullah, right, at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 12, 2014, after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped broker an agreement on a technical and political plan to resolve the disputed outcome of the election between them.  (Photo by U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan , Creative Commons License)

Economically dependent on the foreign presence, Afghanistan will need to work hard to succeed on its own. Read More »

A Message for Pakistan

Long lines for gas were seen in Rawalpindi and other cities in recent days because of an artificial shortage caused by poor governance. Pakistan remains conflict-driven, its security crisis precipitating the consequences of an elitist-driven governance system. (Photo by PPI via Dawn)

Obama’s second visit to India incensed and annoyed many in Pakistan. Obama snubbed us by not visiting Pakistan but our government continues to remain in a subservient mood, or at least this was how a number of observers and politicians interpreted the event. These emotive responses in Pakistan notwithstanding and regardless of the tangibles achieved, Obama’s New Delhi yatra carries several messages for Pakistan. Read More »

Breaking Bangladesh’s Dynastic Conundrum

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For the first time in three decades, an opportunity exists in Bangladesh for a new challenger of genuine merit and capacity to step into the ring and stake his or her claim, ending the outsized political presence of Sheikh Hasina Wajid and Khaleda Zia. Read More »

Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Flares Up in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh before India's elections.

Are India's anti-Muslim outbursts coming from rogue politicians, or are they directed by the prime minister? Read More »

Of India’s ‘Reagan-style’ Pakistan Strategy and the Elusive Peace

President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a press conference in New Delhi after formal talks. (Photo via video stream)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks more like India’s Ronald Reagan because of his strategy of “peace through strength” when it comes to Pakistan, says author Daniel Markey and warns New Delhi’s diplomatic disengagement with Islamabad could be dangerous and even counterproductive. Markey’s assessment may give credence to some of the fears in Pakistan which are reflected by Ikram Sehgal in his article down below. Read More »

View from India: Going Beyond Bonhomie

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A Modi-Obama summit provides an opportunity for an all-encompassing look at geopolitics and geoeconomics across the region and beyond. This option should not be foreclosed by concentrating on the smaller items, says one Indian analyst. Read More »

South Asia’s Nuclear Arms Race Heating Up?

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Pakistan and India are vigorously expanding their fissile material production capacity to increase their nuclear weapons stockpiles. One report says Pakistan has operationalized its new plutonium producing facility at Khushab, about six weeks after reports appeared that India has almost completed the construction of its second gas centrifuge facility near Mysore. Read More »

The Ostrich Mentality

Candle light vigil for the victims of Peshawar's army public school at Trafalgar Square, London. (Photo by Kashif Haque, Creative Commons License)

On Jan 12 Pakistan’s children gave their courageous answer to the terrorists. When it has such brave parents and children, terrorists have no future in the South Asian nation. Those with an ostrich mentality can never confront that truth. Read More »