October 21, 2017

Afghanistan: A Gathering Storm

Afghanistan’s Vice President Rashid Doctam’s wringing denunciation of the government, of which he is part and parcel, indicates the gathering political storm in Kabul. The looming crisis could pose a formidable challenge to Ashraf Ghani’s government whose constitutionality has come under a cloud. Read More »

US and Pakistan: Why Not Just Say No to CSF?

It’s about time to act like a self-respecting and confident nation which is ready to correct its own course as well as being poised to address others’ concerns on issues such as terrorism, regional peace and cooperation, opines one Pakistani analyst. Read More »

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Nawaz Sharif's trial is an acid test of justice, can Pakistan afford vacillation when the damning facts have been counterchecked and confirmed many times over? Having been economical with the truth, Sharif has a problem exercising his moral authority and/or credibility to govern. Read More »

Afghanistan’s Dostum Problem

Whether Afghanistan's First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is convicted or not, there will be anger and accusations that the rule of law has been cheated. Read More »

Panamagate: Time to Face up the Reality?

Had an issue like Panama Papers leaks confronted a leader next door in India or in Europe, he or she would have faded into history immediately. But in Pakistan, unfortunately, the ruling party is equating the inquiry into the assets of an incumbent prime minister to an attack on democracy. Read More »

Hindutva Terrorism in India

Cow vigilantism is pre-meditated, politically motivated, and seeks to build fear in a community. That makes it terrorism. Read More »

Iran-Pakistan at the Crossroads?

At the time of the Shah, Iran and Pakistan enjoyed amicable relations, with cooperation across multiple issues. With so many points of contention emerging in recent years, it is a markedly more tense relationship today. Read More »

Contempt for the Constitution

Pakistan’s powerful power brokers in Islamabad and province of Sindh, sensing threat of fair accountability, have declared war on state institutions and the law. Read More »

Sri Lanka Muted on Rising Religious Violence

The Sri Lankan government may fear that the opposition political parties and Buddhist nationalist groups will come together if it cracks down on the perpetrators of religious violence. But the government must act decisively. If this problem is permitted to go on unchecked, it will only get worse. Read More »

A Burning Issue

What ignited the oil tanker inferno in Pakistan's Punjab province is irrelevant. Enough medical facilities to cope with major burn injuries at mass level is what needs urgent measures. What would Pakistan do in a nuclear event? To save lives the treating of major burns must start in the first “golden hour”, only possible with regional Burn Centers established on an emergency basis in major cities throughout Pakistan. Read More »