March 26, 2017

Time to Change Your Proxy Settings

Pakistan Army soldiers check vehicles in Quetta after terrorists killed 61 people in an attack on a police training school on Oct. 24. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan’s politicians and government need to see through the smokescreen of terrorist acts and craft its own narrative on the proxy wars it faces, says one analyst, adding Islamabad also needs to start getting everyone on the same page when it comes to dealing with foreign skepticism of its counter-terror policies. Read More »

‘Bandh’ Politics

Protesters burn tires in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, during an anti-government protest. (Photo via video stream)

While military intervention may be the solution of last resort, martial law is really no solution. With Pakistan’s government taking measures indirectly helping opposition leader Imran Khan becoming successful bringing Islamabad to a total standstill, the economy will take a significant hit. Read More »

India-Pakistan Tensions Hit Climate Finance

Biafo glacier in northern Pakistan. (Photo by Ben Tubby, Creative Commons License)

After objections by the Indian representative, the Green Climate Fund has kept on hold a project to reduce the risk of glacial lake outburst floods in northern Pakistan. Read More »

Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations and Reprisals

A police vehicle coming out of police academy in Quetta, which was targeted by terrorists, killing 61 people on October 24. (Photo via video stream)

Many Afghans would have the world believe that violence in the region originates in Pakistan. They would also refuse to accept terrorism in Pakistan as reprisal by the Indian or Afghan establishments. But all shall have to concur that instead of dumping everything on Pakistan, only common efforts will help against forces of terror. Sanctuaries — whether in Waziristan or Nuristan and Ningarhar — shall have to be taken down. Read More »

Who Will be Pakistan’s Next Army Chief

(From L to R) Lt Gen Zubair Hayat, Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Ramday and Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed are Pakistan Army’s senior-most officers, one of whom is expected to replace General Raheel Sharif, who is retiring next month.

Pakistan’s national interests require that the order of seniority must over-ride any personal interest in the selection of next chief of its powerful military, says defense analyst Ikram Sehgal, who recommends that General Zubair Hayat should be the Chairman JCSC and General Ishfaq Nadeem the army chief. Read More »

Gwadar, CPEC and Questions

Gwadar is emerging as a new geo-strategic focal point in South Asian politics. (Photo via video stream)

Chinese officials and those associated with Gwadar projects seem very happy with the development of roads as well as the raising of the Northern and Southern Special Security Divisions for their protection. What they, however, want is prompt decisions and objection-free executions and expect the central government to put to rest the controversy over eastern and western routes.  Read More »

Can Afghanistan Offer ‘Other Indus’ Option to India Against Pakistan?

The Naghlu Dam and power plant on the Kabul River generates hydropower for Kabul city in Afghanistan. (Photo: Qaseem Naimi via ICIMOD Kathmandu, Creative Commons License)

For India, the gains are many in terms of having a role in exploiting Afghanistan’s river systems entering Pakistan on its West and the East. But building these dams will be fraught with risk. Read More »

Handling the Crouching Monster

(Image by smlp.co.uk, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan’s National Action Plan continues to cry for real implementation. Both civilian and military institutions lag far behind in refocusing on the soft power of the state to neutralize forces of obscurantism and defeat terrorists masquerading as proponents of the trans-border ideologies. Read More »

RAW’s Kautilyan License

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Since the news of civilian-military rift over Pakistan’s secret support to armed groups, whether right or wrong, was leaked from a meeting pertaining to national security, those leaking the information should have their “security clearance” revoked and barred from public office. Read More »

Effective Integration of Command

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif presiding over the Corp Commanders meeting in Rawalpindi. (Photo via ISPR)

Given the volatile and precarious security environment, Pakistan Army's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is militarily not an effective entity, notes defense analyst Ikram Sehgal and recommends that this status quo needs correction. Read More »