August 17, 2017

New Low in Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations

Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman in Balochistan province was closed after the unprovoked firing by Afghan border guards. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan may not be doing enough to deny the Afghan Taliban a safe haven on its soil, but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani must also appreciate the reality that trust is a two-way street. His intransigence has upset peace proponents. Read More »

View from Delhi: Towards a Unique Digital South Asian Identity

(Photo courtesy uidai.gov.in)

Executed properly, Aadhaar could become a central pillar of India’s ‘neighborhood first’ policy, writes one Indian analyst. Read More »

Multilateralism: Hostage to Geo-Politics

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai is a strong supporter of One Belt One Road.

Outsiders can only facilitate but find solutions to Afghanistan's internal problems. It rests in the hands of the Afghan leadership only. Upping the ante in the cover of blame-game - like the recent tensions- will neither serve Afghan peoples nor benefit the region. Read More »

Punish the Real Culprit(s)

Pakistani Prime Minister's Secretariat in Islamabad. (Wikimedia Commons)

Maryam Nawaz’s Trump-like tweets notwithstanding, the government seems to have started faltering finding scapegoats in continuing to filibuster punishing the real culprits. Read More »

Why Not Publish The JIT Report?

(Photo via Daily Times)

Hapless millions of Pakistanis do have a right to know what the joint investigation team found out and as to whether it concluded that the national security had been breached through the 'Dawn leaks'. Read More »

Decriminalizing Pakistan’s Democracy

Prime Minister's secretariat in Islamabad. (Photo by Andrew Wiseman, CC license)

A distinction must be made between “preserving democracy” and saluting gangsters masquerading as “democrats” supposedly upholding the Constitution when they are actually blatantly misusing the state apparatus for themselves. Read More »

Renewed Civil-Military Tensions in Pakistan

A tweet by the military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor rejecting government's action on the findings of an investigation into Dawn Leaks caused a firestorm in Pakistan.

Nothing could be more embarrassing for Pakistan than an openly expressed disagreement between the GHQ and the Prime Minister’s Office. Read More »

China’s Message to Neighbors

Gwader, the heart of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. (Photo by umairadeeb, CC license)

Chinese initiatives are rooted in a belief that trade and development alone can provide the much needed political stability to the region. Read More »

Reflections on Polls in Indian-Administered Kashmir

Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been turning to Twitter to highlight atrocities by Indian security forces.

The international community should respond to the brutal suppression of Kashmiris and minimize the possibility of unimaginable nuclear disaster that looms on South Asia. Read More »

Uzair ‘The Smoking Gun’

Karachi has for years been target of mobsters, who usually have been accused of doing the bidding of the country's powerful political elite. (Photo by No Real Name Given AKA, CC license)

If criminals continue functioning in the name of justice, Pakistan is at risk of becoming a criminal state. Read More »