April 30, 2017

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 »

Pak-Afghan Relations — Why Not?

Pakistan has completed several projects in Afghanistan but many remain incomplete because of bureaucratic hurdles.

Bureaucratic egos and political motivations both in Pakistan and Afghanistan are adding complications to the already terse relations between the two neighbors. Read More »

View From Delhi: Gwadar Port and India’s Regional Policy

Chinese businesses have started using Gwader port for export of their products in recent days. (ViewsWeek photo via video stream)

Regional alignments are shifting with China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran coming together. The muscular diplomacy of the Narendra Modi government erred in its overestimation of India’s South China Sea leverage. India lacked traditional influence in that region and it is not even a claimant to the territorial disputes there. Today, therefore, its Look East policy is in shambles and a US retrenchment in Asia threatens to make it archaic. Read More »

The Sharif Exit

General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's outgoing army chief.

With General Sharif’s honorable exit, Pakistan achieves another milestone; within eight years, full democratic transition and a smooth security leadership transition. Read More »

Bad Goodbyes

A file photo of a truck loaded with Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan after years in exile.

Afghans have concerns over the future of refugee families and ties to Pakistan. Read More »

Farmers Start Adapting to Climate-related Risks in South Asia

Dried saffron safflower.

Attempts to tackle the declining production of saffron, the iconic spice of Kashmir, is symptomatic of the various agricultural adaptations that are required across south Asia to adjust to climate change. Read More »

The Missing Panama Files

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When the meaning of “democracy” becomes uninhibited, unbridled and blatant corruption, any move against the corrupt is condemned by Pakistani politicians and the vested in the media as a “threat” to “democracy”, says defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »