February 23, 2017

Pak-Afghan Stand-off: The Way Forward

Pakistan-Afghanistan border gate at Torkham.

Pakistan and Afghanistan must shun the past baggage and move on for a sincere, substantial dialogue to ease human suffering and normalize relations. Read More »

Coordination Not Confrontation

The nexus between corruption, organized crime and terrorism, seen at its worst in Karachi, widens the gap between civilian rulers and the military. (Photo by  Wasif Malik)

Howsoever weak and imperfect democracy might be, with the military simply not interested in taking over, democracy it is here to stay in Pakistan, argues defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

Pakistan’s Economic Hitmen

A view of Karachi port. Pakistan's exports have not grown as much as other countries in South Asia. (Photo by salis, CC license)

Is Pakistan dealing with economic hitmen who are ensnaring it in debt which can lead it to financial insolvency and eventually result in compromising its sovereignty? Read More »

Duty to One’s Country

The Supreme Court of Pakistan's building in Islamabad where Panamagate hearing is being held. (Photo by Aamer Ahmed, CC license)

Pakistani Supreme Court’s moral and ethical obligation to the downtrodden and poverty stricken citizens must ensure that country’s leaders are morally and ethically qualified to govern. Read More »

The Davos Challenge

(Photo by Robert Scoble, CC license)

With the world becoming so fluid and changeable, leaders will have to share real-time insights and innovations on how to best navigate the future and inter-act positively on a plethora of issues. Read More »

Riyadh Presses Pakistan on Sharif, Keeping Iran Out of CPEC

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdullah Marzouk Al Zahrani meeting Pakistan's army chief General Asif Qamar Bajwa. (Courtesy ISPR)

Saudi diplomacy is reportedly at work to rescue Nawaz Sharif's embattled government once again and at the same time pushing Pakistan's military to speed up transition of General Raheel Sharif to head the 34-nation yet-tobe-formalized miltary alliance of Muslim majority countries. Read More »

General Raheel Sharif at Davos

General (Retd) Raheel Sharif speaking at the Davos panel.

Pakistan's former army chief General Raheel Sharif was one of the most sought-after dignitary at the World Economic Forum in Davos, writes Pakistan's leading defense analyst. Read More »

Davos 2017 Season

(Photo by Loic Le Meur, Creative Commons License)

Davos is a unique opportunity to showcase Pakistan. But a handful of Pakistani businessmen at are unable to shoulder the burden of projecting Pakistan. Read More »

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 »