September 23, 2017

Pakistan: From ‘Do More’ to ‘No More’?

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations on New York on September 20. (ViewsWeek photo)

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi talks tough on his country's difficult relations with the US, Afghanistan and India. Read More »

Thoughts on Trump’s Afghan Strategy

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If President Trump’s new strategy and the reaction it has received from the current and former US officials and commentators around the world is any evidence, the chances of its success seems pretty low. Read More »

The Streets of Intimidation

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif addressing his supporters near Rawalpindi during his journey to Lahore after being disqualified by Pakistan Supreme Court on corruption charges.

Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification has a much larger impact beyond him and his family, a challenge not only to the judges but to all people of Pakistan about how they want to live their lives and to run their state. Read More »

Pakistan Not Deterred by Trump’s Afghan Policy That Favors India

Pakistan's cabinet committee on defense met twice in  a week after President Trump's speech announcing new policy for Afghanistan.

Islamabad is extremely suspicious of Donald Trump’s South Asia policy because it gives an open cheque to India for mounting a double front against Pakistan. Read More »

Chinese Commitment And Expectations

(Image via Daily Times)

The message out of Beijing is of unwavering friendly political and economic commitment and the expectation of Pakistanis is to play their cards well. And indeed, the onus seems to be on them for reassuring China that Pakistan is totally consensual and united on its partnership with the "strategic iron brother". Read More »

Pakistan: The LNG Scam

(Photo via Engro Pakistan)

Pakistani government's decision to import LNG from Qatar at exorbitant rates and extraordinarily generous LNG terminal contract to a leading business group smack of a major corruption scandal that needs an independent investigation. Read More »

Afghanistan: Winning Strategy?

President Trump announcing the new US strategy for Afghanistan war on August 22. (Photo via video stream)

President Trump has embraced deeper US involvement in Afghanistan in a military campaign he once slammed as futile. Though touted as a conditions-based regional move towards a political solution, the new plan indicates little innovation. Read More »

Pakistan: Accountability Across the Board-II

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When legislators, bureaucracy businessmen, etc are prosecuted, they do not try to disprove their guilt, their only defense is to direct public opinion by pointing fingers towards the two indispensable pillars of the State, the Judiciary and the Armed Forces.  A workable legal framework must be formulated by Parliament to remove the ambiguities and bring these into the ambit to give accountability credibility and true meaning. Read More »

Pakistan: Accountability Across the Board

Former Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif is being accused of using street power to influence the Pakistan's Supreme Court decision that disqualified him and sent him packing.

In Pakistan judicial accountability has largely been limited to the subordinate judiciary. An independent and incorruptible judiciary can convincingly dispense justice and hold persons accountable only if it carries out self-accountability. Read More »

The World Has Not Forgotten Kashmir

Kashmiri youth holding Pakistani flags celebrating Pakistan's 70 independence day in India-administered Kashmir. (Photo via video stream)

India may be trying to make the world believe that the situation in its administered part of Jammu and Kashmir is well, but the realities on the ground are changing the dynamics of the conflict as Kashmiri youth take over the reigns of 70 years old struggle for the right of self-determination. Read More »