July 28, 2017

India Hastens Hydropower Projects in Jammu and Kashmir

The Baglihar dam, also on the Chenab, in J&K. (image by: ICIMOD, via thethirdpole.net)

The government appears determined to utilize the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty to the full. Read More »

US and Pakistan: Why Not Just Say No to CSF?

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It’s about time to act like a self-respecting and confident nation which is ready to correct its own course as well as being poised to address others’ concerns on issues such as terrorism, regional peace and cooperation, opines one Pakistani analyst. Read More »

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is running out of options after a scathing investigation report found him and his family on the wrong side of the law. (Photo via DFID)

Nawaz Sharif's trial is an acid test of justice, can Pakistan afford vacillation when the damning facts have been counterchecked and confirmed many times over? Having been economical with the truth, Sharif has a problem exercising his moral authority and/or credibility to govern. Read More »

Panamagate: Time to Face up the Reality?

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Had an issue like Panama Papers leaks confronted a leader next door in India or in Europe, he or she would have faded into history immediately. But in Pakistan, unfortunately, the ruling party is equating the inquiry into the assets of an incumbent prime minister to an attack on democracy. Read More »

Iran-Pakistan at the Crossroads?

Many believe that Gwadar Port and Chinese investment in Pakistan may have created discomfort in Iran. (Photo Umar Gondal, CC license)

At the time of the Shah, Iran and Pakistan enjoyed amicable relations, with cooperation across multiple issues. With so many points of contention emerging in recent years, it is a markedly more tense relationship today. Read More »

Contempt for the Constitution

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sacked twice as prime minister on corruption charges. Now he faces yet another disqualification for corruption.

Pakistan’s powerful power brokers in Islamabad and province of Sindh, sensing threat of fair accountability, have declared war on state institutions and the law. Read More »

A Burning Issue

The death toll from the Bahawalpur inferno has crossed 200. (Photo via video)

What ignited the oil tanker inferno in Pakistan's Punjab province is irrelevant. Enough medical facilities to cope with major burn injuries at mass level is what needs urgent measures. What would Pakistan do in a nuclear event? To save lives the treating of major burns must start in the first “golden hour”, only possible with regional Burn Centers established on an emergency basis in major cities throughout Pakistan. Read More »

Why Pakistan Should Declare Gilgit-Baltistan a Province

Gilgit-Baltistan's economy is heavily dependent on tourism. The region needs more independent institutions to diversify and develop its economy. (Photo by Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi, CC license)

Pakistan may gain more by giving the status of a province to its Gilgit-Baltistan region, which could kickstart a new era of development in a region blessed with natural beauty and resources, says one analyst. Read More »

Pakistan’s Forgotten Pashtoon Minority

People remving the injured from the blast site in Parachinar after twin explosions on June 23. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan's Pashtoon minority, especially those belonging to tribal regions, are right in asking whether their blood is cheaper than ‘mainstream’ Pakistanis after the country's Punjabi prime minister displayed the most visible discrimination towards his own countrymen by completely ignoring the deadly bombings in Parachinar that left more than 70 ethnic Pashtoons dead. Read More »

Afghanistan: Beset by Geo-Politics

Marine Drivers Training Course mentors instruct Afghan National Army 209th Corps soldiers on basic driving skills. Marines also train a select few ANA soldiers to become instructors themselves. (Photo by: Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt/ResoluteSupportMedia, CC license))

As the Trump administration ponders raising troops level in Afghanistan to stabilize its security environment, one Pakistani analyst digs into the complex issues and conflicting interests of regional and international players in the war-torn country that remain continue to be part of Afghan problem. Read More »