November 23, 2017

Afghanistan: A Perilous State of Denial

It seems a vested interest in Kabul is united against the rest of the world, which would want all Afghans to join forces for ending the state of war. Scapegoating or externalizing problems never leads to solutions. Pakistan did so and suffered. Our Afghan friends should learn from this. Read More »

India: A Few Reasons to Revisit the Book

Pakistan's former foreign minister says he is at a loss to understand why he did not have an opportunity of interacting with M.K. Narayanan when the latter was India's National Security Adviser. Read More »

Pakistan: Copycats and Fragging

Pakistan has the largest number of banned terrorist organizations in the world. How do they still manage to remain active under new names? This could not be possible without political patronage! While terrorist violence has abated, the stated anti-terror policy must be implemented in full and in all sincerity to ensure Pakistan’s future. Read More »

Pakistan: Police, Devolution and Terrorism

What Pakistan needs is devolution of power. Devolving governance functions and staggering responsibilities to the lower levels creates space for independent decisions, involves the community and serves as a much stronger pressure pool on the bureaucracy than a centralized governance regime. Read More »

Nexus Between Corrupt Practices and Infidelity

High level patronage networks in developing countries have allowed corruption to thrive and become pervasive.  This fosters criminal networks, waste, fraud, etc and has a debilitating effect on security. What is really dangerous is how corruption facilitates penetration of security screens. Read More »

What Ails Afghanistan?

Rather than blaming Pakistan for its every problem, Afghanistan needs to realize that its challenges originate from within the country. Read More »

Making Pakistan’s Anti-terror War More Effective

Pakistan needs reforms in its criminal justice system to strengthen anti-terrorism institutions, which remains on the wish list rather than actual implemented measures. Read More »

Detoxification of Pak-Afghan Narratives

The Islamabad Declaration has emerged as a document of convergence for Pakistan and Afghanistan on many issues of mutual concern. The big challenge, however, is to ensure that these vows actually help in detoxing narratives and trumping geopolitics. Read More »

Bihar Elections — Mind your Own Business, Pakistan

Why should Pakistani government and media draw pleasure out of the defeat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP in Bihar elections? Is it really worth paying this much attention when Pakistanis have plenty of things to worry about at home? Pakistan needs to focus more on the causes that continue to taint its image abroad and are a source of internal discord as well. Read More »

Eliminating Terror Financing from Banks

Some suave banking crooks in Pakistan facilitate terror financing, an integral part of organized crime.  The military’s frustration at the government’s rhetoric not matching deeds is evident from their last Corps Commanders Conference. Pakistan must target these white-collar criminals funding the vital nexus between organized crime and terrorism. Read More »