March 23, 2017

Yemen: Handle With Extreme Care

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Notwithstanding the apparent bonhomie of religious affinity Pakistan’s client-patron relationship across the civil-military broad spectrum with the Arab countries is basically transactional in nature. But Pakistan has to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. With the complicated contradictions inherent, this detrimental and dangerous situation needs handling with extreme care. Read More »

US Set to Sell Pakistan Arms Worth $1b

Pakistan needs attack platforms like  Bell AH-1Z Vipe in its war against Taliban. (Photo by Mario Sainz Martíne, CC License)

The weapons being sold to Islamabad include advanced AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters and AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles. Read More »

Pakistan’s Yemen Dilemma

Pakistan Army's commandos  are expected to be stationed in Saudi Arabia if the country decides to join the Saudi Arabia-lead coalition. (Photo via Inter Services Press Relations)

Pakistan is in a Catch-22 situation, damned if it joins the Saudi-led so-called “Sunni Coalition” and damned if it does not. Read More »

Pakistan: Tentacles of Terror

Rangers paramilitary troops raiding the MQM headquarters in Karachi. (Photo via video stream)

Until Pakistan stops short-term tactics such as playing one group against the other, it will remain volatile and prone to recurring political turmoil as well as vulnerable to the nexus of non-state actors and criminal syndicates. Read More »

Pakistan: The Crossroads of Credibility

Pakistan held the March 23rd Pakistan Day parade after seven years.

Pakistan is at a dangerous crossroads, lip-service to the rule of law and accountability thereof erodes the credibility of governance that it desperately needs. Read More »

Pakistan, China and the Economic Corridor

Gawadar Coastal Highway. (Photo by Murtaza Imran Ali, Creative Commons License)

If realized, the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor will not only benefit Pakistan in terms of improvement of its economy and security condition, but also contribute to regional peace, stability and prosperity. Read More »

Pakistan’s Polio Challenge: A Crippling Fear

CHAMAN: A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a child going to Afghanistan in this border town on Monday.—INP
CHAMAN: A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a child going to Afghanistan in this border town on Monday. (Photo by INP, via Dawn)

Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces are prone to a large outbreak of polio if they do not reform their immunization drives. Read More »

Not Really Cricket

Pakistani batsman Haris Sohail returning to the pavilion after losing his wicket in the World Cup match against England. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan needs those involved in its World Cup cricket team selection to keep the national interest before personal likes and dislikes. But then this is Pakistan where merit is a disqualifier both in sports and politics. Read More »

Pakistan and the Crucible of Terror

More than 55,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in acts of terrorism.

There is a formidable challenge in reversing the consequences of Pakistan’s flawed policies of ‘strategic depth’ and containing the contagion of religious radicalization. Until the government, and its entire security apparatus, drastically revises its strategic matrix, divorces itself from the radical groups it helped create and draws up an internal security strategy, it will find it hard to shake off the image that Pakistan is the crucible of terrorism. Read More »

Change of Heart in Pakistan-India Relations?

Foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India shake hands before formal talks in Islamabad. (Photo via Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Cooperation against terror might become the first step towards better ties between India and Pakistan. Read More »