April 24, 2017

A Terrible Tragedy in the Karakorams

It was the worst air disaster in Pakistan's history involving foreign diplomats. (Photo via video dtream)

The host country being responsible to ensure their safety and comfort, deaths and injuries to diplomats in Naltar air crash reflects very poorly on the image of Pakistan.  Being guests of the government of Pakistan added embarrassment to the catastrophe. Its image may have taken a hit but the solemn and superb manner Pakistan cared for the diplomats of many nations in their hour of grief will go a long way in mitigating the terrible tragedy. Read More »

Geopolitics of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor

Karakoram Highway, also known as KKH, on the Chinese side.  Built on the old Silk Route, KKH connects China with Pakistan. (Photo by Keith Tan, Creative Commons License)

Advice from China­ to Pakistan­ is unequivocally clear and categorical: develop consensus on the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Read More »

Hate Speech and Intolerance

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has drawn global attention towards intolerance and racism that is unfolding in many European countries amid fierce debate over illegal immigrant workers who were heading towards the continent in search of a better future. Read More »

China to Sell Pakistan 110 JF-17 Combat Aircraft

JF-17 Thunder has yet to attract . (Photo by RA.AZ, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan will acquire 110 JF-17 Thunder aircraft from China as part of its efforts to revamp its combat aircraft fleet in the middle of a bloody campaign against Taliban extremists. Read More »

Pakistan: Cybercrime, Security and Rights

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Will fundamental rights matter if one, two or more states decided to intrude into an individual’s life for a terrorism-related inquiry? Most probably not because of a simple reason: terrorists operating across borders continue to abuse cyberspace and proliferate their toxic ideologies to enlist physical support for their causes. Read More »

Pakistan: The China Crossroads

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The China Pakistan Economic Corridor will act as an economic force-multiplier for South Asia with India a major beneficiary connecting it across the land bridge of Pakistan with Central Asia and the Middle East. Read More »

Pakistan: Politicians Against Discrimination

For too long equal citizenry rights have been under attack in Pakistan. (Photo by  helen.2006, Creative Commons License)

The situation surrounding citizens at large, and the non-Muslim Pakistani citizens in particular, demands an immediate revision of the public school curricula and textbooks. Read More »

Why Pakistan Must Protect Saudi Arabia

Pakistan may deploy some of its troops in Saudi Arabia. (Photo by K. Aksoy, Creative Commons License)

Instead of being every few years as a nation up the creek without a paddle, Pakistan must clearly and unambiguously state its intention to protect Saudi Arabia by putting its “boots on the ground” in the Kingdom. Read More »

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 »