September 19, 2017

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 »

Misusing Corporate Responsibility

(Photo by Jorge Franganillo, CC license)

The “acid test” for anyone with conscience occupying a seat of influence is to expose those misusing corporate responsibility either for personal benefit or ulterior motives whoever he (or she) may be. Read More »

Mr. Ghani’s Anger

President Ashraf Ghani has been frequently blaming Pakistan for his shrinking power. (Photo via US Institute of Peace)

Multiple trans-border geopolitical and internal political factors are responsible for Kabul's current political and security crisis. Pakistan needs to step up its game to counter accusations of Afghan bloodshed. Read More »

The Qatar Crisis: A Diplomatic Curveball for Pakistan

File photo of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meeting with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Islamabad in January 2016. (Photo via video stream)

The rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors may pose difficult choices for Pakistan’s foreign policy. Read More »

Game On

Supreme Court of Pakistan's building in Islamabad.

Pakistan's superior judiciary seems determined not to allow criminals to use the state apparatus for governance in the name of justice for their own ends. Without judicial activism accountability will become a figment of imagination and justice will become a crime! Read More »

Clouds of Third Afghan War?

Afghanistan's situation makes it much more imperative for the land-locked country's immediate neighbors to also collectively pursue peace and reconciliation. (Photo via Daily Times)

Although the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, one would only hope that Afghan leaders would put the fears of a third Afghan war to rest. But, much more than the international actors, a lot depends on the Afghan leaders to jointly work for peace. Read More »