May 30, 2017

Guarding Pakistan’s Democratic Dispensation

(Photo by Mustafa Mohsin, Creative Commons License)

The elements of national security cannot guard Pakistan’s democratic dispensation without adhering to the spirit and content of good governance. Read More »

A Pakistani QB VII?

Pakistan's former chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

In the best case scenario for Pakistan's former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhary, even if he wins the case on technical legal grounds, he would in the process damage his own reputation and that of the institution he presided over. On moral grounds this battle has strong political overtones which damages the atmosphere in Pakistan when so many more important problems are on the cards. Read More »

Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Imperatives

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.

Pakistan has been muddling along on a “passage to nowhere” because of the self-serving agendas of both its civil and military rulers alike. It needs a diplomatic space that must enhance its foreign policy options, the core elements of which should remain constructive engagement, non-interference and advancement of economic cooperation. Read More »

Malala: The Journalistic Ethics of Source Well-being

Malala Yousafzaï was praised for her courage fighting for girls' right to education as she accepted the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought during a ceremony in Strasbourg. (Photo by European Parliament)

Malala’s security was not an issue as long as the poor child served the editorial interests of the elite media outlets. Read More »

Why A Pak-Afghan Water-sharing Accord is Needed

Many in Pakistan believe that new dams on Kabul river by Afghanistan will reduce water flow into Pakistan. It  could impact water storage in Warsak Dam, the largest reservoir on Kabul river on the Pakistani side.

By favoring a resource capture strategy Afghanistan may well have wasted a decade of potential development in the Kabul-Indus basin. But it may not be too late to engage in meaningful and constructive dialogue with Pakistan to make projects such as the 1,200 megawatt hydropower project on the Kunar River move forward, particularly considering the potential for benefit sharing, including flood control, sediment control and hydropower. Read More »

Sharifs Pushing Pakistan Towards Political Crisis

A police bulldozer removing barricades outside Dr Tahirul Qadri’s Minhajul Quran headquarters in Model Town Lahore on June 17. (Photo by INP)

If the Sharifs remain hell-bent creating problems for themselves politically, matters may well spill out of control in the streets of Pakistan. Public perceptions notwithstanding, the Army will not use that as an excuse to throw the Sharifs out. When (and if) the people decide enough is enough, the Army may simply stand by and not bail them out. Read More »

Pakistan Needs Homeland Security Command

A Pakistani soldier

Combining unity of command with amalgamated intelligence potential and commonality of personnel, weapons and equipment, etc under one single entity saves money by avoiding duplication. Instead of lip-service rhetoric and vacillation, there must be a credible and effective counter to the existential terrorism threat faced by Pakistan. Read More »

Book Review: Reporting Under Threat

Reporting

According to Pakistani media organizations, over 100 journalists and media workers have been killed and more than 2,000 injured in the country since 2000. Reporting Under Threat highlights the dangerous conditions in which journalists operate in the South asian country and documents first-person testimonials of 57 media personnel from all over Pakistan and one from Afghanistan. Read More »

Pakistan’s Hunger Challenge

Children are the worst hit by malnutrition and poverty. (Photo via Facebook post)

Recent studies reveal rising inflation and unemployment creating high misery for people. Fueled by these adverse reports, food insecurity, poverty and malnutrition problems had again momentarily hit national headlines, as they periodically do before being quickly displaced by political scandals.   Measuring these problems in Pakistan is made difficult by competing concepts, definitions and measurement approaches. Food security represents “regular ... Read More »

Reclaiming Pakistan’s North Waziristan

(Photo via Dawn, Pakistan)

The military operation in North Waziristan is only one dimension of the wider battle against militancy and violent extremism in Pakistan. The militant groups have strong networks across the South Asian country. For a long-term solution, Pakistan needs to develop a coherent and overarching counterterrorism strategy in order to strengthen the capacity of the civilian law-enforcement and intelligence agencies. Read More »