July 22, 2017

Fire and Forget

A view of Pakistan Army's just concluded military exercise Azam-e-Nau. (Photo via ISPR)

                  The term “fire and forget” denotes a missile which after launching and acquiring a target does not require further guidance, it can destroy the target without the launcher being in the line-of-sight.  Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) hit a specified target minimizing “collateral damage”, military for soft targets e.g. civilian casualties.  The subject ... Read More »

What Next After Pakistan’s Most Wanted Man is Dead?

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  The death of Hakimullah Mehsud, Pakistan’s most wanted man, in a US drone strike on Friday, November 1, in the country’s restive North Waziristan region in semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas, has changed the security environment in the South Asian nation.   The United States had set a 5 million dollar head money on the slain leader while Pakistan ... Read More »

Pakistan to Begin Exporting JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jets

Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter. (Photo by RA.AZ, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan will begin exporting the JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter jet next year Pakistani media outlets reported on Friday, citing unnamed officials from the Ministry of Defense Production. According to a report that appeared in multiple Pakistani newspapers, “The Pakistan Air Force has been assigned [a] target of exporting 5 to 7 JF-17 Thunder planes next year and discussions in this regard are under ... Read More »

Malala’s Theme

Malala Yousafzai speaking at World Bank headquarters in Washington DC on October 11. (Photo by Simone D. McCourtie via World Bank photo collection)

Literally missing by inches being named the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the young Pakistani girl who achieved international fame after being shot in the head and neck on a school bus in the Swat Valley by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on October 9 last year, Malala Yousufzai felt she had not yet done enough to earn ... Read More »

Was Nawaz Sharif’s US Visit a Success?

President Barack Obama greets Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan in the Oval Office prior to their bilateral meeting, Oct. 23, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is now on his way back after a four-day stay in the US capital but in the final analysis his visit was nothing more than the reiteration of already stated positions and pledges of support to work closely on security, economic and strategic issues, domestically and in the region. But there were no concrete results nor ... Read More »

Pakistan And Global Anti-Corruption Agenda

(Photo via Transparency International)

After an inordinate delay Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has been appointed the NAB Chairman (National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan’s central accountability organization). A credible bureaucrat with an impeccable record, he has the right CV (resume). Bringing Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI lead by former cricket hero Imran Khan), the third largest party in the National Assembly (NA, the lower house of Pakistan’s parliament), into ... Read More »

Pakistani Sharif’s American Voyage

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing US-Pakistan Business Council in Washington DC on October 21. (Photo by Kausar Jawed)

Nawaz Sharif’s team would have been relieved at the timely resolution of the fiscal impasse in US, allowing his visit to take place in somewhat normal circumstances. However, the message is clear: in the era of fiscal constraints, civilian aid and military assistance will get more limited in the future and will likely be connected to dealing with the extremists. ... Read More »

Afghanistan, TTP and the Silk Road

(Photo by Helmand Blog, Creative Commons License)

For all intents and purposes, Pakistan is now entering the third phase of the war against extremists. The first phase was the Musharraf era, followed by Kayani-Zardari timeframe, and now Nawaz Sharif and the next army chief, will own the third and crucial stage of this struggle. Nawaz Sharif started his tenure focusing on the economy. However, the ground reality ... Read More »

Enforcing or Negotiating Peace in Pakistan

Peace activists holding placards at a rally in the Pakistan capital Islamabad last year. (Photo by Muzaffar Bukhari, Creative Commons License)

We love the Afghan Taliban — the slayers of arrogant global superpowers — but not so much their brothers-in-arms in Pakistan, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Is there a method to our madness that only the khaki-inspired ‘strategic’ mindset is capable of comprehending? We have over 40,000 citizens and probably another 5,000 or so security personnel dead. We hear emphatic demands ... Read More »

Nobel Peace Prize Choice is Off The Mark

Malala Yousafzai World Bank photo

The Nobel Peace committee has failed to read the legend of Malala Yousafzai for what it’s worth. While it would be well-nigh impossible to fully configure her potential, the nearest anyone came to immortalizing her universal avatar was a banner in Nepal that read: “Every child’s sister, every parent’s daughter”. While this may be an emotional call even if well ... Read More »