May 30, 2017

Appeasement Has No Future in India-Pakistan Relations

Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh at their summit meeting in New York on September 29. (ViewsWeek photo)

  There was speculation but little expectations about the (September 29) meeting between prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Indian government functionaries and almost all political leaders have fallen over themselves competing with the vociferous Indian media in consistently attacking Pakistan. In their near unanimous opinion, conditions were not conducive for ... Read More »

Guarded Optimism in India, Pakistan over Singh-Sharif Summit

Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Mian Nawaz Sharif at their meeting in New York on September 29. (ViewsWeek photo)

  Media in India and Pakistan is carefully welcoming the September 29 meeting between Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Dr Manmohan Singh in New York. The guarded optimism in newspaper editorials is touching the limits of skepticism. A review of the editorials of leading dailies of the two countries reveals some identical views on the summit outcome. Newspapers on either ... Read More »

Understanding The Terrorism Tripod

A view of burning cars after powerful explosions rocked Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on September 29, killing 41 people. It was the third terrorist attack in the city in one week killing more than 140 people. (Photo off video stream)

  Capital suggestion Insurgency cannot do without physical terrain – terrain that insurgents can call home. Insurgents cannot do without safe sanctuaries – safe havens to plan and to train. Physical terrain of their own is the first and the foremost prerequisite. Two others – along with physical terrain – that complete the terrorist-insurgent cycle are: money and manpower. In ... Read More »

Security Fears Hamper Relief Work in Quake-Hit Pakistan

A man in Awaran stands amid the remains of what used to be his home. (Photo by Islamic Relief via IRIN)

QUETTA: Many times before, Abdul Rashid, 30, a general practitioner, has volunteered in emergency situations. “I believe it is my duty to use my medical skills to help. I went to Sindh Province in 2011 to help flood victims; I helped victims of the 2007 cyclone in Balochistan; and I worked in Pakistan-administered Kashmir as a medical student after the 2005 earthquake for months,” Rashid ... Read More »

15 Days in Taliban’s Captivity

Pakistan Army flushed out militants from Swat valley, known for its natural beauty, after a massive operation in 2009. (Photo by Junaid Rao, Creative Commons License)

  Ali Khan, 42, is probably the only taxi (cab) driver in the Serene Swat Valley who has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. The father of three, Khan had been a truck driver in Saudi Arabia too for a few years. He was one of those few people who did not leave Swat when the Pakistan army launched an ... Read More »

Enforcing Peace in Pakistan’s Largest City

Much of the police in Pakistan's most violent city is politicized and is blamed for crimes. (ViewsWeek photo off video stream)

  Having obtained consensus from all the political parties for a dialogue with those terrorists who are misusing religion as a platform, the Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan turned its attention to the militant-infested crucially important city of Karachi. Law and order being a provincial subject, the federal government cannot deal directly with the problem without sending the provincial government ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Dismal Education Prospects

School children going to school in Hunza in Pakistan's Northern Areas. (Photo by Hashoo Foundation USA)

  The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child recently published a report noting that Pakistan has the world’s second-largest number of children out of school, while in April 2012 UNICEF indicated that some 20 million Pakistani children, including an estimated 7.3 million of primary school age, are not in school. This phenomenon is one of the by-products ... Read More »

Pakistani, Afghan Media Doubt Baradar’s Impact on Peace

(Photo via Afghanistan Times)

The release of former Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar by Pakistan may have heightened the expectations of peace in Islamabad and Kabul. But the news media in the two countries is showing more skepticism than optimism. Pakistan released the Mullah, in his 40s, on Saturday, September 21, on the eve of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the United ... Read More »

Pakistan: And Extremism Spread, Not That Silently!

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  Film: Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters) Genre: Drama Written and directed by Sabiha Sumar This film is set in a Pakistani village, which is shown as a microcosm of the pangs of separation that Sikh families had to bear when India was divided in 1947 to create Pakistan as a separate Muslim country in South Asia. This is also the ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Fight Against Taliban: Ambivalence Rules

Funeral prayer of  Maj Gen Sanaullah Khan is being held in rawalpindi on September 15. General Sanaullah was the second general of Pakistan Army to have lost his life in the war against Taliban. (Photo via Inter Services Public Relations, pakistan)

In a remote rugged mountainous region in Pakistan’s northwest, a bomb killed a senior army general on September 15 while he was returning from a visit to military posts on the frontier with Afghanistan. Two other soldiers were also killed in the bombing. Pakistani Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack. Days before the attack, Pakistan’s central government had announced a ... Read More »