September 19, 2017

Keeping Politics Out of Business

People crossing over into Pakistan from Afghanistan at Chaman border.

Following into China’s footsteps, Pakistan too can chart a new path that keeps it connected with all the countries of the region, including Afghanistan even in worst political times. Kabul’s ruling elites, too, have to carefully weigh as to what security costs their narrative on Pakistan will entail in a situation marked by huge shades of grays of geo-politics. Read More »

Pak-Afghan Relations: Detente?

President Ashraf Ghani's latest statements about Afghanistan may be a good omen for his country's frost relations with Pakistan. (Photo by Fardin Waezi / UNAMA, CC license)

President Ghani's "less hostile and diagnostic" tone on the disadvantages of an "isolated Pakistan" to Afghanistan reflects the realization that such attempts will only precipitate Kabul's fragility and insecurity. Read More »

Beyond Internationalizing Jadhav’s Case

International Court of Justice judges listen to arguments from Pakistani and Indian attorneys at the Jhadev hearing. (Photo via video stream)

India challenge by going to the ICJ inadvertently gives Pakistan a unique opportunity of not only internationalizing the Jadhav affair but more importantly opens the door for exposing the murderous violation of human rights in Kashmir, writes senior defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

China’s Belt And Road Initiative Still Pushing Coal

Construction crew at Sahiwal coal power plant in Pakistan's Punjab province.

China’s involvement in coal power projects abroad casts a shadow over its first Belt and Road Forum, writes Feng Hao. Read More »

Taxation, Corruption And Development

Tax

Election-focused politicians continue to look at the current, though outdated, taxation regime as the only way to deflect tough decisions in Pakistan. For them, maintaining the balance sheet through fudged figures is the best means of survival. Read More »

New Low in Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations

Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman in Balochistan province was closed after the unprovoked firing by Afghan border guards. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan may not be doing enough to deny the Afghan Taliban a safe haven on its soil, but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani must also appreciate the reality that trust is a two-way street. His intransigence has upset peace proponents. Read More »

Multilateralism: Hostage to Geo-Politics

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai is a strong supporter of One Belt One Road.

Outsiders can only facilitate but find solutions to Afghanistan's internal problems. It rests in the hands of the Afghan leadership only. Upping the ante in the cover of blame-game - like the recent tensions- will neither serve Afghan peoples nor benefit the region. Read More »

Punish the Real Culprit(s)

Pakistani Prime Minister's Secretariat in Islamabad. (Wikimedia Commons)

Maryam Nawaz’s Trump-like tweets notwithstanding, the government seems to have started faltering finding scapegoats in continuing to filibuster punishing the real culprits. Read More »

Why Not Publish The JIT Report?

(Photo via Daily Times)

Hapless millions of Pakistanis do have a right to know what the joint investigation team found out and as to whether it concluded that the national security had been breached through the 'Dawn leaks'. Read More »

Decriminalizing Pakistan’s Democracy

Prime Minister's secretariat in Islamabad. (Photo by Andrew Wiseman, CC license)

A distinction must be made between “preserving democracy” and saluting gangsters masquerading as “democrats” supposedly upholding the Constitution when they are actually blatantly misusing the state apparatus for themselves. Read More »