July 22, 2017

View from India: Has Pakistan Walked into a Saudi Trap?

The 39-nation Saudi-lead alliance is being dubbed as Muslim NATO. (Photo by Omar Chatriwala, CC license)

Pakistan shouldn’t burn its fingers by joining an alliance that didn’t include Iran. Walking into the Saudi trap would be suicidal for Pakistan, pundits had warned Nawaz Sharif government. But Islamabad just did that. Read More »

Bury the Past, Not the Future

Pakistan Bangladesh flags

Pakistan and Bangladesh must assiduously try to work toward true reconciliation by facing down the demons of the past, forgive each other for the excesses from either side and set aside the lingering acrimony and bitterness. Read More »

Pakistan Ranked Happiest Country in South Asia

Vista of the Tirich Mir Mountain across the Chitral valley. (Photo by zerega, CC License)

Pakistan is ranked as the happiest country in South Asia. Israel in Middle East, Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Costa Rica in Central and South America and Algeria in Africa are ranked happiest countries in their respective regions in the 2017 World Happiness Report. Read More »

The Deep State

(Photo by Thomas Hawk, CC License)

The influence of the “deep state” must be minimized, otherwise the State cannot provide services, administer justice, maintain law and order and bring about economic prosperity that our people desperately need, writes Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

Pakistan’s Unheralded Fight Against Climate Change

Pakistan’s lonely struggle against climate change impacts has gone largely unreported [Photo by Curt Carnemark / World Bank]

Small steps by Pakistan are helping it create resilience in the face of climate change, an issue the Indus Waters Treaty did not anticipate, and which endangers it. Read More »

Victims of Narratives

Pakistan-Afghanistan border  has been frequently closed in recent months amidst heightening tensions between the two countries.

Can Pakistan and Afghanistan anchor their relations in the international covenants guiding inter-state ties such as the requirement of visa regime as an unavoidable requirement? Read More »

ECO Gamechanger

Group photo of ECO leaders at its summit meeting in Islamabad on March 1, 2017. (Photo via ECO)

With both China and Russia having vital stakes in the region, ECO has the potential of developing into a powerful political alliance. Read More »

Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Blockade

Lines of trucks stranded at Torkham border crossing on Pakistani side of its border with Afghanistan.

Will Islamabad see the patent reality that the road to Central Asia lies through Afghanistan? Read More »

Stereotyping Pashtuns

(Photo by Kashif Mardani, CC License)

Externalizing sources of terrorism by dumping it on a particular ethnic group is scandalous as well as detrimental to Pakistan. It also seriously jeopardizes the constitutional guarantees for equality of citizens and preservation of their dignity, argues Imtiaz Gul. Read More »

The Decisive Battle

Pakistan Army,  Pakistan Rangers Punjab and Police established joint Check Posts on M-1 and M-2 (Motorway) to enhance security and  surveillance.
 (Photo courtesy ISPR)

The Punjab government was disinclined to allow anyone go after the militants making up a percentage of their vote banks in the province. Operation “Raadul Fasaad”,  will have to focus without political interference where most of the extremist and militant elements are concentrated. Read More »