May 30, 2017

Changing the Guard

General Qamar Javed Bajwa is the 16th chief of Pakistan Army.

While merit, combat experience and/or being straightforward could have acted as disqualifications for Ishfaq and Javed, only time will tell if Nawaz Sharif is third time lucky. Given the reputation that he deservedly has, Gen Bajwa will be true to the country. Read More »

Pak-Afghan Relations — Why Not?

Pakistan has completed several projects in Afghanistan but many remain incomplete because of bureaucratic hurdles.

Bureaucratic egos and political motivations both in Pakistan and Afghanistan are adding complications to the already terse relations between the two neighbors. Read More »

View From Delhi: Gwadar Port and India’s Regional Policy

Chinese businesses have started using Gwader port for export of their products in recent days. (ViewsWeek photo via video stream)

Regional alignments are shifting with China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran coming together. The muscular diplomacy of the Narendra Modi government erred in its overestimation of India’s South China Sea leverage. India lacked traditional influence in that region and it is not even a claimant to the territorial disputes there. Today, therefore, its Look East policy is in shambles and a US retrenchment in Asia threatens to make it archaic. Read More »

The Sharif Exit

General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's outgoing army chief.

With General Sharif’s honorable exit, Pakistan achieves another milestone; within eight years, full democratic transition and a smooth security leadership transition. Read More »

Bad Goodbyes

A file photo of a truck loaded with Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan after years in exile.

Afghans have concerns over the future of refugee families and ties to Pakistan. Read More »

Farmers Start Adapting to Climate-related Risks in South Asia

Dried saffron safflower.

Attempts to tackle the declining production of saffron, the iconic spice of Kashmir, is symptomatic of the various agricultural adaptations that are required across south Asia to adjust to climate change. Read More »

The Missing Panama Files

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When the meaning of “democracy” becomes uninhibited, unbridled and blatant corruption, any move against the corrupt is condemned by Pakistani politicians and the vested in the media as a “threat” to “democracy”, says defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

Sharbat Case: From Across Border

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Sharbat Gula’s case offers Pakistan a chance to look at thousands of similar cases to avoid further embarrassment and prevent further damage to the bilateral relations. Read More »

The Spirit, Not The Wording

The Supreme Court of Pakistan building in Islamabad, which is focus of one of Pakistan most significant legal case. (Photo by ImposterVT, Creative Commons License)

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. Read More »

Sharbat Gula: Lessons for Pakistan

President Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan's first lady meet Sharbat Gula after her return to Afghanistan. (Photo via video stream)

Although Pakistan has offered 300kg wheat per head/year, in addition to the $400 per head by the UNHCR, yet stories like the one of Sharbat Gula and of maltreatment of Afghans in the past few months will resonate more with the Afghans. Read More »