September 24, 2017

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 »

Renewed Civil-Military Tensions in Pakistan

A tweet by the military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor rejecting government's action on the findings of an investigation into Dawn Leaks caused a firestorm in Pakistan.

Nothing could be more embarrassing for Pakistan than an openly expressed disagreement between the GHQ and the Prime Minister’s Office. Read More »

China’s Message to Neighbors

Gwader, the heart of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. (Photo by umairadeeb, CC license)

Chinese initiatives are rooted in a belief that trade and development alone can provide the much needed political stability to the region. Read More »

Uzair ‘The Smoking Gun’

Karachi has for years been target of mobsters, who usually have been accused of doing the bidding of the country's powerful political elite. (Photo by No Real Name Given AKA, CC license)

If criminals continue functioning in the name of justice, Pakistan is at risk of becoming a criminal state. Read More »

A Self-Confessed ‘State Actor’

Kulbhushan

Indian threats notwithstanding, Pakistan’s message must remain clear and unambiguous on the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav, anyone operating against the state will be severely dealt with. Read More »

Pakistan Be Ready for More Acrimony with India

Kulbhushan Jadhav

Regardless of which way Kulbhushan Jadhav case eventually settles down, the current moods in New Delhi and Islamabad deliver ample evidence that the hard-talk accompanied by bitter acrimony is likely to continue for quite some time. Read More »

Investment in Jeopardy

(Photo via K-Electric website)

Pakistan may lose the largest ever investment by a Chinese company in a single project due to ‘stupid’ decision by the country’s power regulatory authority, writes defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

South Asia Braces for Intense Heat This Summer

It is already too hot to step out in the sun. (mage by: Swaminathan).

With temperatures already topping 40 degrees Celsius in many places and a weak monsoon forecast, southern Asia is likely to suffer through yet another recording-breaking summer Read More »

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 »