November 25, 2017

The Qatar Crisis: A Diplomatic Curveball for Pakistan

The rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors may pose difficult choices for Pakistan’s foreign policy. Read More »

Game On

Pakistan's superior judiciary seems determined not to allow criminals to use the state apparatus for governance in the name of justice for their own ends. Without judicial activism accountability will become a figment of imagination and justice will become a crime! Read More »

Clouds of Third Afghan War?

Although the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, one would only hope that Afghan leaders would put the fears of a third Afghan war to rest. But, much more than the international actors, a lot depends on the Afghan leaders to jointly work for peace. Read More »

Keeping Politics Out of Business

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 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

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

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

Election-focused politicians continue to look at the current, though outdated, taxation regime as the only way to deflect tough decisions in Pakistan.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 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

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 »