March 27, 2017

Bangladesh Drifting Towards Radicalization

Bandarbans is one of the regions in southeast Bangladesh which is witnessing growing extremist presence. (Photo by Samiul Huda, CC License)

The South Asian nation is witnessing increasing incidence of terrorism, with government increasingly succumbing to the growing political power of religious extremists. The IS and Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups are showing growing presence in Chittagong and other regions in southeast Bangladesh. Read More »

View from India: The Road to China is Through Kabul

(Photos by Nicolas Raymond, CC License)

New possibilities on regional cooperation are emerging, which India should not hesitate to explore. Read More »

Riyadh Presses Pakistan on Sharif, Keeping Iran Out of CPEC

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdullah Marzouk Al Zahrani meeting Pakistan's army chief General Asif Qamar Bajwa. (Courtesy ISPR)

Saudi diplomacy is reportedly at work to rescue Nawaz Sharif's embattled government once again and at the same time pushing Pakistan's military to speed up transition of General Raheel Sharif to head the 34-nation yet-tobe-formalized miltary alliance of Muslim majority countries. Read More »

General Raheel Sharif at Davos

General (Retd) Raheel Sharif speaking at the Davos panel.

Pakistan's former army chief General Raheel Sharif was one of the most sought-after dignitary at the World Economic Forum in Davos, writes Pakistan's leading defense analyst. Read More »

Understanding Trump’s Inaugural Speech

President Donald Trump delivering inaugural speech in Washington DC on January 20. (Photo from video stream)

The speech mimicked today’s political climate. For his base, it will be received as a call for all Americans to unify around his agenda. For his opponents, it will be seen as not only negative, but divisive. Read More »

Davos 2017 Season

(Photo by Loic Le Meur, Creative Commons License)

Davos is a unique opportunity to showcase Pakistan. But a handful of Pakistani businessmen at are unable to shoulder the burden of projecting Pakistan. Read More »

45% Drop in Violence in Pakistan in 2016

Scene of a bomb attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore in March 2016.

Since 2014, there has been a 66% overall reduction in violence-related fatalities in Pakistan, says Islamabad-based think tank Center for Research & Security Studies in its annual report. Read More »

‘Bandh’ Politics

Protesters burn tires in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, during an anti-government protest. (Photo via video stream)

While military intervention may be the solution of last resort, martial law is really no solution. With Pakistan’s government taking measures indirectly helping opposition leader Imran Khan becoming successful bringing Islamabad to a total standstill, the economy will take a significant hit. Read More »

Ahmad Rahami Charged for Bombings in NY, NJ

FBI agents searching First American Fried Chicken and the apartment above it in Elizabeth, NJ, where Ahmad Rahami lived with his family.

The Afghan American charged with conducting and attempting to conduct bombings in New York City and various locations in New Jersey. Charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. Read More »

Instruments of Terror

More than 50,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in terrorist attacks. File photo shows scale of destruction in a Karachi neighborhood following powerful explosion in Karachi in 2013. (Photo by Nadir Burney, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan faces the unavoidable specter of an ever-growing Indo-US-Afghan alliance that  requires it to do more in the anti-terror fight. It also needs to clean up its image that became tainted because of its alliances with or support for non-state actors. Read More »