April 24, 2017

Tag Archives: Balochistan

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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 »

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 »

Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations and Reprisals

A police vehicle coming out of police academy in Quetta, which was targeted by terrorists, killing 61 people on October 24. (Photo via video stream)

Many Afghans would have the world believe that violence in the region originates in Pakistan. They would also refuse to accept terrorism in Pakistan as reprisal by the Indian or Afghan establishments. But all shall have to concur that instead of dumping everything on Pakistan, only common efforts will help against forces of terror. Sanctuaries — whether in Waziristan or Nuristan and Ningarhar — shall have to be taken down. Read More »

Gwadar, CPEC and Questions

Gwadar is emerging as a new geo-strategic focal point in South Asian politics. (Photo via video stream)

Chinese officials and those associated with Gwadar projects seem very happy with the development of roads as well as the raising of the Northern and Southern Special Security Divisions for their protection. What they, however, want is prompt decisions and objection-free executions and expect the central government to put to rest the controversy over eastern and western routes.  Read More »

Quetta Blast and A Confused Chorus

Lawyers carrying an injured colleague for medical hel after a suicide terrorist attack killed more than 70 people in Quetta, Pakistan, on August 8. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan is indeed a victim of a proxy war. Yet, it should ponder over the causes and try to address them. The selective application of its anti-terrorism strategy will hardly be credible. Read More »

CPEC: Paradoxical Approaches

Awesome View of Makran coastal Highway Near Buzi Pass Balochistan, Pakistan. (Photo by junaidrao, Creative Commons License)

Are Pakistanis taking a whole-of-government approach to coordinate counterterrorism and counter-radicalization strategies? Actions under the National Action Plan and its anti-terrorism operation are impressive, but where is the long-term strategy to replace hard power with the soft power of the state? Read More »

Barbarians Inside the Gates

Rescue teams evacuating the victims of Lahore terror attack on March 27. (Photo via video stream)

Given the nexus between corruption, organized crime and terrorism a cleansing operation against the criminal and the corrupt in Pakistan's Punjab province is the “now or never” moment for eliminating the barbarians inside the gates. Read More »

Bihar Elections — Mind your Own Business, Pakistan

(Photo by Narendra Modi, Creative Commons License)

Why should Pakistani government and media draw pleasure out of the defeat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP in Bihar elections? Is it really worth paying this much attention when Pakistanis have plenty of things to worry about at home? Pakistan needs to focus more on the causes that continue to taint its image abroad and are a source of internal discord as well. Read More »

Pakistan: Change on the Balochistan Horizon?

Baloch militants have been waging a low-intensity war against the Pakistani state, targeting soft targets to carry forward their bloody campaign.

While the Pakistani government has scored serious tactical victories in its efforts to bring peace to the restive Baluchistan province, strategic success may still be elusive. Read More »

Pakistan: Summer’s Discontent

Asif Ali Zardari. (United Nations Photo, Creative Commons License)

Asif Ali Zardari outburst might be “the defining moment” PPP needed to re-invigorate itself as the dynamic force it once was in Pakistani politics. Read More »