August 21, 2017

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Pakistan: Accountability Across the Board

Former Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif is being accused of using street power to influence the Pakistan's Supreme Court decision that disqualified him and sent him packing.

In Pakistan judicial accountability has largely been limited to the subordinate judiciary. An independent and incorruptible judiciary can convincingly dispense justice and hold persons accountable only if it carries out self-accountability. Read More »

Morality and Misplaced Loyalty

Supreme Court building in Islamabad has been at the center of much of Pakistan's political drama in recent months.

Accountability must not be applied only to politicians, bureaucrats and ordinary citizens, keeping the corrupt in the senior military hierarchy and the superior judiciary out of the ambit of accountability is utter disloyalty to the institutions and to the state. Read More »

Panamagate: Time to Face up the Reality?

(Image via 24 News)

Had an issue like Panama Papers leaks confronted a leader next door in India or in Europe, he or she would have faded into history immediately. But in Pakistan, unfortunately, the ruling party is equating the inquiry into the assets of an incumbent prime minister to an attack on democracy. Read More »

Pakistan’s Forgotten Pashtoon Minority

People remving the injured from the blast site in Parachinar after twin explosions on June 23. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan's Pashtoon minority, especially those belonging to tribal regions, are right in asking whether their blood is cheaper than ‘mainstream’ Pakistanis after the country's Punjabi prime minister displayed the most visible discrimination towards his own countrymen by completely ignoring the deadly bombings in Parachinar that left more than 70 ethnic Pashtoons dead. Read More »

The Qatar Crisis: A Diplomatic Curveball for Pakistan

File photo of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meeting with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Islamabad in January 2016. (Photo via video stream)

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

Debt Will Choke Pakistan

An inside view of Pakistan's National Assembly, which has repeatedly been criticized by Pakistani public for serving no more than an elite debating club.

The Pakistani predicament…stuffed lions and pompous, chest-beating heroes aplenty but no real leadership. The one hope is that the pressure coming from the Panama Leaks keeps being applied so that by the time of the next elections something cracks and new forces come to the fore. Otherwise its present course, spending way beyond its means, will lead the country to disaster. Read More »

What’s Behind Russia’s Rapprochement With Pakistan?

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (Photo via  Russian Presidential Press and Information Office)

What does the Kremlin’s emphasis on Pakistan say about the state of Russia-India ties? Read More »

Delhi’s ‘Red Lines’ Hurting India-Pakistan Peace Process

Fencing at India Pakistan border. Tensions have been rising between the two nuclear armed South Asian rivals in recent days. (Photo by Abhishek Baxi, Creative Commons License)

The cancellation of NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan owing to new “red lines” drawn by the Modi government is disconcerting, writes one of top leaders of Jammu and Kashmir. Read More »

Views from Delhi: Getting the Talk Atmospherics Right

Narendra Modi shares emotive conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (Photo via Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office)

Talks between India and Pakistan suffer from certain inbuilt defects. India’s desire to up the ante for talks stems from a combination of international and domestic pressures. In contrast, Pakistan has far fewer stakes in the outcomes. Read More »

The Mirage of India-Pakistan Dialogue

This is the second time in a year that the peace talks between the two sides have collapsed. (Photo by Giridhar Appaji Nag Y, Creative Commons License)

The collapse of talks between Pakistan and India is a bad omen for peace in South Asia. It can push the world's most militarized region closer to a new military standoff. Read More »