March 23, 2017

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Pakistan: Tagging the Corrupt

General Pervez Musharraf (r) and General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani's names were often associated indirectly with corruption, greed, unnecessary political arm twisting and indecision.

The moral authority of Pakistan Army suffers in public perception in the face of the avarice, greed and ambitions of a few. The corrupt, whoever they are, need to be tagged, says one defense analyst. Read More »

Bangladesh: Part-time Peacekeepers

The vulnerability of the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts is stark: an Asian Development Bank study in 2010 found that average income in the region was 40% less than the national average in a country that is already one of the poorest in the world. (Photo by EU - photo by EC/ECHO/Pierre Prakash, Creative Commons License)

The Bangladesh Army’s record in the Chittagong Hill Tracts belies its prominence in UN peacekeeping missions. Read More »

Concept of National Security Pakistan Needs

(Photo by junaidrao, Creative Commons License)

Globalization has made national borders irrelevant, with wide-ranging changes in the concept of national security. Rather than the military securing territorial space, security policy is now evaluated more in terms of human, economic and cultural terms. Read More »

Pakistan’s Response to Terrorism: Will it Work?

A Pakistani soldier standing at the guard at some check post. (Photo by Ali Mir, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan has launched the much-anticipated operation against Taliban and foreign militants in the North Waziristan tribal region. Aerial bombing of militant targets in regions close to the country’s border with Afghanistan has left dozens of militants dead. A ground military operation is also underway. But one analyst thinks that “targeted” military operations against terrorists may not be enough. The country, he says, needs a new and comprehensive socio-political narrative to educate the civil-military bureaucracy, media and judiciary about the primacy of the internal enemy and the need to build peace with, and diffuse, the external threat. Read More »

Book Review: Empowering Pak Army was a US Mistake

No exit from Pakistan

“Empowering the Pakistani military at the cost of democratic institutions was an American mistake and Washington’s personalization of relations with different autocrats has significantly weakened the state of Pakistan,” so says a recent book which has been authored by a former high-ranking official of the US State Department who had served the policy planning staff of the secretary of state ... Read More »

Kindling Hope in Pakistan’s Balochistan

Pakistan's Balochistan province is home to Gawadar deep sea port that is being managed by China. (Photo by  Moin Khawaja, Creative Commons License)

Contrary to belief that laws banning feudalism were first enacted in India immediately after independence (from Great Britain) in 1947, the East Bengal (later East Pakistan and today Bangladesh) State (later Estate) Acquisition and Tenancy Act 1950 meant to ban feudalism was actually drafted on 31 March 1948 and passed on 16 May 1951.  Consequently when Prime Minister Liaquat Ali ... Read More »