March 27, 2017

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Pakistan’s Unheralded Fight Against Climate Change

Pakistan’s lonely struggle against climate change impacts has gone largely unreported [Photo by Curt Carnemark / World Bank]

Small steps by Pakistan are helping it create resilience in the face of climate change, an issue the Indus Waters Treaty did not anticipate, and which endangers it. Read More »

Pak-Afghan Stand-off: The Way Forward

Pakistan-Afghanistan border gate at Torkham.

Pakistan and Afghanistan must shun the past baggage and move on for a sincere, substantial dialogue to ease human suffering and normalize relations. Read More »

Intellectual Honesty and Moral Obligation

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is under growing pressure from the opposition to resign. (Photo by Patrick Tsui/FCO, Creative Commons License)

Without a real sense of ethics among Pakistan's rulers things will never become better for the people, rampant intellectual dishonesty and their total apathy towards their moral obligations make them invariably choose colleagues and subordinates who they believe will blindly follow their criminal dictates. Read More »

Wishes for 2017

Sun sets on the hills in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan's federal capital. (Photo by ViewsWeek)

Only a stable democratic system where participation of ordinary citizens in the decision-making process is a key element will stop the wholesale loot and plunder that is the order of the day. Pakistan's sham democracy has no intention whatsoever of permitting the effective participation of the citizens in the affairs of even their own community. Read More »

Pak-Afghan Relations — Why Not?

Pakistan has completed several projects in Afghanistan but many remain incomplete because of bureaucratic hurdles.

Bureaucratic egos and political motivations both in Pakistan and Afghanistan are adding complications to the already terse relations between the two neighbors. Read More »

View From Delhi: Gwadar Port and India’s Regional Policy

Chinese businesses have started using Gwader port for export of their products in recent days. (ViewsWeek photo via video stream)

Regional alignments are shifting with China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran coming together. The muscular diplomacy of the Narendra Modi government erred in its overestimation of India’s South China Sea leverage. India lacked traditional influence in that region and it is not even a claimant to the territorial disputes there. Today, therefore, its Look East policy is in shambles and a US retrenchment in Asia threatens to make it archaic. Read More »

Sharbat Case: From Across Border

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Sharbat Gula’s case offers Pakistan a chance to look at thousands of similar cases to avoid further embarrassment and prevent further damage to the bilateral relations. Read More »

Time to Change Your Proxy Settings

Pakistan Army soldiers check vehicles in Quetta after terrorists killed 61 people in an attack on a police training school on Oct. 24. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan’s politicians and government need to see through the smokescreen of terrorist acts and craft its own narrative on the proxy wars it faces, says one analyst, adding Islamabad also needs to start getting everyone on the same page when it comes to dealing with foreign skepticism of its counter-terror policies. 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 »

Can Afghanistan Offer ‘Other Indus’ Option to India Against Pakistan?

The Naghlu Dam and power plant on the Kabul River generates hydropower for Kabul city in Afghanistan. (Photo: Qaseem Naimi via ICIMOD Kathmandu, Creative Commons License)

For India, the gains are many in terms of having a role in exploiting Afghanistan’s river systems entering Pakistan on its West and the East. But building these dams will be fraught with risk. Read More »