August 16, 2017

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Pakistan Needs Whole-of-government Approach

Pakistani security personnel checking a car at the country border with Afghanistan. (Photo via video stream)

Beijing has literally pulled Pakistan out of a generally hostile international environment through the CPEC. Read More »

Contempt for the Constitution

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sacked twice as prime minister on corruption charges. Now he faces yet another disqualification for corruption.

Pakistan’s powerful power brokers in Islamabad and province of Sindh, sensing threat of fair accountability, have declared war on state institutions and the law. Read More »

Keeping Politics Out of Business

People crossing over into Pakistan from Afghanistan at Chaman border.

Following into China’s footsteps, Pakistan too can chart a new path that keeps it connected with all the countries of the region, including Afghanistan even in worst political times. Kabul’s ruling elites, too, have to carefully weigh as to what security costs their narrative on Pakistan will entail in a situation marked by huge shades of grays of geo-politics. Read More »

Getting Regional Trade Right in Central Asia

Containers at Karachi port. Sheryaar Jivani. (photo by Sheryaar Jivani, CC license)

One golden opportunity for ECO member countries to increase trade and investment is in the road and rail development projects under the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor. Read More »

In China and Pakistan’s Coal Romance, Where’s Love for Climate?

Work in progress in Thar coal field to reach one of the world's largest coal deposits several meters under sand and mud in Pakistan's souther Sindh province. (Photo via Thar Coal Energy Board)

Instead of seeking foreign investment to fulfill its energy needs with fossil fuels, Pakistan can ride the renewables wave, developing its workforce and technical and institutional capacity to harness solar energy. Read More »

Pakistan Ranked Happiest Country in South Asia

Vista of the Tirich Mir Mountain across the Chitral valley. (Photo by zerega, CC License)

Pakistan is ranked as the happiest country in South Asia. Israel in Middle East, Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Costa Rica in Central and South America and Algeria in Africa are ranked happiest countries in their respective regions in the 2017 World Happiness Report. Read More »

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 »