South Asia

February, 2019

  • 28 February

    Why India Wants Kashmir But Not Kashmiris?

    India cannot keep the people of Kashmir under its rule through brutal suppression and human rights violations. The only solution is implementation of UN resolution calling for plebiscite in the disputed region.

  • 26 February

    India-Pakistan Tensions: Diplomacy, and Not Brinkmanship, is the Best Response

    There are at least four reasons why the post-Pulwama situation requires Pakistan's measured assessment of the action and reaction, careful responses to India and other major nations. Equally important would be urgent action against all those non-state actors that have adversely impacted Pakistan’s image abroad.

  • 17 February

    Views from Pakistan and India on Kashmir Attack

    India is being advised to be careful in its response to the Kashmir attack. One Pakistani analyst calls on cooler heads on both sides to defuse the situation while The Hindu, one of India's respected dailies, calls on Pakistan to act against Jaish-e-Mohammad, the group that has taken responsibility for the deadly attack.

  • 5 February

    Does Pakistan Need a “New” Policy on Kashmir?

    A new “thought” in Islamabad is gaining momentum. This thought from within the military circles certainly reflects a new pragmatism. The thought asks: Why not develop a new strategy that is economic, and not “praetorian”, in its focus?   

  • 4 February

    Fighting Terrorism: Extraordinary Situations Require Extraordinary Solutions

    Legislation and reform take time in Pakistan while the terrorists are already here causing mayhem and murder. Ikram Sehgal argues that to save the country and promote national unity for the time being the motto must remain, ‘extraordinary situations require extraordinary means’.

January, 2019

  • 24 January

    Drought and War Bring Afghanistan to Crisis

    The slowest snowfall in decades and a continuing insurgency have led to Afghanistan facing the worst drought this century, with little capability to respond.

  • 24 January

    Davos Horizons for Pakistan

    Chief Minister of Balochistan province gave a very eloquent analysis of the situation in Pakistan and negated the wrong perception prevailing about this important province of the South Asian country at the annual ‘Pakistan Breakfast’ in Davos. 

  • 22 January

    Afghanistan: Should India Talk to the Taliban?

    The question is what should India do? Talk to the Taliban or stay away and hope for the best?

  • 20 January

    Open Letter to President Trump – Is Khalilzad a Peacemaker?

    One Pakistani analyst suspects double game by US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalizad in the ongoing efforts for lasting peace in Afghanistan. Here is his open letter to President Trump.

  • 18 January

    Right Person for the Right Job

    There are two ways to improve governance in Pakistan, one is to improve the institutional set-up and the second is to find the right person for the right job.