South Asia

April, 2021

  • 2 April

    Mild Winter in Afghanistan Threatens Staple Potato Crop

    Climate change and water mismanagement could create a food crisis, as Afghanistan’s biggest potato-producing province records a dramatic drop in precipitation

March, 2021

  • 27 March

    Pakistan’s Democracy on Trial

    The creditability of elections of Pakistan over the decades has remained weak, for many citizens a power game of the ruling elite and of the ‘establishment’.

  • 23 March

    Uzbekistan Eyes Pakistan’s Gwadar Port for Exports

    A southbound logistics corridor via the Gwadar Port can increase regional connectivity and trade, offering Central Asian states direct access to the deepsea port. Plans are also afoot to connect Uzbekistan with Pakistan via Afghanistan through railway.

  • 20 March

    Pakistan in Grip of COVID-19’s Third Wave: PM Khan Among the Infected

    The South Asian country is in the grip of the third wave of coronavirus but much of its population remains in denial mode, showing little respect for personal and public safety, stoking the infection rate to dangerous levels.

  • 20 March

    Pakistan Pays Heavy Price for Excess Power Generation Capacity

    Pakistan’s dilemma is a surplus of power generation capacity – a problem it has avoided since the late 1990s. Today it is embroiled in a fierce debate over whether it was poor planning or bad management of the power sector, and the wider economy, that has burdened the country with excess power generation capacity. What is harder to debate, however, is the mounting bill.

  • 13 March

    Inclusivity is Key to Salvaging the US-Taliban Doha Deal

    Any major deviation from the basic contours of the existing agreement will only help spoilers of peace and not the millions of Afghans who are desperate for a return to normalcy. This could also erode trust in the inviolability of future peace agreements that consume enormous effort and time to mature.

  • 13 March

    The Making of a Criminal State

    A democracy with a modicum of control is far better than a corrupted democracy protecting criminals. What can one expect from criminals? Under most circumstances, one does not advise killing them but certainly, they cannot be allowed to subvert democracy at the peril of the State, argues Ikram Sehgal.

  • 12 March

    FATF Grey List – A Bitter Reality for Pakistan

    To reconcile with the outside world and insert Pakistani narrative better would require actionable events. This would be for any ruling party or government, now or in the future. Even if this seems like a case of ‘politics’, Pakistan will still need to focus their efforts in complying with the remaining points. Will Islamabad do the needful before a further backslide takes place?

  • 6 March

    Pakistan: Broadsheet Scandal and Accountability

    It is extremely difficult to reconstruct what happened in Pakistan's Broadsheet scandal because the text and terms of the contract and the subsequent actions not being disclosed fully and honestly. Those responsible have never been held accountable.

  • 5 March

    Afghan Women Worry Peace with Taliban Could Cost Them Hard-won Rights

    Women are a pale presence in the on-again, off-again, U.S.-brokered Afghanistan peace process underway in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban, which still controls roughly 30% of Afghanistan’s territory, has no women on its negotiating team. Only four of the Afghan government’s 21 negotiators are women – even though several women play prominent roles within the national government.