South Asia

March, 2019

  • 6 March

    Despite De-escalation with India, Pakistan Faces Heavy Odds!

    How can the state tolerate an outfit that continues to hemorrhage Pakistan internationally more than anything else? Isn’t it about time to terminate the red herring that is being used to drag and muddy Pakistan’s image? Given the existing desire for doing so, this will be achievable only through a united and pro-active civil-military leadership. They shall have to ‘walk the talk’ through demonstrable indiscriminate actions against all non-state actors.

  • 3 March

    View from India: Living on the Edge

    One analyst says India and Pakistan need to find a way to keep de-escalating tensions without either losing face.

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?