September, 2023

  • 26 September

    Book Review: The Tribal Pakhtun as ‘Fixer’

    Going by the warlike history of the region, journalism and the fixer within it become “short term slavery” in the service of relentless imperialist forces that have long kept the region unstable.

  • 19 September

    US Policy of ‘Pragmatic Engagement’ Risks Legitimatizing Taliban Rule

    The Biden administration has a choice: Try to keep the Doha deal alive by pressuring the Taliban into intra-Afghan talks, or accept that the deal is now dead. Either way, “pragmatic engagement” with the Taliban has shown itself to be wanting.

  • 2 September

    U.S.-Pakistan Diplomacy: Balancing Defense Ties Amid Democratic Dilemmas

    Should Ogles’ amendment gain traction and ultimately pass, it stands to overshadow the intentions and potential benefits of the CIS-MOA. Such an outcome would stress the intricacies and nuances of international diplomacy, showcasing how geopolitical strategies and the pursuit of democratic values can sometimes clash, mostly to the detriment of a country like Pakistan.

July, 2023

  • 12 July

    Ambitious Solar Project to Join String of Coal Plants in Pakistan’s Thar District

    UK-based Oracle Power tells The Third Pole about a new solar project in the Thar desert, where the company is already exploring coal, as locals express skepticism about tall promises.

May, 2023

  • 25 May

    Explainer: A Historical Trail of Pakistan’s Powerful Military Enterprise

    akistan’s former military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa declared at the end of his tenure the military would no longer meddle in politics. However, the recent arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan – once seen as the “army’s blue-eyed boy” – and the army’s intention to prosecute civilian protesters under military laws proves the men in uniform are still …

March, 2023

  • 31 March

    Explaining the Resurgence of Terrorist Violence in Pakistan

    s Pakistan reliving the scary specter of 2013? It may be — the last quarter of 2022 set the tone for the ensuing months, with December ending off the year as the deadliest month for Pakistan’s security forces in over a decade. Around 282 military and police personnel were among the 973 total fatalities in 2022. At the center of …

January, 2023

  • 25 January

    Pakistan’s Forgotten Citizens and the Reality of 1971 Massacres

    ifty-one years ago Pakistan split into two parts within 24 years of its existence. The tragedy of the Fall of Dacca in 1971 is still fresh in sensitive hearts. Unfortunately, in Pakistan even today the discussion goes only on regarding who was responsible for this debacle – the Army or the politicians? Pakistanis are so engrossed in their own internal …

December, 2022

  • 23 December

    Pakistan’s Sherry Rehman: A Leader for Climate Justice

    Recently, we saw Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman emerge as a strong proponent for climate justice. The UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, saw her as a vocal advocate standing for Pakistan. Calling other countries to rethink their lifestyles, highlighting the vulnerable position of Pakistan and its inability in tolerating this dystopia, she defended her stance well. …

  • 20 December

    Resurge in Violence: Return of Proxy Terrorism to Pakistan?

    akistan has witnessed a sudden increase in terrorist attacks. Imtiaz Gul analyzes the motives and the support TTP may be receiving in its latest bloody campaign. Courtesy: Matrix Media Youtube channel    

November, 2022

  • 28 November

    The Anarchist is Out and a General is In: What Next for Pakistan?

    Pakistan cannot complete its political reset, and consequently an economic reset, without upholding the law and the constitution. It will have to start by restraining sections of the GHQ from its assertive political role.