The protests in Islamabad may have left Nawaz Sharif’s government in place for now, but they have also put his politically ruinous character flaws on display for all to see. Whatever forces are actually driving the expressions of popular outrage at his government, Sharif’s third attempt at running Pakistan is increasingly going the way of his first two.Read More »
Who Are the Afghan Sikhs?
This little-known group have been leaving their home country in droves for decades. One of the biggest problems faced by Afghan Sikhs when trying to assert their rights is that Afghans regularly view them as immigrants from India.Read More »
Sharifs Pushing Pakistan Towards Political Crisis
If the Sharifs remain hell-bent creating problems for themselves politically, matters may well spill out of control in the streets of Pakistan. Public perceptions notwithstanding, the Army will not use that as an excuse to throw the Sharifs out. When (and if) the people decide enough is enough, the Army may simply stand by and not bail them out.Read More »
Confronting Pakistan’s Corruption Monster
What good is a Constitution that does not prevent the unscrupulous from looting the till? For a man whose children remain hungry, sick and uneducated, it is a meaningless piece of paper. The moral obligation to the downtrodden makes it incumbent for those in power in Pakistan to have the courage to use the authority vested in them to prevent …Read More »
Fire and Forget
The term “fire and forget” denotes a missile which after launching and acquiring a target does not require further guidance, it can destroy the target without the launcher being in the line-of-sight. Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) hit a specified target minimizing “collateral damage”, military for soft targets e.g. civilian casualties. The subject …Read More »
Pakistan And Global Anti-Corruption Agenda
After an inordinate delay Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has been appointed the NAB Chairman (National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan’s central accountability organization). A credible bureaucrat with an impeccable record, he has the right CV (resume). Bringing Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI lead by former cricket hero Imran Khan), the third largest party in the National Assembly (NA, the lower house of Pakistan’s parliament), into …Read More »
Will Iranian Gas Resolve Pakistan’s Energy Woes?
Pakistan's crippling energy crisis demands urgent initiatives for sustainable supply of natural gas at affordable political, economic and diplomatic cost. Is Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project worth the price Pakistan seems to be willing to pay?Read More »