Tag Archives: Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s Yemen Dilemma

Pakistan is in a Catch-22 situation, damned if it joins the Saudi-led so-called “Sunni Coalition” and damned if it does not.

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Pakistan’s Shias Face Slaughter, Apathy

Tens of thousands of Shias have been slaughtered in a slow genocide over the past several years, yet those who publicly vow to purge Pakistan of the Shia roam free.

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Of India’s ‘Reagan-style’ Pakistan Strategy and the Elusive Peace

Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks more like India’s Ronald Reagan because of his strategy of “peace through strength” when it comes to Pakistan, says author Daniel Markey and warns New Delhi’s diplomatic disengagement with Islamabad could be dangerous and even counterproductive. Markey’s assessment may give credence to some of the fears in Pakistan which are reflected by Ikram Sehgal in his article down below.

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Pakistan: Staying the Course

Pakistan’s Army finds itself in familiar territory of a twilight zone, being asked by the politicians to make sacrifices while the politicians themselves simultaneously badmouth them, the Army’s patience is visibly wearing thin. Terrorism is an existential threat, our politicians excel in doublespeak, they cannot go scot-free while the national fabric is being destroyed.

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A Tumultuous Year for Pakistan

The country needs to learn lessons from other crisis-stricken states facing the difficult challenge of insurgencies.

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SAARC’s Make or Break Moment

The game of one-upmanship by India and Pakistan, the two leading countries of SAARC, is likely to do immense harm to the cause of the poverty-ridden South Asian region, where concerted efforts at regional cooperation could be crucial in shaping its future development.

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Pakistan: A Catalyst at War

Instead of seeking power for power’s sake, Imran must be the catalyst for electoral reform so that only the best, and not the worst, get into Parliament by a correct exercise of the vote to reflect the public aspirations. The people of Pakistan must have genuine democracy, starting at the grassroots level.

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What Does Pakistan’s Agitating Opposition Want?

Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan and his colleagues will certainly be the beneficiaries if they can push their reform agenda in the country's northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and then showcase it for the next election. Unfortunately, it seems that they are surrounded by hawkish, short-sighted advisers who refuse to invoke logic and instead, are peddling an agenda that at times sounds hollow, contradictory and self-serving.

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Is Pakistan Headed to Early Elections?

Increased political activity suggests a hint of elections in Pakistan, maybe only 6-9 months away. The incumbent PML (N) may emerge as the party with most seats after electoral reforms and early elections but could lose its absolute dominance in Punjab.

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Reforming Pakistan’s Electoral System

Fundamental reform of Pakistan's electoral process must reflect true democracy starting from the grassroots level. Whether Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri get elected or not is of no consequence, history will record their contribution as catalysts for wholesale and meaningful change.

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