Given the volatile and precarious security environment, Pakistan Army's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is militarily not an effective entity, notes defense analyst Ikram Sehgal and recommends that this status quo needs correction.Read More »
What is Important?
The poor of South Asia need compassionate consideration by their ruling elites. Spare them arrogant brinkmanship, says one analyst.Read More »
Pakistani Officials Call for Water Agreement with Afghanistan
Pakistan’s failure to reach an agreement with Afghanistan over shared rivers will worsen water problems at home, warn officials.Read More »
Pakistan Needs Another Sept. 6 Moment?
With Pakistan’s democratic system not delivering despite its soldiers and citizens tremendous sacrifices, should the state be delivered to chaos and anarchy? Asks one analyst.Read More »
Is Terrorism The Real Target?
Is terrorism the real target of our rulers or is it the Army? Instead of calling DG Rangers “to restore peace at all costs in Karachi”, the COAS could call the PM’s House to stop playing with the lives of the people of Pakistan.With Gen Raheel Shareef running out of time, Nawaz Sharif is rearing to call his bluff! We are in real trouble because even though the Army sees the political game, it clearly lacks the commitment to do something about it.Read More »
Pakistan: The Myth of Independence
Celebrating its 69th anniversary of Independence, Pakistan needs serious soul-searching to enquire as to why the political system failed to live up to the social and economic reality?Read More »
Pakistan’s counter-terror and counter-radicalization drive requires strict enforcement of existing laws. Its ruling elite, including the bureaucracy, need to stop thinking in terms of stereotypes and rely more on indigenous ways of dealing with conflict and crime than on borrowed recipes.Read More »
Why are Afghans Wary of Pakistan?
Two tweets and a letter from a friend include key lessons for Pakistan, which has seen simmering tensions on its border with Afghanistan.Read More »
Debt Will Choke Pakistan
The Pakistani predicament…stuffed lions and pompous, chest-beating heroes aplenty but no real leadership. The one hope is that the pressure coming from the Panama Leaks keeps being applied so that by the time of the next elections something cracks and new forces come to the fore. Otherwise its present course, spending way beyond its means, will lead the country to disaster.Read More »
Pakistan: Reforming the Justice System
Pakistan’s judicial system is crying out for justice, and for the prevention of abuse of law by the bar and the bench. What is needed is the killing of the propensity to abuse and exploit existing laws.Read More »