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Pakistan's Army Chief Is in Washington -- Embarrassing His Prime Minister

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

This trip once again highlights the army's brazenly tight grip on the country's democratic government, specifically its foreign policy.

The Man Who Heckled Pakistan's Prime Minister

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.31.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Neither interrupting an event is an admirable practice nor is the silencing of the people who speak on behalf of victimized communities. We can't simply shut everybody up. How many hecklers will we silence?

Sharif's Futile Trip to Washington

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.25.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

While coming to Washington, Sharif had three major expectations and Washington, much to his disappointment, entertained none of them.

U.S. Policies Aggravate Pakistan's Dysfunction

Husain Haqqani | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Husain Haqqani

The military and intelligence services that dominate Pakistani national security decision-making have sacrificed their country's progress and prosperity in their relentless pursuit of military parity with India.

10 Issues Obama Should Raise With Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Pakistan continues to betray democratic values and snub commitments that are essential to democracy. On Thursday, Obama should raise the following ten issues with the leader of the country whose ruling elite thrives on American taxpayers' money.

Poor Branding Is Not Pakistan's Biggest Problem

Aparna Pande | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Aparna Pande

In anticipation of the visit to Washington by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, scheduled for October 21 to 23, Pakistan's public relations machinery has gone into overdrive to build expectations of a new partnership between Pakistan and the United States.

Pakathon: Searching for Solutions Through Business and Technology

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.06.2015 | DC
Malik Siraj Akbar

While weekend rains confined many Washingtonians to their homes, a hackathon, also described as Pakathon by its organizers, brought together several young professionals to create new entrepreneurial platforms to highlight some of Pakistan's hardest challenges by applying modern technology.

Pakistan Invents a Bipolar (Civil-Military) Form of Government

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

The old adage that necessity is the mother of invention is fully operational in Pakistan. Out of necessity of dealing with a powerful military, which has in the past overthrown civilian governments a few times, a new reality is emerging in Islamabad.

How Pakistan Negotiates With Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

The Baloch narrative is loaded with stories recollecting how Islamabad took their willingness to negotiate for granted and converted those occasions as excellent opportunities to humiliate them.

Pakistan Doesn't Want a Total Taliban Breakdown

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Abdullah Sharif

While the Afghan government viewed the dissent in the Taliban's rank as good news, Pakistan is worried that the breakup will lead to the weakening of their strong card in the Afghan conflict game.

Child Sex Abuse Scandal Shocks Pakistan

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.10.2015 | World

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Pakistan Tests Modi's Mettle With Gurdaspur Terror Attack

C. Christine Fair | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
C. Christine Fair

MUMBAI -- The Gurdaspur attack should remove any doubt that Pakistan's men on horseback do not want peace with India. India would be behooved to tell its international backers bluntly that there is no "India-Pakistan problem" -- only a Pakistan problem.

A Bad Af-Pak Deal

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

The former Afghan president Hamid Karzai seems mad at his successor and ex-chief advisor, President Ashraf Ghani, for brokering a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency.

How Pakistan's Energy Crisis Fuels Terrorism

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Michael Hughes

Some find it hard to believe that energy scarcity might be the country's greatest security threat. Yet electricity shortages have directly fed the extremist cause while undermining the legitimacy of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government, potentially more than any other factor.

Betrayal in Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.18.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

In Balochistan, only one man, the chief minister, has benefited from the conflict between Islamabad and the Baloch separatists. He has betrayed both the sides without even making them notice. Who wouldn't blame the Indians if the price is so awesome?

The Great Game in Afghanistan (A 21st-Century Update)

Dilip Hiro | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Dilip Hiro

Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan, newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is performing a withdrawal operation of his own.

The Revival of Military Supremacy

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

In the wake of the Peshawar massacre, Legislators in Pakistan are contemplating a constitutional amendment to authorize army officers to administer courts. Military courts are contrary to the fundamental idea and the core principles of democracy.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Pakistani Opposition Leader Ends 126-Day Protests, Calls For Unity Amid Peshawar School Attack | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.17.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- With Pakistan reeling from a terrorist attack that killed 141 people, mostly children, opposition leader Imran Khan on Wednesday declare...

Edge of Revolution: New Pakistan

Sameer Siddiqui | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Sameer Siddiqui

This is not about a clash of ephemeral political parties that you may not have heard of in a country far away. This is about a timeless issue of standing up to bullies who exert power simply because of their stature. This is about knowing in your heart what is inherently right.

Khan's Siege of Islamabad: A Catalyst for Democratization?

Mehreen Saeed | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Mehreen Saeed

Pakistanis converging from across all social, economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds have demonstrated their desire to end the status quo style of politics.

Pakistan's Politics: A Soap Opera?

Mariam Khan | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

The basic purpose of the government and its bureaucracy is to fulfill the needs of the people they govern. The champions of democracy who are carrying out sit-ins in Islamabad, are they really giving the people their right?

Why India and Pakistan Are Always Fighting -- Explained

Seriously Skewed | Posted 11.12.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

To understand the scope of this challenge, the NSA tapped Modi's phone (without a court order, of course) to listen into his conversation with the Pakistani government just last week.

Why India Should Take Al Qaeda's Threat Very Seriously

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

Even though the U.S. has downplayed the threat posed by Al Qaeda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be wise to take this particular instance more seriously. Unlike previous saber rattling by Al Qaeda or even Pakistan, this latest threat is more dangerous because of its timing and agenda.

Heavy Monsoon Rains Kill 40 In Pakistan

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Monsoon rains have killed at least 69 people across Pakistan and in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, where flash floods swept throu...

Even Without a Coup, the Military Has Already Won in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Husain Haqqani

Many Pakistanis are torn between their support for democracy and civilian control of the military, on the one hand, and their desire for social and political reform, on the other. Just as Sharif is the flawed advocate of democracy, Khan and Qadri's calls for reform have been tainted by their covert ties with the military and its intelligence arms.