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Why Is Military So Powerful In Pakistan?

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 11.28.2016 | Home
Raza Habib Raja

In Pakistan's case, the army became powerful in the early years of the country's history and there were two major reasons for that.

Should Pakistan get the dancing girl from Mohenjo-Daro back?

Haroon Khalid | Posted 10.26.2016 | Home
Haroon Khalid

One cannot really pinpoint where Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf stands ideologically. Not that it is easier to identify the ideological standp...

Pakistan Cheered When Musharraf Was Overthrown. Why, Then, Has Democracy Fallen Out Of Favour?

Haroon Khalid | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Haroon Khalid

The ongoing purge in Turkey, where military personnel, police officials, civil servants, judges and teachers have been suspended, and the oppression of the ethnic minority group of Kurds in Turkey paints a grim picture of the future of democracy in the country.

PM's Daughter: Pakistan To Pass Law Against Honor Killings In Weeks

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 07.20.2016 | Home

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan’s ruling party plans to pass long-delayed legislation against “honor killings” within weeks in the wake of the hi...

Pakistan Detained More Than 5,000 After Easter Bombing Killed 72

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.29.2016 | Home

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has rounded up more than 5,000 militant suspects, then released most of them, in the two days since a suicide bomber ki...

For Pakistan, Radical Islam Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 03.28.2016 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

A day before the tragic bomb blast in Lahore, a city described as "the heart of Pakistan", I hosted Raza Rumi, a prominent liberal Pakistani journalist, on a live radio show to inquire if Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif had finally decided to walk his country on the path to liberalization.

Modi's Quest to Achieve India's Great Power Status

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.05.2017 | Home
Daniel Wagner

Indian Prime Minister Modi invited French President Hollande to be the guest of honor at India's Republic Day Celebrations in New Delhi last month. The seat is generally reserved for, and used by the office of the Prime Minister as, a signal of close and important state ties.

Will Modi's Visit to Pakistan Make a Difference?

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 12.31.2016 | Home
Raza Habib Raja

India's Prime Minister Nirendra Modi surprised everyone by suddenly landing in Lahore to visit his Pakistani counterpart, Mian Nawaz Sharif. The visit due to its suddenness and departure from the normal diplomatic protocols is definitely in the news and has led to intense media attention and analysis.

Modi's 'Birthday Diplomacy': How Will Pakistan's Sharif Reciprocate?

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 12.26.2016 | Home
Malik Siraj Akbar

India and Pakistan can accomplish much progress in almost every sphere of life if they take practical steps to maximize the enormous potential they have by working with each other. In spite of realizing what great results friendly relations can offer the two countries, progress has been outrageously slow in addressing the outstanding issues that have perpetuated mistrust and hostilities.

Modi and Sharif Take a Gamble

Aparna Pande | Posted 12.25.2016 | Home
Aparna Pande

Prime Minister Narendra's Modi surprise visit to Lahore has revived once again the oft-desired hope that India and Pakistan will live as friends not adversaries. For that to happen, however, Pakistan's security establishment will need to stop seeing India as the existential threat.

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

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 11.16.2016 | Home
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 10.29.2016 | Home
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 10.25.2016 | Home
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 10.21.2016 | Home
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 10.20.2016 | Home
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 10.18.2016 | Home
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 10.05.2016 | 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 10.02.2016 | Home
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 08.31.2016 | Home
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 08.17.2016 | Home
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 01.03.2017 | Home

HUSAIN KHAN WALA, Pakistan, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Parents at the center of a growing child abuse scandal in Pakistan accused police on Monday of failing ...

Pakistan Tests Modi's Mettle With Gurdaspur Terror Attack

C. Christine Fair | Posted 08.04.2016 | Home
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 05.21.2016 | Home
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 05.18.2016 | Home
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 05.17.2016 | Home
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?