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Loved or Feared: Pakistan's Retiring General Sharif

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Pakistan's powerful army chief, General Raheel Sharif, has stunned his supporters and critics with Monday's unanticipated announcement that he would not seek an extension for his job when the duration of his service expires in November.

Pakistan Observes Two Sad Anniversaries

Aparna Pande | Posted 12.20.2015 | World
Aparna Pande

December marks two anniversaries in Pakistan's history, one through which more than half of Pakistan's population seceded to form a separate country, and the other marking the most heinous attack on schoolchildren ever in that country.

Betrayal in Balochistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.17.2016 | 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?

Contrary to "Progressive Belief," Obama Has Not Departed From his Campaign Rhetoric

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

The failure to comprehend what Obama actually campaigned on is now leading to righteous anger by Progressives. However, the facts show that Obama's presidency is no great departure from the way in which he presented himself while campaigning for the Presidency.

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.

Back Channel or Front

Sunil Sharan | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Sunil Sharan

Reestablishment of a diplomatic back channel is an outcome of the recent parlays between Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi and Pakistani prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. But what has the back channel achieved?

Former Pakistani President Pleads Not Guilty To Treason

Reuters | Syed Raza Hassan | Posted 05.30.2014 | World

(Updates with court rejecting application to leave country) By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD, March 31 (Reuters) - Former P...

Being Pakistani, Hearing That Your Government Hid Bin Laden and Believing It

Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.24.2014 | World
Akbar Shahid Ahmed

We Pakistanis are long past faith in our institutions -- often, we're the first to suspect that they've played a hand in ruining our nation. We just don't like it when the West points that out. All this fear and cynicism make for a heavy burden.

Former Pakistan Dictator Granted Bail

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

(Adds details) ISLAMABAD, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Pakistan's former military dictator, Pervez Musharraf, was granted bail on Monday in a cas...

Musharraf Out

Reuters | Posted 12.09.2013 | World

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Former Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf can leave the country and fly to Dubai following a decis...

To Stabilize Afghanistan, Retain Pakistan's Army Chief

Sunil Sharan | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

The end game in Afghanistan becomes increasingly tortuous, so the world waits with bated breath on who is going to be Pakistan's next army chief.

One Step at a Time

Sunil Sharan | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Rulers in Pakistan continually promise making the country another Turkey or Malaysia, ever invoking the common thread of religion. But Pakistan should aspire to be benchmarked against other countries as well, notably Brazil and South Africa.

Former Pakistani Dictator Granted Bail

Reuters | Posted 07.20.2013 | World

ISLAMABAD, May 20 (Reuters) - A Pakistani court on Monday granted bail to former army chief and president Pervez Musharraf who has been under house ...

Prosecuting General Musharraf Is Not Selective Justice

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

Unless all players are charged with the crime of high treason, his lawyers argue, singling out Musharraf is unfair and unjust. Fearful of backlash and another military coup, these lawyers hope, a pragmatic high court will dismiss the high treason case against Musharraf.

Pakistan Makes History But Can It Do It Again?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

Given these grave challenges, Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections constitute a crucial test for its fragile democracy. Will the country's new government be able to address the rapidly deteriorating state of affairs in the country?

General Musharraf Must Face Justice

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

General Pervez Musharraf, who has returned to Pakistan from self-exile, must face justice. He must be prosecuted for his serial criminality, including subversion of the constitution.

When Will Singh Come?

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

No Indian prime minister or president has visited Pakistan since 1998. In contrast, top Pakistani leaders have visited India five times since. What will it take to get India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, to cross the border?

Illiteracy, Musharraf's Belly and @ASE

Imran Garda | Posted 11.14.2012 | World
Imran Garda

He was a General who came to power in a coup. Then he dropped his uniform and became a President. Never one to be too keen on democracy, his time at t...

Where Will the Leadership Come From?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Anyone who knows Pakistan knows that it's simplistic to chant (like the sheep in Animal Farm), "Civilians good, military ba-a-a-ad." But it's also true that a military takeover is not only far from out of the question, but likely only to make things worse. So where can we look for leadership?

Pakistan's Institutional Troubles

Aziz Nayani | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Aziz Nayani

There has always been friction between the military and the elected government in Pakistan, but we now also see friction between the different components of the formal, constitutional branches of government.

US-Pakistani Relations "Challenging," Says Ex-Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.19.2012 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Asked if the Pakistani government or the ISI could have possibly been involved in harboring Osama bin Laden, the former PM replies, "This is totally untrue."

Musharraf Faces Mountain of Challenges If He Is to Return to Pakistan

Rob Crilly | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Rob Crilly

The problem for the former military ruler as he plots his return to the country he ruled for nine years, is that the divide is between voters at home and the world outside.

US Approach to Punishing Pakistan Is Ineffective: Why Bridges, Books & Butter Approach Will Win Hearts and Minds

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Contrary to popular opinion among U.S. foreign policymakers, the way to undermine growth of insurgencies in Pakistan is not through drone strikes, air and night raids, or covert operations,

The Pakistanis Are Coming! The Pakistanis Are Coming!

Michael Brenner | Posted 09.21.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

Washington is abuzz with the headline news that the FBI is accosting two Pakistanis who allegedly have been trying to win influence and influence poli...

No, Prime Minister

Wajid Ali Syed | Posted 08.11.2011 | World
Wajid Ali Syed

It was Pakistan's moment of "Hope and Change." There were high expectations for the new regime.