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Nawaz Sharif and India
Jul 17, 2013

Nawaz Sharif and India

Nawaz Sharif's return as the Prime Minister of Pakistan in early June this year marks a signpost from where a more meaningful relationship between India and Pakistan could be forged. The bilateral relationship had of late been mired in mistrust and often meaningless rhetoric. The previous civilian government in Pakistan was paralysed by its own ineptitude. An equally incoherent position in New Delhi has allowed the crucial relationship to drift.

Azadi March in Pakistan - Nawaz Sharif vs Army?
Aug 22, 2014

Azadi March in Pakistan - Nawaz Sharif vs Army?

The synchronised protest marches undertaken by Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and cleric Tahir-ul Qadri, chairman of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), culminated in a combined sit-in outside the Parliament building in Islamabad.

How the Pak ‘deep state’ wants to cut Nawaz Sharif down to size
Apr 11, 2018

How the Pak ‘deep state’ wants to cut Nawaz Sharif down to size

The media has been working overtime to sow divisions in Sharif’s party and family.

US dilemma over Nawaz Sharif's astute moves
May 20, 2011

US dilemma over Nawaz Sharif's astute moves

In Pakistan, there is a sense of disillusionment with the government, and forme Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, an astute politician, obviously sees an opportunity in it for his party PML(N) in the 2013 election. But it is not likely to be an easy road.

What the PM must get right with Nawaz Sharif and Sheikh Hasina
Jun 03, 2013

What the PM must get right with Nawaz Sharif and Sheikh Hasina

While Dr. Manmohan Singh must necessarily wait for Nawaz Sharif to determine the pace at which he might be comfortable moving forward with India, in the case of Bangladesh, the burden is entirely on Delhi to implement the historic agreements it had negotiated with Dhaka.

Why Pakistan's deep state is targeting Nawaz Sharif
May 14, 2018

Why Pakistan's deep state is targeting Nawaz Sharif

National Accountability Bureau is working overtime to 'fix' the former prime minister and his family.

Will Islamabad behave differently under Nawaz Sharif?
Jun 10, 2013

Will Islamabad behave differently under Nawaz Sharif?

If Nawaz Sharif really believes that Islamic insurgency has no role to play in Indo-Pakistan relations henceforth, he should enforce immediate control and effectively neutralise LeT and its parallel organisation, the Jamat-ud-Dawa.

Will the accountability court judgment end Nawaz Sharif's political career?
Jul 06, 2018

Will the accountability court judgment end Nawaz Sharif's political career?

There are two options in front of the former Pakistan PM — jail or self-exile.

A moderate Modi and stable Sharif can mend Indo-Pakistan ties
Jul 13, 2015

A moderate Modi and stable Sharif can mend Indo-Pakistan ties

It can be very tempting to not be overly optimistic following the recent meeting between Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif in Ufa, Russia. There is a sense of familiarity to the manner in which India-Pakistan relations unfold.

A soft coup in Islamabad: Army the clear winner
Aug 02, 2017

A soft coup in Islamabad: Army the clear winner

The Supreme Court's decision has given a huge jolt to the fragile democratic system. And, Sharif's political legacy is lying in tatters.

Cause and Effect: The Factors that Make Pakistan's Military a Political Force
Feb 28, 2024

Cause and Effect: The Factors that Make Pakistan's Military a Political Force

This issue brief assesses the enduring political influence of the military in Pakistan. It delves into the historical, social, and geopolitical factors that have propelled the military's rise in the nation's governance structure. The brief also examines the military-bureaucratic nexus and its role in perpetuating military dominance, and the implications of a weak civil society and its constrained ability to counterbalance military power.

Coups in khaki and other colours
Sep 25, 2017

Coups in khaki and other colours

Prolonged periods of military rule in Pakistan have enabled the military to penetrate all structures of the Pakistani state. Political parties, the judiciary, bureaucracy, and the media — today all have their share of pro-khaki elements. Therefore, a military coup d’etat is no longer the only way to unseat a democratically elected political leader who may have differences with the Army. Indeed, if former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had compl

Five years of General's jihad
Oct 13, 2004

Five years of General's jihad

President Pervez Musharraf wrested power from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup on October 12, 1999. In the five years since then, Pakistan has found itself increasingly enmeshed in sectarian violence, economic disaster, political collapse and diplomatic isolation.

Five-point someone
May 26, 2014

Five-point someone

For Modi, Nawaz Sharif's willingness to show up at the launch of his government is a political bonus. If Modi is luckier than Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he might make some sustainable progress with Pakistan.

Fresh look at our backyard
Jul 23, 2019

Fresh look at our backyard

Poor choices and domestic turmoil have hindered India’s economic transformation

Good script, now act on it
May 21, 2013

Good script, now act on it

Pakistan's first transfer of power between elected governments is indeed a milestone, but how strong a precedent it will set is very much dependent on the performance of Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N. Confidence in civilian institutions, high voter turnout aside, remains dreadfully low.

Increasing dangers from Pakistan for India and the region
Dec 08, 2017

Increasing dangers from Pakistan for India and the region

The Pakistan army has commenced openly supporting internal religious and fundamentalist groups. If these parties rise to power, Pakistan’s internal

India-Pak dialogue: Much talk, some substance
Oct 08, 2013

India-Pak dialogue: Much talk, some substance

At the Manmohan Singh-Nawaz Sharif meeting, it was agreed that the incidents across the LoC would be taken up by the DGMOs of both the countries. This seems to be the only worthwhile outcome of the meeting, though it remains to be seen how effective this arrangement would be. Sharif also assured the Indian Prime Minister that the most favoured nation protocol would be extended to India in order to facilitate trade between the two countries.

Kargil of India's 'War' on terrorism
Apr 08, 2005

Kargil of India's 'War' on terrorism

The Kargil military conflict of 1999 between India and Pakistan came in the wake of the "bhai-bhai" ("we are brothers") euphoria generated by the bus ride of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister, to Lahore and his high-profile meeting with Mr.Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's then Prime Minister. In the euphoria, we let ourselves be caught napping by the Pakistan Army in the heights of Kargil.

Modi & Sharif in Astana: Is a thaw possible?
Jun 05, 2017

Modi & Sharif in Astana: Is a thaw possible?

There is a slim chance that any substantive dialogue between Modi and Sharif could take place in Astana — India realises it will not benefit from ta

No Prime Minister, 'Terrorism' and 'Militancy' are not the same thing
Feb 05, 2019

No Prime Minister, 'Terrorism' and 'Militancy' are not the same thing

The Modi government has declared that virtually everyone who opposes its policies in Jammu and Kashmir is a terrorist. This makes it difficult to find a way out of the Kashmir miasma.

Pakistan after Musharraf: Trapped in a Maelstrom
Aug 22, 2008

Pakistan after Musharraf: Trapped in a Maelstrom

Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Nawaz Sharif's decision to withdraw support to the coalition government led by Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has only pushed Pakistan deeper into political crisis which is bound to encourage terrorist and extremist groups to consolidate their position in a nuclear-powered state staggering on the verge of becoming a dysfunctional, if not failed, state.

Pakistan Army: Blighted by Politics, Driven by Ambitions
May 13, 2023

Pakistan Army: Blighted by Politics, Driven by Ambitions

Imran Khan appears to have achieved what was supposed to be impossible and unacceptable—dividing the Pakistan Army.

Pakistan Army: The unyielding guardian
Feb 07, 2024

Pakistan Army: The unyielding guardian

In the upcoming elections, the likelihood of a new political leadership emerging in Pakistan which has a new approach and narrative remains slim

Pakistan generals’(s) election: Shock, awe and the traditional swindle
Feb 10, 2024

Pakistan generals’(s) election: Shock, awe and the traditional swindle

The power of the people has upended all expectations and predictions in this Pakistan election

Pakistan's new army chief: Seniority or politics?
Nov 02, 2013

Pakistan's new army chief: Seniority or politics?

What magnifies Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's dilemma in picking up a successor to Gen Kayani is his own experience of picking Pervez Musharraf way down the seniority line to lead the army and regretting it forever. He will not like to repeat his past folly.

Pakistan: Stemming sectarian violence, Sharif's tough task
Dec 07, 2013

Pakistan: Stemming sectarian violence, Sharif's tough task

Of the many pressing challenges and crises facing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the one which is perhaps the most difficult to address is the sectarian blood-letting that has been tearing the social fabric of Pakistan for decades now.

Pakistan’ Rigged Elections People have voted against the army but it still gets to cook up the next coalition
Feb 12, 2024

Pakistan’ Rigged Elections People have voted against the army but it still gets to cook up the next coalition

People have voted against the military’s political favourites but General Munir still gets to cook up the next coalition government

Pakistan’s economic challenges amidst political drama
Feb 10, 2024

Pakistan’s economic challenges amidst political drama

No matter the winner, Pakistan’s economy will make it difficult for the incoming government to meet election promises

Sharif at ISI HQ
Jul 12, 2013

Sharif at ISI HQ

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to the ISI HQ at Aabpara, Islamabad, on July 11 has raised eyebrows over its timing and content. Sharif and his ministerial colleagues stayed at the ISI HQ for five hours and were briefed by the chiefs of the Army and the ISI.

Sharif has quite a few challenges: Grare
Jun 14, 2013

Sharif has quite a few challenges: Grare

Talking about the challenges confronting the Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan and the implications of the political transition on the region, Dr. Frederic Grare said the problems facing his government are huge, which cannot be resolved overnight and need long-term solutions.

Sharif's TTP challenge
Oct 01, 2013

Sharif's TTP challenge

Going by the frequency and nature of the TTP attacks, the militant group seems to be playing a larger game aimed at drawing the armed forces deeper into a protracted conflict in the tribal areas with the US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in mind. For the Nawaz Sharif government, and the military, the options are fast running out.

Talking to Pakistan Taliban: Will it work?
Sep 20, 2013

Talking to Pakistan Taliban: Will it work?

The Nawaz Sharif government's offer of the olive branch to TTP seems more like an act of desperation than a serious attempt to bring about stability in the country. As the previous deals with militants have shown, the outcomes have favoured militants more than the governments.

The election imbroglio: Pakistan’s general elections and the way forward
Feb 13, 2024

The election imbroglio: Pakistan’s general elections and the way forward

The 2024 Pakistani elections is a significant indicator of the increasing vulnerability of the military in the nation's political landscape and the po

The empire strikes back
Aug 02, 2017

The empire strikes back

The ‘deep state’ has always worked with a king’s party, and there have always been politicians willing to oblige.

Trump's call to Sharif doesn't indicate any real change to US foreign policy with India
Dec 05, 2016

Trump's call to Sharif doesn't indicate any real change to US foreign policy with India

Phone calls are making waves with Nawaz Sharif and Tsai Ingwen - showing there is no indicator on which way US will go under new presidency

Unquiet on the front
Aug 12, 2013

Unquiet on the front

After the Ladakh intrusion, Delhi has sensibly stepped up the conversation on LAC management with Beijing. The recent violence on the LoC demands the same with Islamabad. When he meets Nawaz Sharif in New York next month, Manmohan Singh must seek Pakistan's renewed political support for the LoC ceasefire and an agreement to translate that commitment into a military reality.

Will Imran Khan emerge as the king-maker in Pakistan polls?
Apr 13, 2013

Will Imran Khan emerge as the king-maker in Pakistan polls?

Former The Hindu correspondent in Pakistan, Nirupama Subramanian, thinks that PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has a better chance to head the next government in Pakistan. The thing to be watched is whether he will be able to do so on his own or in coalition with other parties, especially Imran Khan's PTI.