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Pakistan is fishing in troubled waters by protesting against CAA
Dec 26, 2019

Pakistan is fishing in troubled waters by protesting against CAA

The superciliousness of western media is surpassed only by Pakistan's unabashed statements on CAA and preaching secularism to India.

Pakistan occupied Pakistan
Jan 20, 2006

Pakistan occupied Pakistan

Some years ago when Karan Thapar interviewed Pervez Musharraf, the general was self-assured and voluble. That was before 9/11 but after Kargil. Last fortnight, he was once again voluble, and when not talking about himself, he was talking about Kashmir. But his body language showed nervousness, impatience, an edginess and even tiredness. And Thapar drove a hard bargain.

Pakistan will evade blacklisting, but remain greylisted
Feb 15, 2020

Pakistan will evade blacklisting, but remain greylisted

There is very little chance of Pakistan exiting the greylist at the FATF plenary even with the assistance of its all-weather friend China.

Pakistan will have a stable government, but not stability
Aug 01, 2018

Pakistan will have a stable government, but not stability

Pakistan is likely to see a stable but fragile government, and the opposition will try its best to render it dysfunctional.

Pakistan's balancing act in West Asia
Jun 10, 2014

Pakistan's balancing act in West Asia

Saudi Arabia's recent $1.5 billion grant to Pakistan re-affirms the depth of the relationship that the two countries share. It has also brought into focus their expanding defence ties and raised concerns about Pakistan's possible role in the Syrian civil war.

Pakistan: Aftermath of a destabilising verdict
Jul 23, 2022

Pakistan: Aftermath of a destabilising verdict

Pakistan further descends into chaos as the recent bye-elections send shockwaves throughout the political and economic domains.

Pakistan: Civil war of another kind
Mar 30, 2023

Pakistan: Civil war of another kind

Every action of key political actors in Pakistan is only pushing the country deeper into the quagmire 

Pakistan: From Annus Horribilis into Annus Miserabilis – I
Jan 05, 2023

Pakistan: From Annus Horribilis into Annus Miserabilis – I

The first in a two part series on the problems that are plaguing Pakistan into the new year

Pakistan: Internal politics and harassment of Indian diplomats
Mar 19, 2018

Pakistan: Internal politics and harassment of Indian diplomats

Pakistan has alleged harassment of their mission's staff. Its reaction may have something to do with the internal domestic scene and the forthcoming elections.

Pakistan: Khan-Bajwa marriage on the rocks?
Oct 27, 2020

Pakistan: Khan-Bajwa marriage on the rocks?

From the inception of independent Pakistan, civilian governments have continued to largely remain under the influence of the military.

Pakistan: Persisting instability
Dec 19, 2023

Pakistan: Persisting instability

Going into 2024, Pakistan remains in the throes of a polycrisis, without a clear roadmap on how to navigate it

Pakistan: The cost of poll violence
May 10, 2013

Pakistan: The cost of poll violence

Pakistan's first democratic transfer of power should have been a moment of hope and triumph. But, as it stands, widespread violence has marred the historic elections and all but halted the public campaigning by several prominent parties outside of Punjab.

Pakistan: The Sharifs pick a new sheriff and nemesis
Nov 25, 2022

Pakistan: The Sharifs pick a new sheriff and nemesis

Would the appointment of a new army chief change the relationship between the military and the Pakistani government?

Pakistan: The street vs the state
Jan 09, 2024

Pakistan: The street vs the state

Serious questions are being raised about the integrity and fairness of the upcoming elections as many believe that the results have already been decid

Pakistan: इमरान ख़ान के long march का भविष्य: समझौता, अफ़रातफ़री या तख़्तापलट!
Jul 18, 2023

Pakistan: इमरान ख़ान के long march का भविष्य: समझौता, अफ़रातफ़री या तख़्तापलट!

इमरान ख़ान के Islamabad long march के नतीजों को लेकर कोई भी आश्वस्त नह�

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 battered tribal regions set the stage for new Prime Minister
Sep 14, 2018

Pakistan’s battered tribal regions set the stage for new Prime Minister

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, Imran Khan, faces formidable challenges. For now, the most difficult one may yet be mollifying his restive fellow Pashtuns who have suffered grievously in the Army’s anti-terror operations in the country’s tribal regions.

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

Pakistan’s India policy: Hot words, cold feet
Apr 04, 2021

Pakistan’s India policy: Hot words, cold feet

If earlier the army would sabotage things, this time the civilians have done so.

Pakistan’s judiciary as a compliant arbiter of power
Apr 06, 2024

Pakistan’s judiciary as a compliant arbiter of power

As Pakistan ushers in a new executive, backed by a fractured legislature, its judiciary remains survivalist

Pakistan’s latest nuclear antics in the form of Full Spectrum Deterrence
Jul 24, 2023

Pakistan’s latest nuclear antics in the form of Full Spectrum Deterrence

Despite Pakistan’s deployment of a wide range of nuclear capabilities as part of its FSD strategy, there is no need for India to be alarmed

Pakistan’s marginalisation in South Asia
Sep 30, 2016

Pakistan’s marginalisation in South Asia

India is wise to emphasise the costs to Islamabad of its obstructionism. Pakistan cannot hold the future of South Asia hostage to its India paranoia.

Pakistan’s National Security Policy: A policy rooted in delusions and wishful thinking
Jan 21, 2022

Pakistan’s National Security Policy: A policy rooted in delusions and wishful thinking

Would the new NSP bring about much-required reform in Pakistan or will it just double down on its past rhetoric?

Pakistan’s National Security Policy: A yay or a yawn? (Part 2)
Jan 23, 2022

Pakistan’s National Security Policy: A yay or a yawn? (Part 2)

In the second of a two-part series, the NSP’s promises on the economy, security, India and terrorism are dissected through a critical lens

Pakistan’s National Security Policy: A yay or a yawn?
Jan 22, 2022

Pakistan’s National Security Policy: A yay or a yawn?

In the first of a two-part series, the NSP’s promises on the economy, security, India and terrorism are dissected through a critical lens

Pakistan’s offensive on Kashmir will persist. India must be ready
Oct 01, 2019

Pakistan’s offensive on Kashmir will persist. India must be ready

Islamabad will deploy all political and diplomatic tools to lobby in the West. But it senses failure

Pakistan’s polity in turbulence
Dec 07, 2019

Pakistan’s polity in turbulence

The Pakistani military might now try to focus on India so as to resurrect its diminishing credentials, especially as General Qamar Javed Bajwa will be under pressure. He will have to prove his worth by making sure the regional security environment deteriorates.

Pakistan’s roller-coaster politics and the military’s primacy
Aug 16, 2022

Pakistan’s roller-coaster politics and the military’s primacy

The Pakistan army has honed its ability to keep a sword dangling over the head of every single politician to keep them compliant and obsequious.

Paris: An attack on western way of life, values
Nov 16, 2015

Paris: An attack on western way of life, values

The serial terror attacks in Paris on Friday was the third terror incident in recent times and by far the largest ever in France. These attacks were on the French or Western way of life, for its support to the US in Syria, and are meant to instil fear in the French.

Participatory planning: The catalyst for building sustainable cities
Jul 06, 2022

Participatory planning: The catalyst for building sustainable cities

India can emulate other global models by including all the stakeholders in the decision-making process to develop resilient urban cities.

Partners in unfamiliarity: India-Gulf intelligence relations in a changing West Asia
Mar 14, 2024

Partners in unfamiliarity: India-Gulf intelligence relations in a changing West Asia

A fluid global security landscape does not alter the fundamentals of intelligence cooperation between India and its Gulf partners, but widens the rang

Paving a new road to a digital future
Jul 14, 2014

Paving a new road to a digital future

A road or a highway will no longer be a 'dumb pathway'. It will be an intelligent network with its own inherent logic and sense of meaning derived from algorithms and predictive software. From the point of view of institutional arrangements, several ministries and departments will have to work together.

Paving the way for digital green economy in Indian agriculture
Jan 27, 2021

Paving the way for digital green economy in Indian agriculture

The need for the sector to transition from the traditional industrial model into a modern, digital and sustainable one is more urgent than ever.

Peace Pipeline: The Next Dimension
May 29, 2004

Peace Pipeline: The Next Dimension

Nothing, with the exception of the Kashmir issue, has been more debated, researched and written about in the context of Indo Pak relations than the issue of the Iran-Pakistan-India Natural Gas pipeline in the last decade. From Onshore to Offshore options and international consortia and guarantees to people to contact, almost everything and anything has been tossed around and evaluated, yet to no avail. The pipeline still remains a pipe dream.

Peace with PWG Naxals: A wishful exercise?
Jul 02, 2004

Peace with PWG Naxals: A wishful exercise?

The contours of the fledgling peace process with the People's War Group (PWG) Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh are gradually emerging. It is the second attempt in as many years. The Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh, K Jana Reddy, announced on June 29, 2004 that the government has requested S R Sankaran, a retired Secretary to Government and Andhra Pradesh-cadre officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS),

Perspectives on financing urban resilience in India
May 28, 2024

Perspectives on financing urban resilience in India

Without proper urban planning, India will incur significant costs in the future

Philanthropy as development finance: The new normal
May 18, 2024

Philanthropy as development finance: The new normal

Philanthropic organisations have a financial capacity beyond that of governments. Thus, governments should create conditions that enable the private s

Picking sides in West Asia
Feb 25, 2019

Picking sides in West Asia

India’s tilt towards Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE is not a risk-free move.

Pipedreams over Pipelines
Apr 01, 2005

Pipedreams over Pipelines

During a recent discussion on Indo-US relations, a former senior adviser to the Government of India, who retired some years ago, expressed his surprise that the community of non-governmental strategic analysts in New Delhi had failed to forewarn the policy-makers of the Government of India over the likelihood of opposition from the US to the construction of a gas pipeline from Iran through Pakistan till the Indian border to sell gas to Pakistan a