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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's new Kashmir offensive
Sep 17, 2003

Pakistan's new Kashmir offensive

Kashmir is in trouble. Several incidents in quick succession that shattered peace in the State over the past few weeks are ominous. Trouble brewing in the Middle East, the regrouping of the Al Qaeda and various elements of terror groups, their re-emergence from the badlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan and the rising crescendo of bickering within Pakistan-all of this poses a serious threat to peace and stability in the region and elsewhere.

Pakistan's nuclear tango
Jan 21, 2004

Pakistan's nuclear tango

When the world attention was riveted by the US-choreographed peace moves between New Delhi and Islamabad early this month, a South African Jewish businessman, Asher Karni, 50, was being trapped in a sting operation launched by the US Commerce Department and other federal investigating agencies. On January 2,

Pakistan's politics: Back to the 1990s?
May 07, 2011

Pakistan's politics: Back to the 1990s?

After more than two years of lull in the political arena, Pakistan is witnessing some visible and dramatic changes which can influence the political scenario in the next few months.

Pakistan's Taliban proxy and Afghan power sharing
Jul 04, 2013

Pakistan's Taliban proxy and Afghan power sharing

As tensions between Kabul and Islamabad threaten the fragile peace process in Afghanistan, the Taliban's role as a proxy for Pakistan's interests has come back into sharp focus again.

Pakistan's War on Terror: A Question of Skill, or Will?
Apr 30, 2011

Pakistan's War on Terror: A Question of Skill, or Will?

A reasonably objective assessment of Pakistan's War on Terror can only begin with acknowledging two facts. First, there has been an unprecedented level of terrorist violence in Pakistan for the past three years.

Pakistan, China's new frontline state
Jun 22, 2015

Pakistan, China's new frontline state

India cannot ignore what is happening in its North-West. It is not clear what is going to be Indian policy to protect its political, strategic and economic interests in Afghanistan. May be the Indian policy-makers will have to sit back and think of ways to ensure that India's role in Af-Pak region doesn't become minimal.

Pakistan, in Modi's eyes
Apr 22, 2014

Pakistan, in Modi's eyes

If the reports that Narendra Modi has sent emissaries to Pakistan are true, they indicate a recognition of the need to reassure leaders across the border that, were he to become prime minister, he would not be throwing a grenade at the bilateral relationship.

Pakistan, post-Peshawar
Feb 27, 2015

Pakistan, post-Peshawar

After the horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December last year by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants, Pakistan is trying to crack down on militancy in the country.

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the Bomb: Brothers and Arms
Mar 31, 2010

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the Bomb: Brothers and Arms

Although concrete evidence about Saudi intentions to acquire nuclear weapons' capabilities is not there the story continues to attract international commentary

Pakistan-Israel Cladenstine Ties
Sep 21, 2005

Pakistan-Israel Cladenstine Ties

That is, in short, the general Israeli reaction to the initiative recently taken by General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan to bring into the open Pakistan's hitherto clandestine relations with Israel. Nobody denies the previous existence of clandestine contacts between the two countries, which recently culminated in an open,

Pakistan:   Energy crisis and its immediate consequences
Apr 06, 2012

Pakistan: Energy crisis and its immediate consequences

Pakistan is facing an acute energy crisis. In times such as these, when energy resources are an important marker of future prosperity of a nation, Pakistan's grip over its energy resources is loosening day by day. The country has been facing major deficit in power supply over the last two years, forcing citizens to resort to violent protests on the streets.

Pakistan: Anxiously waiting for its first democratic transfer of power
Mar 11, 2013

Pakistan: Anxiously waiting for its first democratic transfer of power

It may not have been pretty, but the finish-line is within sight for the Zardari-led coalition government in Pakistan. And the first democratic transfer of power is a significant milestone in the growth of democracy in the country.

Pakistan: Ceasefire violations could undo peace moves
Jul 18, 2014

Pakistan: Ceasefire violations could undo peace moves

The continuing ceasefire violations on the India-Pakistan border could become a stumbling block in the renewed attempts by the leadership of the two neighbours to improve their relationship.

Pakistan: Challenges before the new Army chief
Jan 22, 2014

Pakistan: Challenges before the new Army chief

For Pakistan and its army, the year 2014 is crucial as the NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan. There are fears in Pakistan of an Afghan civil war. There is also the long pursued Pakistani strategy of supporting the Afghan Taliban which may backfire.

Pakistan: End India's one-sided love affair
Jul 13, 2012

Pakistan: End India's one-sided love affair

India's interest lies in peace, not in coddling Pakistan, not necessarily in pursuing "most favoured nation" status, trade and visa issues with that country, but in ensuring it remains irrelevant in Kashmir and realises it is irrelevant. This will not happen by our mere say-so.

Pakistan: F-16S & after
Apr 05, 2005

Pakistan: F-16S & after

The enthusiasm bordering on euphoria generated by the talks of Ms.Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State, with Indian leaders during her recent visit to New Delhi has been somewhat dissipated by the announcement of the decision of President George Bush to clear the sale of the latest version of the F-16 aircraft to Pakistan.

Pakistan: Girls as compensation for crimes
Jun 29, 2012

Pakistan: Girls as compensation for crimes

On June 2, 2012, The News International reported, that in the Dera Ismail Khan district of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan the 11-year-old Niazmina and her two-year-old sister Bakhtawar were given as compensation to the house of Juma Khan for the crime that their uncle, Muhammad Ikram, had committed.

Pakistan: Military offensive in North Waziristan
Feb 14, 2014

Pakistan: Military offensive in North Waziristan

The long-awaited military offensive in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, which began in mid-December, has raised questions about the overall objectives and intentions of the nation's army in fighting terrorism.

Pakistan: Military ties with Russia strengthen
Jul 03, 2015

Pakistan: Military ties with Russia strengthen

Throughout the Cold War - and afterwards - Russia's relations with Pakistan remained almost non-existent. However, with the United States and NATO pulling out its troops from Afghanistan in 2013,

Pakistan: Neutrality in Yemen and Arabian displeasure
May 15, 2015

Pakistan: Neutrality in Yemen and Arabian displeasure

During the recent crisis in Yemen, between the Houthis and the nine-nation military coalition led by the Saudis, a joint sitting of Pakistan's Parliament voted against joining the Saudi-led coalition.

Pakistan: Post-poll challenges before the nation
Mar 08, 2013

Pakistan: Post-poll challenges before the nation

The rapidly-approaching March 16 deadline for the dissolution of the Government led by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, ahead of scheduled May elections, is an occasion worthy of note and reflection for Pakistan.

Pakistan: PPP's game in Karachi, a sign of desperation
Jul 15, 2011

Pakistan: PPP's game in Karachi, a sign of desperation

Recent political moves by the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in Sindh reflect more desperation than confidence, while the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) is doing what every political party in Pakistan excels in - crying foul for having been deprived of effective power by a stronger adversary.

Pakistan: Relationship with US deteriorating
Jun 28, 2015

Pakistan: Relationship with US deteriorating

The relationship between the United States and Pakistan is one that grew exponentially in the first decade of the new millennia. However, following the post-US drawdown from Afghanistan, the United States' relationship with Pakistan has hit a roadblock of sorts.

Pakistan: Singh should make a bold move
Jul 09, 2013

Pakistan: Singh should make a bold move

The UPA government needs to inject some boldness into its Pakistan policy. A.B. Vajpayee, representing the "communal" BJP, visited Pakistan twice during his six-year tenure as PM. Manmohan Singh representing the "secular" Congress has been too timid to go across the border.

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: 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 difficult task of continuing legacy of Chief Justice Chaudhury
Dec 13, 2013

Pakistan: The difficult task of continuing legacy of Chief Justice Chaudhury

Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary, who retired on December 12 after heading Pakistan's apex court for seven years, has left behind a contentious legacy of judicial activism, in many senses unprecedented and extraordinarily difficult to follow.

Pakistan: The drama begins to unfold
Jan 12, 2012

Pakistan: The drama begins to unfold

In the ongoing power game in Pakistan, the US would secretly back the Army despite all the ill feeling in recent weeks while publicly supporting the civilian government. Probably the US would prefer that the PPP government be sacrificed in an early election, something the Army would appreciate.

Pakistan: The pipeline project, a benchmark issue
Jun 01, 2012

Pakistan: The pipeline project, a benchmark issue

The on-going electricity crisis in Pakistan and the country-wide protests that followed have laid bare the weaknesses in the country's energy policy.

Pakistan: What did Kayani say on August 14?
Aug 31, 2012

Pakistan: What did Kayani say on August 14?

Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Kayani's Independence Day address at Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, attracted widespread comments, mostly positive. In fact, Gen Kayani's speech eclipsed the standard presidential address on the occasion in the media.

Pakistani Madrasas: Questions & Answers
Aug 06, 2005

Pakistani Madrasas: Questions & Answers

Madrasas are Islamic religious seminaries, which were originally meant to train young persons, who wanted to take to religion as a profession. They wanted to work as clerics in mosques and as members of the staff in Islamic charitable institutions. In view of the limited career opportunities open to the students of the madrasas, only those who were keen to become religious clerics joined them. Till 1977,

Pakistani Nukes in Jihadi Hands
Feb 25, 2004

Pakistani Nukes in Jihadi Hands

Ever since a crestfallen Dr. A Q Khan admitted sheepishly on PTV that he had masterminded the sale of nuclear designs and materials to other countries, there has been a tirade of articles and letters to the editor berating Pakistan for nuclear proliferation. However, no real analysis has emerged about the implications for India, particularly of the likelihood of Pakistani nuclear warheads falling into Jihadi hands.

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

Pan-Tamil politics on the boil again?
Sep 24, 2011

Pan-Tamil politics on the boil again?

The revival of caste and community-based issues in Tamil Nadu (like in Paramakudi and Koodamkulam), the non-resolution of inter-State river water disputes and Sri Lanka-related concerns could added up to the problems of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

Panchsheel 2014
Jul 04, 2014

Panchsheel 2014

As an increasingly powerful China seeks to reorder Asia, Delhi must firmly locate China's Panchsheel campaign in a clinical assessment of Asia's rapidly evolving geopolitics and its consequences for Indian security. China is doing what rising powers, including the US, have done before. But Delhi appears a long way from developing an appropriate strategy to cope with Asia's new power play.

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.

Parliament clears women's Bill
Feb 02, 2012

Parliament clears women's Bill

Senate's recent decision to pass the 'National Commission on the Status of Women Bill, 2012' was a step forward for the women's rights movement in Pakistan.

Parties need to support boundary agreement with Bangladesh
Aug 23, 2013

Parties need to support boundary agreement with Bangladesh

India's interest lies in ratifying the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh because this would not only boost the image of the country but also establish India's reliability in delivering promises. Political parties need to rise above their narrow and short-term political interests and see the larger picture.

Passive on Syria
Sep 19, 2013

Passive on Syria

Although China is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, the second largest economy in the world and a rising power on the global stage, its approach to the current Syrian crisis has been nearly as passive as India's policy.

Patenting 'One-World Order' ?
Feb 17, 2004

Patenting 'One-World Order' ?

Whoever in India that says West Asia is Middle-East, Jammu and Kashmir is ¿Indian Kashmir¿ and painting the face with the national Tricolour at cricket stadia is the height of patriotism have got it all wrong. If anything, they are fast tracking towards a ¿patented one-world order¿, knowingly or otherwise, with India¿s soul and resilience of the past centuries being tormented, without trace or knowledge.

Patenting the Cure: At what cost?
Jun 07, 2020

Patenting the Cure: At what cost?

If a vaccine or a treatment is to be created, is there a possibility that patent rights could restrict access to the cure across the world? Much depen