Negotiating Freedom of Expression

Earlier this year, two secular bloggers were hacked to death in Bangladesh. In other countries such as Russia and Iran, writers and journalists languish…

Sticky wicket: Why cricket is a lot like sex

Something primal and deep is at work. And could be linked to the most cherished South Asian male sexual fantasies. Many years ago, Dr…

The South Asia Channel Watching Kunduz Collapse From the Sidelines

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (C) inspects the indigenously manufactured surveillance drone at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra, some 65 km west of…

Why fanatics of today would not have spared Kabir

The murders of rationalists and threats to writers, negate what was achieved through centuries of cross-cultural exchange and intellectually robust reformist movements. “Friend You…

Be mature guys; there’s a lot at stake in India, Pak

  The much-hyped talks between the National Security Advisers of India and Pakistan have been called off. It is clear that the recent thaw…

Why India, Pakistan treat their Nobel laureates shamefully

There is a common thread of undervaluing our achievers; and looking at ideas, values and contributions from the jaundiced lens of partisan politics. In…

Publish At Your Peril

Pakistani journalists hold placards and photographs bearing the image of Geo television journalist Hamid Mir during a protest against the attack on Mir by…

Bangladesh on the Brink

Unrest sweeps Dhaka after disputed elections, but Bangladesh’s problems extend much farther from the ballot box. Also sparking the flames of turmoil are a…

One size may not fit all

Excerpts from my statement: Raza Rumi, Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, says the government has much to do when it…

Militancy in Sindh: End of our plural culture?

The recent carnage in Shikarpur has come as a shock for many Pakistanis. Rural Sindh, invisible from the view of Punjab and Karachi obsessed…

The Art of U.S.-Pakistan Relations

A Pakistani theater group uses satire to question the national anti-American narrative. U.S.-Pakistan relationship remains an enigmatic story of converging and competing interests, and…

Back in the Driver Seat

Pakistan military is back in the driving seat. This time, not through a conventional coup detat, but through an amended constitution that enables military…

Will Peshawar attack change Pakistan’s policy on terror?

Pakistan’s predicament is a sad tale of domestic Islamist identity enmeshed with the regional dynamics. The latest strike by the Pakistani branch of the…

Not being dead is a victory for Balochistan’s journalists

Why, one would ask, is killing the only answer for disagreement? To say that Pakistani journalists are under attack is an understatement. They are…

Pakistan’s Dueling Military Cultures

NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images C. Christine Fair, Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). Aqil Shah, The…

Pakistan’s perilous democratic transition

  Pakistan’s perilous democratic transition has been rocked by the ongoing anti-government protests. The standoff between the government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif…

Pakistan: Will instability topple democracy?

Even if PM Nawaz Sharif survives the current crisis, his government will be permanently weakened. Pakistan is in a state of crisis and the…

Pakistan: Fuse lit for Independence Day fireworks

Tensions rise in Pakistan, as the country braces for protests. Pakistan faces yet another challenge and this time it is not the terrorist groups but…

Exodus from Pakistan’s troubled north presents risks, opportunities

By Raza Rumi, Special to CNN Pakistan’s much-awaited military offensive in North Waziristan was launched more than a week ago, and followed an attack…

Karachi airport attack a sign of wider security challenges

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack on Karachi airport, that’s killed at least 28 people, including the ten suicide terrorists. The…