Mainstreaming militants? Not without a political strategy

October 8, 2017: Mainstreaming militants? Not without a political strategy This is yet another rushed plan that is being pushed without an open debate and…

The unhealed wounds of July 5, 1977

July 4, 2017: The unhealed wounds of July 5, 1977 (Daily Times) The anniversary of General Zia-ul-Haq’s 1977 coup is a particularly difficult time for…

Civil-military tensions continue even after Nawaz’s ouster

October 15, 2017: Civil-military tensions continue even after Nawaz’s ouster The tense relations between the civilian government and the khakis indicate that despite Nawaz Sharif’s…

Don’t turn CPEC into another holy cow. Transparency is a must

November 5, 2017: Don’t turn CPEC into another holy cow. Transparency is a must On the positive side, the CPEC will certainly lead to a…

Pakistan’s democratic transition is derailed. Does anyone care?

November 12, 2017: Pakistan’s democratic transition is derailed. Does anyone care? (Daily Times) Pakistan’s decade-old democratic transition is going nowhere. Ten years after the military…

Mixing politics with religion continues unabated

November 19, 2017: Mixing politics with religion continues unabated(Daily Times) For nearly a fortnight, a motley group of clerics and their supporters have caused a…

Accountability or regime change?

July 23, 2017: Accountability or regime change? (Daily Times) Another déjà vu moment is knocking at our doors. The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict…

Regime change — the final act?

November 26, 2017: Regime change — the final act? (Daily Times) It seems that the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) PMLN has entered the…

Nawaz’s forced exit redraws power matrix

July 30, 2017: Nawaz’s forced exit redraws power matrix (Daily Times) Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification was not an unforeseen event. The situation since last year had…

The relationship with US matters whether we like it or not

December 10, 2017: The relationship with US matters whether we like it or not(Daily Times) Despite the tough posturing by the United States and Pakistan,…

In search of Jinnah’s Pakistan

August 20, 2017: In search of Jinnah’s Pakistan (Daily Times) As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s creation, it is important to revisit the…

Nawaz’s sixer?

December 22, 2017: Nawaz’s sixer? (Daily Times) Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif’s recent statement on the clear succession plan has killed many birds…

Sagacious move by the military – Pakistan wins

May 12, 2017: Sagacious move by the military – Pakistan wins (Daily Times) Pakistan’s military leadership, by issuing its latest statement on the Dawn Leaks…

Islamic State, a threat Pakistan can no longer ignore

May 12, 2017: Islamic State, a threat Pakistan can no longer ignore (Daily Times) The ghastly attack on the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate in…

Taseer will live as an icon for a sane, just Pakistan

April 1, 2017: Taseer will live as an icon for a sane, just Pakistan (Huffington Post) Salmaan Taseer, businessman, publisher and Governor of Pakistan’s largest Province,…

Should we let the India problem ruin our ties with Afghanistan and Iran?

May 13, 2017: Should we let the India problem ruin our ties with Afghanistan and Iran? (Daily Times) It is unfortunate to see something of…

Dissent is not blasphemy

March 18, 2017: Dissent is not blasphemy ( Daily Times) Last week, a bizarre public notice issued by the federal investigation agency (FIA) appealed to…

Govt is digging own grave by muzzling online freedoms

May 23, 2017: Govt is digging own grave by muzzling online freedoms ( Daily Times) The ongoing campaign against digital media is an extension of…

My Utopia Died Three Years Ago

April 1, 2017: My Utopia Died Three Years Ago (Daily Times) The Parliament has extended the military courts for another two years. Cited as a…

This summer Pakistan enters into another phase of instability

June 24, 2017: This summer Pakistan enters into another phase of instability (Daily Times) Pakistan is slowly gearing up for another round of political instability.…