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

On the positive side, the CPEC will certainly lead to a shift in Pakistan’s reliance on Islamist proxies in the region There is no…

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 exit, the latter has not yet lost the political…

Mainstreaming militants? Not without a political strategy

The powers-that-be are all set to undertake a new experiment — mainstreaming of militants into national politics. This is yet another rushed plan that…

Beijing has signaled. Is Islamabad listening?

Though China has repeatedly blocked Indian moves to sanction JeM and its leadership, it has given a clear signal to Islamabad through BRICS declaration…

Our selective solidarity with the Ummah

The brutal treatment of the Rohingya community by Myanmar has attracted international indignation. Thousands have fled Myanmar and have been entering neighbouring Bangladesh. Aung…

Facilitating peace process in Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s national interest

During his election campaign, President Trump had vowed to end the foreign wars and redirect the resources towards domestic needs such as infrastructure development.…

In search of Jinnah’s Pakistan

As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s creation, it is important to revisit the key questions that have befuddled the country. What is…

Nawaz’s forced exit redraws power matrix

Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification was not an unforeseen event. The situation since last year had been leading towards a grand finale and his forced exit…

Accountability or regime change?

  Another déjà vu moment is knocking at our doors. The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on the Panama Leaks case implicating the…

Media portrayals of Muslims fuel xenophobia

Scholars who undertook a study on how Western media covers terrorism have confirmed what we had known for some time. The news media wield…

The unhealed wounds of July 5, 1977

The anniversary of General Zia-ul-Haq’s 1977 coup is a particularly difficult time for the Pakistani democrat. The very name given to the coup sounds…

Five myths that need to be buried for good

Popular narratives in Pakistan regurgitated by civil and military leadership with the support of mainstream media suggest that certain things have changed over the…

This summer Pakistan enters into another phase of instability

Pakistan is slowly gearing up for another round of political instability. By all accounts, the Prime Minister and his political fortunes are likely to…

To protect Pakistanis, reframe security policy

Image credits: Naseer Ahmed/Reuters Pakistan’s treatment of its minorities is unenviable to say the least. It is ironic that a country created to protect…

Govt is digging own grave by muzzling online freedoms

The ongoing campaign against digital media is an extension of the established patterns of how the state – including elected government – can muzzle…

Dissent is not blasphemy

Last week, a bizarre public notice issued by the federal investigation agency (FIA) appealed to the general public to provide evidence about social media…

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

It is unfortunate to see something of a siege mentality developing in Pakistan’s regional posture. For a country that is situated at the crossroads…

Sagacious move by the military – Pakistan wins

Pakistan’s military leadership, by issuing its latest statement on the Dawn Leaks issue through the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), has done the democratic process…

Islamic State, a threat Pakistan can no longer ignore

The ghastly attack on the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate in Mastung, Balochistan comes as the latest of terror attacks claimed by the self-styled…

Threatening the regulators?

Recent revelations by Print and Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Chairman Absar Alam, made to representatives of the media, are most troubling. The Chairman…