Forget the world, militias are a threat to Pakistan

Sherin Zada/AP Photo The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international watchdog, is all set to place Pakistan on its watch list this summer.…

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…

An Uphill Battle

One-year review of Pakistan’s fight against extremism and terrorism Nearly a year ago, Pakistani security forces announced the killing of Malik Ishaq, leader of…

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…

The terrorism challenge

The Pakistani government must take swift, effective action to implement its will and assert its authority. Pakistan’s terrorism challenge has burgeoned into a full-blown…

Islam and its more dangerous variants: interview with Raza Rumi, a survivor of religious extremism

By Daniele Grassi Following the recent events in Paris, Europe has had to face its own fear and vulnerability. Europe’s own identity has been…

Don’t expect a miracle to happen

The state has responded by ending the moratorium on the death penalty and convicted terrorists are now being hanged. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has…

Six ideas for Pakistan to defeat the Taliban

There’s a lot Pakistan could do to root out terrorism. But will it? It is being seen as a watershed moment in Pakistan, the…

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…

Peshawar attack: Pakistan’s 9/11 moment?

Pakistan faces a challenge largely of its own creation and only political processes can correct it, argues Raza Rumi. The attack on Peshawar’s Army…

What the Karachi airport attack says about the Pakistani Taliban

By Raza Rumi, Special for CNN Editor’s note: Raza Rumi is a policy analyst, columnist and consulting editor at The Friday Times, Pakistan. He is also…

New battle against old demons

After 30 years of self-defeating policies, the new National Internal Security Policy may be the right way to make a fresh start Pakistanis should…

Book Review: South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures

Book review for The Friday Times South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures is a comprehensive volume of essays edited by Adil Najam and Moeed…

The search for a new security paradigm

Recently, Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, elaborated on the losses incurred by the country in fighting terrorism, while making a policy statement…

The trajectory of peace

By Raza Rumi The dramatic events of the past few days have far-reaching repercussions on the future of global terrorism and US policy in…

Living in Denialistan

The recent attack on Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s shrine is another reminder of the plain truth that the Pakistani state needs to focus on its…

Nightingale of Peshawar falls silent

My piece published in The Friday Times The bombing of Rehman Baba’s shrine is more proof that we are slipping, inch by inch, into…

Utopia for me- Pieces of my heart

My piece published in the News on Sunday yesterday – Karta hun jama phir jigare lakht lakht ko (I seek to gather the scattered…