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Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Tilak Devasher


The writer retired as special secretary in the cabinet secretariat, Government of India.

Pakistan’s information war campaign against India needs attention
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

What is noteworthy is that the same anti-India narrative is repeated ad nauseam from every medium and platform — whether it is politicians like Imran Khan or Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the ISPR, or print, electronic and social media.

Is Hafiz Saeed’s sentencing a genuine blow to terror infrastructure in Pakistan?
Tue, Feb 25, 2020

The moot point is whether the action against Hafiz Saeed is indicative of a new direction in Pakistan’s counter-terrorism policy, or merely a tactical ploy, as before, to escape economic sanctions.

Pakistan court’s conviction of Musharraf for treason is unprecedented and significant
Mon, Dec 23, 2019

Musharraf can appeal against the decision but will have to return to Pakistan to do so. It is unlikely that he will. It is also unlikely that he will be extradited from the UAE. Hence, implementation of the decision is problematic.

Fazlur Rehman’s dharna in Islamabad is creating a situation that exposes faultlines in Pakistan army, politics
Wed, Nov 06, 2019

While the potential for a confrontation exists in case the protestors try and march into the Red Zone, the Maulana is among the most seasoned and pragmatic leaders in Pakistan and adept in making backroom deals.

India’s abrogation of Article 370 is an opportunity for Pak to redefine its nationalism
Thu, Sep 05, 2019

There is no doubt that for the Pakistani leadership, and especially the army, to reduce the salience of, let alone jettison, the Kashmir cause would be extremely difficult, unpopular and politically dangerous.

Pakistan’s violations of international covenants in Kulbhushan Jadhav case have come crashing down
Fri, Jul 19, 2019

In Pakistan’s delusional parallel universe, victory has been claimed on two grounds: Jadhav’s death sentence was not annulled and the ICJ did not order his release. Some have even claimed that by not releasing Jadhav, the ICJ has accepted that he is a terrorist and that implicitly India is a state sponsoring terrorism!

Lt General Hameed’s task is cut out: ensure things do not get out of control in Pakistan
Wed, Jun 19, 2019

With Pakistan’s economy in dire straits and rising political tensions, the ‘internal security’ expertise of the new ISI chief could come into play.

Play the long game
Fri, May 31, 2019

Modi government should maintain the pressure on Pakistan and its PM

Pulwama strike mirrors changes in the dynamic in Kashmir, Pakistan and the region
Mon, Feb 18, 2019

Pulwama tragedy signals a significant escalation in terrorism in the Kashmir Valley. Given the type, target and the scale of the attack, it seems obvious that this was done at the behest of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

Lacklustre century
Thu, Dec 06, 2018

Imran Khan’s first 100 days in office have been marked by U-turns, lack of strategy and direction.

Hardliners on the ballot
Fri, Jul 06, 2018

Pak army’s political tinkering is setting the stage for electoral rise of fundamentalists

Generals and their doctrines
Sat, Apr 28, 2018

In commenting on civilian issues, Pakistan army chief continues a tradition

The Gilgit- Baltistan feint
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

There are serious impediments to declaring the region Pakistan’s fifth province. The issue has been raised to placate China and distract India

An Opportunity, A Burden
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Pakistan’s unrealised demographic dividend could add to its problems.

The Parched Nation
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

Pakistan may be heading towards a water crisis that could be a tipping point

Nawaz Sharif would do well to study the past before choosing Raheel Sharif’s successor
Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Nawaz Sharif has the distinction of appointing four army chiefs in his three tenures as prime minister of Pakistan.

Degrees of separation
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

History shows why Balochistan is not an internal matter of Pakistan