The writer, an Islamabad-based independent political and defence analyst, is author, most recently, of ‘Military Inc: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy’.
While one remains unsure of how much reduction will actually be brought about, the fact remains that cutting excess fat in the government, especially the defence sector, is possible.
For Islamabad, a non-secular India is easier to contest
Like all wars, the current hostility between the two countries has also strengthened right-wing and status-quo oriented political forces. It has boosted the popularity of Imran Khan and his generals. Like India, the crisis has brought the nation together.
With the two neighbours standing eyeball-to-eyeball, the choice is now between de-escalation for talks and escalation for war.
Despite its limitations, Pakistan Supreme Court ruling against the military gives its civil society more room.
Today, war and peace are more complicated. For India-Pakistan, talking is even more essential
His ambition to establish an Islamic welfare state might get muddled , and produce more religious agenda than welfare
Nawaz Sharif’s conviction is not about corruption. It has to do with his questioning of the military
There is little that is revelatory in Dulat-Durrani conversation. Track II’s task is to find a way for Delhi to talk with Rawalpindi, not just Islamabad
Islamabad’s vulnerability increases if it does not listen to US President’s warning, or if it listens too much
Hafiz Saeed will be dealt with when the Pakistani state wants, not when Washington or Delhi get annoyed
Trump administration has upped the ante with Pakistan. For South Asia’s sake, the two need to start a conversation
The court verdict against Nawaz Sharif could be the beginning of a period of political instability in Pakistan
Hype around war gets a new life in India, Pakistan, increasing public support for the armed forces
The media in Pakistan and outside was abuzz for some 48 hours over a story published by the English newspaper Dawn, regarding a meeting between heads of the civil government and the military.
In Pakistan, the old equation of ‘Army, America and Allah’ is said to have been replaced by ‘China, COAS and Cashmere’. The Uri aftermath reflects the new power alignment
From nuclear decision-making to foreign relations, Pakistan’s prime minister seems to be gasping for breath.
‘Charlie Hebdo’ incident must make Muslim societies re-examine blasphemy laws.
I once asked a senior military commander if the army had a button to ensure that those who joined the good Taliban would not turn bad later.
Last weeks Supreme Court verdict holding military men responsible for rigging elections in 1990 is unlikely to discourage the armed forces from interfering in Pakistans politics