The writer, an Islamabad-based independent political and defence analyst, is author, most recently, of ‘Military Inc: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy’.
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In Pakistan, the old equation of ‘Army, America and Allah’ is said to have been replaced by ‘China, COAS and Cashmere’.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
Pakistan realises that it cannot blame external forces for terrorist attacks
With elections coming up in Pakistan and US,neither wants to back down
Until military-strategic issues such as Sir Creek and Siachen are resolved,there can be no forward movement in Indo-Pak relations
After Sundays successful rally,Imran Khan has arrived. But can he be more than the Pakistan armys chosen one?
US-Pakistan tensions draw from a bid to gain a negotiating advantage
Kayani is under pressure from the ranks,and so he will drive tougher bargains with the US. But it is very unlikely that there will be a change in command