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Ayesha Siddiqa

The writer, an Islamabad-based independent political and defence analyst, is author, most recently, of ‘Military Inc: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy’.

Cut in Pakistan’s defence budget is desirable, but not easy
Mon, Jun 24, 2019

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.

Why Imran Khan bats for Narendra Modi
Mon, Apr 22, 2019

For Islamabad, a non-secular India is easier to contest

Pakistan believes that post-Pulwama situation has worked to its advantage, or is at least a stalemate
Tue, Apr 02, 2019

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.

Geopolitics makes it difficult for India to isolate Pakistan diplomatically
Mon, Feb 25, 2019

With the two neighbours standing eyeball-to-eyeball, the choice is now between de-escalation for talks and escalation for war.

Possibilities of a verdict
Mon, Feb 11, 2019

Despite its limitations, Pakistan Supreme Court ruling against the military gives its civil society more room.

Neighbour’s duty
Mon, Oct 08, 2018

Today, war and peace are more complicated. For India-Pakistan, talking is even more essential

The risk in Imran Khan’s Pakistan
Mon, Aug 13, 2018

His ambition to establish an Islamic welfare state might get muddled , and produce more religious agenda than welfare

Patronage and punishment
Tue, Jul 10, 2018

Nawaz Sharif’s conviction is not about corruption. It has to do with his questioning of the military

Book of spies
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

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

The tightrope walker
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

Islamabad’s vulnerability increases if it does not listen to US President’s warning, or if it listens too much

Message from Pakistan
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Hafiz Saeed will be dealt with when the Pakistani state wants, not when Washington or Delhi get annoyed

Carrot to stick
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Trump administration has upped the ante with Pakistan. For South Asia’s sake, the two need to start a conversation

Ordering a turmoil
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

The court verdict against Nawaz Sharif could be the beginning of a period of political instability in Pakistan

Bilateral silence
Wed, May 10, 2017

Hype around war gets a new life in India, Pakistan, increasing public support for the armed forces

Cyril Almeida’s story points to old fault lines and new strains in Pakistan army-govt relationship
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

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.

Over to the real Sharif
Sat, Sep 24, 2016

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

Watching Nawaz Sharif
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

From nuclear decision-making to foreign relations, Pakistan’s prime minister seems to be gasping for breath.

Paris attack: The terror within
Thu, Jan 15, 2015

‘Charlie Hebdo’ incident must make Muslim societies re-examine blasphemy laws.

Strategic assets no longer maintainable
Fri, Dec 19, 2014

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.

Courting confusion as usual
Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Last week’s Supreme Court verdict holding military men responsible for rigging elections in 1990 is unlikely to discourage the armed forces from interfering in Pakistan’s politics

The Kamra revelation
Sat, Aug 25, 2012

Pakistan realises that it cannot blame external forces for terrorist attacks

Drifting apart
Thu, May 31, 2012

With elections coming up in Pakistan and US,neither wants to back down

Back to square one
Tue, May 15, 2012

Until military-strategic issues such as Sir Creek and Siachen are resolved,there can be no forward movement in Indo-Pak relations

A tsunami in a Punjabi teapot
Wed, Nov 02, 2011

After Sunday’s successful rally,Imran Khan has arrived. But can he be more than the Pakistan army’s chosen one?

The Haqqani leverage
Fri, Sep 30, 2011

US-Pakistan tensions draw from a bid to gain a negotiating advantage