Opinion

The tale of murky politics in JNU

The current political situation in India is rotten. At first it started in Dadri where a mob lynched a person over a rumour that he had consumed beef. The beef politics sparked anguish in between the people that they started giving life threats to each other. From Dadri to Kashmir many were lynched and it gave another reason to people to object on the work of BJP. The BJP which

Federal Government Not Interested In Rehabilitating FATA TDPs

According to statistics published by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), an estimated 150,000 families were displaced by Pakistan Army’s counter terrorism operations in FATA, predominantly in North Waziristan Agency and Khyber Agency. To be more specific, data provided by the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) on October 5, 2015 showed that there were 638,144 Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs). Operations Zarb-e-Azb and Khyber were launched with the full support of

India’s Growing Belligerence Amid Delayed Bilateral Dialogue

On February 16, 2016, two leading Asian newspapers published opposing stories on bilateral talks. The Hindustan Times quoted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Mr Tariq Fatemi that Pakistan was ‘ready to forge cooperative relations with India’. On the other hand, a report by Dawn quoted India’s new High Commissioner to Pakistan Mr Gautam Bambawale saying that the dialogue between both countries would resume ‘once the atmosphere

Need for a Military Operation in Punjab

Over the past few years, we’ve heard news about army operations and Intelligence-Based Operations (IBOs) in KP, Balochistan and Sindh but when it comes to Punjab, the news are either too low or almost all of them talk about covert IBOs. To date, Punjab has never faced any military operation. This exception is not legitimize demands for one anew, but rather to question the motive behind not targeting dangerous militant

Civilian Government’s Failure To Implement National Action Plan

Pakistan Armed Forces are fighting an “amorphous” enemy, as former army chief General Kayani used to say. This enemy manifests itself in various forms, at various places and through a variety of mediums. Operation Zarb-e-Azb will complete its second year in coming June and the National Action Plan (NAP) promulgated by the political-military leaders will also complete its second year in December. A key question being asked by observers, analysts

General Raheel Sharif – A Man living up to vision of Allama Iqbal

To begin this article with Iqbal’s quote; Khudi ko kar buland itna ke har taqder se pehle Khuda bande se ye poche bata teri raza kia hai (Raise thyself to such heights, That God Himself may Ask — What do you wish me to write your fate?) ISPR has made a very comprehensive statement regarding the retirement of Army Chief at the end of his tenure, thus leaving us to witness

Pakistan and Oman can help Defuse the Saudi-Iran Standoff

The standoff between two diametrically-opposed ideological regimes in Riyadh and Tehran can be defused if neutral countries like Pakistan and Oman together make concerted efforts to reduce the level of distrust and misconceptions between two important Muslim states which rank among the world’s top ten oil-producing countries. Related: Regional Geosectarianism and Role of Pakistan Historically, Pakistan has tried its best to balance its fragile relationships between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Pak-Afghan: Brothers?

Pak-Afghan ties have always been paralyzed by the cross border insurgency movements and the blame game on state level. However, the hostile relations between the two countries have a viable historical background which set the framework for the prevailed situation. Relationship between the two countries started right after the independence of Pakistan. Unfortunately due to Durand line issue which is the border between the two countries, Afghan government was not

5 Reasons Why Pathankot Attack Appears To Be An Inside Job

On January 2, 2016, a group of 5 heavily-armed terrorists attacked the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot, Punjab, killing 7 security personnel including a serving Lt Col of the Indian Army. India’s hyper-sensationalist media once again jumped to conclusions, with each news outlet quoting its own ‘high ranking’ anonymous sources giving their own differing versions of the incident. Some said it was carried out by Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) whereas

Regional Geosectarianism and Role of Pakistan

We live in precarious times. The advent of the Internet was meant to promote the concept of a ‘global village’ but alas, here too the elements of hatred, hostility and strife spared no opportunity to spread discord and discontent rampaging across the Muslim world. With the emergence of two radically opposing sub-factions within Islam (Wahhabi and Shia schools of thought) emerged fault lines which were otherwise hidden from the public