Opinion

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya’s Victory and Implications for Pakistan

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s landmark victory in the recent Sri Lankan Presidential elections have sparked mixed reactions in the region. While Pakistan considers it an opportunity to further boost Pak-Lankan ties, India may have reasons to be concerned; this, despite a felicitation message and invitation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Gotabaya joined Sri Lanka Army in 1971 and was commissioned into the Corps of Signals. He completed basic

Cyber Intrusions into India’s Nuclear Infrastructure Should Alarm the IAEA

Reports sourced from chatter on Twitter reveal that India’s nuclear power infrastructure is being targeted by as-yet unknown cyber intruders. It is now known that the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu was a victim of cyber intrusion. On 28th October, a handle associated with the network security community brought the matter to light by tagging Brian Bartholomew, a prominent researcher at Kaspersky Lab. https://t.co/aBVxrJKIao Interesting potential DTRACK

Why the Appointment of India’s New Tri-Services Ops Chief is a Big Deal

A news brief by India TV on 17th October reported that Lt Gen Taranjit Singh has been appointed the new Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) i.e. “DCIDS (Ops)” at Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters (HQ IDS). Short History of HQ IDS HQ IDS, established in November 2001, is equivalent to its Pakistani counterpart, the Joint Staff Headquarters (JSHQ). The head of HQ IDS is Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee

Opinion: National e-Commerce Policy Framework in light of Data Security Threats

Recently, the Federal Cabinet led by Prime Minister Imran Khan approved Pakistan’s pioneering e-Commerce Policy Framework. The document comes after a hiatus of three years due to various systemic delays and perhaps because of a tumultous and uncertain political environment. The transmission of commercial data through virtual payment gateways, national authentication protocols and certification standards is essential so that data of industries, SMEs and consumers can be shielded from malicious

Comment: Ambassador Munir Akram’s Appointment at the United Nations

Veteran diplomat Ambassador Munir Akram has been appointed Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in place of Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi. The move follows Prime Minister Imran Khan’s successful address at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The timing of Ambassador Akram’s appointment has surprised many in Pakistan itself, let alone the world at large. From the optics, the Pakistani delegation seemed pretty satisfied in New York, with

Comment: Dr Moeed Yusuf and Strategic Planning Policy Cell

Dr Moeed Wasim Yusuf, a renowned scholar of South Asian strategic stability and security studies, has been appointed pioneer Chairperson of the Strategic Policy Planning Cell (SPPC) under the National Security Division (NSD) for a period of two years through an Establishment Division notification issued on 25th September. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Boston University, US. The PTI government of PM Imran Khan began the process to

Pakistan Should Be Mindful of Huawei’s Growing Footprint

Huawei is a Chinese-origin technology giant and one of the world’s largest telecom equipment suppliers headquartered in Shenzhen, China. Its total revenue as of 2018 was more than $105 billion. In July 2019, the company unveiled its plan to invest $170 million in Pakistan apart from establishing a “regional headquarters” and upgrading its existing technical support centre. Mark Xueman, Vice President of Huawei Group, went a step ahead and termed

Wanted: A Functioning Defence Minister in ‘Naya Pakistan’

India’s purported “strikes” on Balakot passed. Cease Fire Violations (CFVs) along the LoC by Indian security forces are on the rise. Meanwhile, the BJP leadership is flexing its muscles, issuing hard-worded statements with long-term implications. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, former Home Minister a reformist czar, recently suggested his country may not necessarily abide by the No First Use (NFU) nuclear policy. In Pakistan, the absence of a functioning Defence Minister

Assam’s Volcano is Waiting to Erupt – An Opportunity for Pakistan

Imagine living in a country your whole life, abiding by its laws, following laid-down procedures and chanting ‘Jai Hind’ for all to hear. Then one day, you wake up and find yourself declared stateless in the very territory you called home. If this may sound horrible, one cannot even begin to fathom the tragedy which befell almost 2 million people in India’s northeastern state of Assam. The Government of India

Is The Iran-India Bonhomie Over?

During a routine meeting with President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet members last week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei (“Imam Khamenei”) urged the Indian government to “adopt a just policy towards the noble people of Kashmir and refrain from oppressing and bullying the Muslim people” in this region. These statements have officially clarified how Tehran views New Delhi’s unilateral adventurism in the region. Not only has the eerie