Opinion

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

IAF’s Nightmare: Pakistan’s Familiarisation with Rafale Jets

In early February, French defence company Dassault Aviation delivered its first flagship Rafale jet to the Qatari Emir Air Force at a ceremony in Merignac, France. The aircraft is a twin-engine multi-role fighter jet which can swiftly execute a variety of missions including aerial interdiction, reconnaissance, deep strikes in adversarial territory, anti-ship attacks and nuclear deterrence. It was originally launched in 2001 with a long-term view to provide carrier-based operations

Pakistan Sleeps as India Dominates SCO’s Cyber Affairs

Recently, India’s National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) organised a ‘Cyber Workshop’ for members of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries in association with Data Security Council of India (DSCI). The programme was hosted at the premises of renowned Indian engineering firm Cyient in the quaint city of Gachibowli, Hyderabad. Lt Gen (Retired) Dr Rajesh Pant, incumbent National Cyber Security Coordinator of NSCS and Principal Cyber Security Adviser to Prime Minister Narendra

Arab Countries’ Silence on Jammu & Kashmir Speaks Volumes

Since its independence in 1947, the State of Pakistan has enjoyed a special status in the Muslim world for its pronounced creation in the name of Islam. Muslim residents of Arab countries including Iran, Turkey, occupied Palestine and erstwhile USSR member states were always behind Pakistanis when it came to proper democratic functioning, an efficient bureaucratic/state machine and robust armed forces. In fact, almost a decade before Pakistan came into

Indian Aggression against Jammu & Kashmir – 5 Measures to Ensure a Credible Pakistani Response

The abrupt yet expected revocation of Article 370/ 35-A by the BJP government in India has generated fissures in the South Asian stability equilibrium. To the great dismay of New Delhi, the response from Pakistan has been assertive but not reactive in the manner it desperately desires. Government officials, lawmakers and civil society members have unanimously rejected India’s hegemonic action and vowed to uphold their moral, legal and diplomatic support

Modi Sarkar’s Suicidal Strategy in Jammu-Kashmir Weakens South Asian Stability

The recent wave of uncertainty and intimidation in Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government should not come as a surprise. The deployment of thousands of troops, house arrest of prominent Kashmiri politicians and abrupt area-wise shutdown of Internet services may suggest preparations for war. Perhaps more so when viewed in the context of field testing the concept of Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) for swift proactive offensive

Pakistan’s Standing in the Upcoming SAARCLAW Conferences

Pakistan is preparing to host the 12th SAARC Chief Justices Conference and the 15th SAARCLAW Conference on September 14th and 15th, respectively. The former will be presided by Chief Justice of Pakistan, the Honourable Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, himself a founding member of SAARCLAW. The fact that this apex forum of SAARC has agreed to let Islamabad host its dignitaries, including as-of-yet willingness by an Indian representative to participate,

Spanish woman explains her fascinating tale of visiting Pakistan

Clara Arrighi, a Spanish woman recently visited Pakistan even though she did not want to. Her views before and after visiting the country had a 360 degree change. Before visiting Pakistan, she stated in her Facebook post: “When I was told I was going to Pakistan I started to think about all the reasons not to go, how to convince my office not to send me. I did not want

Vendors use Civil Aviation Authority documents to sell fries

Key documents of Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are being used by local vendors to sell fries and bread. Apparently, it appears as if CAA has decided to sell off its classified documents to street hawkers. The idea should have been to dispose the papers in a suitable and safe manner. Several vendors and kiosks in and around the airport region in Karachi are found to sell fries, breads and

Your Guide to a Fab Pakistani Summer

If the temperature is any indication, summer is upon us. If you are feeling a little lost after all those Iftar parties and Eid festivities, and do not know what to do with your life anymore, you have come to the right place. Behold: a list of things to do to make your summer feel less redundant and more productive. Watch something No, not a masala flick at the cinema