Opinion

The Demise of Sports Diplomacy

This is a guest post by Azm Aftab who is an aspiring writer with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Body-line bowling, a tactic the English cricket team devised to counter the batting prowess of the Australian batsman Sir Don Bradman, gave rise to the first act of cricket diplomacy. The Australians were less than impressed with the new English tactic and called it ‘unsportsmanlike behaviour’. The latter didn’t

Sci-Fi: Pakistan, The Desolate Utopia – Episode 1

The following is an imagined alternative future scenario, part of the author’s future insight series. The objective of these write-ups is to analyze presumed future occurrences in abstract form and troubleshoot existing activities which could turn them into a reality. _______________________________________________________________________________ He closed his eyes for a brief moment and opened them up again. Everything around had changed. Evolved. He walked on a neat and clean road dotted with sky-rise

Why Does General Raheel Sharif Frequently Travel Abroad?

General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s 15th army chief, is currently on an official five-day visit to the US. This comes almost a month after his visit to Turkey. Many negative assertions have been by world media on his recent visit. Some said he wanted to “embarrass” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent US visit whereas the Indian media, as expected, mounted another cheap attack by claiming that General Raheel “invited himself”. Although

Fear A World Without Empathy

‘Empathy’ is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as, “the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions; the ability to share someone else’s feelings.” Empathy is shown by people whose hearts are alive to the cries of humanity. Souls who can relate to another in the name of their common creator, the One True God, who is Alone. He declared Himself Lord of all Mankind, indicating that

Lt Gen KJ Singh, Mind Your Own Business!

Military officers around the world hold varied opinions on individuals, organizations and incidents which they take a particular interest in. It is natural for their views to come from a preset institutional perspective, often accompanied with bias and sharp criticism. But what happens when some of these senior commanders make controversial statements which do nothing except promote further misunderstandings and hate? We recently saw Britain’s Chief of Defence Staff General

The Talk Show Culture Has Degenerated Pakistan’s Domestic Discourse

Talk shows. They’re everywhere. Every channel in every country has them. Some are controversial, others are world renowned and some are plain lousy. Pakistan too has hundreds of talk shows broadcast on Urdu, Sindhi, Pashto, Brahvi and Punjabi channels. There are also talk shows on the English language PTV World. A broad categorization of talk show subjects is as follows: • National politics • National security and diplomacy • Economy

Our Unaffordable Obsession With Holidays

Who doesn’t love to have a day off? I personally cherish not having to go to work during public holidays. And if, through some miraculous coincidence, a holiday precedes or succeeds a weekend, the joy is increased manifold. Then I think about the situation our country is in, not security-wise but strictly in economic terms. We aren’t faring well. We rank as an under-developed economy that is severely indebted to

Mr Prime Minister, How Can You Call Gwadar and Chabahar ‘Sister Ports’?

Secretary of Iran’s National Security Council Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on October 29, 2015. Several issues related to the regional developments were discussed. It was a significant meeting in the sense that Iran’s top security representative was here, coincidentally when Saudi troops were in Pakistan for intensive counter-terrorism exercises. PM Sharif made a statement that was noteworthy; he declared the port cities of

The Menace Of Jingoism

The following is a seriously sarcastic or sarcastically serious op-ed in continuation of an earlier piece I wrote on August 30, 2015, “Is Pakistan Threatened By Its Own Inhabitants Too?” The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the term ‘jingoism’ as: “the feelings and beliefs of people who think that their country is always right and who are in favor of aggressive acts against other countries” Sound relatable? It should. Many citizens

The Dovals: Father-Son Duo Behind Indian Hegemonism

A vast majority of Pakistanis are well familiar with the name “Doval”. Some even pronounce it as “Devil” to amuse themselves and their listeners. These and other alterations all refer to Ajit Doval, India’s National Security Adviser in office since May 30, 2014. Who is this person and why is he discussed too often by government officials and security analysts around the world? Profile Ajit Kumar Doval is a former