Taliban Takeover Will Further Radicalize Pakistan and Increase Nuclear Threat

October 22, 2021

It is now well known that younger officers in the Pakistani army are no longer members of the Scotch-swilling elite. To understand the growing radicalization in Pakistan, it is instructive to read Nadeem F. Paracha, a noted columnist in Dawn, Pakistan’s most reputed newspaper. In 2013, he...

Pakistan’s New “Geoeconomics” Lawfare

March 09, 2021

Of late, statements from the highest level in Pakistan’s government have urged the global community to build a relationship with the country centered around “geoeconomic security.”  The new policy posture is aimed at the Biden administration, but it appears in equal proportion in...

The Challenge With Jinnah’s Vision for Pakistan

August 28, 2020

Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed joins FO Talks by Fair Observer to present his controversial thoughts on Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

The Partition of British India into India and Pakistan

The independence of India from the British Empire in 1947 prompted a wave of decolonization. Yet alongside this victory came the tragedies of partition.

Why Punjabis in Pakistan Have Abandoned Punjabi

July 14, 2020

When Pakistan was formed in 1947, it included two parts: West and East Pakistan. These two parts of the country were approximately 1,600 kilometers apart. Between them was India. The two parts of Pakistan were divided by more than distance. The biggest linguistic group in East Pakistan were...

Pakistan Takes Cues From China to Clamp Down on Freedom of Expression

February 17, 2020

Sweeping new regulations restricting social media in Pakistan put freedom of expression and the media at the heart of the struggle to counter both civilizationalist and authoritarian aspects of an emerging new world order. The regulations, adopted without public debate, position US social...

Kashmir Explained: Why India and Pakistan Fight Over It

August 27, 2019

Tensions are rising in South Asia after India ended the special status for Jammu and Kashmir by revoking Article 370. Lockdown continues in the Indian state as key leaders are in custody, communications are blocked and thousands of troops patrol the streets. Across the border, Pakistani Prime...

China Gets Closer to Pakistan

June 29, 2019

What are the implications of China's ever closer ties with Pakistan?

India and Pakistan Have a Choice to Make

March 06, 2019

India and Pakistan can either make peace or continue in an endless cycle of violence.  On February 14, a suicide bomber killed more than 40 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a militant group based in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack....

Money Can’t Buy Love: The Failure of US-Pakistan Relations

September 13, 2018

Washington and Islamabad see the threat of terrorism, the role of Afghanistan and the larger world in fundamentally different ways. For an administration accustomed to public backlash, the Pentagon’s recent decision to withhold $300 million set aside for Pakistan has received relatively little...

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