Taking on Militants: A Fight for the Soul of Pakistan

November 28, 2016

Is the Pakistani government sincere in its efforts to curb intolerance and political violence? Two high-level meetings in recent months involving senior military commanders and intelligence officials and/or top-level government representatives spotlight Pakistan’s difficulty in coming to grips...

Modi Dumps Nehru’s “Strategic Restraint” Against Pakistan

October 08, 2016

After decades of pusillanimity, India decides to counter Pakistani terrorism by conducting surgical strikes across the border. In 1958, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wrote to US President Dwight Eisenhower: “ make it clear to you how anxious we have been ever since Independence to...

Kashmir Unrest Marks Low Point for India-Pakistan Ties

August 24, 2016

Street protests that have plagued Kashmir are likely to continue in the absence of meaningful political engagement between New Delhi and local stakeholders. Indian-administered Kashmir has seen a new wave of unrest since early July when security forces killed 22-year-old Burhan Wani, the...

Sectarian Violence Threatens An Already Unstable Pakistan

February 15, 2015

Sectarian violence in Pakistan is nothing new, but its growth in recent years is troubling. The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque on February 13. The atrocity in Peshawar left at least 20 dead and over 60 injured. This is the latest act of...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

November 19, 2013

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. This is the second weekly commentary on key developments across the globe titled “Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report.” We will pick out the most important events, trends and...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

November 19, 2013

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. This is the second weekly commentary on key developments across the globe titled “Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup.” After much feedback, we are playing around with the format and...

Pakistan: Making Sense of the Challenge Ahead

June 25, 2013

Pakistan is rife with problems. But Sharif must correct the civilian-army imbalance. For the first time in its craggy political history, Pakistan has seen a democratic transition of government conducted under a civilian watch. The new prime minister of Pakistan has assumed office for the third...

Pakistan: An Historical Class Comparison

June 01, 2013

Sharif is best suited to lead Pakistan out of the current situation, but he will have to make a clean break with the legacy of corruption and right-wing appeasement, argues Ishtiaq Ahmed. Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won most votes and seats in the May 11 Pakistan...

Pakistan Imbroglio: Will its Voice be Respected?

Pakistan’s new leader, Nawaz Sharif, faces acute domestic issues and a troubled relationship with the United States and Afghanistan. His solution calls for an end to US drone attacks, and the start of talks with the Taliban. By Sajjad Ashraf Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim...

Pakistan: The Uneasy Tie Between Educational Reform and Violence

May 23, 2013

Maria Khwaja examines the rhetoric of educational reform during the general election and obstacles on the ground in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi In December, I hurriedly snapped a photo of five men at Qasim-ul-Uloom School in Karachi. Located in the ethnically volatile Orangi-town area,...

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