Current Affairs Pakistan August 2016

Belling the cat By Syed Saadat

THE National Accountability Bureau, the corruption watchdog, has indulged in unethical practices of a different sort, it would seem. NAB officials harass retired civil servants in cases of corruption that may actually have little to do with them.

Read more August 31

The Enigma of Pak-Afghan Relations By Imdad Hussain

The launching of combing operations by the Pakistan Army in areas close to the Pak-Afghan border in a bid to hunt down terrorists behind the American University attack in Kabul indicates a positive trajectory in the complex ties between the two countries.

Read more August 31

Why Does Pakistan Need NSG Membership | Editorial

Pakistan has launched a fresh drive to gather support for its efforts to join the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) with a request to the White House this week to support its bid.

Read more August 30

High Poverty Levels By Huma Yusuf

Mr Nasar and his peers could start by reading a new report published by the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute. Geography of Poverty in Pakistan — 2008-09 to 2012-13

Read more August 28

Pakistans Counter Terrorism Policy Hassan Shahjehan

What’s a PM to do about the people really when he can scarcely find time to save his own government? For months now the government has been neck deep in the Panama Leaks spillover.

Read more August 28

Pakistan’s Democracy | Editorial

Pakistan has been facing the issue of terrorism since it entered into the war on terrorism, right after the event of 9/11. Since 2004, several operations were conducted against the terrorist groups located in the Waziristan belt (FATA).

Read more August 28

‘Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline Must Be Top Priority’

Economist and former finance minister Dr Hafiz Pasha believes that Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project is the most viable and feasible energy project for Pakistan and needs to be completed at the earliest.

Read more August 28

A Mature CSS By M Saeed Khalid

Now comes a confusing signal from the ruling party about their policy concerning the young. Rather than focusing on ways to get the brightest and most talented young men and women in the Central Superior Services or the CSS, the government has raised the maximum age limit for the competitive examination from 28 to 30.

Read more August 28

Rebranding Pakistan | Editorial

Pakistan-US relationship has seen better days as US aid to Pakistan shrinks amidst heightened tensions. While the cancellation of the F-16 deal marked the beginning of the downward spiral, the underling dynamics of US-Pak relationship had been moving in this direction long before that.

Read more August 28

Pakistan Keen To Resolve Kashmir Issue Through Dialogue

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Friday urged the ambassadors of United Nations Security Council’s permanent members (P5) and the European Union to fulfil their international commitments to the people of India-held Kashmir (IHK) under the UN’s resolutions.

Read more August 27

Water Terrorism by India By Reema Shaukat

IN case of India and Pakistan water issue is partition old and India often manipulated tactics to deprive Pakistan from its due share. Pakistan, in initial years after independence faced lot of problems particularly in agriculture because of stoppage of water by India.

Read more August 25

Pakistan Makes Strong Pitch For NSG Membership

UNITED NATIONS: Pakis¬tan has made a strong case for the country’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) — a 48-nation body that regulates the global trade in nuclear technology

Read more August 25

Key issues facing Pakistan today By Talat Masood

Pakistan’s foreign and domestic policies face formidable multiple challenges. India is virtually on the warpath for our support of the Kashmiri resistance against Indian hegemony and atrocities.

Read more August 24

India and Pakistan: Impossible Relationship? By Yasmeen Aftab Ali

It is a complicated relationship that has failed to make much headway over time. Both can do with peace between them yet neither is willing to change the traditional approach and narrative.

Read more August 23

Nuclear disorder By Rizwan Asghar

As Pakistan renews its proposal for a bilateral agreement on non-testing of nuclear weapons, the world community remains mum on the issue. This issue has held up progress on the non-proliferation agenda for more than two decades now.

Read more August 23

American NSA’s Spying in Pakistan | Editorial

A recent report published in The Intercept claimed that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) allegedly spied on top civil-military leadership in Pakistan using malware.

Read more August 23

Foreign Policy in Limbo By Mahnoor Sheikh

Pakistan – which claims to be a ‘democratic’ country – has always been behind in giving a clear stance on its foreign policy. Internal affairs aside, the country has many challenges on the foreign front that it failed to address which can be easily termed as its ‘failure of foreign policy’.

Read more August 22

Supreme Court and the Cabinet Government | Editorial

Having been trained in the English constitutionalism during the colonial days, political elites in British India were largely attracted to the Westminster system of parliamentary democracy.

Read more August 22

Kashmir Issue Attracts Global Attention | Editorial

Reiterating Pakistan's stance on the Kashmir dispute, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has renewed its support for the Kashmiri right to self-determination.

Read more August 22

NSA Spied on Pakistani Civil-Military Leadership

The United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) hacked Pakistan’s National Telecommunications Corporation (NTC) to spy on Pakistani civilian and military leadership, online publication The Interceptreported on Saturday.

Read more August 21

Challenges to the Federation By Afrasiab Khattak

The Upper House of Parliament was meant to provide space for the inclusion of smaller federating units faced with dominating majority of the one federating unit in the National Assembly.

Read more August 21

The Stark Reality of Pak-Afghan Relations | Editorial

As Balochistan witnessed protests across the province in the wake of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement, rallies were also held across the western border of Pakistan. But the protests in Afghanistan were not in support of Balochistan or condemning Modi: they were targeted against Pakistan.

Read more August 21

The State of Pakistan By Ayaz Ahmed

A thorough analysis of Pakistan’s chequered past makes it abundantly clear that the country has spent much of its history in political instability, a downward economic trajectory, educational backwardness and security malaise.

Read more August 20

We Need A New Foreign Policy By Nadir Mir

Pakistan needs a foreign policy to serve the State and people. What passes for foreign policy has been serving the elite – dictator or elected, personal interests and not national interests!! Today Pakistan has a feeble foreign policy led by confused political elite.

Read more August 20

Civil-Military Balance By Hassan Shahjehan

Civil-military relations have always been the subject of discussion in Pakistan’s polity. Just like Turkey, the military in Pakistan have always played a dominant role in the state’s politics, so much so that the country experienced four martial laws — 1958, 1968, 1979 and 1999 — since Pakistan’s creation.

Read more August 20

What is Needed: A Pakistan-India Dialogue | Editorial

The Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambewale delivered the message of Delhi’s willingness to talk in response to the invitation by the foreign secretary of Pakistan, Aizaz Chaudhry to his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar.

Read more August 20

Institutional Change By Idrees Khawaja

THE ‘catch-up’ hypothesis in economics holds that per capita income in poor countries will eventually catch up with the per capita income of rich countries.

Read more August 18

Pakistan and India Reactions and Counter-Reactions | Editorial

TThe invitation by Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Aizaz Chaudhry to his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar for talks on Kashmir was met by rejection as Jaishankar maintained that only cross border terrorism should be discussed with Pakistan.

Read more August 18

Gender Based Violence By Muhammad Shahid Rafique

The Gender Gap Index 2015 ranked Pakistan second from the last among 145 countries in terms of prevalence of gender based disparities. Published by the World Economic Forum, the Index measures national gender gaps in economy, politics, education and health.

Read more August 17

Resetting Pakistan’s Kashmir posture By Mohsin Raza Malik

The fundamental character of the Kashmir dispute has undergone a metamorphosis over a period of time, transforming it from an international dispute to a territorial dispute between two South Asian rivals, Pakistan and India.

Read more August 17

Energising The National Action Plan By Talat Masood

The army chief was left with no option but to state that the objectives of Operation Zarb-e-Azb would be seriously compromised if the civilian government continues to neglect the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP).

Read more August 17

India’s ‘Silent War’ on Pakistan By Javid Husain

Silent war is a kind of warfare with another state in which the ruler and his ministers—-and, unknowingly, the people—-acted publicly as if they were at peace with the opposing state.

Read more August 16

Political Geography By Dr Niaz Murtaza

POLITICAL geography examines how the nature of politics in specific geographies is influenced by local socio-economic factors. Applying this lens to Pakistan’s immense and varied geography yields interesting insights into the factors influencing its politics.

Read more August 16

India’s unwarranted Concerns Over CPEC By Mohammad Jamil

After having failed in its efforts to create roadblocks in China-Pak Economic Corridor through subversive activities of its spies and agents, India has resorted to other means.

Read more August 16

Unsustainable Energy | Editorial

Pakistan has been stuck in a power deficit rut for decades with no hopes of improvement despite promises made by the incumbent government of the resolution of the energy crises by 2018.

Read more August 16

The Implementation of NAP | Editorial

The government is focused only on high visibility vote catching projects like the extension of the motorway and initiation of rapid transport systems in major urban centers. The PML-N leadership does not brook delay in the implementation of these projects.

Read more August 15

The NSG debate By Muhammad Umer

There is an extremely urgent need to address the energy crisis in Pakistan. For this reason, the government of Pakistan submitted a membership application earlier this year to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an international body that essentially regulates nuclear trade.

Read more August 15

Pak-India Future | Editorial

On the surface Pak-India friction is back to very disturbing levels despite Nawaz Sharif’s spirited outreach and Narendra Modi’s occasional reciprocity; casting a long, dark shadow on the upcoming SAARC Summit in November.

Read more August 15

Pakistan After 69 Years By Mazhar Abbas

After 69 years of Independence, we are still not convinced that a true democratic system is in place in accordance with the political vision of the Founder of the Nation, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Read more August 13

Climate-Smart Development By Areej Riaz

Pakistan aims to be among the top 10 economies in the world by the year 2047 and top 25 economies by 2025. The government’s Vision 2025 aspires for a ’competitive’ but ‘caring’ economy.

Read more August 13

Kashmir Issue Remains Unresolved By Hira Naveed

DEATH toll in Indian held Kashmir continues to rise as violence against innocent Kashmiris by Indian army continues. According to Indian media, 35 people have so far lost their lives but the actual figures are still unknown to the world.

Read more August 13

The Pak-Iran Relationship | Editorial

The PML-N government has not won too many points, for some time now, on the foreign policy front. Things with India, Afghanistan and America have worsened and the foreign ministry.

Read more August 13

Civil-Military Relations in Pakistan By Raashid Wali Janjua

The civil-military relations in Pakistani context have been bedeviled by a lack of mutual trust and understanding due to a host of factors. The colonial flavor of a socially sequestered military weaned more on a colonial as opposed to a democratic diet had to be sedulously tempered through a civilian leadership possessing adequate charisma and political gravitas.

Read more August 11

Pakistan’s Water Crisis | Editorial

It is indeed troubling news. The federal government has failed in formulating a water policy that could be acceptable to all provinces. Reportedly, tariff is a major hurdle in the formation of the much-needed water policy besides other issues.

Read more August 11

Pakistan And Nuclear Report Card 2016: Assessment, Interests And Collisions – OpEd By Maimuna Ashraf

Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament debates have received important considerations in the contemporary nuclear environment, that has resulted in a strategic shift of the paradigm in the global nuclear politics.

Read more August 10

Modi Calls For End to Kashmir Violence

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Tuesday for an end to the violence in held Kashmir, promising jobs for young people, in his first comments since deadly clashes began over a month ago.

Read more August 10

Foreign Policy Challenges By Talat Masood

An uneasy relationship exists between the US and Pakistan. The major area of difference currently centres around how both countries view the issue of bringing stability to Afghanistan and protecting their vital national interests.

Read more August 10

The US, India, China and Pakistan By Siraj Shawa

During the Cold War epoch, divergent priorities and self-interests, the Indo-Russian partnership and geo-political realities could not allow a breathing space for Pak-Russia relations to grow and strengthen.

Read more August 10

Rekindled Pak-Russia Relations By Yasir Masood

During the Cold War epoch, divergent priorities and self-interests, the Indo-Russian partnership and geo-political realities could not allow a breathing space for Pak-Russia relations to grow and strengthen.

Read more August 10

Privatisation & The Supreme Court By Khalid Anwer

ON June 23, 2006, a bench of the Supreme Court headed by then chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry struck down the privatisation of Pakistan Steel Mills by means of a long, rambling judgment.

Read more August 09

Foreign Policy: Foreign to Pakistani Diplomats? By Asad Ejaz Butt

In the backdrop of the ongoing strife with Afghanistan over the alleged proxy wars, the souring relationship with the United States over the uninhibited prowess of the Haqqani network and like-minded groups in the north.

Read more August 09

IDPs’ Return | Editorial

AS the government falls behind in its responsibility to rehabilitate and secure internally displaced communities in Fata, many thousands face a future deprived of shelter, potable water, education and livelihood.

Read more August 08

Is Pakistan Isolated? By Munir Akram

SEVERAL Pakistani commentators have concluded that Pakistan is isolated because its relations with three of its four immediate neighbours are hostile.

Read more August 07

Security crisis in Pakistan | Editorial

News of Pentagon not paying Pakistan $300 million as reimbursements through the Coalition Support Fund for its role in war against terror should be a wake-up call for Pakistan and a moment of deep introspection.

Read more August 06

Missed Oppurtunities By Ahsan Kureshi

The interior ministers of both India and Pakistan embarrassed their countries at the SAARC meeting. The former walked out before the conclusion of the session, the other, not understanding that he was not talking to a state selected press audience, was reportedly typically harsh in his tone.

Read more August 06

Pakistan and the SAARC Member Countries | Editorial

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s (SAARC) Home Ministers’ Conference being held in Islamabad has turned into a controversial affair as the Bangladeshi Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal is not participating in the summit.

Read more August 04

Overcoming Regional and International Isolation By Imtiaz Alam

Two important meetings in Islamabad are quite crucial for us to possibly get out of both regional and international isolation – if we make the right policy decisions.

Read more August 04

Walking The Diplomatic Tightrope | Editorial

The significance of the Turkish Foreign Minister’s visit to Pakistan in the aftermath of the failed military coup in Turkey cannot be overstated.

Read more August 04

Pak-Afghan ties: Can CPEC be a CBM? By Imtiaz Gul

The Afghan government remains unhappy with Pakistan over the Haqqani network. On August 1, it officially “regretted” the installation of a new gate at Torkham, accusing Pakistan of violation of centuries-long traditions, despite repeated assertions by President Ashraf Ghani

Read more August 03

The long struggle for Kashmir’s freedom By Talat Masood

The visit of the Indian home minister to Islamabad to attend the Saarc ministerial meeting in connection with the forthcoming summit in November provides an opportunity to unfreeze the current gridlock between the two countries.

Read more August 03

Democracy in Islam By Dr Niaz Murtaza

BOTH Islamists and Islamophobes find Islam and democracy incongruent. Some cite a verse that deprecates majority views. To call Islam anti-democracy by citing a brief verse non-contextually is odd. Even in democracy, small ruling groups usually make decisions.

Read more August 02

Water Scarcity By Shahid Zubair

Scarcity of water, which appears in three dimensions of water shortage, stress and crisis, has become a major problem for many countries of the world, not necessarily for those which are surrounded by vast vistas of desert but also for those which are otherwise agricultural countries like Iraq or Pakistan.

Read more August 02

Kashmir: A Nuclear Flashpoint By S Sadia Kazmi

There is no denying the fact that the longest lingering and the major issue between Pakistan and India is the Kashmir issue “the unfinished agenda of the partition."

Read more August 02

Energy and its Problems By Shahid Mehmood

Just take our country’s case and what the lack of electricity has done to the prospects of economic growth. Economic growth and energy use are closely linked. Not surprisingly, the countries with the highest per capita income have also the highest per capita use of energy. "

Read more August 02

The US, Pakistan and India | Editorial

With the current volatile situation in Indian-held Kashmir becoming a major headline in international media, the United States has expressed concern over violence in the valley, urging all sides to come up with a peaceful solution."

Read more August 01