Current Affairs Pakistan December2016

Indian Position Of ‘No War, No Peace’ With Pakistan To Continue In 2017 By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir

" : Indian foreign policy establishment has reached the conclusion that “no war, no peace” situation in the relationship with Pakistan will persist in 2017 given that it is not doing anything to stop terrorism directed at India. "

Read more January 2

Cyber Security and Pakistan By Maryam Nazir

" GIVEN the constantly evolving security dynamics globally and regionally, the threat spectrum continues to grow with every passing day. The nature of threat has transformed from traditional to advanced non-conventional and strategic levels. "

Read more January 2

In Doldrums: Pakistan's Relations With its Neighbours in 2016 By Tashkeel Ahmed Farooqui

" The prompted a rejoinder from the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz who posited that Pakistan had been pursuing a proactive foreign policy to secure its national interest in an evolving geostrategic environment. "

Read more December 31

NSG Deadlock By Zamir Akram

" Despite trying to load the dice in India’s favour, the Obama administration has failed to deliver on its promise to ensure NSG membership for India during its tenure which ends in mid-January 2017. "

Read more December 31

Nuclear Pakistan By Rizwan Asghar

" Pakistan continues to strengthen and expand its nuclear capabilities – diversifying weapons, fielding new delivery vehicles and accumulating fissile material. "

Read more December 30

Pakistan-India Tensions: Trump Urged To Develop Clearer South Asia Policy

" US president-elect Donald Trump should develop clearer policies to ease tensions between Pakistan and India, senior analysts said at a discussion at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) on Wednesday."

Read more December 29

The Changing Climate and Our Future By Atta-ur-Rahman

" According to scientists working on global weather patterns, rising global temperatures are causing the glaciers in the Himalayas as well as in Europe and other parts of the world to melt. This will cause major portions of Asia, Africa, the US and South America to turn into uninhabitable deserts. "

Read more December 29

NSG Draft Rule May Allow India In, Leave Pakistan Out

" A draft proposal for accepting new members into the Nuclear Suppliers Group paves the way for India’s entry but leaves Pakistan out, reported India’s IANS news agency, citing a US-based arms control organisation. "

Read more December 29

‘Quality, capacity, safety of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons better than India’s’ By Ikram Junaidi

" Pakistan’s nuclear programme was launched for peaceful purposes but national security issues forced the country to build nuclear weapons, former nuclear scientist and the chairman of the Underground Gasification Project at the Thar Coal Field, Dr Samar Mubarakmand, said on Tuesday. "

Read more December 28

The Indo-Pakistan Water Conflict By Dr Waseem Ahmad Qureshi

" The Indo-Pakistan water conflict dates back to 1948, when India first blocked the river water flow to Pakistan and threatened the agrarian system of the time."

Read more December 27

Indo-Pak Relations | Editorial

" 2016 was one of the worst years in recent times with respect to not only terrorism but also natural calamities, untimely deaths and election/referendum upsets. "

Read more December 26

Greatest Nation in the World By Fahd Husain

" Pakistan one of the greatest nations of the world? Did the Quaid really mean that a nascent, poor, underdeveloped and insecure country could become one of the greatest nations of the world"

Read more December 25

How Secure is Pakistan? By Raja Taimur Hassan

" Of many, one of principle factors of demise of the once mighty Soviet Union was widespread economic struggles triggered by massive expenditures on military and weapons, which agitated political and civil unrest in almost all the states. "

Read more December 24

Preventive Diplomacy: Successes and Failures By Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

" It has always been a challenge to exchange views on conflict prevention and the summoning into being a of peaceful and prosperous world. The intellectual debate is great, but the stakes are even greater. "

Read more December 24

On Nuclear Club: Criteria and Membership By Saima Aman Sial

" The fate of the newcomers i.e. India and Pakistan, in the nuclear supplier's group, hasn’t been finalised yet; neither have been the criteria. The June Plenary and later the informal session weren’t able to decide on new memberships. "

Read more December 24

2016 — Year of Dark Clouds By Yousaf Rafiq

" The outgoing year turned out very different than expected, to say the least. There was hope and optimism going in. The country had, after a long time, finally lifted itself from the shadow of the Peshawar tragedy. "

Read more December 23

IWT: India To Build Large Reservoirs, Canals To Make Full Use Of Indus River

" It quoted Indian officials as saying that New Delhi is looking to build large reservoirs and canals to store more and more water from the Indus, Chenab and Jhelum over the coming years. "

Read more December 23

Manoeuvres For NSG Entry By Ali Sarwar Naqvi

" The annual plenary session of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) held in Seoul in June this year failed to achieve a consensus regarding the entry of non- Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signatory countries. "

Read more December 23

Pakistan And India: Current Issues And Future Directions By Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

" Pakistan and India are facing serious difficulties in their bilateral relations. Though they are not in a state of war, a virtual warlike situation exists on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. "

Read more December 22

Come to Senses Neighbour By Hafsa Khaled

" It seems that India is hell-bent on deteriorating already dismal relations with Pakistan to the point of no return. It is true that Pakistan and India are traditional hostile enemies, but the dynamics of today’s globalised world demands greater cooperation and lesser hostilities in order to work together to counter global threats. "

Read more December 17

Looking Forward to Strong Ties Between US and Pakistan: Fatemi

" Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi Thursday said that though Trump Administration was not yet in place, Pakistan was looking forward to strong ties between Pakistan and United States as they serve the cause of peace and stability in South Asia and the region beyond. "

Read more December 17

Between IWT and NSG | Editorial

" In the aftermath of tensions since the Uri episode Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has threatened to stop honouring the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) and block the flow of water into Pakistan. "

Read more December 15

Trump’s Optimism: Retuning Pak-US Ties? By S Qamar Afzal Rizvi

" IN a recent telephonic talk with Prime Minister Muhammad, Nawaz Sharif, the US President- elect Donald Trump has expressed his positive views about Pakistan which include his promise to visit Pakistan. "

Read more December 15

Pakistan’s Power Sector: Going Up, Down or Nowhere? By Mohammad Younus Dagha

" When did we last read positive reviews in the international reports about Pakistan’s power sector? Never. It is now accepted internationally that Pakistan’s power sector has come out of its worst financial crisis, from posting a loss to the national budget of Rs200bn to now a negligible Rs8 bn per annum."

Read more December 11

The US may not Compete With China for Influence in Pakistan By Michael Krepon

" ONE of Pakistan’s greatest diplomatic achievements during the Cold War was to simultaneously enjoy strong ties with the United States and China. With the end of the Cold War and the retreat of Soviet forces from Afghanistan, this triangular relationship has changed. "

Read more December 11

Parliamentary Democracy in Pakistan By General Saad Khattak

" A system of government in which people directly elect representatives to the parliament is known as Parliamentary democracy. The parliament elects the prime minister from within its members who through the parliament is directly answerable to the people. "

Read more December 11

US-Pakistan Relations: An Appraisal By Ejaz Hussain

"The US-Pakistan relations were ensconced in the Cold War ontology of international relations wherein choices were limited for the developing countries that either sided the USSR or the US led bloc.

Read more December 10

CSS Exam Results | Editorial

THE ‘education emergency’ that many experts have been warning about for a number of years has been manifesting itself in various important areas of national life. One of these is the Central Superior Services exam, the qualification through which inductions into the bureaucracy are made.

Read more December 8

Pakistan’s Nuclear Credentials | Editorial

IT is a matter of satisfaction that Pakistan has been able to put across its case effectively on the sensitive issue of security and safety of its nuclear programme and assets on the occasion of International Conference on Nuclear Safety: Commitments and Actions at Vienna.

Read more December 8

Pak-Afghan Ties| Editorial

AFGHAN President Ashraf Ghani has become a harsh critic of Pakistan — harsh to the point of outdoing Indian hawks and, seemingly, undermining his own country’s interests. At the Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar.

Read more December 6

The Iran Pakistan India Pipeline | Abbas Hasan

According to the Energy International Agency (EIA) the demand for gas in India shall continue to grow in the medium term. This shall increase from 7.9 trillion cubic feet (tcf) in 2012 to 17.2 tcf by 2040.

Read more December 6

Pakistan-US Relations ‘Quite Complex’: WH

The White House spokesman, Josh Earnest has noted that the relationship between Pakistan and US was ‘quite complicated’ and got more so after US conducted a raid into Pakistan that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Read more December 3

Nuclear Pakistan: More Compulsions, Less Options By Nauman Hassan

AFTER the overt nuclearisation of 1998 in South Asia entirely alter the dynamics of nuclear world order, India withdrewfrom negotiations of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996 which was vigorously supported by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, in 1954 as a “standstill agreement” and then in 1963 as Limited Test Ban Treaty.

Read more December 2

Pak-US Ties Under Trump | Editorial

IT remains to be seen what shape Pakistan-US ties will take under the new US Administration, yet the first ever telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Donald Trump was very positive and pleasant as the US President-elect not only spoke highly of Pakistan and its people but once again offered mediation in resolution of outstanding disputes between Islamabad and New Delhi.

Read more December 2

Change of Command: Civil-military Ties By Zafar Nawaz Jaspal

THE appointment of the Chief of Army Staff is always very sensitive due to the decisive role of the Army in the polity of Pakistan. The trends in the prevalent internal and external environment of the country also make the appointment of the current Chief of Army Staff (COAS) critical.

Read more December 1

Managing Pak-India Relations By Shahid M Amin

PAKISTAN-India relations have reached a new low. There seems hardly any possibility that, under Modi, relations are going to improve.

Read more December 1