Current Affairs Pakistan January 2017

The Nuclear and Missile Race By Talat Masood

Pakistan and India are once again in news for testing their advanced missile capabilities. Pakistan made a qualitative jump in defence technology by testing its first prototype medium–range, surface-to-surface ballistic missile.

Read more January 31

Water Wars | Editorial

After faring poorly in Indian Punjab, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ s BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) is desperate. Visiting the poll-bound Punjab on Friday, Mr Modi tried to woo the voter base by making ridiculous claims to abrogate the Indus Waters Treaty.

Read more January 31

What is India Trying to Prove With its Cold Start? By Beenish Altaf

the Cold Start is a military doctrine developed by the Indian Army for use in a possible war with Pakistan. It is intended to allow India’s conventional forces to perform holding attacks in order to prevent a nuclear retaliation from Pakistan in case of a conflict.

Read more January 30

New Partnerships, New Opportunities By John Groarke

A new year inspires us to both reflect on the past and to imagine new possibilities for the future. 2016 was an exciting year for us, as we faced old challenges with new innovations and opened a new chapter in a longstanding partnership.

Read more January 30

Violation Of Indus Water Treaty? – OpEd By Babar Khan Bozdar

The liberal water-sharing pact known as Indus-Water Treaty was signed by Pakistani President Ayub Khan and Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on September 19, 1960, in Karachi and the water of six rivers-Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum was shared between two countries.

Read more January 28

Pakistan, India, and Kashmir | Editorial

The House of Commons debate on Kashmir and the resulting motion in which Indian excesses on the Line of Control were noted, dialogue between the Pakistan and India for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute was encouraged and the Kashmiri right to self determination according to the United States Security Council resolution was reiterated is indeed a diplomatic victory for Pakistan.

Read more January 28

Russia and Pakistan: An Era of Detente By Rana Sarfraz

IN December last year, representatives of Russia, China and Pakistan gathered around amidst the frosty nights of Moscow to discuss the heated issue of exacerbating security situations in Afghanistan and the growing network of Islamic State.

Read more January 25

The Trump Dilemma By Talat Masood

Like the rest of the world we in Pakistan watch with deep concern what Donald Trump’s presidency means for us. How will it affect Pakistan’s relations with Washington, what would be the President’s attitude towards Muslims in particular?

Read more January 25

Renegotiating Water | Editorial

It is likely that water, not terrorism, will spark the next major conflict between Pakistan and India. Both countries already cannot meet their water needs and that problem will only be exacerbated by global climate change.

Read more January 24

The America First Policy By Dr Muhammad Khan

After his election victory, President Donald Trump hoped for a better Pak-US relationship, while talking to Prime Minster, Nawaz Sharif in a telephonic conversation.

Read more January 24

Ghani and sthe COAS: New Beginnings? By Yousaf Rafiq

It was Ghani, interestingly, that set the trend of meeting the Pakistani Army chief shortly after he assumed the presidency in ’14. It was, for all intents and purposes, a bold gambit.

Read more January 23

The Trump Presidency For Pakistan By Shahid Javed Burki

Will the Trump presidency that began on January 20 amidst controversy matter for Pakistan? The short answer is “yes”. It will matter not because of large flows of capital into the capital-starved Pakistani economy.

Read more January 23

A Balancing Act in Afghanistan By Adnan Adil

Islamabad is trying to balance its act in Afghanistan with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa reaching out to the Kabul leadership twice after assuming office on November 30.

Read more January 21

Nuclear Power Generation By Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal

PAKISTAN’S nuclear programme has always been facing internal and external opposition. The anti-nuclear lobby propagates that neither nuclear weapons are suitable for solidifying Pakistan’s defensive fence nor peaceful use of nuclear energy is beneficial for the people of Pakistan.

Read more January 20

India: Threat to Regional Peace By Malik Muhammad Ashraf

Ever since the installation of the Modi government in India, relations between Pakistan and India- notwithstanding positive overture by the PML-N government to restart the suspended dialogue to resolve all the outstanding issues, including Kashmir - are continuously in a nosedive due to an extremely hostile posture adopted by India.

Read more January 20

US-Pakistan Relations: Some Inconvenient Truths By Touqir Hussain

Not all relationships end up serving all the interests of any two sides. Yet often in an important relationship there is a larger conceptual framework embracing some commonality of interests and a shared vision that holds good over a period of time.

Read more January 19

A Secure Nuclear Order By Rizwan Asghar

"The successful test-firing of the submarine-launched, nuclear-capable cruise missile Babur-III has made many people in our strategic community feel proud."

Read more January 18

Pakistan-US Strategic Divergence By Javid Husain

"The US has played a key role in Pakistan’s foreign policy since 1950’s when, driven primarily by security considerations, we entered into a web of alliances with Washington making our country the most allied ally of the United States. "

Read more January 17

Relations with Afghanistan | Editorial

"Afghanistan is ill-equipped to cope with the unending acts of terrorism for both internal and external reasons. The Afghan government and society are badly polarised. "

Read more January 17

Policy on Water | Editorial

"Pakistan first drafted a national water policy back in 2005 but the document has been languishing in a dusty drawer ever since, as successive governments were unable to make difficult decisions about water pricing, the sharing of water resources between provinces and the effect of climate change on the water supply. "

Read more January 16

Need For A Balanced Foreign Policy | Editorial

"Pakistan ‘s relations with China are getting further strengthened. It is in the mutual interest of both to safeguard the multi-billion dollar CEPEC and its sea lanes. "

Read more January 16

A New Direction For Civil Service By Hasaan Khawar

"After numerous revisions, protests from various quarters and media frenzy, Punjab government has finally promulgated the Civil Administration Ordinance 2016, defining the new district administration structure. "

Read more January 14

The Poverty Puzzle By M Ziauddin

"The good news is Pakistan has seen an exceptional decline in poverty - falling from 35 per cent in 2001 to less than 10 per cent by 2013-14. Moreover, these gains were not concentrated among those close to the poverty line."

Read more January 13

Has India’s Army Revived Its ‘Cold Start’ Doctrine?

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, in the combined commanders’ conference in 2015, said that future conflicts would become shorter, and wars would become rare. Did Gen Rawat have any strategy for short, intense wars? "

Read more January 13

A New Beginning in Sight? By Imtiaz Gul

"Following the telephonic conversation between the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, commander of the US-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan."

Read more January 11

Pakistan and Global Warming | Editoirial

"The water level at Khanpur dam has dropped to low levels, potentially endangering the water supply to Islamabad and Rawalpindi. This is not the first time it has happened. "

Read more January 11

Pak-Russia Ties in Regional Situation By Muhammad Hanif

"In the post cold war era Pakistan-Russia relations had already started improving. But Russia’s inclination towards Pakistan increased when it observed the successes of Pakistan in fighting the GWoT."

Read more January 10

NSG: The Present Dilemma By Huma Rehman

"The expansion of 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG), the elite club which regulates nuclear commerce, is under limelight due to submission of applications for membership by two non-NPT nuclear weapon states, Pakistan and India. "

Read more January 10

Military Courts’ End | Editorial

"The military courts established under the 21st Amendment have bid adieu as the sunset clause provided under the 21st Amendment has become effective from 7th January 2017. "

Read more January 8

Changing Asian Geopolitics By Imtiaz Rafi Butt

"The long and mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries can be aptly described as the quote, “opposites attract”. Pakistan and its socio-political systems began with a British legacy alongside being an Islamic Republic whereas China was and still remains a Red revolution inspired communist state. "

Read more January 8

Foreign Policy: Finding The Right Balance By Tasneem Yaseen

"Pakistan has continually strived for a balanced foreign policy that looks to keep the objectives of Pakistan as well as the region in perspective. "

Read more January 7

Water Wars By Syed Ali Zafar

"While the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) 1960 has survived three major wars and numerous conflicts between India and Pakistan, the last year saw tensions escalate to a point where a “water war” "

Read more January 7

US-Pak Relations Under Trump | Editorial

"With just over two weeks left till his inauguration, the US President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has been sending mixed signals around the world on different local as well as foreign policy matters. "

Read more January 6

Pakistan Afghanistan Border | Editorial

"It goes to Nawaz Sharif’s credit to have finally brought the military leadership on the same page on the issue of improving relations with the neighbours. "

Read more January 5

On Foreign Policy And National Interests | Editorial

"It goes to Nawaz Sharif’s credit to have finally brought the military leadership on the same page on the issue of improving relations with the neighbours. "

Read more January 5

Pakistan’s Power Sector — The Cost of Prescribed Reforms By Mohammad Younus Dagha

"When our Power Sector started facing shortages in 1980s and we failed to address the problem, it paved the way for donor-prescribed reforms of 1990s. "

Read more January 5

With Russia Getting Into The Afghan Act, The Geo-Political Landscape Evolves By Zahid Hussain

"The gathering in Moscow last week — the third in the series of consultations between Russia, China and Pakistan — underlines growing concern about the spillover effect of the Afghan crisis in the region. "

Read more January 4

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

"The latest dispute concerns two hydroelectric power plants — Kishanganga and Ratle — that India is building on the Indus rivers system. Pakistan believes that the projects violate the design parameters of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), which provides specific criteria for such plants. "

Read more January 3

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 3