Pakistan

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان

As NATO-led coalition forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, we are increasingly hearing the idea that a multinational regional security force (MN-RSF) would be a viable op...(full article)

Recent months have brought Islamabad a flurry of visits from leaders of Sunni gulf nations, prompting many observers to question just what Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif might be ge...(full article)

The basic elements of Pakistani policy after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan at the end of 2014 are clear. Pakistan does not want the Taliban to win exclusive power and wants a ...(full article)

A white, female, seasoned British journalist writing in conjunction with a brown Pakistani teenager poses its own questions of feminism, the location of the subaltern, and the trop...(full article)

The Arab Spring may become the textbook example of the geopolitics of food prices -- the food riots and subsequent revolutions transfixed the world. But shifts in food price may be...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Musharraf's Return Has Achieved Its Objectives - Tom Hussain, National

With Gen Musharraf indicted, it might be easy to conclude that Pakistan has attained “Arab Spring-plus” status. Not exactly. Indicted or not, Gen Musharraf has succeeded in ac...

Don't Ignore Women's Struggles in Muslim World - Margaret Wente, G&M

Most Western feminists are curiously silent about these issues. It seems they’d rather spend their time warning about “rape culture” and denouncing the misogyny, ...

Saudis Push Pakistan Deeper into Fanaticism - P. Ravichandran, Pragati

The idea of Pakistan being a secular republic with citizenship rights accorded to all minorities was a brief one that never stood a chance against the more orthodox followers of Ji...

Pakistan Sheltered bin Laden? Prove It - Peter Bergen, CNN

I am convinced that there is no evidence that anyone in the Pakistani government, military or intelligence agencies knowingly sheltered bin Laden....

A Timely Reminder of Pakistan's Double Game - Dawn

AN excerpt from an upcoming book written by a New York Times correspondent has caused a predictable kerfuffle in Pakistan, given that it makes the direct claim that the ISI not onl...

What Pakistan Knew About bin Laden - Carlotta Gall, NYT Magazine

According to one inside source, the ISI actually ran a special desk assigned to handle Bin Laden. It was operated independently, led by an officer who made his own decisions and di...

The Taliban's Unity of Purpose - Asim Yousafzai, The Diplomat

Taliban and like-minded jihadis are becoming more united in their determination to impose their brand of sharia on both Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the help of their internati...

Iran and Pakistan's Coming Clash - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

Iran and Pakistan are on a collision course as a series of issues are straining ties. ...

Why Pakistan Can't Defeat the Taliban - Sushant Sareen, IDSA

Is Pakistan fighting a losing war against the Islamists? It would appear so given the sort of confusion in the country about what this war is all about. There is also a lack of cla...

Saudi Arabia Whipping Up a Sunni-Shia War - Ahmed Rashid, FT

At the behest of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has made a strategic shift from its so far neutral position on Syria’s civil war – to one that portends to back the Syrian rebels and ev...

The T-Shirt Revolution - Rafia Zakaria, Dawn

THE days of American pullout from Afghanistan are near. With the exit from next door, a similar emptying is expected in Pakistan: the American turning away is likely to mean an end...

Interventionism's Dangerous History - Tim Reuter, RealClearHistory

Liberal interventionists want to believe that military force can save the persecuted. This is honorable, but myopic. It focuses on the pain of others while ignoring possible blowba...

Why the Durand Line Matters - Arwin Rahi, The Diplomat

Afghan officials have at times accused Pakistan of being less than honest in pushing the Afghan Taliban for talks with Kabul. Before making such statements, those same officials ...

Could Pakistan Become a Sharia State? - Michael Kugelman, GPS

Young Pakistanis are especially conservative – quite noteworthy in a nation where two thirds of the population is under 30 and the median age is 21. In a recent poll, more than a...

Taliban Talks Won't End 'Existential Threat' - Claude Rakisits, Conv.

Talks between the government of Pakistan and the Pakistani Taliban, known as the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were initiated last week in a secret location in the country&rsquo...

Pakistan: Face Bitter Truths or Perish - Tom Hussain, The National

First deafened by the terrifying noise of Taliban attacks, then put on notice that the army would strike back, and now awaiting the outcome of peace talks, Pakistanis remain as c...

Pakistan's Journalists Cave to the Taliban - Beenish Ahmed, Foreign Policy

On Jan. 17, gunmen on motorbikes fired 17 shots into the back of a TV van in Karachi, killing three employees of the Express News, one of Pakistan's most popular media outlet...

A Tale of Two Talibans - D. Suba Chandran, The Hindu

The Pakistan Taliban was more a creation of the al-Qaeda than that of the Afghan Taliban under Mullah Omar....

The Dangers in Pakistan, Afghanistan - Chicago Tribune

President Barack Obama barely touched on the Afghanistan war in his State of the Union address last week. He didn't even mention Pakistan, where Taliban terrorists are on the attac...

Why India and Pakistan Have Nukes - Raja Menon, The Hindu

India intends to deter nuclear use by Pakistan while Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are meant to compensate for conventional arms asymmetry....

Turkey: Pakistan on the Med? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Recent events in Turkey certainly put Turkey in the same category as Pakistan. Indeed, increasingly, it seems that Turkey has become Pakistan on the Med. Early on Tuesday morning...

Where al-Qaeda's Next Comeback Could Be - Bruce Riedel, The Daily Beast

With the fight for Fallujah, Al-Qaeda has roared back to life in Iraq—a scenario that could easily repeat itself in Afghanistan and Pakistan if the U.S. isn’t careful....

Pakistan's Broken Politics on Display Again - Talat Masood, Express Tribune

It is clear that Pakistan’s two major political parties, the PPP and the PML-N, have already revealed their future leaders from among the family clan — Bilawal Bhutto Z...

Afghanistan and Pakistan's Covert War - Umar Farooq, The Diplomat

When American special forces plucked the second in command of the Pakistani Taliban from the hands of Afghan officials this October, they laid bare the extent of a largely covert w...

Will the U.S. Also Export Diplomacy to India? - Sunil Sharan, Dawn

AMERICA has been outsourcing software development to India for years, but now it seems to want to outsource diplomacy as well....

Pakistan's State of Denial - Tahmima Anam, New York Times

It was a Pakistani journalist, Anthony Mascarenhas, who gave the world the first detailed account of Bangladesh’s war of independence....

Pakistan's Persecuted Christians - Akbar Ahmed, New York Times

The targeting of Christians comes amid a widespread breakdown of public order. The ordinary citizen — hearing stories of gangs breaking into homes and kidnapping people &mdas...

India's Dangerous Disengagement - Suhasini Haidar, The Hindu

By putting off bilateral dialogue, India is missing the opportunity to engage with the changing reality of Pakistan’s power structure....

Why Does U.S. Only Fear Hypothetical Nukes? - Zachary Keck, Diplomat

In general, the U.S. foreign policy community does not seem overly concerned with existing nuclear stockpiles, particularly when compared with its excessive concerns over the hypot...

Why Pakistan Is Still Important to America - The National

When Chuck Hagel, the United States secretary of defence, landed in Pakistan yesterday, it was to a welcome, and a relationship, strained by America’s ongoing drone strikes i...

Britain Up to Its Neck in U.S.'s Dirty Wars - Seumas Milne, The Guardian

The war on terror is now an endless campaign of drone and undercover killings that threatens a more dangerous world....

The Most Powerful Man in Pakistan - Bruce Riedel, The Daily Beast

The Pakistani army changed commanders this weekend, putting a new man in the most important job in the country. General Raheel Sharif replaced General Ashfaq Kayani as Chief of ...

Why Pakistan Hates Malala - Shada Islam, Dawn

Of course, her international fame and celebrity make many jealous. But when she addressed the packed European Parliament — and received a standing ovation — I realised ...

The Taliban's Hydras - Bill Roggio, The Daily Beast

Yesterday's drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern district of Hangu that killed a top Haqqani Network leader is a major tactical win for the U.S., but in the absence of a compr...

Pakistan's New Generation of Terrorists - Council on Foreign Relations

Pakistani authorities have long had ties to domestic militant groups that help advance the country's core foreign policy interests, namely in connection with Afghanistan and India....

Why Pakistan Lionizes Its Tormenters - Mohammed Hanif, The New Yorker

Why does Pakistan’s political and military élite celebrate the very people it is fighting? The logic—or its absence—goes like this: Hakimullah Mehsud was o...

Is Pakistan-Saudi Nuke Deal for Real? - Simon Henderson, Foreign Policy

Although the latest information does not appear to have come from Saudi Arabia -- an unnamed "senior NATO decision-maker" was cited as the principal source -- any transfer of Pakis...

The Genocide America Ignored - Sunil Khilnani, New Republic

mong the many bizarre White House conversations between President Richard Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger that Gary Bass cites in his devastating account of...

Saudi Arabia's Shadow War in Syria - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

The Kingdom is turning to Pakistan to train Syria’s rebels. It’s a partnership that once went very wrong in Afghanistan. Will history repeat itself?...

Talks with the Taliban: To What End? - Dawn

The government wanted it and the opposition has granted it, but no one has quite been able to explain any of it: talks with the Taliban are to be attempted again, but how, when and...

U.S. Drone Didn't Kill a Taliban Peacemaker - Damien McElroy, Telegraph

The American drone strike that killed the Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud last week has apparently caused outrage in Islamabad and threatens a breach in relations between...

Killing a Taliban Monster - The Australian

The killing of the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, a monstrous killer responsible, directly or indirectly, for the deaths of thousands of people, is vindication...

The U.S. and Pakistan: An Incompatible Couple - Dilip Hiro, Yale Global

The United States and Pakistan are like an incompatible couple who can't help bickering when together while well aware that divorce is not an option. The awkward joint appearance o...

U.S. Enters Pakistani Politics via Drone - Dawn

His death may have been brutal and swift, but his reign of brutality was long — and will surely be enduring in some form after his death. When a Pakistani militant supremo is kil...

The Slow Death of American Defense - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The bottom may be starting to fall out of the U.S. defense budget. I do not refer to numbers when I say this. I am not interested in numbers. I am only interested in public support...

About Pakistan

  • Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • Population: 165,900,000 (6th)
  • Area Size: 340,403 sq mi (36th)
  • GDP: $143.77 billion (10th)
  • Currency: Pakistani Rupee (PKR)
  • Official Language: Urdu
  • Capital City: Islamabad
  • Largest City: Karachi

Pakistan Prosperity Rank: 107

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