Pakistan

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان

Yet, one should welcome an idea of “peace” that is not restricted to the cessation of wars and violence, but recognises the devastation of young lives by the inequaliti...(full article)

No incident of firing has been reported from across the border with Pakistan in J&K since Thursday evening, said BSF sources. The sources added that they believed Pakistan was forc...(full article)

Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?...(full article)

Uust because autocracy has failed does not mean that democracy can work. And just because the tumultuous, dramatic weakening of central control in big states has not happened yet d...(full article)

It is only by talking to Pakistan that India can ensure that the question of saving the truce, and all other issues between the two countries, remains strictly between them....(full article)

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Pakistan's Lessons for Turkey - M. Tanchum & H. Karaveli, New York Times

Turkey’s current situation resembles the early years of Pakistan’s sponsorship of the Taliban. The Islamic State is recruiting militants in Turkey. And failure to clean...

If Pakistan Doesn't Counter Militants, Others Will - Dawn

Pakistan's drift towards international isolation is only matched by the state’s denial of this truth....

Kabul Can Also Use Terrorism as a Tool - Michael Rubin, Commentary

As U.S. forces and America’s NATO partners prepare to withdraw upon an arbitrary political deadline, terrorism will surge inside Afghanistan but terrorism will not be limited...

Welcome to Suicide Bomber Rehab - Ali M. Latifi, Vocativ

Part of the challenge, analysts say, is that the Taliban targets drug addicts or people with mental or physical disabilities; few, if any, have any formal education....

The Long Road Ahead for Islamabad and Kabul - Dawn

The history is so long and fraught and the problems so complex that the start of the Ashraf Ghani presidency in Afghanistan cannot immediately be seen as a new beginning in ties be...

How to Salvage Afghanistan - Scott Smith & Andrew Wilder, RealClearWorld

This was no easy transition: Thirteen years of rebuilding efforts nearly unraveled during a fraught electoral summer. The Taliban gained momentum and territory while the economy sh...

New Afghan Government Isn't Ideal, but It Can Work - The Guardian

Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have done a deal, now they have to work together....

ISIS Is Spreading into Pakistan - Kiran Nazish, The New Republic

In early September, about a dozen militants crossed the border from Afghanistan to Pakistan with pamphlets and flags, urging locals to join the Islamic State. They distributed hu...

Afghanistan and Pakistan Must Overcome Distrust - Dawn

Immediate political situations in both countries aside, there is a bigger problem here: joined at the hip as they may be, neither Pakistan nor Afghanistan has figured out quite how...

The Double-Edged Sword of Islamist Militancy - S. Chubin, The Daily Star

In an era of fluid and contested borders and indirect and proxy conflicts, the temptation for states to use radical groups for their own policy purposes is substantial....

Getting It Wrong on New al Qaeda Franchise - Arif Rafiq, Real Clear World

Al Qaeda's announcement earlier this month of a new affiliate in South Asia is a troubling reminder that wars in the region will go on long after U.S. troops leave Afghanistan. To ...

Asia's Democratic Dark Spots - Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate

Democracy in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and Indonesia to man...

Siege of Islamabad: What's Next? - Pervez Hoodbhoy, Dawn

Thousands of fanatical followers, led by the cleric-cricketer combination of Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan, hold Islamabad hostage. A year ago such a possibility seemed remote. What...

A Blow to Pakistani Democracy - Dawn

While the never-ending crisis appears to have some more time to run yet, because of the government’s inept handling of the affair the political domain will continue to feel the e...

The Pretender to Pakistan's Throne - Mosharraf Zaidi, Foreign Policy

Imran Khan's populist protest movement is on the verge of taking down Pakistan's corrupt, sclerotic government. How did such a lightweight get so far?...

Islamic State's Dangerous Influence in Asia - Hannah Suh, TNI

In places across Indonesia, small collections of political Islamists have “openly pledged their allegiance” to the extremist terrorist group, the Islamic State (IS). One of th...

Pakistan, Obsessed over India, Risks Anarchy - Husain Haqqani, Yale

The elaborate diplomatic dance between India and Pakistan has been interrupted once again. The two sides remain far from a major breakthrough in their troubled relationship. As lon...

Imran Khan: Playboy Turned Politician - Victor Mallet, Financial Times

Imran Khan, the former cricket star who this week led busloads of protesters more than 300km from Lahore to camp in the capital, Islamabad, to demand a change of government, is onl...

Naive Imran Khan Loses Way in Islamabad - Shaukat Qadir, The National

In Pakistan, Imran Khan’s Long March and Tahir ul Qadri’s Azadi (Freedom) March have come and gone. There is no doubt that the government could and should have handled things...

Why Pakistan Is a Mess, Again - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

Pakistan's Independence Day is on Aug. 14, but this year the occasion is marked by national crisis, not unity. The country is braced for heated protests on Thursday against the gov...

Pakistani Independence and the Perils of Promises - Rafia Zakaria, Dawn

Pakistan’s problem with promise is its addiction to a particular stage of political existence....

The Wrath of Khan in Pakistan - The Economist

As a former cricketer and a cleric conspire to roil a fragile democracy, the country’s army will try to reap the rewards....

Haqqani Threat to U.S.-Pakistan Detente - Michael Kugelman, Diplomat

The Haqqani network — a family-run syndicate that happens to be one of South Asia’s most fearsome militant groups — has long been a source of tension for the vola...

Will ISIS Spread to Pakistan? - Arif Rafiq, The Diplomat

The shocking spread of the Islamic State group (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) over Sunni dominated areas of Iraq and its declaration of a caliphate last month has...

Pakistan's Timely Action in Waziristan - Gulf News

The army has to achieve the aim of defeating the Taliban and securing people’s loyalty to the state....

Can the U.S. Leave Afghanistan Without Leaving Chaos? - Dawn

WHILE much of the focus when it comes to Afghanistan is rightly on ensuring that the recent presidential election produces a result that is nationally acceptable and politically vi...

Pakistan's War at Home - Shahid Javed Burki, Project Syndicate

Last month, after years of indecision, Pakistan’s military launched a full-scale military operation in the North Waziristan Tribal Agency aimed at eliminating terrorist bases...

What It's Like to Be Convicted of Blasphemy in Pakistan - Rizwan Syed, GP

These two parents were acquitted two years ago. Now they're out of prison — but they're still in hiding....

When the Taliban Meets Hobby Lobby - Steve Coll, The New Yorker

If the Pakistani Taliban, aided by clever lawyers, organized a closely held American corporation, and professed to run it on religious principles, might its employees be deprived o...

Pakistan's Offensive, America's Withdrawal - Steve Coll, The New Yorker

Pakistan gained independence in 1947. It left Waziristan alone until 2002, when the Pakistani Army entered in force for the first time, also at American urging. That incursion bega...

Pakistan's Nukes Are at Risk - Reshmi Kazi, Hindustan Times

Through the string of attacks the TTP has communicated that it’s not yet finished. There will be more violence in the future to weaken the Pakistani establishment. To safegua...

Asia's Coming Nuclear Arms Race - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

While America’s post-Cold War conventional superiority has made it a proponent of nuclear disarmament, it relied heavily on nuclear weapons to deter the Soviet Union in Europ...

Are Pakistan's Nukes Safe? - Deccan Chronicle

Without sounding alarmist, we cannot but take on board the prospect of the jihadists finding ways to fire even a low-yield nuclear weapon against this country by breaching Pakistan...

India-Pak Proxy War for Afghanistan Looms - Frederic Grare, Ind. Express

The announcement of the full US withdrawal will only provide additional incentive for both India and Pakistan to accelerate their existing policies in order to gain the upper hand ...

How the Taliban Overran Pakistan's Mega-City - Rafia Zakaria, Al Jazeera

Karachi has been smoldering for more than a week. On June 8 it burst into flames when the Pakistani Taliban laid siege to the city’s main airport, Jinnah International, killi...

We Are Losing the War on Terror - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

The ground truth about the spread of terrorism will be a hard one for many Americans to swallow after 13 costly years of war. Terrorism is spreading worldwide. Our enemies have sus...

Why the Pakistani Taliban Is Winning - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

The Pakistani Taliban justifies its airport attack by pointing to Islamabad's collusion with the U.S. war on terror, a complaint that finds a lot of traction among the wider Pakist...

Jihadist Insurgents Gain Ground - The Australian

The terrorist assault against the international airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial and transport hub, is indicative of the potent threat posed by jihadist insurgents. ...

Airport Attack Exposes Many Pakistani Weaknesses - Daily Times

A concerted effort needs to be made to find people who are aiding terrorists from within state security organisations. It appears that after a few weeks of relative quiet and with ...

World Unsafe Until Pakistan Cleans Up Its Mess - Rob Crilly, The Telegraph

As savvy analysts told me at the time, the split likely marks a return to Pakistan’s discredited policy of Good Taliban; Bad Taliban. While American troops head home from Afghani...

The ISI's Great Game in Afghanistan - Omer Aziz, The Diplomat

For four decades, Pakistan’s spy-generals have played Afghanistan like a powerful chip in a consequential game of poker. They know the important local militants, have open chan...

The Killing of Pakistan's Journalists - Kiran Nazish, The Diplomat

The impunity with which journalists are attacked is having a devastating effect on Pakistani democracy....

Witness to a Stoning - Tom Stacey, The Spectator

Attending public executions, whether beheadings or stonings, is not my predilection, yet one does come across them in the course of life in Arabia and Pakistan....

Pakistan's Appalling Attitude Toward Rape - Dawn

It was our erstwhile president Pervez Musharraf who in 2005 told The Washington Post that rape was a “money-making concern” and that women “get themselves raped” to facilit...

The Roots of Pakistan's Horrific Honor Killings - Max Fisher, Vox

Honor killings are once again becoming a national controversy in Pakistan, where they claim as many as 1,000 womens' lives every year. And a big part of the debate there has to do ...

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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