Pakistan

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان

For a brief moment after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election victory, there was optimism in both India and Pakistan. In an unprecedented move, Modi invited his Pak...(full article)

At a time when we are reflecting on the lessons from the Cold War amid growing concern about the current U.S.-Russia relationship, we should be looking ahead to anticipate how chan...(full article)

In his third foreign visit after trips Saudi Arabia and China, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani traveled to Pakistan on November 14 to talk about the peace that Afghanistan desperatel...(full article)

Last year, in a speech at the National Defense University, President Obama acknowledged that American drones had killed civilians. He called these incidents “heartbreaking tr...(full article)

Pakistan's police are on the front line battling the Taliban. Not just in the remote north of the country, near the border with Afghanistan, but in Karachi, the country's economic ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Nuclear Threat's Grim Return - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

There are three reasons for my anxiety. First, the spread of nuclear weapons to unstable countries such as Pakistan and North Korea. Second, the growing body of evidence about how ...

Life with Drones and Raids in Pakistan - Iqtidar & Akbar, The Conversation

The tribal areas of Pakistan, at the border of Afghanistan, have been a focal point for the war on terror for the past decade – and are often represented as a region of wild,...

China's Stealth Fighter Could Improve - David Axe, War Is Boring

Model Hints at Possible FC-31 Enhancements....

Before the Beheadings - Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic

Remembering a time when Islamist extremists wanted to persuade reporters, not kill them....

36 Million Live in Slavery - BBC News

According to the report, more than 14 million people live as slaves in India. Next in the index comes China, with more than 3 million slaves, followed by Pakistan, Uzbekistan....

The School Where Bin Laden Is a Hero - Mobeen Azhar, BBC

A hardline cleric in Pakistan is teaching the ideas of Osama Bin Laden in religious schools for about 5,000 children. Even while the Pakistani government fights the Taliban in the ...

ISIS vs the Taliban in the Battle for Recruits - Yousafzai & Seibert, Vocativ

As America and the West continue their fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the Taliban is trying to prevent its rank and file from joining the jihadi group....

How to Rebalance India-Pakistan Relations - Jordan Olmstead, The Diplomat

Is there a way to avert the constant derailing of bilateral relations?...

My Childhood Friend, the ISIS Jihadist - Jakob Sheikh, Mashable

Amir has calculated that it takes about four seconds from the moment a bullet leaves his AK-47, to the moment his enemy is lifeless on the ground....

India, Pakistan Inch toward Nuclear Standoff - Bruce Riedel, Daily Beast

A crisis is brewing between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan that could be their most dangerous ever....

5 Places Where WW3 Could Break Out - James Hardy, National Interest

It seems these days the world is literally on fire. Conflict continues on and off in Ukraine, there are tensions throughout the Asia-Pacific, Ebola is on the rampage, ISIS continue...

India and Pakistan's Children Push for Peace - Indian Express

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...

A Tenuous Peace in Kashmir - Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times

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...

Freedom Is a Value, but so Is Stability - Christiane Hoffmann, Spiegel

Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?...

The Fear of Greater Chaos - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

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...

Is the Cease-Fire in Jammu & Kashmir Breaking Down? - The Hindu

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....

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...

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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