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A letter to the Pakistan Army

Dear Sirs, it is with a rising sense of foreboding that I write to you regarding the ongoing predicament in Pakistan. I ask you this: why should I pay a…

Pakistan Army – the paradigm shift

The Pakistan Army has faced many crises since 1947 because of some of its own dynamics; others were forced or imposed upon it because of international dynamics. We live in…

For Pakistan To Change, Army Must Change

For Pakistan to change, army must change

The army and its strategic adventures have brought Pakistan to its present pass. The footprints of the terrorism now haunting the country go back to the first Afghan ‘jihad’, the…

Selecting the army chief

PREDICTABLY, Imran Khan’s latest remarks on the issue of the appointment of the new army chief have provoked an intense reaction from both the political and military leadership. His comments…

The last Pakistani

MANI Shankar Aiyar is the last Pakistani left in India. It is his ‘second favourite country’. It was once an option available to millions of Indian Muslims. Since 1947, Indian…

Pakistan’s Aramco deal

Pakistan’s economy is on an upward trajectory, capturing the attention of the global community. This positive momentum can be credited to the successful military diplomacy led by army chief General…

SIFC and Pakistan’s future

Pakistan’s economy has witnessed several challenges in the past few years. The country was on the verge of default up until a few months back. Some quarters blame the PDM’s…

Palestine exposes a vacuum in Pakistan

The crisis in the Middle East is going to further expose the helpless, rudderless, and purposeless nature of Pakistani leadership. Today’s Pakistani social contract is defined, more than anything else,…

Establishment-e-Pakistan

A big thank you to my sister in Seattle for pointing out that Google translator translates ‘istehkam’ as ‘establishment’, but it’s unlikely that the English name for the newest political…