23 September, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 27, 1435

Khalid Aziz

A framework for peace

ONE may inquire how essential regional security in South Asia is for bringing peace to Afghanistan after 2014, when foreign troops withdraw.

A relationship in tatters

THE much-hyped report of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) called for an unconditional apology from the US over the Salala border post attack by Nato forces in the Mohmand Agency in November

Conflict & Fata institutions

THE results of a perception survey carried out with 4,000 respondents in Fata, enumerated in Understanding Fata Volume 5, are illuminating on a number of counts.

Changing trends in Fata

THE report Understanding Fata is the outcome of a yearly statistical exercise that documents the perceptions of the region’s people.

Insight into the Fata mind

RECENTLY, the Community Appraisal and Motivation Programme (CAMP) issued its annual survey of the perceptions held by the tribesmen of Fata.

A question of motive

ONE wonders when the agony of Balochistan — and the rest of Pakistan — will end. This country of ours seems to have attracted the evil eye.

Political economy of state failure

IT is becoming apparent that Pakistan is failing not because of the lack of capacity to do things related to the management of the country but largely due to what some scholars of state collapse have identified as ‘wickedness’.

The Afghan quagmire

RECENTLY, Peshawar hosted a seminar organised under the auspices of the Centre for Discussions and Solutions, an advocacy organisation created by Qazi Hussain Ahmed of the Jamaat-i-Islami.

US-Pakistan divergences

THE US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, has disclosed that Dr Shakil Afridi who ran an anti-polio campaign in Abbottabad succeeded in obtaining DNA samples that led to the discovery of Osama bin Laden and his subsequent death at the hands of US Special Fo

Peace talks and Pakistan

SOME years ago, a small passenger aircraft in the US crashed because its pilot and engineer started concentrating on neutralising the trimmer that had not settled, although it was not dangerous.

Dynamics of the struggle

PAKISTAN is witnessing a test of wills between its civil and military elite. It is a play of many parts and a thriller in its own right.

The coming change

THE world is on the cusp of far-reaching changes that will have a significant impact on the security situation in this region.

Imagining a different future

THE next phase that the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan are entering is likely to usher in another deadly period of counter-terrorism operations and intense manoeuvring between the US, Russia, China and Iran.

Factors that hinder peace

AS Pakistan slips deeper into an economic, fiscal and governance mess many analysts conclude simplistically that Pakistan’s overall situation will improve by reviewing Pakistan’s engagement with the US.

A troubled country

PAKISTAN is in the midst of several crises. The picture at this stage appears dismal. However, even in this period of despair there are exceptions that inspire confidence in the future of our country.

The power of narrative

IS the greatest threat facing Pakistan coming from Al Qaeda as President Obama has said or is it the opening script from the US narrative aimed at prioritising the primacy of the latter and thus hiding what Pakistan’s

Unsatisfactory endgame

THE received wisdom on invading Afghanistan has been that you may enter the country at will, but you cannot exit from it according to your wishes.

Implications of Nato attack

THE unprovoked attack on two Pakistani Army check posts in Salala, Mohmand Agency by multiple Nato aircraft and ground troops on Nov 26, is likely

Terrorism and tribal dynamics

THE `war on terror` and the long-drawn-out violence that shows no signs of giving respite has taught Pakistanis a...

Time for careful planning

SINCE May 1, when US Special Forces carried out the raid resulting in the death of Osama bin Laden, the nation has...