Harsh sentence passed by Saudi Arabia on Zaid Hamid: A sign of fear?

Controversial analyst and commentator Zaid Hamid aka ‘Lal Topi Wala’ has been sentenced for eight years in jail and 1,000 lashes by a Saudi court under new stringent laws which had been promulgated last year by the Kingdom to broaden the definition of terrorism to include any act which is intended to insult the reputation . . . → Read More: Harsh sentence passed by Saudi Arabia on Zaid Hamid: A sign of fear?

India’s accusations and confrontational statements

The two subcontinent nuclear powers, Pakistan and India, have been recently involved in a war of words and words of war which has reopened the debate on South Asia’s nuclear and strategic stability. Predominantly, three official statements from India in a scorching ‘June’ have further inflamed the traditional tensions between the two nuclear neighbors. Pragmatically, . . . → Read More: India’s accusations and confrontational statements

The self created water problems

(BY DR NASIR JAVED) If the water management issue is not addressed on an urgent basis, the day is not far when water would be as scarce as electricity and gas are today in Pakistan. In fact, Pakistan had been warned of this crisis for decades, but in vain. Experts repeatedly state that Pakistan is . . . → Read More: The self created water problems

Soft Power: Pakistan needs it!

By Dr Maqsudul Hasan Nuri

Some writers have questioned the need for soft power in Pakistan and advocated reliance on hard power only. What is less understood is the fact that non-traditional security has become more salient after the cold war.

Multiple existential issues such as stagnating economies, climate change, energy crises, repressive governments, cronyism . . . → Read More: Soft Power: Pakistan needs it!

Pakistan’s NAP score?

Pakistan instituted the twenty-point National Action Plan (NAP) on Dec. 24, 2014, as a comprehensive, consolidated list of steps needed to be taken by the state and law enforcement institutions to curb terrorism and extremism in the country. For Pakistan to finally take this step, it took a horrendous attack on schoolchildren at the Army . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s NAP score?

Where does Pakistan’s democracy stand today

Major Developments affecting the Quality of Democracy in Pakistan

Second Year of the Federal and Provincial Governments: June 01, 2014-May 31, 2015

The PILDAT Democracy Monitor attempts to delineate the various developments, both negative and positive, that have affected the quality of democracy in Pakistan during the . . . → Read More: Where does Pakistan’s democracy stand today

Is ISIS a mutation of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism?

The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, . . . → Read More: Is ISIS a mutation of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism?

After his distasteful outburst, Zardari needs to beg for forgiveness

IT is now dawning upon the PPP that its leader Asif Ali Zardari erred and erred badly by pointing his guns towards Pakistan Army but the party seems to be not ready to acknowledge this publicly. Instead of confessing the guilt, it is resorting to finding refuge behind lame excuses, which nobody is willing to . . . → Read More: After his distasteful outburst, Zardari needs to beg for forgiveness

BBC’s strong allegations against India and MQM

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has received funding from Indian authorities, claims a startling report published by the BBC on Wednesday.

According to the report which quotes an unnamed “authoritative Pakistani source”, officials in MQM have told UK authorities that they received Indian government funds.

The report further states that UK authorities investigating MQM for . . . → Read More: BBC’s strong allegations against India and MQM

Pakistan’s major political party exposed as anti-state

Officials in Pakistan’s MQM party have told the UK authorities they received Indian government funds, the BBC learnt from an authoritative Pakistani source.

UK authorities investigating the MQM for alleged money laundering also found a list of weapons in an MQM property.

A Pakistani official has told the BBC that India has trained hundreds . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s major political party exposed as anti-state