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

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!

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

Lessons from India’s Myanmar raid

Days after elite army commandos took on terrorists along the border with Myanmar, the neighborhood is still edgy. Within India, there is the heightened state of alert along the Indo-Myanmar border obviously being extra careful of a strike back by insurgents. And on the western front, Pakistan is still fuming not only on account of . . . → Read More: Lessons from India’s Myanmar raid

India should give peace a chance

The escalation A few months back India and Pakistan seemed ready for dialogue. Today they are sabre-rattling. Diplomatic engagements are badly affected. Both countries have become stingy in granting visas. PM Narendra Modi raked up the 1971 war; Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has threatened to attack Pakistan. Pakistan Army and government have responded in the . . . → Read More: India should give peace a chance

Modi the melting iron man and his minions

(By M K Bhadrakumar) As more and more details emerge, Indian Army’s “hot pursuit” into Myanmar three days ago looks like an elaborate media management exercise that aims at protecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image as the “Iron Man” in the downstream of the devastating attack by the Naga rebels on June 4 in Manipur.

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Muslim Terrorism – The beginning

(By Andre Vltchek) A hundred years ago, it would have been unimaginable to have a pair of Muslim men enter a cafe or a public transportation vehicle, and then blow themselves up, killing dozens. Or to massacre the staff of a satirical magazine in Paris! Things like that were simply not done.

When you read . . . → Read More: Muslim Terrorism – The beginning