Finally Hindu Marriage Bill approved in Pakistan

After decades of delay and inaction, the Hindu minority community in Pakistan will soon have a marriage law as a parliamentary panel has unanimously approved the Hindu Marriage Bill.

The National Assembly standing committee on law and justice on Monday passed the final draft of Hindu Marriage Bill 2015, where five Hindu lawmakers were specially . . . → Read More: Finally Hindu Marriage Bill approved in Pakistan

Islamism and Pakistan

Quilliam chairman Maajid Nawaz defines Islamism as a desire to impose any given interpretation of Islam over society. He notes that Islamism, like Communism before it, comes in different shades: organizations who want to work within democratic set up to further their agenda; groups which are revolutionary in nature and of course militant . . . → Read More: Islamism and Pakistan

Pakistan, the only country on the progression route in SAARC

The Transparency International (TI) maintained on Tuesday that Pakistan was the only country among the five Saarc countries that improved its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score.

The other four countries scored the same or less points as compared to the score in 2014, the TI said in its report on CPI 2015, to be formally . . . → Read More: Pakistan, the only country on the progression route in SAARC

An unbiased review of highly biased book

Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War

by C. Christine Fair,

New York, Oxford University Press, 2014

This book is but the latest in a series of recent works – including T.V. Paul’s Warrior State and Aqil Shah’s The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan – that criticize the Pakistan . . . → Read More: An unbiased review of highly biased book

How Obama’s Pakistan drone strategy created trust deficit

Last week, President Obama kicked off his final year as president with the annual State of the Union Address. The speech seemed an auspicious time to ask questions about the President’s legacy, and for the current group of SAV Visiting Fellows to reflect on the consequence of American policies in South Asia during this period. . . . → Read More: How Obama’s Pakistan drone strategy created trust deficit

US bombings in Muslim countries in 2015

Council of Foreign Relations resident skeptic Micah Zenko recently tallied up how many bombs the United States has dropped on other countries and the results are as depressing as one would think. Zenko figured that since Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. has dropped around 23,144 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, all . . . → Read More: US bombings in Muslim countries in 2015

No mistrust with Pakistan on Pathankot: India

Rajnath Singh says Pakistan government has given its word and assured India that it would take effective actions against culprits.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday there was no reason India should distrust Pakistan’s assurance on taking stringent actions against the perpetrators of the Pathankot airbase attack.

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As US phases out F-16 jets, Pakistan shows interest

The government of Pakistan is in the process of securing a deal with the U.S. government for the delivery of new F-16 fighter jets.

The deal was discussed by Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, whoconfirmed to local media outlets at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex that officials are in talks. The announcement came . . . → Read More: As US phases out F-16 jets, Pakistan shows interest

Has Modi visit to Lahore made a difference?

In “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu wrote that “the key to victory is the ability to use surprise tactics.”

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is a man who knows how to spring diplomatic surprises.

He bookended 2015 with them.

In January, Mr. Modi broke with protocol to meet U.S. president, Barack Obama, on the . . . → Read More: Has Modi visit to Lahore made a difference?

USA responsible for San Bernardino “terror” attack

Tashfeen Malik was an immigrant who married Farook and recently received her green card without any issues. They had built a bomb, but they did not know anything about bombs. If they had Googled “how to build a bomb,” they would be on the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) checklists and under surveillance

It is not . . . → Read More: USA responsible for San Bernardino “terror” attack