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Kanchan Lakshman

Distress Deals

Apr 30, 2008 Kanchan Lakshman

Pakistan's new government has clearly begun on a disastrous note by caving into the demands of the Taliban, to engineer an unequivocal retreat for the state -- the fourth such 'non-military' attempt since military operations commenced in July 2002

The Cat's Paw In Nimroz

Apr 16, 2008 Kanchan Lakshman

Pakistan's covert assistance to the Taliban in Afghanistan, and its efforts to recover 'strategic depth' in that country through this proxy, will inevitably continue, though its scale may be calibrated to ensure that it does not provoke US ire and re


The Expanding Jihad

Terrorist violence was down in J&K in 2007 but it was paralleled by a shift in the Pak-backed Islamist terrorists' focus to the heartland from Varanasi, Lucknow and Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh, Ajmer in Rajasthan, Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh and Panipa

Respite From A Proxy War

Feb 06, 2008 Kanchan Lakshman

Though violence levels are down -- as the terrorist focus shifts to the Indian heartland -- and there is a perceptible improvement in normal life patterns in the state, there is no compelling rationale for a lowering of guard.


The Sledgehammer In Swat

It is a reflection of the crisis that afflicts Pakistan. While the march of radical Islam has been rapid and relatively unopposed, despite claims to the contrary, submissiveness and compliance has marked the character of the Pakistani state's respons

15 November, 2007

The NWFP Meltdown

Kanchan Lakshman

Musharraf's "combination of incompetence and brutality" has little capacity to restore order in the NWFP--or, indeed, in the widening sphere of chaos that is all of Pakistan.


22 October, 2007

On The Brink

Kanchan Lakshman

It is ironical that the very radical forces that Musharraf and Benazir spawned could now be the greatest threats to their very survival, while Pakistan continues to remain the "epicentre of global instability".


08 October, 2007

The Second Coming

Kanchan Lakshman

Musharraf may, with some help from USA, succeed in clinging to power, but his diluted authority and lack of legitimacy will diminish his capacity to administer and could render him a lame-duck, contributing directly to greater instability in Pakistan


03 October, 2007

With Or Without Him

Kanchan Lakshman

Pakistan’s problems will not vanish with the October 6 ballot and General Musharraf’s almost certain re-election as President. Dramatis personae are immaterial now in this "epicentre of global instability"


06 September, 2007

Edge Of The Wedge

Kanchan Lakshman

While the direction and outcome of the churning process in Pakistan remains uncertain, what is beyond doubt is that the balance of power will certainly lead to far-reaching changes in the political and security milieu of South Asia.


30 August, 2007

FATA On Fire

Kanchan Lakshman

With military victory ruled out by Pakistan army, and the strategy of cease-fires and intermittent truce having failed, Taliban consolidation and violence on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border is expected to continue to grow


24 July, 2007

The Knife-Edge Of Failure

Kanchan Lakshman

Musharraf's brinkmanship and manipulations have brought Pakistan's inherent contradictions to a knife edge, and the long-projected prospects of a failed or disintegrating state are now a more proximate reality than ever before.


07 June, 2007

The Neglected Insurgency

Kanchan Lakshman

More pressing developments elsewhere in Pakistan have tended to overshadow the Baloch insurgency in the recent past, but Islamabad is finding it increasingly difficult to crush the rebellion in the province.


24 May, 2007

Extremist Encroachment

Kanchan Lakshman

The NWFP is swiftly crystallizing at the core of the Islamist militant mobilisation in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region even as radical Islamists rapidly expand their presence across Pakistan's other provinces.


01 May, 2007

Instant Deals, Lasting Peace?

Kanchan Lakshman

No, said the PM, in his closing statement at the recent J&K Roundtable, in response to General Musharraf's claim in Madrid that a 'solution' to the Kashmir issue would soon 'appear'.


26 April, 2007

Indoctrinating 'Holy Warriors'

Kanchan Lakshman

The collapse of the madrassa reform project in Pakistan is a clear indication that Islamabad is either apathetic or clearly does not have the capacity to dismantle the extremist infrastructure across the country.


19 April, 2007

Back Against The Wall

Kanchan Lakshman

Gen. Musharraf has opened far too many fronts, his troops are overstretched, and there has been a comprehensive failure to control the widening insurgencies, sectarian strife and Islamist terrorist violence that now envelope large swathes of Pakistan


05 April, 2007

Taliban's War Within

Kanchan Lakshman

The Taliban consolidation and violence on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, which shows every sign of consolidation over time, could have disastrous consequences over the long run, for both Islamabad and Kabul.


Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

PTI Photo

Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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