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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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".
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
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"
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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
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.
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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