// It is certain that when key institutions are manipulated whimsically, state failure is a natural consequence.  Such a result is eminent when a country is also facing a severe legitimacy crisis; Pakistan today is in the grip of both.  Unless our leaders see reality and give up their attitude of denial in the face of facts, we may then..

  • US Bombing of Bajaur Agency in Pakistan

    // The bombardment of houses in Bajaur agency of Pakistani tribal areas by US has opened a new dangerous chapter between the two countries and will further fuel the Afghan resistence against foreign occupation of their country. First the brief facts; on the night of 13th Jan a complex of tribal homes in Bajaur agency was targeted by US forces operating..

  • Khalid Aziz visiting Poland to speak on security issues

    PESHAWAR: Khalid Aziz, chairman of the Regional Institute of Policy Research & Training (RIPORT), Peshawar is presently visiting Poland on the invitation of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make presentations on a host of regional and security issues. A press release said he would deliver a set of talks during his one-week visit to apprise Polish state institutions..

  • Taliban Defend New Perch in Northern Pakistan, Gaining Sway as Election Nears

    Google translator. // ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — When Taliban fighters swept into the Tirah Valley of northern Pakistan last month, grabbing a remote but strategic area that was previously known for criminal activity, Pakistan’s military seized a chance to bloody the insurgents before they dug in. But the counteroffensive took a dismal turn over the past week, as the Taliban struck back with..

  • Peace talks and Pakistan

    // SOME years ago, a small passenger aircraft in the US crashed because its pilot and engineer started concentrating on neutralising the trimmer that had not settled, although it was not dangerous. Both crew members failed to watch the fuel gauge, and the crash occurred due to lack of fuel, not the malfunctioning trimmer. Today, Pakistan is in a similar..

  • Dynamics of the struggle

    // PAKISTAN is witnessing a test of wills between its civil and military elite. It is a play of many parts and a thriller in its own right. It contains within it the subtext of provocation, courtesy Mansoor Ijaz. Pakistan is in the grip of ever-increasing speculation. The question that I ask myself is: who benefits from the current turbulence?..

  • The coming change

    // THE world is on the cusp of far-reaching changes that will have a significant impact on the security situation in this region. American President Barack Obama has recognised that the US is facing a huge financial crisis and thus needs tohave a defence strategy that is not just cheaper but guards US interests in the light of the likely..

  • Imagining a different future

    // THE next phase that the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan are entering is likely to usher in another deadly period of counter-terrorism operations and intense manoeuvring between the US, Russia, China and Iran. This will take place against the backdrop of a mounting economic and security crisis in Pakistan, which is bound to create further tension. Meanwhile, Afghanistan has..

  • A relationship in tatters

    // THE much-hyped report of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) called for an unconditional apology from the US over the Salala border post attack by Nato forces in the Mohmand Agency in November. It also made the following demands: end to drone strikes, no hot pursuit by US forces inside Pakistan, strong oversight of the activities of foreign..

  • Conflict & Fata institutions

    // THE results of a perception survey carried out with 4,000 respondents in Fata, enumerated in Understanding Fata Volume 5, are illuminating on a number of counts. Some of the results appear to confirm what had been assumed by a number of commentators, but a substantial proportion of the findings indicate that there are some positives in the situation and..

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