khalid Aziz

Khalid Aziz is a former civil service officer, having more than 30 years experience with an outstanding service record in various jobs under the federal and provincial governments. He headed the NWFP Planning, Environment & Development Department for six years and played a major role in transforming NWFP. He also headed the province as its Chief Secretary. After government service he started his own development consultancy firm in 2003. He writes extensively on the region.

A new paradigm

// I RECENTLY saw a TV programme on BBC World that examined the circumstances leading to the declaration of a `no-fly zone` over Libya. Such a zone was declared after the adoption of a UN resolution that abridged Libyan sovereignty but supported the aspirations of the Libyans who were protesting and demanding greater freedoms, includingRead More »A new paradigm

Unease over multiculturalism

// IT is clear that some major countries in Western Europe, like Germany, Britain and France, believe that multiculturalism as a policy has failed as it has not succeeded in assimilating the Muslim minorities that continue to have a separate identity. Angela Merkel in Germany, David Cameron in Britain and Nicolas Sarkozy in France haveRead More »Unease over multiculturalism

Escalation of violence

// On December 24, 11 soldiers of the Frontier Corps and 24 militants were killed in clashes that took place after local Afghan insurgents, supported by ‘foreigners’, attacked five security forces posts in the Safi and Baizai tehsils of Mohmand Agency. There are reports that a large number of militants were involved in the assault.Read More »Escalation of violence

The expanding war in the northwest

// On December 24, 11 soldiers of the Frontier Corps and 24 militants were killed in clashes that took place after local Afghan insurgents, supported by ‘foreigners’, attacked five security forces posts in the Safi and Baizai tehsils of Mohmand Agency. There are reports that a large number of militants were involved in the assault.Read More »The expanding war in the northwest

Road map for peace in Afghanistan

// Ahmed Rashid, Dorronsoro, Lieven and other scholars and journalists who write about Afghanistan and Pakistan have jointly petitioned US President Barack Obama to open serious peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban by using those Taliban who are under Pakistan’s control. This petition comes just before the start of the review of the Afghan policyRead More »Road map for peace in Afghanistan

Significance of Wickileaks

// Like countless others, I have been wondering about the impact of WikiLeaks on Pakistan and its citizens. Will it usher in any changes in our country or in our external relations with the US? WikiLeaks, in many ways, resembles the phenomenon of the ubiquitous travellers of the past who kept Europeans informed about practicesRead More »Significance of Wickileaks

Battle for Pakistan’s Soul

// There are significant developments taking place in Pakistan that will have a deep and abiding impact. If the transition is done through the democratic liberal route and the rule of law underpins the new framework then one can rejoice. However, if the obscurantist right and the feudal-military forces combine in resisting, then we willRead More »Battle for Pakistan’s Soul

NATO’s Plans for Afghanistan

// Pakistan, Afghanistan, US, Nato and regional powers seem to be deeply interested in peace in Afghanistan. Peace will only come to Pakistan if the war in Afghanistan ends. US President Barack Obama has made various attempts to lay down a policy that will lead to an early exit of external forces from the country.Read More »NATO’s Plans for Afghanistan