The distance between Gwadar port, Pakistan and Chabahar port, Iran is just 72 kilometers (around 38 miles). The very close proximity of these ports make both of them geographically equally important. Pakistan has always eyed Gwadar as its Ace card, because nobody thought that someday Iran would blink, acquiesce to the world’s demands, and sanctions [...]
Curfew is about to be lifted in the city, still 1 hour remains but already there is some activity on the streets as the people prepare for the Fajr prayer. With 9 Sunnis assassinated by the Shia protestors of the Ashura procession in front of the burnt Sunni Mosque, things are haywire and very tense [...]
Till barely a month ago, there was upbeat talk about beginning of new era of relationship between India and Pakistan. Now after few days, the most puzzling feature of that mood is the sabre-rattling of India at the Line of Control and through it’s frenzied electronic media. Silence of doves in India is ominous during [...]
John Kerry should be in a upbeat mood, as he has come to Pakistan after getting good news about his wife’s health. Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, was discharged from a Boston hospital Saturday, just under three weeks after she suffered a seizure at their Nantucket home, a State [...]
After almost fourteen long years and plethora of vicissitudes of time, Nawaz Sharif is all set to become the third time premier of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This might be his last round too as premier, as Shahbaz Sharif would like to take his place if come the next time in the future. So Nawaz [...]
In third world countries, elections render a country vulnerable. In order to minimize this vulnerability, establishment in such countries manage the elections. There are very few examples of free and fair elections in third world countries including Pakistan, and whenever that or anything close to that happens, countries either break or implode.
Pakistani establishment has awakened [...]
In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
– Barack Obama
The more important these upcoming elections become for the future of Pakistan, the more dark clouds cast their shadows over them. Days are crawling by, and less than a month [...]
Another very tragic and sad event happened in the Hyderabad city of India, the IT hub. Like Paksitan, India also bled today, and it was very sad indeed to hear the cries of the innocent families. We Pakistanis know the pain and are very much familiar of such incidents.
Every action has a reaction. There is [...]
On the lighter note, some would say that it is perhaps in the habits of us uniformed and ex-uniformed people to make and break and edit pairs of politicians according to our own views of what’s best for the country. Treading on that fringe, let me air my opinion that wouldn’t it do wonders for [...]
He should have demanded PML-N’s inclusion in the negotiations to end sit-in. This way he would have been able to achieve the dissolution of election commission, as government excused doing so on the reason that they required PML-N’s approval for that. If PML-N would have come to negotiations, they would not be today alleging Qadri [...]