How long can Pakistan remain in denial about the surgical strikes?

Published in DAILY O on 11 October 2016

Pakistan has flatly denied the claim of the Indian Army that surgical strikes took place on September 29 at several launching pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) where terrorists had gathered to infiltrate into India.

First, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouthpiece of the Army, followed by the nominal defence minister Khwaja Asif and later the Federal Cabinet, all denied (more…)


Dhaka Terrorist Attack Reinforces the need for a Coordinated International Strategy

Before Eid in the holy month of Ramzan, terrorists attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery in upscale Dhaka taking about forty customers and staff captive. No demands were made but by the time the siege ended, 20 people (including nine Italians, six Japanese, one American, one Indian), had been brutally killed while 13 were allowed to live because of their religion. (more…)

Pak-Bangladesh Diplomatic Spat: Tip of the Iceberg

Recent months have seen Pakistan and Bangladesh expelling each other’s diplomats and ‘summoning’ each other’s envoys to lodge ‘strong’ protests. The expulsions and ‘summoning’ are just the tip of the iceberg, reflective of a deeper malaise that has bedevilled the relations between the two countries.

The process of expulsion of diplomats began in January 2015 when Pakistan had to recall its diplomatic official Mazhar Khan for his alleged links with terror financing and counterfeit currency racket. Such expulsions peaked when on December 23, 2015 Fareena Arshad, second secretary (Political) at the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka was asked to leave for her links with militant (more…)