Blowing Hot and Cold with Pakistan

India’s Eye, 01 June 2018

A discussion on the recent thaw on the LOC.




Generals and their doctrines

Indian Express, 28 April 2018

Generals and their doctrines


The exalted status that army chiefs enjoy in Pakistan have tempted most incumbents to develop a grand vision about everything — from political problems to the economy and foreign policy. Not surprisingly, the past few weeks have seen a spate of articles and comments on the so-called “Bajwa Doctrine”. General Qamar Javed Bajwa is the 16th army chief of the Pakistan army and the first Jat to hold the coveted post. The doctrine is (more…)


Vivekananda International Foundation, 23 March 2018

In February 2018, leaders from Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India inaugurated the 1700 km Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline. Functions were held in Serhetabat and Herat with the leaders expressing hope that trade and mutual economic benefit could overcome old conflicts. (more…)


Vivekananda International Foundation, 05 March 2018

Pakistan’s capital Islamabad has seen many dharnas and protests in the last few years. However, perhaps for the first time it was witness to a 10-day sit-in (01-10 February 2018) by about 5000 Pashtuns largely from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The sit-in was an expression of their pent-up feelings of resentment, anger and alienation at their treatment by the state for decades as part of a dubious policy seeking ‘strategic depth’ in Afghanistan. (more…)

Line of no control

India Today      09 February 2018


The death of an Indian army captain and three jawans in unprovoked Pakistani shelling on February 4 in the Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri district has refocused attention on the simmering situation on the Line of Control (LoC).

This ceasefire violation (CFV) is but the latest in a sharp escalation in the past few years and especially since 2017. The facts speak for themselves. Between 2003, when the (more…)

India should be worried: Is Pakistan army trying to mainstream jihadi groups?

India Today   02 December 2017


The series of events in Pakistan over the past two months that culminated in the siege of its capital Islamabad by adherents of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) – and the following abject surrender of the state – are an ominous warning of the rise of the religious right in the country. The TLYRA is a Barelvi group formed following the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, the police guard who killed Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in 2011 and was hanged for the crime in February 2016. (more…)