Why Pak is so flustered by Husain Haqqani’s recent Washington Post article

Catch News, Published 18 March 2017


An article in The Washington Post on 10 March by former Pak ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, has set the cat among the pigeons in Pakistan.

Haqqani’s article has to be seen at three levels:  (more…)

Paying the price; Excerpt from Tilak Devasher’s Pakistan, Courting the Abyss


HINDUSTAN TIMES, Published 13 January 2017


‘You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to only bite your neighbor. Eventually, those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard.’ — Hillary Clinton

While Islamization had a certain salience in a country created on the basis of religion, the growth of jihadi terrorism and violence prevalent in Pakistan today is the result of deliberate state policy. Even before its creation, and more so afterwards, Pakistan has used jihadis of various hues as instruments of state policy without examining their long-term effects on Pakistani society. Not surprisingly, Pakistan is seen the world over as the (more…)

Pakistan is wary of President Donald Trump. Well, it should be

Catch News – Published 18 November 2016


The world is slowly getting used to the unexpected election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. In Pakistan, as elsewhere, there is unease about what a Trump presidency could mean for it. However, in Pakistan’s case such anxiety is based not (more…)

Quetta Attack: Will Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif go home?

Catch News, Published October 27, 2016



Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif isn’t going out in a blaze of glory as he would have liked or even expected.

In January 2016 he had vowed that the year would see the end of terrorism and that it (more…)

Poor Raheel Sharif: Neither feared by India nor Pakistani terrorists

Set to retire next month, the Army General is left with a few options now.

Published in DAILY O; 03 OCTOBER 2016


The last two months have been nightmarish for Pakistan Army General Raheel Sharif. Instead of retiring on a high at the end of November this year (as per his own assertion), he has been confronted with a series of reverses that have dented his knight-in-shining-armour image, built up so assiduously by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). (more…)