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…)
VIVEKANANDA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION ‘PERSPECTIVE’
Pakistan stands at a pivotal moment in its history. It has to take major decisions on its future trajectory, on issues like democratic consolidation, civil-military relations, economic development, terrorism, response to religious fundamentalism; and its relations with its neighbours and beyond. (more…)
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…)
In Pakistan, 6 September is observed as ‘Defence Day’. It is an occasion for collective pats on the back, led by the Army and the media, about how India was taught a ‘befitting’ lesson for its ‘treacherous’ attack on Lahore on this day in 1965.
The official narrative of the 1965 war totally ignores Pakistan’s own aggression in (more…)
The killing of the Taliban Amir Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a US drone strike on 21 May in the Dalbandin area of Balochistan in Pakistan, has significant implications for US policy towards the Af-Pak region. It will also affect Pak-US relations, the Taliban, the Afghan peace process and Pakistan.
The drone strike signals a probable shift in US policy towards the Af-Pak region since this was the first American drone strike in Balochistan. The previous strikes were against (more…)