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…)


Indian Defence Review April-June 2017, Vol 32 (2)

Lt Gen JS Bajwa

The Book explains the journey of Pakistan that enthusiastically greeted Jinnah in Karachi on 7 August 1947 to where it has reached in the present – of it just ‘being’ a state on a map. This he presents in 18 chapters formatted under seven sections through 450 pages (which includes the Notes and Index). The seven sections are – The Foundation; The Building Blocks; The Framework; The Superstructure; The WEEP Analysis; Windows to the World; Inward Analysis. (more…)

Pakistan@70: A troublesome start, 7 decades of hurtling towards the abyss…what next?

CATCH NEWS       14 August 2017

As Pakistan turns seventy, I analyse three crucial markers –

  • Where it has come from
  • Where it is at and
  • Where it is headed

As a new country that came into existence on 14 August 1947, Pakistan did not start on a clean slate. It inherited the legacy of the Pakistan Movement. Three elements were crucial.

The first was the opportunistic use of religion by the Muslim League in the run-up to the 1945-46 elections that led to incremental doses of Islamisation, starting with the Objectives Resolution of 1949. (more…)




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…)


Tim Willasey-Wilsey        Published: 01 July 2017

International Affairs, The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

I would not normally read a book about Pakistan written by a former Indian diplomat for fear of bias. However, I knew Tilak Devasher and was aware of his fascination with Pakistan and of his scholarship. Indeed, this is a thoughtful, meticulously researched and well-written work. It is certainly tough on Pakistan’s failings and not quick to identify its strengths (like its vigorously free press and its remarkable resilience), but it is full of insights into Pakistan’s bumpy journey since independence. (more…)