Pakistan

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان

The so-called Islamic State’s Khurasan province (ISIS-Khurasan), which includes Afghanistan and Pakistan, remains a notional entity a year after its establishment. It consist...(full article)

In this spirit, hadn’t a member of ISIS just executed his own mother for apostasy? Whatever was on his mind, this boy, who wanted so much to be considered a true, fearful bel...(full article)

Imagine a country that is embroiled in a long and bloody conflict with its neighbor, and each time its democratically elected Prime Minister tries to reach out and make peace, his ...(full article)

As India and Pakistan enter another cycle of dialogue, they share the prospect of ushering in a more positive and prosperous future for their citizens. The United States can and sh...(full article)

The big terror attack in Pathankot threatens to derail a renewed India-Pakistan peace process. For now, the government and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party are saying that the tal...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

World Can't Afford an Unstable Pakistan - The Australian

The horrifying Islamic terrorist attack on Pakistan’s Bacha Khan University is a sharp reminder of the increasing instability that is threatening a country of vital strategic...

Hope in Pakistan - Washington Times

The Pakistan government’s move on radical Islamic militants suspected of participating in attacks on Indian border military installations in early January is good news, and n...

India Must Better Defend Itself Against Terror - Indian Express

India just doesn’t have the tools it needs to protect itself against terrorism. That it took Indian troops over 18 hours, and the loss of at least seven lives, to defeat four...

Indo-Pak Peace Hopes First Casualty of 2016 - Walter Russell Mead, TAI

When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped in to visit Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the holidays, there were some who hoped that a new era in India-Pakis...

Next Year Is Full of Good Omens for India-Pakistan - R. Lall, The National

It rarely happens that a photo opportunity for the internet age is tailor-made for a philosophical quote from imperial Rome. But when India’s Narendra Modi dropped by his Pak...

The Battle for Pakistan's Schools - Bloomberg View

In the year that's passed since the Pakistani Taliban murdered 134 children at a military-run school in Peshawar, the army has successfully driven many of their fighters across the...

Pakistanis Are Ready for Peace Process with India - Raza Rumi, Quartz

Modi’s short visit to Lahore on Dec. 25 was welcomed by almost all the mainstream political parties in Pakistan. That betrays a consensus within the political elites there, u...

The Child Martyrs of Pakistan - Mira Sethi, New York Times

A few days after the Pakistani Taliban gunned down 14-year-old Muhammad Shaheer Khan, along with at least 144 others, at the Army Public School in Peshawar last year, his mother re...

A Good Day for South Asian Diplomacy - Economist

THERE were doubts until almost the last minute about whether the top-billed guests would turn up at a diplomatic conference in Islamabad on December 9th to discuss peace in Afghani...

How China and Pakistan Could Remake Asia - Fahad Shah, Foreign Affairs

As the Sino-Pakistani relationship strengthens, perhaps the biggest loser will be Kashmir. Kashmiris want freedom from India and Pakistan, but both India and Pakistan have refused ...

The Pakistan Nuclear Nightmare - New York Times

With as many as 120 warheads, Pakistan could in a decade become the world’s third-ranked nuclear power, behind the United States and Russia, but ahead of China, France and Br...

How Not to Build a Relationship With Pakistan - Xenia Wickett, RCW

In advance of a visit by Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif last week, the Obama administration announced that it was planning to sell an additional eight F16 fighter jets to Pakista...

Pakistan's Hidden, Bloody War - Laura Secorun Palet, Ozy

Google “Pakistan” and you’ll be flooded with images of terrorist attacks, photos of Malala or trailers of the next Homeland episode. Actually, all of the above. B...

Obama Is Right to Stick With Afghanistan - Bruce Riedel, Daily Beast

Next week President Obama will meet with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Prime Minister has pushed the Taliban in the past to open a political process with the Gh...

Why Pakistan Stays Stuck - Shahid Kardar, Dawn

A politicised, de-motivated (and corrupt) bureaucracy has been undermined and weakened by pervasive political interference. The impact of our kind of corruption is much more advers...

The U.S. Can't Afford to Forget Afghanistan, Pakistan - D. Ignatius, WaPo

Last weekend’s deadly attack on an international hospital in Afghanistan was a reminder of the terrible war that grinds on there, with Afghan civilians caught in the crossfir...

Washington Loves China's Plans for Central Asia - John Hudson, FP

LAHORE, Pakistan — Moments after landing at Lahore’s international airport one ordinary day in September, crowds of Chinese professionals jockeyed for position in an im...

How Pakistan Protects Itself From Sectarian War - Arif Rafiq, TNI

An Iraq-style sectarian war has always been unlikely in Pakistan....

India and Pakistan's Dialogue of the Deaf - Mohammed Hanif, NYT

We are at it again. India and Pakistan are talking a lot these days, mostly about why they don’t want to talk to each other. Our national security adviser...

A Confident India Shifts Its Stance Toward Pakistan - H. Pant, Diplomat

At a time when Indian foreign policy horizons are widening and New Delhi is self-confident about its own role in the world, the Modi government has decided to leave it to Pakistan ...

Pakistan's Growing Gender Gap - Rukhsasa Shah, Dawn

In 2013, Pakistan ranked 135th out of 136 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index Report of the World Economic Forum. In 2014, eight more countries were included in the report, bu...

Time for Renewal in Pakistan - Adrian Husain, Dawn

In Pakistan, at any rate, it would seem that, amendments to the law and Constitution notwithstanding, a more thoughtfully articulated social contract, which takes account of prevai...

Pakistan's Shocking Strategic Shift - Sameer Lalwani, National Interest

Pakistan is often characterized as a belligerent, unyielding, and destabilizing force in international affairs. But despite longstanding and widespread negative perceptions, P...

India & Pakistan Sliding Toward War? - Julia Thompson, TNI

The ceasefire agreement reached between India and Pakistan in November 2003 is now unrecognizable, with firing growing steadily since late 2012. Monday’s attack on ...

Is the Taliban Leader Giving Peace a Chance? - S. Mudassir Ali Shah, Dawn

THE endorsement of the landmark talks in Murree by the Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has put to rest the scepticism surrounding the maiden face-to-face meet...

Who Cares if Iran Gets the Bomb? - Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat

While unlikely, it would not be a big deal if Iran acquired nuclear weapons....

Winners and Losers in Greater Middle East - J. Cole, Informed Comment

The end of most UN and European sanctions on Iran and the likely end of US third party sanctions are shaping how regional states see the Vienna agreement between Iran and the 5 per...

War-Weary Afghans Crave Peace - S. Mudassir Ali Shah, Dawn

To nurture the process, the Obama administration will have to alter a politically motivated calendar for a complete pullout from Afghanistan, which still has a long and hard road a...

India and Pakistan, in the Same Security Bloc? - F. Shaikh, Chatham House

India and Pakistan are expected to be simultaneously elevated to full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in 2016, as mooted at this week’s summit of th...

Pakistan: Lessons From U.S.-India Nuke Deal - Saira Bano, Diplomat

During the seventh round of the U.S.-Pakistan Security, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation (SSS&NP) working group earlier this month, Pakistan again demanded an India-styl...

Foreign Hands Off Afghanistan - Marin Thornton & Rahi, The Conversation

For much of its history, Afghanistan has been a battlefield for conflicts over regional influence in what has been called the Great Game. Now a weak state with deep ethnic division...

Question over South Asia's Nuclear Stability - Kunal Singh, Diplomat

For 15 years, since its inception in February 2000, General Khalid Kidwai served as Director General of Pakistan’s Strategic Plans Division. Now an adviser to Pakis...

A New Silk Road to Quell International Tensions? - Robert Berke, Oil Price

It is important to understand that the new “Road’ is not a formal plan in any sense but merely a broad outline of goals, a work in progress, being filled in, opportunis...

Who Is Killing Karachi's Elite? - Lawrence Pintak, Global Post

KARACHI, Pakistan — “We live in a kingdom of fear, fortified by religious extremism and intolerance,” columnist Ghazi Salahiddin recently wrote in The News on Sun...

The Killing of Osama bin Laden - Seymour Hersh, London Review of Books

The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that...

Hersh's bin Laden Story Doesn't Add Up - Max Fisher, Vox

Most blatant, Hersh's entire narrative turns on a secret deal, in which the US promised Pakistan increased military aid and a "freer hand in Afghanistan." In fact, the exact opposi...

China's Big Plunge in Pakistan - New York Times

President Xi Jinping of China showed up in Pakistan this week with one of his government’s most powerful weapons — money, and lots of it. He signed agreements worth mor...

Xi Jinping: "Long Live China-Pakistan" - Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

A few hours ahead of Xi Jinping’s scheduled touchdown in Islamabad for his first-ever state visit to Pakistan, an op-ed authored by the Chinese president appeared in Pakistan...

The Evolving Jihad in South Asia - Arif Rafiq, The Diplomat

Relations between Islamabad and Kabul have taken a turn for the better in recent months. Though it’s unclear whether the positive momentum can be sustained, strong ...

Christians in Pakistan Taking a Stand - Ali Sethi, New York Times

Last Monday, this city was briefly overrun with bands of sloganeering, stick-wielding youths. The demonstrators threw stones at police officers, burned car tires and smashed window...

The Ancient City That's Crumbling Away - Razia Iqbal, BBC

The ancient city of Mohenjo Daro was one of the world's earliest major urban settlements - but as Razia Iqbal found on a recent visit to Pakistan, its remains are in danger of crum...

Pakistan and India: Addressing Core Concerns - A. Jehangir Qazi, Dawn

The Indian foreign secretary has come and gone. Pakistan will host the Saarc summit in 2016. Modi may attend or even visit before it. That could provide an opportunity for a joint ...

The Nuclear Game in South Asia - Eleanor Albert, CFR

Southern Asia is home to three nuclear powers—China, India, and Pakistan—that continue to expand and modernize their arms programs. Motivated by the need to address perceived s...

A Silk Glove for China's Iron Fist - Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate

NEW DELHI – For years, China has sought to encircle South Asia with a “string of pearls": a network of ports connecting its eastern coast to the Middle East that would ...

Time for Pakistan to Emerge from the Fog - Roger Cohen, New York Times

LAHORE, Pakistan — There is a bit of a hermetic feel to Pakistan these days, as if the country that lies on the ancient road from the West to Asia, a natural bridge, had some...

About Pakistan

  • Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • Population: 165,900,000 (6th)
  • Area Size: 340,403 sq mi (36th)
  • GDP: $143.77 billion (10th)
  • Currency: Pakistani Rupee (PKR)
  • Official Language: Urdu
  • Capital City: Islamabad
  • Largest City: Karachi

Pakistan Prosperity Rank: 107

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