Pakistan

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان

Pakistan's Independence Day is on Aug. 14, but this year the occasion is marked by national crisis, not unity. The country is braced for heated protests on Thursday against the gov...(full article)

Pakistan’s problem with promise is its addiction to a particular stage of political existence....(full article)

As a former cricketer and a cleric conspire to roil a fragile democracy, the country’s army will try to reap the rewards....(full article)

The Haqqani network — a family-run syndicate that happens to be one of South Asia’s most fearsome militant groups — has long been a source of tension for the vola...(full article)

The shocking spread of the Islamic State group (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) over Sunni dominated areas of Iraq and its declaration of a caliphate last month has...(full article)

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Pakistan's Timely Action in Waziristan - Gulf News

The army has to achieve the aim of defeating the Taliban and securing people’s loyalty to the state....

Can the U.S. Leave Afghanistan Without Leaving Chaos? - Dawn

WHILE much of the focus when it comes to Afghanistan is rightly on ensuring that the recent presidential election produces a result that is nationally acceptable and politically vi...

Pakistan's War at Home - Shahid Javed Burki, Project Syndicate

Last month, after years of indecision, Pakistan’s military launched a full-scale military operation in the North Waziristan Tribal Agency aimed at eliminating terrorist bases...

What It's Like to Be Convicted of Blasphemy in Pakistan - Rizwan Syed, GP

These two parents were acquitted two years ago. Now they're out of prison — but they're still in hiding....

When the Taliban Meets Hobby Lobby - Steve Coll, The New Yorker

If the Pakistani Taliban, aided by clever lawyers, organized a closely held American corporation, and professed to run it on religious principles, might its employees be deprived o...

Pakistan's Offensive, America's Withdrawal - Steve Coll, The New Yorker

Pakistan gained independence in 1947. It left Waziristan alone until 2002, when the Pakistani Army entered in force for the first time, also at American urging. That incursion bega...

Pakistan's Nukes Are at Risk - Reshmi Kazi, Hindustan Times

Through the string of attacks the TTP has communicated that it’s not yet finished. There will be more violence in the future to weaken the Pakistani establishment. To safegua...

Asia's Coming Nuclear Arms Race - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

While America’s post-Cold War conventional superiority has made it a proponent of nuclear disarmament, it relied heavily on nuclear weapons to deter the Soviet Union in Europ...

Are Pakistan's Nukes Safe? - Deccan Chronicle

Without sounding alarmist, we cannot but take on board the prospect of the jihadists finding ways to fire even a low-yield nuclear weapon against this country by breaching Pakistan...

India-Pak Proxy War for Afghanistan Looms - Frederic Grare, Ind. Express

The announcement of the full US withdrawal will only provide additional incentive for both India and Pakistan to accelerate their existing policies in order to gain the upper hand ...

How the Taliban Overran Pakistan's Mega-City - Rafia Zakaria, Al Jazeera

Karachi has been smoldering for more than a week. On June 8 it burst into flames when the Pakistani Taliban laid siege to the city’s main airport, Jinnah International, killi...

We Are Losing the War on Terror - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

The ground truth about the spread of terrorism will be a hard one for many Americans to swallow after 13 costly years of war. Terrorism is spreading worldwide. Our enemies have sus...

Why the Pakistani Taliban Is Winning - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

The Pakistani Taliban justifies its airport attack by pointing to Islamabad's collusion with the U.S. war on terror, a complaint that finds a lot of traction among the wider Pakist...

Jihadist Insurgents Gain Ground - The Australian

The terrorist assault against the international airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial and transport hub, is indicative of the potent threat posed by jihadist insurgents. ...

Airport Attack Exposes Many Pakistani Weaknesses - Daily Times

A concerted effort needs to be made to find people who are aiding terrorists from within state security organisations. It appears that after a few weeks of relative quiet and with ...

World Unsafe Until Pakistan Cleans Up Its Mess - Rob Crilly, The Telegraph

As savvy analysts told me at the time, the split likely marks a return to Pakistan’s discredited policy of Good Taliban; Bad Taliban. While American troops head home from Afghani...

The ISI's Great Game in Afghanistan - Omer Aziz, The Diplomat

For four decades, Pakistan’s spy-generals have played Afghanistan like a powerful chip in a consequential game of poker. They know the important local militants, have open chan...

The Killing of Pakistan's Journalists - Kiran Nazish, The Diplomat

The impunity with which journalists are attacked is having a devastating effect on Pakistani democracy....

Witness to a Stoning - Tom Stacey, The Spectator

Attending public executions, whether beheadings or stonings, is not my predilection, yet one does come across them in the course of life in Arabia and Pakistan....

Pakistan's Appalling Attitude Toward Rape - Dawn

It was our erstwhile president Pervez Musharraf who in 2005 told The Washington Post that rape was a “money-making concern” and that women “get themselves raped” to facilit...

The Roots of Pakistan's Horrific Honor Killings - Max Fisher, Vox

Honor killings are once again becoming a national controversy in Pakistan, where they claim as many as 1,000 womens' lives every year. And a big part of the debate there has to do ...

Life as a Slave in Pakistan - Annabel Symington, Global Post

HYDERABAD, Pakistan - In one hand he clutches a hoe, in the other a small plastic truck. Hamo, 8, has worked as a farm laborer since he was five, alongside his 12 family members wh...

Who's Afraid of Pakistan's Military? - S. Akbar Zaidi, The Hindu

The general impression people outside Pakistan have of its military is that it is the most powerful institution there which determines every move by civilian representatives, parti...

Pakistan: A Country of Dead Women - Rafia Zakaria, Dawn

Farzana Parveen was dead long before she was actually killed. She died when she imagined herself, a Pakistani woman, as a full person capable of making her own decisions, choosing ...

Pakistan Pays High Price for Religious Bigotry - Ahmed Sahi, Toronto Star

An overpowering religious bigotry in Pakistan has created a deadly atmosphere for many and is seriously stunting the country’s growth....

Pakistan's Army Still Looms Large - Mehreen Zahra-Malik, Reuters

At Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's palatial offices in Islamabad this week, the army chief sat down to deliver the head of government a message he did not want to hear: The...

Pakistan: Worse Than We Thought - Ahmed Rashid, NY Review of Books

For forty years Pakistan has been backing Islamic extremist groups as part of its expansionist foreign policy in Afghanistan and Central Asia and its efforts to maintain equilibriu...

Should Pakistan Welcome Modi's Election? - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory may ultimately work out in Pakistan’s favor....

Kashmir, Pakistan & India: Explosion Soon? - Rekha Chowdhary, EAF

The ideological position of the party is defined by cultural nationalism, with an emphasis on concepts of ‘Hindutva’, ‘territorial integrity’ and ‘uni...

New Indian Gov't Must Go Bold on Foreign Policy - Hindustan Times

Among the many challenges that the new government will face, one will definitely be foreign policy. The world is going through testing times: The US is due to pull its troops out o...

Why Nigeria Has Been Useless to Stop Boko Haram - Leela Jacinto, FP

When terrorist threats or insurgencies drag on for years, with death tolls running into the thousands and with millions displaced -- as has happened in Nigeria and Pakistan -- ther...

Why Polio Is Back - Susannah Locke, Vox

The news underscores a grim reality about polio. The World Health Organization has the money and the vaccines it needs to stamp out the disease out once and for all — but it ...

Muzzling Pakistan's Media - Hasan Zaidi, New York Times

Pakistan’s media is in upheaval these days. But it’s not because of the stuttering “talks” between the government and militant groups, who have publicly vowed to target ...

Democracy's Deepening Recession - Larry Diamond, The Atlantic

While the world’s attention has been riveted on Ukraine and what move an emboldened Vladimir Putin will make next, diverse threats to democracy have intensified on other fronts...

Evidence, Not Politics, Driving Tribunals in Bangladesh - T.H. Ali, RCW

Genocide is defined as the systematic elimination of a national, racial, political or cultural group. Forty- three years ago, genocide happened in Bangladesh. In an effort to quash...

Regional Security Won't Work in Afghanistan - Arwin Rahi, The Diplomat

As NATO-led coalition forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, we are increasingly hearing the idea that a multinational regional security force (MN-RSF) would be a viable op...

Pakistan and the Sunni Gulf - Umar Farooq, The Diplomat

Recent months have brought Islamabad a flurry of visits from leaders of Sunni gulf nations, prompting many observers to question just what Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif might be ge...

A Taliban Win in Afghanistan Is Bad for Pakistan, Too - Riaz Hassan, YG

The basic elements of Pakistani policy after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan at the end of 2014 are clear. Pakistan does not want the Taliban to win exclusive power and wants a ...

The 'Global' Malala Yousafzai - Rafia Zakaria, Dawn

A white, female, seasoned British journalist writing in conjunction with a brown Pakistani teenager poses its own questions of feminism, the location of the subaltern, and the trop...

Food Prices Are Going to Topple More Governments - Josh Keating, Slate

The Arab Spring may become the textbook example of the geopolitics of food prices -- the food riots and subsequent revolutions transfixed the world. But shifts in food price may be...

Musharraf's Return Has Achieved Its Objectives - Tom Hussain, National

With Gen Musharraf indicted, it might be easy to conclude that Pakistan has attained “Arab Spring-plus” status. Not exactly. Indicted or not, Gen Musharraf has succeeded in ac...

Don't Ignore Women's Struggles in Muslim World - Margaret Wente, G&M

Most Western feminists are curiously silent about these issues. It seems they’d rather spend their time warning about “rape culture” and denouncing the misogyny, ...

Saudis Push Pakistan Deeper into Fanaticism - P. Ravichandran, Pragati

The idea of Pakistan being a secular republic with citizenship rights accorded to all minorities was a brief one that never stood a chance against the more orthodox followers of Ji...

Pakistan Sheltered bin Laden? Prove It - Peter Bergen, CNN

I am convinced that there is no evidence that anyone in the Pakistani government, military or intelligence agencies knowingly sheltered bin Laden....

A Timely Reminder of Pakistan's Double Game - Dawn

AN excerpt from an upcoming book written by a New York Times correspondent has caused a predictable kerfuffle in Pakistan, given that it makes the direct claim that the ISI not onl...

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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