Pakistan

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان

Punjab's Militancy Problem

Muhammad Amir Rana, Dawn

Pakistan: The Army Steps In

Ahmed Rashid, New York Review of Books

The Dirty Old Men of Pakistan

Mohammed Hanif, New York Times

The Playgrounds of Pakistan

Rafia Zakaria, New York Times

The Political Nature of Strong Armies

Jacob Shapiro, Geopolitical Futures

Some segments in the government excuse their inability to intervene in banned groups’ spaces by claiming that these groups have extensive organisational structures and are ap...(full article)

The suicide bomber who killed seventy-two people on Easter Sunday in a park in Lahore, Pakistan has drawn condemnation from around the world. Among the killed were twenty-nine chil...(full article)

In the world we live in, there is no dearth of pious men who believe that most of the world’s problems can be fixed by giving their women a little thrashing. And this busines...(full article)

Not far from the house where I grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, there was a children’s amusement park. It sat on top of a hill, its slides and swings beckoning children from the...(full article)

The purpose of a soldier is to fight a war, and the purpose of an army is to defend a state from the hostile intentions of another power. But the military establishments that grow ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Saudi Arabia Tilts Toward India - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Pakistan, after refusing to supply troops for Saudi Arabia's war against Yemen, finds the Gulf kingdom improving relations with Pakistani archenemy India....

Pakistan: Terror Ground Zero, With Nukes - David Andelman, USA Today

Half a world away from Belgium, terror and death have hit another American ally and where the stakes are even higher. This time, the target was Pakistan — a suicide bomb ripp...

A Gauntlet Thrown Down to Pakistan's Rulers - Kunwar Shahid, Guardian

Radical Islamists have taken their fight to the home ground of the ruling PML-N. The government’s reaction will prove crucial for the country’s future....

Islamic Extremists Don't Just Hate the West - Margaret Wente, G&M

Apologists for extremism like to argue that Islamists hate us for good reason. They attack the West because of the awful things the West has done to them, and because Europe has mi...

Western Chauvinism and Lahore - Noah Rothman, Commentary

It takes a desperate commitment to ambiguity and moral equivalence to avoid calling the unspeakable terror meted out to the members of a tiny Christian minority in predominantly Mu...

The War on Terror: Redefining Friend and Foe - David Pence, Star Tribune

In short, an honest debate of American policy in the war on terror must address this riddle: Why are two of our most trusted “allies” all these years — Saudi Arab...

India Has no Option but to Engage Pakistan - V. Sudarshan, The Hindu

Mr. Modi’s outreach to Mr. Sharif was for most part welcomed, especially in the Kashmir Valley, where ironically Bharatiya Janata Party and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are...

The Bumpy Path Forward in Afghanistan - Marvin Weinbaum, RCWorld

While there are disagreements over aspects of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, there is a near consensus among experts that the country has entered into a critical period in which the c...

My Friend, the Former Muslim Extremist - N. Kristof, New York Times

Rafi is a young Pakistani who used to hate the United States and support the Taliban. His brother joined the Taliban for a time, but now I worry that the Taliban might try to kill ...

Walking a Cabbage in Kashmir - Parul Abrol, Narratively

Pushed to the brink by the insanity of life in a land on military lockdown, one mysterious resident embarks on a decidedly bizarre piece of performance art....

What Happened to ISIS's Af-Pak Province? - Arif Rafiq, The Diplomat

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...

A Country Committing Islamicide - Maajid Nawaz, Daily Beast

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...

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...

The Pakistani Dystopia - Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker

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 ...

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...

How Washington Can Build Bridges in South Asia - Alyssa Ayres, WOTR

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...

Air Base Attack Exactly Why India Should Talk to Pakistan - S. Vij, Qz

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...

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...

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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