Pakistan

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان

Who Cares if Iran Gets the Bomb?

Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat

War-Weary Afghans Crave Peace

S. Mudassir Ali Shah, Dawn

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

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

A Wordsmith for a Globalized World - Sanjena Sathian & Tobias Carroll, Ozy

Mohsin Hamid was on track to be a good South Asian boy, at first. Son of a Stanford-educated professor. Princeton grad. Harvard Law alumnus. He’d logged time at the prestigio...

The Ski School the Taliban Couldn't Close - Rebecca Kesby, BBC

When the Pakistani army drove the Taliban out of the Swat valley in 2009 Matee Ullah Khan was determined to rebuild the ski school and give children a chance to have fun....

India Is the Unstable Power of Our Time - Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat

If it heeds the lessons of history, the US would do well not to foster close ties with India in the next few years....

Washington's Tangle Over Aid to Pakistan - Narayan Lakshman, The Hindu

Several ambiguities exist in the discourse on how much — or how little — money has flowed from Washington to Islamabad and under what conditions....

Pakistan's Military Surges Back into Power - Huma Yusuf, New York Times

Last Tuesday, the National Assembly and the Senate unanimously adopted (with abstentions but no votes against) the 21st amendment to the Constitution: For two years, military court...

China: A Friend or a Foe to Moscow? - Alex Calvo, China Policy Institute Blog

The last days of the year have been intense in the geopolitical arena, with the release of Moscow’s new military doctrine among several developments meriting close attention....

Pakistan Needs to Attack Militancy at Its Source - Zahid Hussain, Dawn

The foremost challenge for Mr Sharif will be how he deals with the problem of militancy and religious extremism in his home province of Punjab. For long, counterterrorism efforts h...

Putin's Diplomatic Winning Streak - Richard Weitz, Project Syndicate

CHENGDU – Since Russia invaded Crimea last summer, the West has relied on a strategy of economic sanctions and international isolation to compel the Kremlin to withdraw its s...

7 Awful, Underreported Conflicts - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

2014 has been a brutal year....

Afghanistan's New Deal with Pakistan - Amir Taheri, New York Post

With public sentiment rising against terrorism, the Pakistani and Afghan governments have decided to abandon their traditional policy of giving terror groups shelter in exchange ...

Heed Rule of Law Against Pakistani Taliban - The National

According to some accounts, the attack in Peshawar was an act of desperation by a group that was already on the run. Offenders must be brought to justice, but the official action m...

Seeking Stability in South Asia's Geography - A. Pillalamarri, The Diplomat

The diversity of culture, language, and terrain throughout South Asia coupled with its numerous weak states reminds one of the multi-lingual Austro-Hungarian Empire that was always...

Rearranging the Subcontinent - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The division of the Indian subcontinent between two major states, India and Pakistan (as well as a minor one, Bangladesh), may not be history's last word in political geography the...

Pakistan's Own 9/11 - Mina Sohail, Washington Post

The Pakistan government has attempted dialogues with the opposition to no avail. These are militants who play soccer with heads of decapitated men. They storm schools and kill chil...

Pakistan Cavorts in the Jihadist Snakepit - B. Chellaney, Project Syndicate

As US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton bluntly told Pakistan in 2011 that “you can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbors.”...

Pakistan's New Strategy to Beat the Taliban - Omar Waraich, Time

Nearly a week after Pakistan’s worst-ever terrorist attack resulted in the death of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, the grief has turned to anger. As the Pakistan army pounds m...

The Massacre that Changed Pakistan - Shahid Javed Burki, Project Syndicate

Pakistan has had a complicated relationship with the Taliban. The country’s intelligence services had a hand in the group’s formation and in its rise to power in neighb...

Defying Terror and the Pakistani State - Sonya Rehman, The Diplomat

Twice targeted by terrorists, the Rafi Peer Theater Workshop is nonetheless making a comeback....

Pakistan Retaliates Against the Taliban - Omar Waraich, Independent

The grief has given way to rage. Three days after Pakistan suffered its worst ever terrorist attack, with the massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, the country has hit back. ...

Why Did Militants Murder Dozens of Children? - Amanda Taub, Vox

There is no single explanation. But, beyond the obvious barbarity of the perpetrators, three factors seem to have driven the act. First, there is the Taliban's own explanation, tha...

A Terrible Slaughter of Children in Pakistan - New York Times

With the slaughter of at least 145 schoolchildren and teachers at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday, the Taliban took its grisly war against the state to a more horrific p...

Pakistan-Taliban War About to Get Worse - Naina Bajekal, Time

The Taliban’s attack on a Peshawar school that left at least 132 school children and nine members of staff dead on Tuesday was described by Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the daughter of...

Want Torture to Work? Hire Pakistan - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

Senate Democrats this week issued a declassified report stating that the harsh interrogations the Central Intelligence Agency once claimed saved American lives failed to produce un...

Sunni-Shia Violence in Pakistan - Middle East Institute

Explaining the resurgence since 2007...

Pakistan and Israel's Shared Ideology - Ishan Tharoor, Washington Post

"Pakistan is like Israel, an ideological state," said then Pakistani President Zia ul-Haq in 1981. "Take out the Judaism from Israel and it will fall like a house of cards. Take Is...

India's Important Eastward Turn - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

As part of his “Look East” program, Modi has also made a point of reaching out to Burma. Most recently, he had a warm meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi at a recent ASEAN ge...

Pakistan-India Relations Sour Again - Saim Saeed, The Diplomat

For a brief moment after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election victory, there was optimism in both India and Pakistan. In an unprecedented move, Modi invited his Pak...

Keeping Peace Between South Asian Nuclear Powers - Gregory Koblentz, LAT

At a time when we are reflecting on the lessons from the Cold War amid growing concern about the current U.S.-Russia relationship, we should be looking ahead to anticipate how chan...

Finding Peace Between Afghanistan and Pakistan - The Diplomat

In his third foreign visit after trips Saudi Arabia and China, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani traveled to Pakistan on November 14 to talk about the peace that Afghanistan desperatel...

Obama's Drone War in Pakistan - Steve Coll, New Yorker

Last year, in a speech at the National Defense University, President Obama acknowledged that American drones had killed civilians. He called these incidents “heartbreaking tr...

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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