India-Pakistan: Contextualising the Cancelled Talks Debacle

The now cancelled talks between the National Security Advisors (NSA) of India and Pakistan, originally scheduled for 23-24 August 2015, would have been the first meeting between the two wherein the public was duly apprised in advance.   Back-channel meetings between the NSAs had been established by the end of October 2004 as part of […]

Chronicling the Ascent of Mohammad Jibran Nasir

  Imagine receiving the following call from the Taliban one day:   “If you don’t take your actions back, and if you don’t stop harassing the imam of the Red Mosque, then you are putting yourself, your family and your people at risk”.   How would you react? Many would go into hiding; most would […]

On Corruption

You all may have heard of the phrase, “the rich just get richer and the poor just get poorer.” This is more than just a saying in the case of Pakistan. The situation in Pakistan and endless list of problems do not originate from the people at the lower part of the pyramid, but rather, […]

Wanted:Fiscal Change

If you’re reading this, you probably have a frame of reference when it comes to social issues. You bask in the glory of your culture, Pakistani or not. You can name the prime minister of your country, list some of the problems its government faces and you might even be passionate about using a justice-oriented […]

India-Pakistan Relations in 2015: Through a Looking Glass

The year is about to end, and keeping true to tradition, it is time for reflection and recollection. However bad the situation may become, the end of year holds an optimism that the coming year would prove better than the previous. 2014 began on a positive note despite the cross-border firings, as India headed for […]