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Shirking diplomatic responsibility

Shirking diplomatic responsibility

ON May 17, 2018, in a weekly media briefing, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Faisal stated that “[t]he United States government has assured [the government of Pakistan] that a probe will be initiated against defence and air attaché Colonel Emanuel Joseph”, the US diplomat who ran a red light to ram into a motorcycle killing one ... Read More »

PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN POLICY 1947-2005

PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN POLICY 1947-2005

Those seriously interested in Pakistan’s foreign policy should keenly study Abdul Sattar’s book, especially because he has tried to narrate, what he calls “plain history” of Pakistan’s foreign policy since independence. The book assumes more importance because there is a serious dearth of literature on Pakistan’s foreign policy. S.M. Burke’s Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: An Historical Analysis is the first comprehensive ... Read More »

The Myth of Corporate America’s Short-Term Thinking

The Myth of Corporate America’s Short-Term Thinking

American companies, according to their critics, are so focused on making quick profits that they have abdicated building for the long term. That idea has captivated policymakers, commentators and even some leading business executives. The complaint has reached a fevered pitch amid news that companies are diverting much of their proceeds from the recent tax cut into buying back record ... Read More »

Pakistan and FATF grey list

Pakistan and FATF grey list

We no longer can live in a cocoon and maintain isolation The decision to place Pakistan on the FATF grey list was a foregone conclusion. This will have an immediate effect on Pakistan’s financial institutions reflecting upon ‘deficiencies’ leading to check money laundering and failure to prevent terror financing, making funding by international financial institutions tougher on Pakistan. Acting Secretary ... Read More »

A Vietnam “Solution” to the Afghanistan War?

A Vietnam “Solution” to the Afghanistan War?

The January 1973 agreement between North Vietnam and the United States can be applied to the present, stalemated situation in Afghanistan. It was in 2010 that United States President Barack Obama  told an interviewer that he could easily imagine a situation in which “we ended up staying in Afghanistan for another five years, another eight years, another ten years. And ... Read More »

FATF challenge

FATF challenge

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has officially put Pakistan on its ‘grey list’ with a hope that it would enforce its plan to tighten its anti-terror financing laws in coming months to get off the list. The country runs the risk of landing in the FATF’s blacklist if fails to enforce the plan of action. According to the FATF, ... Read More »

Perilous waters

Perilous waters

No one doubts that Pakistan is facing a water crisis. We are already a water-insecure country and as the global climate change takes its toll the problem will only become worse. Where there is disagreement is on the political question of how best to manage our water resources. The Supreme Court is now weighing in on the matter of constructing ... Read More »

West’s Failure to Reform Threatens World Order

West’s Failure to Reform Threatens World Order

China and Russia take advantage of economic crises, weak governance and populism to challenge US-led international order LONDON: Two years ago, China and Russia issued a joint declaration with the aim of throwing out an open challenge to the current US-led world order. Coming after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and a court ruling against Beijing’s claim to the South China ... Read More »