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Pakistan’s foreign policy

FOREIGN policy is an aspect of national policy. If national governance is dysfunctional foreign policy cannot deliver. This is because no coherent political framework for a successful foreign policy will be available. This is the norm in Pakistan. As long as Pakistan’s military-intelligence complex (the ‘deep state’) overwhelms civil and political society in terms of per-capita resource allocations, strategic perceptions, ... Read More »

The Hague Convention’s implementation

In November 2016, after the approval of cabinet, Pakistan had decided accede to the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of Child Abduction. On 22 December 2016, Pakistan deposited its instruments of Accession to Hague Convention and became the 96th contracting State to the Convention. The Convention came into force for Pakistan on 1st March 2017.The Convention provides a structure to ... Read More »

Fata’s legal question

Some historical facts outlining the status of tribal areas While fate of the constitutional reforms on Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) hangs in balance, the latest salvo in opposing the much-delayed reforms for the tribal region came from none other than Mehmood Khan Achakzai, chief of the Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party. Achakzai has repeatedly used ‘azad’ incorrectly for tribal areas ... Read More »

Resilience in Pakistan’s economy

In 2017, the country’s economy remained hostage to political economy considerations and different socio-political developments “Highest GDP growth was recorded in a decade, Pakistan’s economy is flourishing; there is no problem of debt retirement” and “Economy is in bad shape, there is a need to declare financial emergency; Pakistan would require $35 billion in next 12-18 months”. Above are the ... Read More »

Regional connectivity

Amidst the tense international political environment, the first six-nation Speakers’ Conferencein Islamabad was a welcome move. The moot discussed the challenges of inter-regional connectivity and terrorism. Representatives from Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan attended this crucial conference which called for establishing a joint mechanism to cope with the challenges of terrorism besides promoting inter-regional connectivity. It is interesting ... Read More »

What it means to use yuan in trade with China

IT has finally been officially confirmed that Pakistan is considering using the Chinese currency for bilateral trade. At a weekly media briefing on Dec 21, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan and China “will actively use bilateral currencies for the settlement of bilateral trade and investment (transactions) under the relevant arrangements”. In response to a supplementary question, he ... Read More »

Politics of articles 62/63

There is a growing consensus that these ‘political’ articles in the constitution are becoming a tool of victimisation, and need to be reviewed either by the parliament or the judiciary Pakistan’s top judiciary is under severe criticism after judgments regarding the disqualification cases of the top leaders of two main opposition parties — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf ... Read More »

The fragile Afghan government

It seems the distance and distrust between President Ghani and CEO Abdullah is increasing and staying together would require regular US intervention in future Visiting Kabul can cause anxiety due to concern about the security situation in the Afghan capital. However, most journalists tend to take risks if a trip promises to be professionally rewarding. Curiosity can take you anywhere ... Read More »