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The Pulwama Crisis

The Pulwama Crisis

Now is the time for diplomatic efforts The bilateral ties between Pakistan and India have been characterized by crises of different magnitudes and natures. The hostilities are deep-rooted and well-entrenched, affecting every segment of society. The historical legacy of defective partition plan including Kashmir dispute, psychological trauma of partition and massacre; nerve-wrecking competition over strategic and economic interests; weaponization of ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Nuclear Use Doctrine, An ambiguity prevails

Pakistan's Nuclear Use Doctrine, An ambiguity prevails

By: Asfand Yar Bhutto An overview of Pakistan’s Nuclear Use Doctrine Since the start of its nuclear weapons programme, particularly nuclear tests of May 1998, Pakistan has not come up officially with its nuclear use doctrine. However, No First Use (NFU) policy has remained deeply rooted in its nuclear deterrence assumptions with the objective to make the deterrence more credible ... Read More »

On the Verge of War

On the Verge of War

By: Asad Hussain Sanity is the first victim in India-Pakistan Standoff Amidst intense warmongering from the Indian side, the ongoing dangerous standoff between the two hostile nuclear neighbours, Pakistan and India, may lead the world to an unimaginable catastrophe. In order to ascertain as to how we reached here, it is quintessential to understand the background to this critical juncture. ... Read More »

Understanding the Benami Law

Understanding the Benami Law

Zeroing in on Benami transactions In Pakistan, the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 2017 (Benami Law) was gazetted on 17 February 2017. The Benami Law became effective with the publication of the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Rules 2009 vide SRO 326(I)/2019 dated 11 March 2019. The Benami Law prohibits a person from entering into a benami transaction, which is defined as: a ... Read More »

Why Pakistan Needs a New Forest Policy

Why Pakistan Needs a New Forest Policy

By: Ifrah Shaukat  Although objectives and scope of forest management diversified and extended before the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), its main objective remained merely timber production. Local communities, indigenous peoples and, most importantly, international NGOs speak out to record their concerns regarding a very narrow definition of forestry. Since then, these voices have managed, somehow, to ... Read More »

In Quest for SMART POWER

In Quest for SMART POWER

Abdul Rasool Syed The Means to Success in World Politics Kudos to Pakistan Armed Forces, exclusively to Pakistan Air Force, for shooting down two Indian jets that violated Pakistani airspace! It was, for sure, an exemplary display of hard power that Pakistan has earned through the indefatigable industry and selfless devotion of its armed forces which they cherish for the ... Read More »

Vertical Construction and GREEN SPACES

Vertical Construction and GREEN SPACES

By: Engr. Sarfraz Nawaz Imran Khan’s Vision for the Future It is a well-known fact that Pakistan is facing a housing crisis, especially in the urban areas of the country, due to a number of factors. The burgeoning population of the country has spurred rural to urban migration that is taking place on an unprecedented scale at present. In addition, ... Read More »

Pakistan at a Crossroads

Pakistan at a Crossroads

Pragmatic policies required to move forward Pakistan is standing at a crossroads. It seems so obvious that Pakistan is at a point where it has to decide its future: how should relations with USA and China fare, how to improve relationship with India (and should they even be improved); what is the right path to take with Iran, how to ... Read More »

Governance in the light of the 18th Constitutional Amendment

Governance in the light of the 18th Constitutional Amendment

Introduction Pakistan as a country is faced with many challenges. One of the key challenges is of ‘governance’, the term which defies definition. For discussion, a working definition by the Canada-based Institute of Governance may be used here. It states: “Governance is how society or groups within it, organize to make decisions.” Based on this definition, the governance in Pakistan ... Read More »

Political System, Economic Model and Social Values

Political System, Economic Model and Social Values

Three pieces of one picture We the Pakistanis usually think that once a particular person takes the helm of affairs, things will dramatically change as he has some magic wand with which all problems will be solved immediately. However, despite having seen numerous so-called ‘leaders’, the nation still seems not ready to learn some key lessons. One person may bring ... Read More »