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Asif Ezdi
Asif Ezdi

  • August 03, 2015

    The Iran deal and South Asia

    Last month’s nuclear deal under which Iran agreed to very substantial curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of economic and...

  • July 27, 2015

    A new language policy

    On July 10, the government informed the Supreme Court that it had issued an executive order for the replacement of English with Urdu as the...

  • July 22, 2015

    In Musharraf’s footsteps

    The meeting on July 10 between Nawaz Sharif and Modi at Ufa on the sidelines of the SCO summit will go down as a major diplomatic retreat by...

  • July 13, 2015

    Playing the honest broker

    The meeting brokered by Pakistan last Tuesday in Murree between representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban was the first one in which...

  • June 22, 2015

    Saving the NGOs

    There are many reputable international non-governmental organisations established or funded by official and semi-official agencies of different...

  • June 15, 2015

    The rise of the Indian Ocean rim

    Last Tuesday, the German Foreign Office hosted a conference in Berlin to discuss the competing interests of different international actors in the...

  • June 08, 2015

    India’s problem with the economic corridor

    At a press conference on May 31 held to highlight the Modi government’s foreign policy achievements during its first year in power, Indian Foreign...

  • June 01, 2015

    Parrikar’s admission

    Indian Defence Minister Parrikar’s remarks on an Indian news channel on May 21, that Delhi has a policy of “neutralising terrorists through...

  • May 25, 2015

    Arrogance and trickery

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to China from May 14 to May 16 was the second top-level visit between the two countries since the...

  • May 11, 2015

    India’s Chabahar gambit

    Last Wednesday, India and Iran signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the Chabahar port on the Gulf of Oman, not far from Gwadar, which...

  • May 04, 2015

    Regional dynamics of the economic corridor

    Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan two weeks ago was the first to the country by a Chinese president since that of his predecessor Hu Jintao in 2006....

  • April 13, 2015

    The Iran deal and us

    Almost a year and a half after the initial interim deal of November 2013, under which Iran agreed to roll back or freeze parts of its nuclear...

  • April 06, 2015

    Pakistan’s Yemen dilemma

    For nearly two weeks now, the government has been agonising over its response to a Saudi request for Pakistan’s participation in a military...

  • March 30, 2015

    Ending the gridlock on Musharraf’s trial

    There could hardly be a more open and shut case of treason than the one against Musharraf for his attempt to overthrow the constitution in November...

  • March 23, 2015

    India’s string of pearls

    From March 10 to 14, Indian Prime Minister Modi made a much-publicised trip to three island states of the Indian Ocean – Seychelles, Mauritius and...

  • March 16, 2015

    In all its ugliness

    The three-yearly election to the Senate, which had filled the air with revelations of corruption and vote-buying, ended somewhat tamely last week...

  • March 09, 2015

    The climb-down

    Seven months after India abruptly called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan in a huff over a meeting of the Pakistan high commissioner...

  • March 02, 2015

    Don’t play with the ballot

    Last week the Nawaz government announced two proposals which if adopted would practically complete the transformation of the Senate from an elected...

  • February 23, 2015

    Misguided stance

    In my article last week , I suggested that in countering the ambitions of the Group of Four countries, to get permanent seats on the UN Security...

  • February 16, 2015

    Threat to the UN’s universality

    Perhaps the greatest asset of the United Nations today, deeply flawed as its working and structure is in many ways, is the universality of its...

  • February 09, 2015

    The challenge of the ‘Indo-Pacific’

    Until recently, the word Indo-Pacific was hardly known, except as a term used in marine biology to describe the tropical regions of the Indian and...

  • February 02, 2015

    The road of self-delusion

    The statement issued by Sartaj Aziz last Tuesday on Obama’s visit to India was designed in part to reassure the public that the government is...

  • January 26, 2015

    Power, people and the Senate

    In about six weeks, elections will be held to fill half the seats in the Senate that are being vacated by members who will be retiring on March 11...

  • January 19, 2015

    Designing demography in Kashmir

    It is no secret that Indian authorities and many of the country’s politicians have long harboured secret and not-so-secret designs of converting...

  • January 11, 2015

    Political theatrics

    Speaking at a press conference on January 3, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said that the proposal to set up military courts for speedy trial of...

  • January 04, 2015

    The worst electoral system

    At a press conference in Lahore on December 11, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal asked Imran to send his party’s representatives to the parliamentary...