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Ayaz Ahmed

  • March 30, 2024

    Ex-CJP Tassaduq Jillani to lead commission formed to investigate judges’ allegations

    The sources say the inquiry commission will submit its report in 60 days

  • February 02, 2022

    The NSP shift

    Nobody can deny that Pakistan is rich in resources – but very poor in timely and efficient management. And deep-seated corruption is one of the...

  • January 01, 2022

    Making sense of PTI’s defeat

    One should reconcile with the fact that only change is permanent in the world. The defeat of the ruling party in recent LG polls in some tehsils of...

  • December 06, 2021

    Foreign aid: a curse?

    The economic team of the PTI seems to be engaged in chest-thumping after getting the nod from the IMF for $1 billion to steer the country’s...

  • November 15, 2021

    ‘Nationalising’ NAB

    There is no doubt that a system of robust and impartial accountability is the cornerstone of liberal democracy; the process of checks and balances...

  • May 23, 2019

    The cost of economic dependency

    Pakistan's protracted economic reliance on the US and some international financial institutions has seemingly deprived our geo-economically...

  • May 13, 2019

    A potential confrontation

    Last Sunday, the Trump administration threateningly said that it was deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force...

  • June 27, 2018

    Electoral imperatives

    In parliamentary democracy, elections are held to continue the democratic process from one government to another without an inordinate...

  • June 06, 2018

    How to manage Pak-US ties

    It has been one of the most difficult tasks for almost all successive governments in Pakistan to effectively manage relations with the US. Even...

  • May 22, 2018

    Chabahar's fate

    When the US had lifted sanctions on Iran as a result of the Iran nuclear deal of 2015, the Rouhani-led government in Tehran optimistically expedited...

  • May 10, 2018

    The end of the deal

    Before the May 12 deadline, President Donald Trump has withdrawn the US from the multilateral Iran nuclear deal, with the objective to find a...

  • December 29, 2017

    The dilemma of unity

    When US President Donald Trump announced his disruptive policy to shift the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the divided Muslim world...

  • December 13, 2017

    The cure to climate change

    As a non-traditional security threat, climate change has continued to produce daunting challenges for Pakistan. The pressing issue of global warming...

  • November 12, 2017

    The state of the economy

    As a sovereign state, Pakistan cannot sustain itself politically and militarily without long-term economic stability. Despite having a significant...

  • November 01, 2017

    Setting the rules of engagement

    Henry Kissinger once remarked that: “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests”. Though most American political and...

  • October 25, 2017

    Bridging the divide

    Since Pakistan and Afghanistan cannot change their geographical locations, it is in their long-term economic and security interests to bury their...

  • October 06, 2017

    The answer to our education woes

    Though quality education is the most powerful weapon for change, successive governments in Pakistan have displayed a reluctance to equip the people...

  • September 27, 2017

    The Indo-Japanese bonhomie

    The Indo-Japanese relationship is rapidly gathering impetus, taking shape faster than any of New Delhi’s current strategic partnerships in...

  • September 05, 2017

    Foreign policy imperatives

    Pakistan has lacked a pragmatic and well-articulated foreign policy since 2008. What is more worrying is that the PML-N led incumbent democratic...

  • August 27, 2017

    A calculated step

    Under its recently-announced Afghan policy, the Trump administration has decided to deploy some 4,000 additional troops in Afghanistan to assist the...

  • July 26, 2017

    Reorienting US-Pak relations

    US President Trump seems to have decided to pressurise Pakistan into doing ‘more’ against certain terrorist and militant groups that are...

  • July 13, 2017

    The Indo-Israeli bonhomie

    Since the contemporary international system is largely anarchic, it is not astonishing to watch two oppressive and ultra-right wing governments...

  • June 01, 2017

    Behind the veneer

    In 1945, the US State Department observed that: “the resources of the Middle East are a stupendous source of strategic power and one of the...

  • April 11, 2017

    Making sense of Syria

    The declining US influence in the Middle East has prompted the Trump administration to militarily intervene in the festering Syrian civil war. After...

  • April 05, 2017

    Russia’s new great game

    The recent Russian diplomatic overtures towards Afghan peace and its secret rapprochement with the Taliban show that Russia wants to play a new...

  • March 23, 2017

    Daesh’s battle for Afghanistan

    Militants disguised as medics stormed the Sardar Daud Khan Hospital in Kabul on March 8, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens. Through its...

  • February 22, 2017

    NAP: a critical appraisal

    The recent spike in deadly terrorist attacks has made it patently clear that terrorists and militants have not yet been defeated. Operation...

  • January 06, 2017

    Beyond the cycle of mistrust

    Mutual mistrust, mudslinging and divergent regional objectives have hampered India and Pakistan from improving the strained bilateral relations....

  • December 29, 2016

    The triumph of corruption

    NAB was widely applauded when it had seized bags of money, bonds and foreign currency worth over Rs730 million from former finance secretary Mushtaq...

  • December 23, 2016

    A daring profession

    Journalism is one of the riskiest professions to choose in this anarchic and increasingly insecure world. Since journalists consider themselves...

  • October 12, 2016

    A climate of mistrust

    Pak-Afghan relations have been marred by mutual mistrust, acrimony and blame game. Under the visible tentacles of a regional power, last month...

  • October 04, 2016

    The water war

    The right-wing government of India is bent on accusing Pakistan of terrorism and militancy. After facing diplomatic failure in its smear campaign...

  • September 16, 2016

    The Iran factor

    After considering the long-term feasibility and effectiveness of the CPEC, Iran has displayed its inclination to join the grand economic corridor....

  • August 31, 2016

    Lessons from Quetta

    Like other terrorist and militant attacks, the incumbent government has largely forgotten the recent deadly attack on the lawyer community in...

  • August 20, 2016

    The state of Pakistan

    A thorough analysis of Pakistan’s chequered past makes it abundantly clear that the country has spent much of its history in political...

  • August 14, 2016

    Is the US a declining power?

    According to Global Trends 2030, compiled by the National Intelligence Council, the US will lose its superpower status by 2030. A recent Pew...

  • August 03, 2016

    The dream of peace

    Despite spending billions of dollars, lasting and meaningful peace is still a distant dream in war-torn Afghanistan. By capitalising on...

  • July 29, 2016

    The Daesh problem

    With its phenomenal battlefield successes in the Middle East, Daesh has attracted an abundant supply of jihadi fighters inside Afghanistan, thus...

  • July 13, 2016

    Edhi’s way

    Abdul Sattar Edhi was Pakistan’s greatest philanthropist, social activist, ascetic and humanitarian. Indubitably, he was the second most...

  • July 02, 2016

    The Balochistan budget

    In simple terms, the budget is the summary of all financial expenditures of a government in a fiscal year. In developed countries, the...

  • May 14, 2016

    Rethinking jirgas

    The recent incident of murder of a 16-year-old girl, on the orders given by a jirga, reflect the slow drift of our society towards the Dark Ages....

  • April 09, 2016

    Crisis of governance

    In the discipline of international relations , good governance and efficient leadership are regarded very significant intangible sources of national...

  • March 30, 2016

    China vs America: the new cold war

    According to the renowned structural realist, John J Mearsheimer, the Chinese economic and military rise in the 21st century would not be peaceful;...

  • March 15, 2016

    The OIC and Palestine

    The Organization of Muslim Cooperation has so far miserably failed to liberate the long-persecuted Palestinians from the yoke of imperial Israel....

  • February 28, 2016

    The sinking ship of education

    The recent suicide committed by a teenage girl from Balochistan’s Killa Saifullah district reflects the inherent, yet neglected, issues...

  • February 17, 2016

    The game behind the deal

    After the historic Iran P5+1 nuclear deal, America has a long list of political, economic, ideological and military objectives to attain. In this...

  • January 25, 2016

    The monster of terrorism

    Once again terrorists shed innocent blood in an educational institution of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Four young terrorists wielding AK-47s stormed the...

  • January 14, 2016

    Dry times

    According to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, Pakistan is a highly water- stressed country and is highly likely to face an acute water...

  • December 29, 2015

    No change in Balochistan

    When National Party leader Dr Abdul Malik Baloch was nominated as Balochistan’s chief minister for two and half years after the May 2013...