Whistleblower murder

Afzal Kohistani’s murder causes trembling for any conscious-minded soul. The whistleblower was shot dead on March 6 in Abbottabad by gunmen alleged to be linked to the 2012 Kohistan murders. The nation, and law-enforcement especially,…

Back from the brink

There can be no doubt that Pakistan and India over the space of 36 hours came very close to outright war. Each used airpower for the first time since 1971 to target the other and both managed to avoid killing or even seriously injuring…

The Indian attack

In the early hours of 26th February 2019 an Indian Air Force aircraft dropped a single piece of ordnance on Jaba Top, a sparsely populated area close to Balakot. Local people interviewed by the BBC confirmed that they heard multiple…

Talking or walking?

The National Security Committee that met in the PM office on Thursday 21st February had much to discuss. As ever with anything related to security in Pakistan, especially when it comes to organisations that at least on paper are proscribed…

Pakistan and India – at a dangerous crux

Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the nation on Tuesday and what he had to say bears careful consideration, because India and Pakistan have arrived once again at a point where there is a threat of outright conflict. The PM called for…

Saudi Arabia – a deepening relationship

Looking beneath the pomp and circumstance of the state visit of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan it is possible to see the potential for considerable benefits for Pakistan and some hoped-for benefits for the Kingdom. The…

The Pulwama attack

Pakistan gains nothing from this attack or indeed from any attack made in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Such attacks advance nothing on either side of the border, or within IOK itself where they are certain to trigger yet another Draconian…

Disinfecting the internet

Since the dawn of the global internet with free public access in the 1990’s, governments have with varying degrees of success attempted to regulate or censor online content.