Editorial

Quetta after the bombing

On Friday 12th April a suicide bomber in Quetta’s Hazarganji fruit and vegetable market detonated himself, killing 19 including 8 members of the Hazara community and wounding 50 others. One of the dead was a security official on duty at the…

Chasing the Dragon

Addictions are complex, and money, like some drugs, can be very habit forming. It all starts with the high from the first fix, and all is right with the world until it wears off. So it is with borrowing and it is time for another visit to…

Yielding to the inevitable

The government has twisted and turned, ducked and dived, all in an attempt to avoid offering up the begging bowl to the IMF and all to no avail. The fair-weather friends have chipped in to be sure, and China and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia…

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…