The pandemic has put paid to the lavish iftar parties of the Pakistani elite. While they do not fast, they must participate in iftar parties. This year, they have been deprived of this exercise in gluttony!
Pakistan’s kow-towing to the Saudis is becoming increasingly untenable. The Saudis have just stabbed Pakistan in the back over Kashmir, that is the most important issue for Pakistan, in fact for its very survival. It is time for Islamabad to rethink its policy vis-à-vis the Saudis.
The world’s value system has become so distorted that almost all people think acquiring wealth is the road to happiness. This has created a mad scramble to accumulate wealth without worrying about the means. The Pakistani elite seem to be the worst in this regard.
There is great potential to boost Pakistan-Turkey trade. The two-day visit of Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan to Pakistan will help boost trade and other relations. Islamic Iran, too, must be brought into the equation.
February 5 has for decades been observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day. This year, it assumed added significance because of India's total lockdown in Indian Occupied Kashmir since August 5, 2019. Tens of thousands of Kashmiri youth have been arrested and imprisoned in unknown locations. There are grave fears for their safety and security.
Pakistan will gain nothing by recognizing Zionist Israel despite the clamor in some quarters that it will benefit the country. Islamabad would lose the moral and legal argument about Indian occupation of Kashmir.
Pakistan must begin to think outside the box to find a solution to the long-festering problem of Jammu and Kashmir. Repeating old slogans or applying the same old policies that did not yield results in the past will not do.
On the morning of 911, General Mahmud Ahmed, then serving as Director of ISI, was in Washington DC. We talked to him to find out what really transpired that morning.
Pakistan turns 72 this month. We examine how it has fared during this time and whether it has realized its true potential. If not, who is responsible for this situation.
Pakistan debt continues to climb and going to the IMF for another bailout package is not a good omen for the future.
China’s Belt and Road initiative is not the only game in town. There is a road and rail link planned between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey that would have much positive impact on the development of the region.
Last month, India and Pakistan came to the brink of full-blown war. At the root lies the unresolved issue of Kashmir. Unless this long-festering problem is resolved according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir, the risk of war remains.
Serious efforts are underway to push Pakistan to recognize the Zionist state of Israel. This is a trap Pakistan must resist