• Pakistan’s Hide-and-Seek with Democracy, 1947-2011: The Bridge-to-Nowhere or  Creeping Consolidation?

    Pakistan’s Hide-and-Seek with Democracy, 1947-2011: The Bridge-to-Nowhere or Creeping Consolidation?0

    Unlike India, Pakistan has struggled to institute democracy over the last sixty four years after gaining independence. Using the concepts of democratic transition, consolidation, stability and quality, this article investigates the impact of four sets of factors on Pakistan’s progress with democracy: structural, institutional, strategic choice and political economy. These factors emerge in Pakistan’s case

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  • Key initial findings of NATO probe on Salala attack

    Key initial findings of NATO probe on Salala attack0

    • Blog
    • February 6, 2012

    The NATO investigation about the Salala attack has been completed two days ahead of the scheduled date. The full text of the report is yet to be released but some of the key findings were revealed in a press briefing by the Pentagon. In essence it has concluded that the unfortunate incident was not deliberate

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  • Kashmir – Existing Deadlocks and Emerging Challenges

    Kashmir – Existing Deadlocks and Emerging Challenges0

    Despite recent talks between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, the issue seems to have returned to the political backburner. Relations between the two countries are slowly improving, with Foreign Ministers meeting and Pakistan granting India most favored Nation status. However with regard to Kashmir the existing deadlock remains, and continues to be ignored while both

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  • Waziristan – The Drone Delusion

    Waziristan – The Drone Delusion0

    The British campaigner Jemima Khan has lately become vocal in her quest to put an end to US predator drone strikes against terrorist targets in Pakistan’s volatile tribal belt. In a recent television appearance, she claimed that “not only are they (drones) not targeting militants…but worse, they are creating militants because for every innocent person

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  • Sale Value of Religious Zeal Blind spot of Pakistan’s media activism

    Sale Value of Religious Zeal Blind spot of Pakistan’s media activism1

    The former Governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer was murdered by a religious extremist. The late Governor sought to initiate positive changes in Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law, introduced by late General Zia-ul-Haq, the former military dictator who sent populist President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to the gallows and used Islam to legitimize his autocratic rule. Urdu press

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