Comparisons are odious. But this one seems irresistible without meaning to equate parliamentary democracy in India and Pakistan. Read more

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Pakistan is a land of conspiracies— imaginary and real. Much of what’s retailed by word of mouth or friendly media persons shows civilian rulers in poor light. The underlying message in the so-called “memogate” is that the men in Khaki could do no wrong, that they are the best defenders of Pakistan’s national interest. Read more

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Have the US-Pak tensions reached a breaking point over the latter’s refusal to go after the Haqqani group based in North Waziristan and posing a serious challenge to peace in Afghanistan? The American’s feel the group was a “veritable arm” of the ISI that’s long been notorious for nurturing such elements as Pakistan’s security assets. Read more

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Three countries in South Asia are in the middle of political maelstroms for reasons unique to their polity. Read more

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I am not sanguine about a major head rolling in the Pakistan Army and the ISI over the US’s boots-on-the-ground assault at Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout. Read more

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A careful reading of President Barak Obama’s speech announcing the death of Osama bin Laden raised more questions than it answered. He said little about the Pakistani involvement in the US-led operation except the passing mention that “our counter-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding”. Read more

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