Lot’s happening within Pakistan: the country’s in election mode; the Army has revised its India-specific security doctrine to declare domestic terror a bigger danger; a religious preacher of Canadian nationality has dislodged Imran Khan’s Tehrik-e-Pakistan as a major challenger to the established political order. Read more

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It’s encouraging that India and Pakistan continue to talk. But while they engage, they’d have to be careful about each other’s sensitivities on issues influencing popular support for peace between the two sub-continental rivals. Read more

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Asif Ali Zardari lacks Benazir Buttoo’s erudition and charisma. He cannot boast even a fraction of her mass support. Read more

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A political maelstrom has engulfed Pakistan. The unpopular PPP-led regime may survive under a new leader. But Yusuf Raza Gilani’s days as prime minister appear numbered after he was served notice for being in contempt of the Supreme Court. Read more

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Comparisons are odious. But this one seems irresistible without meaning to equate parliamentary democracy in India and Pakistan. 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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An invitation to speak at a seminar on Future Directions in India Pakistan relations has left me at my wit’s end. The question defies easy answers even while agreeing that dialogue’s the only option. Read more

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General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani will be Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff till 2013. But the three-year extension he has been given in the name of “continuity” in the war against terrorism on the borders with Afghanistan shows the PPP-led government as weak and subservient when it comes to dealing with the Khakis. Read more

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About time India and Pakistan resorted to quiet diplomacy away from the media glare. Or else they’d keep repeating Islamabad where Shah Mehmood Qureshi beat all records of bad diplomacy. Read more

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