THIS week, India and Pakistan lost yet another opportunity to break the ice and initiate dialogue when the prime ministers of both countries attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Bishkek. The incumbent Pakistani government has offered India an olive branch on many occasions, only to add to Indian intransigence. This further strengthens the perception […]
Muhammad Amir Rana is a security and political analyst and the director of Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an independent Islamabad-based think tank.
He has worked extensively on issues related to counter-terrorism, counter-extremism, and internal and regional security and politics.
He was a founder member of PIPS when it was launched in January 2006 and had previously worked as a journalist with various Urdu and English daily newspapers from 1996 until 2004. He has also been affiliated with the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore as a visiting fellow. He has also given lectures at several universities and security institutes in Pakistan and abroad…Read More
Since the inception of Pakistan, two questions that remain unresolved are about power and religion. Three constitutions, four formal military rules, controlled democracies, half-baked liberal and socialist economic models, religio-socialisation and religio-nationalism processes, strategic ambitions — all of these have created such a disquiet state that the questions of authority and identity constantly consume our […]
RAMAZAN is with us for only a few more days. It is hard to suggest that the environment of restraint apparent in the fasting season can be sustained in the months to come and bring about a positive change in our behaviour in terms of social responsibility and ethics. But certainly, Pakistanis are more generous […]