THE way a small Barelvi group paralysed Islamabad-Rawalpindi, and eventually forced the government to accept all its demands, was a matter of disbelief even for most Barelvis in the country. But they gradually grew in assertiveness, evident from the unfolding internal power scuffles, including within the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA). Although seen as a […]
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
ATTEMPTS to fix Afghanistan have accelerated after the Trump-led US administration announced its South Asia policy in August. Regional actors are realigning their positions to respond to the new US policy as well as to other emerging geopolitical and geo-economic dynamics in the region, which will certainly take time. Pakistan remains at the heart of […]
WHENEVER some political or ideological crisis engulfs Pakistan, liberals too are dragged in — although irrelevantly, as they neither created the crisis nor will they resolve it. They have already been pushed to the margins, and are no longer a part of the country’s power struggle. Yet our power players — including the security establishment, […]