ALTHOUGH the militant Islamic State (IS) group is fast losing the territory under its control, its ideological attraction is not subsiding at the same pace because the idea of a global ‘Islamic caliphate’ still glows in the minds of many in Muslim societies. Some leading Muslim scholars have made strenuous intellectual efforts to challenge militant […]
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
THE federal interior minister’s ire against the Punjab Rangers is not related to the enemy’s narrative, as suggested by DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor in his recent presser in which he justified the deployment of Rangers personnel outside a court hearing a corruption reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Mr Ahsan Iqbal had […]
SEPTEMBER has acquired a colloquial connotation of ruthlessness (sitamgar) in Pakistan, mainly due to the way political events have unfolded during this month over the years past. Many political commentators believe they can see bad omens hovering over the government during this particular month. As in the past, this September too has a great deal […]