Pakistan

Chabahar stares at irrelevance as Taliban surges ahead

The huge Chabahar Port project in Iran, meant to allow India to side-step Pakistan and take the land route to Afghanistan and Central Asia, seems like a dead investment now — a dream gone sour

Shia Crescent and the Rise of Taliban

With India clueless and dazed, its future in Afghanistan is getting grimmer with China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran on the same page, and its ally, the US, solely interested in getting out of there, at least as of now.

50 years of Bangladesh: A musical birth of a violated nation

George Harrison, Ravi Shankar and many more musicians got together to highlight the violence that Bangladesh was subjected to by Pakistani forces

Durga: She lies on the floor, in perfect repose

Annie Ali Khan died too young. Her spiritual journeys with a notebook and camera is still incomplete.

Kashmir: A muscular decision that has weakened India’s hand

It is a typically predictable Catch-22 scenario, and even the most muscular gamblers might have actually botched it up very, very, badly.

India and Pakistan: have they got it wrong again?

The recent flip-flop in resuming talks between the governments of India and Pakistan indicates that the vicious cycle is going to persist in their bilateral relationship.

US-Pak: Pompeo’s visit and looming uncertainty

Trump has unequivocally rescinded military aid to Pakistan, which will become the only issue that Pompeo will have to address in his state visit

BIMSTEC in Nepal: An initiative to revive?

Will BIMSTEC be the conduit for PM Modi’s ‘Act East’ and ‘Neighbourhood first’ policies, or just a cover to sidesstep Pakistan?

Can the Election Commission of Pakistan hold a fair election?

Pakistan goes to polls on July 25, and can the Election Commission of Pakistan do its job, but more importantly can the parties follow the rules it sets?

The Bhuttos and Sharifs: Where do the scions stand in Pakistan’s next Election

The choice could hardly have been poorer with its only sad consolation, if any is to be found, lying perhaps in the promised brilliance of the political theatre that is unfolding as scions of two of the country’s largest political houses, the Bhuttos and the Sharifs, lead their respective parties into the next general election, a battle that will pitch them against each other