Author Archives: Aroma Shahid

Pak, US, India — friends or foe?

Standing together against terrorism     US South Asia policy is an alarming indication of Pakistan’s foreign relations becoming weaker in the region. With Pakistan rejecting any blame for exporting terrorism, the

Back to square one

Implement or amend the security policy?         Pakistan’s efforts to make any progress in the ‘war on terror’ are made futile every time there is another terrorist attack. Earlier

Back to square one

  Implement or amend the security policy?   “Banking on the military to clear out sensitive areas is not enough,” said Javed. “The authorities must enforce Madrassah reforms, FATA reforms, and improving

One giant step (back) for Pakistan

Senate dismisses bill to increase minimum age for marriage       It’s difficult to perceive a Pakistan where the fundamental rights of every individual are respected when one step forward towards

(Don’t) keep your enemies closer

Pakistan’s weak counter-terrorism efforts urging for foreign policy reset       China’s call for action against terrorist groups operating in Pakistan has been termed a ‘diplomatic breakthrough’; however, Pakistan considers this

Battleground Punjab

Election edition — winner takes it all   The PTI leader said the release of PPP members Dr Asim and Sharjeel Memon, despite corruption charges, indicates that the government turned a blind

Regulating the breeding grounds

Madrasah reforms to eliminate terrorism from its roots     Madrasahs in Pakistan have been responsible for spreading the virus of terrorism as militant groups manipulate religion according to their extremist agenda.

Time for Afghan refugees to leave

Pak-Afghan governments must ensure a safe journey back home     The authorities concerned must cover the costs of repatriation and ensure rehabilitation by providing job opportunities, socio-economic development, and stability in

More time for military courts

Or reform the criminal justice system?   The government must implement the quantifiable steps needed to ensure real progress in strengthening the criminal justice system by addressing the issues of long trials

Who is shamed when heroes die?

Ensuring the safety of those who save others   Pakistan’s war on militancy has been going on for over a decade, but one of the most important departments lacks funding to function

‘Half measures’

Terrorism keeps coming back   Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated his government’s resolve to counter terrorists as he authorised the army to “eliminate the enemy wherever they are.”   Pakistan, once again,