Author Archives: Umair Jamal

Why does Parachinar matter?

  Making sense of the senseless violence   It’s ironic that after six days of upsetting protest scenes, Pakistan’s prime minister couldn’t recognise that it’s probably his office or constitutional role that


Umair Jamal

Why Parachinar matters?

It’s ironic that after six days of upsetting protest scenes, Pakistan’s prime minister couldn’t recognise that it’s probably his office or constitutional role that needs to spring into action to address and

The troubles with the Durand Line

What Afghanistan needs to change On the whole, Afghanistan needs to recognise the need for a solution that is practically possible and acceptable for both countries. With militancy growing stronger in Afghanistan’s

The limits of Pakistan’s democracy

Who draws the line?   In response to the military’s own notice saying “notification is rejected,” the civilian government is likely to remain quiet, allowing evolving political environment to fade the incident

Revenge of the court

How it unfolds     With the assumption of a discredited prime minister through the JIT, the chances of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz taking any hits in terms of electoral loss appear inconceivable

Crisis in the Korean Peninsula

Gathering storm? Before Trump, the policy makers in the White House relied on sanctions and threats which were perceived as “rational” to knock some sense into the dictatorial regime in Pyongyang  

Woes of the PPP’s legacy

And what is to follow In PPP’s case, what needs to be deciphered is the party’s growing political isolation and in this regard the available ideological wherewithal which the party’s continues to

Wonders of warm waters

Tale of Pak-Russia ties   Over the last few years, Russia has attempted to develop relations with Pakistan, which has come as a surprise for many   Historically, the character of Pakistan

Fencing in failure

Pacifying the Pak-Afghan border Arguably, fencing can only help when districts on both sides of the Durand line are cleaned from insurgents.   For a long time, the cross border insurgency along

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