Nawaz Sharif

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Panama Papers: How Nawaz Sharif Keeps Sweeping Polls Without 'Moral Authority'

Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif has again forced political nemesis Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, to eat humble pie after the candidate fielded by his Pakistan Muslim League faction (PML-N) pulled off a stunning by-poll upset deep inside enemy territory. The PML-N had similarly triumphed in a Balochistan national assembly by-poll two weeks earlier. These victories put paid to the notional argument parroted by Sharif's opponents that the Panama Papers had eroded his "moral authority."

India's Neighbours And The Djinns Of ‘Incursion Attempts'

When a territory is physically unoccupied and ambiguously marked--as the Aksai Chin region was--someone is definitely bound to occupy it. We witness these "incursion attempts" by China today because long back when the onus of guarding the said territory was on us, we chose to simply overlook it.
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Good Intentions And The Road To Hell: Towards An Effective Indian Policy On Pakistan

Diplomacy is often about choosing the lesser of two evils. This holds true when it comes to managing enduring problems between India and Pakistan. The comprehensive bilateral dialogue process between the two countries has again come under severe strain due to the remarks of Pakistan's high commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, that "peace process between India and Pakistan in suspended." This has highlighted the fragility and precariousness underpinning the ties between India and Pakistan.
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Does The Lahore Blast Dull Pakistan's Counter-Terror Claims?

A new Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report notes that anti-state violence dipped below 2008 levels for the first time last year. This confirms Operation Zarb-e-Azb's success as a broad-range antibiotic but local law enforcement is still woefully under-resourced and far too politicized to effectively tackle militancy in urban areas. Islamabad's failure to kickstart the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) has also drawn criticism from GHQ.

Indo-Pakistan Relations: Captive To The Elephants In The Room

It would appear that the best one can hope for is to accept a state of the uneasy calm or strategic distancing as the new normal in bilateral relations. The scars of terrorism run deep. As indeed do the scars of mistrust. As a former Indian prime minister said, it is difficult when "the other side shakes hands with us over the table, but kicks our shins from below." You can shake hands with someone only if they unclench their fist.