Pakistan Placed On Financial Action Task Force’s Grey List

Members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an anti-money-laundering watchdog based in France, placed Pakistan on the “grey list” of nations with inadequate terrorist financing or money laundering controls. The group was persuaded by Washington to put Islamabad back on the list since its removal in 2015. Members placed […]

Talks Of Peace Among Acts Of Violence: Will 2018 Be The Year Afghanistan Sees Reconciliation?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has committed to initiating peace talks with armed groups in light of recent attacks carried out in Kabul last month. Ghani emphasizes that his offer for peace talks extends only to those who wish to see peace in this world. “Those who are responsible for this […]

Kabul Hotel Siege Ends After Violent 14-Hour Streak

A 14-hour standoff in Kabul, Afghanistan serves as an unfriendly reminder that the Taliban still poses a real, substantial threat to the Middle East. At the Intercontinental Hotel, six gunmen stormed the building and held its guests captive. According to the Interior Ministry, 153 people, including 41 foreigners, were rescued […]

Pakistan-U.S. Intelligence Predicament: Long-Term Effects And Conceivable Solutions

The Pakistan-U.S. alliance has taken a turn for the worse, threatening Pakistan’s security intelligence capabilities and the U.S.’ military personnel in the region. The two states, allies since the early 1950s, have suspended their sharing of security intelligence to one another. On January 3, 2018, the U.S. State Department announced […]

U.S. ‘Hardline’ Foreign Policy On Pakistan Threatens Regional Cooperation

Recent developments in United States-Pakistan relations have the potential to hinder the capacity for bilateral cooperation between the two nations on Afghanistan and other regional issues. On 4 January 2018, the U.S. State Department announced that it would be suspending security assistance to Pakistan until it takes “decisive action” against […]

US Suspends $1bn+ Security Aid To Pakistan

The Trump administration recently announced a suspension of almost all security aid to Pakistan, once thought of as an important ally in controlling extremist forces. The move came a few days after President Trump accused Pakistan of “lies and deceit.” Many U.S. government officials share Trump’s belief that Pakistan has […]

Indian Lawmakers Take Another Step Towards Ending The Instant Divorce Practice Of ‘Triple Talaq’

This week has seen the Indian federal government take the countries first step towards ending the Muslim practice of ‘triple talaq.’ The Narendra Modi government introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill 2017 to the Indian lower house, the Lok Sabha, on Thursday. The draft bill was […]

Women And War: Lessons From The Brutality Of India’s Partition

As India and Pakistan mark the 70th anniversary of partition this year, the violent legacy of the period continues to enflame relations between the two nations. What was then seen as a battle over land caused by religious differences after independence, also became a battle over women’s ‘honour’ – an […]

In The Name of God: Religious Protests In Pakistan

After a grueling two weeks of violent protests ravaging the capital city of Islamabad, Pakistani military forces were deployed to enforce order on November 25th, 2017. These protests were sparked by conservative Islamists who denounced the Law and Justice minister Zahid Hamid, for amending parliamentary bills that weakened rules requiring […]