Judicial Challenges to the Dominance of Pakistan’s Army (BESA Center)

The government of Pakistan, led by the PTI party, has filed a review petition before the Pakistani Supreme Court against the Court’s decision that the term of Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa continue for another six months, during which time the parliament should legislate on the position’s extension or reappointment. The government argues that Bajwa’s term should be extended not for six months but for three years, and that the position’s term is none of the parliament’s business. This leaves no doubt that a civilian politician wishing to enjoy his stay at the prime minister’s residence has essentially no option but to bend to the will of the Army Chief, who is the most powerful person in Pakistan.



Iran, Pakistan agree to cooperate on Human Rights at world forums (IRNA)

Iran and Pakistan have agreed to enhance cooperation on human rights at all international forums while emphasizing the need for exchange of experiences among all Muslim states on human rights.


Pakistani FM begins diplomatic offensive at UN to ease regional tensions (IRNA)

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi kicked off his diplomatic offensive to de-escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf by holding important meetings with the United Nations leadership in New York to discuss the issue.


Pakistani FM kicks off UN, US visit for regional peace (IRNA)

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi who recently visited Iran and Saudi Arabia on special direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan to de-escalate tensions in the region has left for the UN and US in his second leg of peace initiative.


How World Bank Arbitrators Mugged Pakistan (Project-Syndicate)

Thanks to the World Bank’s flawed and corrupt investment arbitration process, the rich are making a fortune at the expense of poor countries. The latest shakedown is a $5.9 billion award against Pakistan’s government in favor of two global mining companies for an illegal project that was never approved or carried out.


Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor at Columbia University and Sustainable Development Goals Advocate for United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. His books include The End of PovertyCommon WealthThe Age of Sustainable DevelopmentBuilding the New American Economy, and most recently, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism.

Pakistan charts a new course under the PTI (East Asia Forum)

Pakistan’s politics remained typically bumpy during 2018. The year centred initially on former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified from holding public office for life and sentenced to a 10-year prison term for possessing undeclared wealth. Sharif’s daughter, his chosen political heir, was sentenced to seven.


Pakistan charts a new course under the PTI

Sajjad Ashraf, Islamabad