Extracts from Ayesha Siddiqa’s Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy.
These are indeed tricky times for the subcontinent in which excessive or incorrect claims can both be dangerous. They could raise expectations that could later force the hand of political leaders to act less rationally or even irrationally.
By moving Balochistan centre-stage as a pawn in the larger strategic game between India and Pakistan, Modi is not showing concern for human rights violations but engaging in pure realpolitik. With unknown consequences.
Nawaz Sharif’s constituents may think less of him for allowing Pervez Musharraf to leave, but he now appears to have strong ties with the army, and is therefore seen as someone who can deliver.
The idea of improving relations with India does occur to the Pakistani army but it is not sure about the terms of engagement.
Right now, each side seems to behave as if it has no interest in peace and that it is the other side which is desperate for talks
A Pakistani looks at Bajrangi Bhaijaan and marvels at its ability to go beyond the usual stereotypes
The British revelation of links between India’s RAW and the Karachi-based MQM will further weaken Pakistani liberals and discourage them from standing up firmly against the anti-India militants that the Pakistani establishment nurtures and promotes.