Pakistan

Kashmir: A Grand Bargain

BY CLAUDE RAKISITS It has been well over six months since the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to revoke by presidential order Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) special autonomous status within India. Prime Minister Modi declared the situation would be back to normal after four months. It’s already been over six months since the presidential order came down and normality is far from being close to being restored. In addition to the human cost of the massive clampdown which accompanied Modi’s dictate, the economic consequences of effectively shutting down Kashmir have been catastrophic. Bearing in mind the long history of political repression in Kashmir and the recent developments, it’s obvious the present situation in Kashmir cannot continue and will simply get worse. There are four reasons why there needs to be a circuit-breaker.

Terrorist financing: Pakistan is sort of off the hook for the moment

At this week’s meeting of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which was established by the G-7 in 1989 to set measures for combating money laundering and terrorist financing, it was decided that Pakistan would remain on the 'Grey List' and not be placed on the 'Black List.'

Reaching peace in Afghanistan and the Pakistan factor

When Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan returned home last week after his 3-day trip to Washington, he received a hero’s welcome. It was as if he had just won the cricket World Cup. But given the relatively poor state of U.S.-Pakistan ties, there were concerns the meeting would not end so well.

Covid-19 is the ultimate test of Imran Khan’s leadership of Pakistan

BY CLAUDE RAKISITS. During this pandemic, much of the world’s attention has been focused on China and on how Covid-19 outbreaks are being handled in various countries, notably Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, South Korea and Iran. However, little attention has been given to South Asia, and in particular Pakistan. The number of confirmed cases there remains low but, if it’s not managed properly, the pandemic could devastate a country that’s already under severe stress on many fronts.

Attack on Pakistan police academy shows reach of Islamic State

Islamic State’s propaganda arm yesterday posted a photograph of three fighters it claims were ­responsible for an attack on a police academy in Pakistan that killed 61 trainee officers.

Once were Warriors: The Militarized State in Narrating the Past

Bina D’Costa, ‘Once were Warriors: The Militarized State in Narrating the Past’, South Asian History and Culture, 5(4) 2014: 457-74.

'You Cannot Hold Two Watermelons in One Hand': Gender Justice and Anti-State Local Security Institutions in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Bina D’Costa, ‘ “You Cannot Hold Two Watermelons in One Hand”: Gender Justice and Anti-State Local Security Institutions in Pakistan and Afghanistan’, in Hitoshi Nasu and Kim Rubenstein

Evaluating the United Nation's Agenda for Atrocity Prevention: Prospects for the International Regulation of Internal Security

Cecilia Jacob, ‘Evaluating the United Nation’s Agenda for Atrocity Prevention: Prospects for the International Regulation of Internal Security’, Politics and Governance, 3(3) 2015: 1

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