A Rare Diplomatic Victory For Pakistan On Kashmir

ISLAMABAD (Dec 19, 2018) — On Monday, the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued a condemnation for the “wicked terrorist act by Indian forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir” after seven civilians were killed in Pulwama district on Saturday. The OIC condemnation came after Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi wrote to the […]

These Two High Impact Moves Are Great If Made Sustainable

IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad, Dec 16, 2018) — Following steps taken this week leave footprints in our society which if  followed up on state-and -government level could really do “the walk the talk” thing. One relates to the homeless and the shelterless, and the other involves dual national Pakistanis working in government positions. Ironically, both I […]

OPINION: PTI Scores a B+ For First 100 Days

BILAL LAKHANI: Like the Pakistani batting order, the PTI is off to a tentative start in their first 100 days. Fortunately, the PTI hasn’t lost any early wickets in terms of coalition partners. For PTI supporters who were expecting miracles in the first 100 days, the government is a disappointment. For PTI skeptics, the government […]

10 Narratives By Imran Khan That’s Resonating Inside the Beltway

IRSHAD SALIM — Pakistan’s newly elected Premier Imran Khan may have succeeded in throwing a curve ball inside the Beltway with his narratives and buzzwords the anti status quo thought leaders there have been waiting for to antithesis Afghanistan’s ongoing nightmarish dollars-vs-tradeoffs calculus–and ironically making Trump finds his favorite burger–that is getting out of the […]

Trump U-Turn on Pakistan Reflects Failure of US Afghanistan Policy

For Pakistan, such a positive attitude by the US is apparently better than the stalemate between the two countries. By ZHOU RONG — A letter from US President Donald Trump to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan sent shock waves around the world. First Trump expressed irritation with Pakistan on Twitter. Then a few days later, […]

OPINION: Nations Should Criminalize Unexplained Wealth of Politically Exposed Persons

Mr. Hamid Sharif, the Managing Director for Compliance, Effectiveness and Integrity, for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in his personal capacity urges OECD countries to enact laws like that giving the British government the power to demand public officials from another nation explain how they acquired assets held in Britain. If the official cannot […]

Why Most Mass Shootings In America Are Happening Since 2015

During the period 2015 thru 2018, there has been 215 deaths as a result of mass shootings–an average 54 per year–highest, as compared to average 19 during the period 1966-2014. IRSHAD SALIM — President Donald Trump, the 72-year-old real estate mogul and businessman best known for his “You’re fired” catchphrase on The Apprentice, announced on […]

PTI’s First 100 Days: A- (Some Governance Better Than Misgovernance)

On Qualitative analysis, PTI’s 100 days performance gets a “A-” on overall basis; It could on Quantitative scale be lower; In that case the overall score could be a “B” or “B-“ IRSHAD SALIM — Imran Khan’s 100-day in office as the “Prime Minister” (after having graduated as a one-man demolition squad of the status […]

Panic in India: Our Boys Selfie Was Meant For Girl Next Door (Video)

IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad): Two of our boys–wholesomely representing the youth bulge that we are faced with–a mammoth opportunity spitfire needing a greenfield runway to land on for greener pasture has suddenly become the “bad guys” some 360 miles east of Wagah border. Their selfie is making waves in the digital ecosystem of our ‘naraz’ (angry) […]

Jawab-e-Shikwa: Trump’s Pakistan Shikwa (Video)

IRSHAD SALIM (Nov 19, 2018): Emboldened by retaining Senate majority in the Congress as a result of the midterm elections–which means President Trump now has multiple U-turn cards to use for his foreign policy, security, and trade war strategies, he has now taken a shot-gun approach to address these matters–his deliveries continue to be predictable […]

America’s Stay in Afghanistan Not Factor of Stability: Former Envoy to Iran

“There is a currency swap between Iran and Russia, Iran and China, so why not with Pakistan” ISLAMABAD (Nov 17, 2018): American’s stay in Afghanistan is not factor of stability in Afghanistan as it’s contributing to the misery of the Afghan people. In an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), former ambassador […]

The Constitution Means What the Supreme Court Says It Means

IRSHAD SALIM: A friend of mine in the US who has been reading a lot about major legal and constitutional cases in Pakistan–particularly suo moto and the Supreme Court’s verdicts dubbed “judicial activism”–even “judicial coup”, shared an abridged version of an article that appeared in the Harvard Law Review journal in 2016. Reading it and […]

Iqbal’s ‘Khudi’ and ‘Human Index’ Can Lead Us, Not Human Development Index

May I suggest creating on national level “HI & PI” measuring and monitoring right from the school level so that by the time our human resource becomes part of the HDI measure, we would have a wholesome asset which would push other indexes higher IRSHAD SALIM: Long before world’s lending institutions created “Human Development Index […]

Trump Is On the Ballot: Vote Your Fear or Vote Your Rage (Cartoons, Pics)

IRSHAD SALIM: “In a certain way, I am on the ballot” said President Trump on Tuesday and retweeted singer, actress Kaya Jones tweet recounting  his achievements to date: •4 Million New Jobs •$5 Trillion in Wealth •$3.2 Trillion in Tax Savings •$700 Billion – depleted military •81,000 illegal aliens deported •120 Federal judges •2 Supreme […]

These Paintings, Video and a Viral Pic Tell-Tale Kashmir Unvarnished

IRSHAD SALIM, (Islamabad,; Oct 31, 2018): Poignant artworks by Pakistani children on Kashmir went on display at the embassy in Riyadh –a first such expose  on the occasion of Black Day October 27th –depicting a kaleidoscopic expression of form, color and substance of a human event undergoing generational metamorphism for the last 70 years and […]

Pakistan, Russia Teaming Up for Asian Bloc or Asian Union

It is now established fact that Pakistan and Russia are on same page on multiple global issues. They need to open up more avenues of cooperation to make a difference YASIR HABIB KHAN: Amid fast-changing geoeconomic and geostrategic alignments, Pakistan and Russia, once Cold War arch enemies are laying down foundation of friendship showcasing a […]

Surge and a New Normal in Kashmir Movement Making It ‘Freedom-Pregnant’

IRSHAD SALIM; Oct 27, 2018: Black Day is being observed in Kashmir today under a new normal: While Indian-administered Kashmir has experienced waves of protests in the past—in the late 1980s to early 1990s, 2008 and 2010—this current round of protests involve more people than the past, and the profile of protesters has also shifted […]

EDITORIAL: Zardari’s Threat to Unsettle the Government

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said he was up for uniting the opposition parties against the government, having concluded that in his opinion the country does not seem to be running the right way –having observed the 60-days old Imran Khan team’s performance, and now “all political parties should unite and present […]

Why American Cartoonist Rob Rogers Was Fired After 25 Years

OCT 19, 2018: It’s not just in Pakistan that a columnist, a commentator, or a TV talk show anchor gets canned by the employer for being ‘angry and obsessed’. Rob Rogers, editorial cartoonist of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette –the largest newspaper in western Pennsylvania is one such individual, and there could be many more unreported ones worldwide […]