Pakistan pays a heavy price for its claim to Kashmir: higher military spending, domestic instability, and exclusion from Indian markets and the transit trade with Central Asia. A more coherent Kashmir policy could be constructed at much reduced cost based on achievable objectives, a sober view of the national interest and the long-term needs of the Kashmiri people.
Media claims got it wrong when they reported that the 1267 sanctions committee of the UN Security Council had authorised the unfreezing of bank accounts belonging to several high-profile Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists. But the story reveals how humanitarian exemptions to UN asset freezes lack transparency and effectiveness in countering terrorism financing.
Pakistan’s military is playing a significant role in assisting the country’s prime minister in the conduct of foreign and security policies, and usually with the objective of scaling down confrontations.
General Pataudi, former Director General Strategic Intelligence and Analysis wing of Pakistan's ISI shall be sharing his insights on the role of Pakistan’s military and security services in combating...