Whilst India portrays itself to the world as a ‘secular’ and ‘democratic’ nation, the ongoing targeting of Muslims and other minorities by Modi’s government, highlights this is not the case, writes Syed Fazl-e-Haider.
The recent talks in Oslo have presented an opportunity to bring Afghanistan into the international mainstream by making promises of aid conditional on the Taliban's human rights record. But change likely will not happen, writes Syed Fazl-e-Haider.
Escalating tensions on the border between Pakistan and Taliban-led Afghanistan may erupt into an armed conflict. If that happens, the largest beneficiaries will be the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and other militant groups, writes Syed Fazl-e-Haider.
Though India suffered a major strategic setback in Afghanistan by the Taliban's return to power last summer, and its ramifications on Kashmir. Still, it is trying its hardest to offset any gains by its arch-rival Pakistan, writes Syed Fazl-e-Haider.
With a $4.2 billion loan deal, Saudi Arabia wins back Pakistan after concerns it could have join Turkey's rival bloc. But Riyadh has a track record of using loans to strong-arm Islamabad in regional politics, writes Syed Fazl-e-Haider.
In-depth: The hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan movement has played a key role in fomenting nationwide protests, with Imran Khan's government walking a fine line between appeasing and emboldening the religious party.