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In the context of the current, arguably cynical and calculated backlash, the comments are perhaps appropriate.

 

Speaking in Washington DC last week, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif expressed Pakistan’s concerns about India’s role in the new US strategy on Afghanistan. He exhorted the US to recognise Pakistan’s legitimate concerns while shaping the new policy.

 

 

The illusion of comparative peace, however tenuous, has been shattered. On Thursday evening, at least 20 were killed and over 30 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a Sufi saint’s shrine in Balochistan’s Jhal Magsi district.

 

The military is busy conducting operations against militants for quite a long time now; the menace of terrorism is yet to be solved.

 

The security of the larger subcontinent as defined by the United States secretary of defence, Jim Mattis, is a perspective that should give India some comfort. The question is whether his testimony before the US Senate will necessarily translate into policy on the ground in the coming years.

 

A deepening unease in the country needs to be addressed head-on by the civil and military leaderships.

 

A new round of shadow boxing between Pakistan’s de facto leader, Nawaz Sharif, and the country’s military establishment has begun.

 

Mere hours after the ruling party passed the controversial bill ‘Election Act 2017’, the President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, approved it through his signatures.

 

What we know after the regrettable incident outside Supreme Court on Monday is that the relations between the civil administration and the military are tense.

 

IS it to the benefit or the detriment of democracy in the country? The manoeuvrings among the opposition in parliament have shone a spotlight on the importance of the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly.

 


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