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Fort Balahisar in the Walled City of Peshawar

GVS News Desk | The Fort Balahisar in the Walled City of Peshawar he fort sits on a high mound in the northwestern corner of...

Pakistan – Bangladesh diminishing hope for better ties?

Dr. Junaid Ahmed | Sheikh Hasina Wajid and her Awami League have once again won general elections in Bangladesh, held on December 30, 2018. This...

Samjhauta Express: The Friendship Express connecting divided people

Tridivesh Singh Maini | In spite of the strained relations between India and Pakistan, attempts have been made on numerous occasions to facilitate greater people...

Samjhauta Express buried under Judicial Indifference

GVS News Desk | The Samjhauta Express was established on July 22, 1976, shortly after the Simla Agreement was signed between Indira Gandhi and Zulfiqar...

Pakistan Navy’s Blue Water Ambitions

Shahid Raza | Pakistan Navy is the guardian of Pakistan’s maritime boundaries. An ever-increasing threat of terrorism at sea, piracy and fast-changing geo-security dynamics in...

Rethinking our oceans: Investing in The Blue Economy

Rear Admiral (R) Pervaiz Asghar | Pakistan’s policymakers have often faced criticism for turning a blind eye to the bounties the sea has to offer....

Worldwide Maritime Awakening: Where does Pakistan Stand?

Cdr (Retd) Azam Khan | On December 20 2019, President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi was the chief guest at a ceremony held at the...

Importance of Aman Exercises – 2019 and Beyond

Vice Adm. (R) Taj M Khattak | Pakistan Navy embarks on Exercise AMAN – 19, a continuation from AMAN-2007, in which 28 countries had participated....

How to make Pakistan a Maritime Nation: Minister Ali Zaidi

GVS News Desk | Ali Zaidi was born and educated in Karachi. A successful entrepreneur with vast experience of operating businesses in various sectors. Syed...

Changes in tax policy likely to benefit agriculture sector and exports

Dr. Vaqar Ahmed | First of all, there is a need to restore investor’s confidence. Our policies should complement investors’ expectations. Investors want two things:...

Economic Gurus: The PTI Government just presented the mini-finance bill! Part...

Shahbaz Rana | Pakistan’s fundamental problem is to have sustainable growth. We have seen in the past that there are periods when we have had...

Pakistan’s Vision for Maritime Security

GVS News Desk | The AMAN are biennial multinational exercises initiated by Pakistan Navy in 2007. The very first of such events, in March 2007,...

Military Courts in Pakistan: Why and Why not?

Dr. Moeed Pirzada | Will Pakistan again extend the military courts? And if yes, for how long? What will Imran Khan led government do if...

Kashmir: Still knocking at the door of world’s conscience

Asif Luqman Qazi | People ask about the historic significance of February 5 being celebrated as Kashmir Solidarity Day. The answer is, it is the...

How can World Bank help Pakistan’s housing scheme?

Namoos Zaheer | The development of the housing ecosystem in any economy is a complex undertaking which requires fostering an enabling environment for both the...

Why Pakistan will go to the IMF again, and again and...

Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri | The government is quite mindful of the fact that uncertainty it is negatively hurting the economy, but the government is...

Where does Pakistan stand on Netflix chart?

Usama Masood Ahmad | You would be hard pressed to find a company with greater meteoric rise than Netflix over the last decade. Often cited...

Economic crisis hurting CPEC?

Saud Bin Ahsen | Special Economic Zones (SEZ) are promoted around the globe, mainly in less developed countries, as a strategy to industrialize, accelerate economic...

Why Pakistan will go to the IMF again, and again and...

Dr Kaiser Bengali | I cannot understand why the government is delaying going to the IMF. The only reason could be political. Otherwise, everyone knew...

Constructing 5 million houses a cakewalk for PTI?

Najma Minhas | A common man who can never think of owning his house is our target. And our second target is to provide employment opportunities...

Are U.S. trade sanctions on Iran really working?

Alex Vatanka | By the end of 2018, it was not an exaggeration to call Hassan Rouhani a lame duck president. His person and his...

Is Modi’s religious narrative failing to yield returns in India?

Sanjay Kapoor | Long before the staggered voting took place in the five Indian states in November-December, the common understanding was that the ruling Bharatiya...

Imran Khan Government: Engaging the world in 120 days!

Moeed Pirzada | While Imran Khan’s government showed a robust activity on all fronts, be it the economy, accountability or clean and green Pakistan; nothing...

Did PTI achieve anything substantial in its 100 day test-run?

Hasaan Khawar | PTI completed its first 100-days with plenty of fanfare and a grand launch event, where the Prime Minister and his cabinet members...

The Lost Narrative in midst of cacophony: Book Review

Lt Gen Asad Durrani | A book I co-authored with a former RAW Chief, The Spy Chronicles, was launched in Delhi on the 23rd of...

Beyond the Glitzy Skyscrapers? Nationality, Citizenship, and Class in GCC

Sarmad Ishfaq | Living for more than 3 years in the heart of Dubai, I experienced the city as it presents itself on TV and...

The Final Showdown Nearing? U.S. Talks with Afghan Taliban

Christopher D Kolenda | Editor's Note: Earlier this year, an article in the Daily Beast revealed that Col. Chris Kolenda, Pugwash Secretary-General, Professor Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, and...

Remembering APS: A tribute to those ‘who never came back’

Huma Kirmani | I was trying to open the knots of time, recollecting the shadows of life which had waved a long goodbye to my...

How Pakistan was ‘Created & Lost’: A journey of ‘Blood &...

Asif Haroon Raja | The Pakistan that was achieved with so much of blood and tears; was split in two on the fateful day of...

Biharis: Their crime was their belief in Pakistan – Sultan M...

Sultan M Hali | Bihari is a generic term, which implies the migrants from the Indian province of Bihar, who headed for East Pakistan, after...

Unlocking Dead Capital to unleash the Asian Tiger of Pakistan

Dr Naeem Ul Haque | I discovered the engine of growth—people organized in cities. Jane Jacobs  “Our Greatest Invention (cities) Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier,...

Benazir Bhutto: An Intangible Legacy

Muhammad Ziauddin | Eleven years is a long time. But it is still very difficult to accept that Benazir Bhutto is no more. She is...

Five Takeaways from Ideas 2018 Defense Exhibition

Shahid Raza | JF-17 Fighter Block-III One of the most exciting news from the IDEAS 2018 convention is that Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder fighter, developed in cooperation...

Designed to Fail: The American Misadventure in Afghanistan – Book Review

Omair Ahmad | In 2003 I attended a hearing on Afghanistan at the US Senate. During the hearing, at which a serving general and a...

Mumbai Terrorism: Why, who benefited? Reflections 10 Years later…

Dr. Graeme MacQueen | Ten years after the Mumbai terrorism (26-29 Nov 2008), Pakistan is still battling its ghost and India has acquired a “multi-dimensional...

Tourism for All… The Unexplored Potential of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Kiran Afzal | Globally, travel and tourism make up the largest service industry and accounts for more than 10.4 percent of the global Gross Domestic...

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