Need for better Australia Pakistan ties – Farooq Yousaf

Source: DailyTimes ‘CHOGM chance to push India as counter to China in the Pacific’, was the headline of an opinion piece published in The Australian — one of the most read newspapers in Australia — on 18 April 2018. This headline suggested the duality of the current policy shift within Australia, which is warming upContinue reading “Need for better Australia Pakistan ties – Farooq Yousaf”

The democratic ramifications of Nawaz Sharif’s ousting

By: Farooq Yousaf, University of Newcastle On 28 July, the Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified the now former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from public office. Sharif and his family have been embroiled in a legal battle since their names appeared in the infamous Panama Papers in April 2016. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi — also a member ofContinue reading “The democratic ramifications of Nawaz Sharif’s ousting”

Parachinar cries, yet no one listens – Farooq Yousaf

Source: Daily Times Pakistan yesterday marked a grim start to Eid, mainly due to a deadly inferno killing more than 150 people in Bahawalpur. It was hard to ignore and also digest images of charred bodies of poor people merely hoping to collect a litre or two of free fuel. It was equally sad to learnContinue reading “Parachinar cries, yet no one listens – Farooq Yousaf”

Pakistan: an ‘overdeveloped’ post-colonial state – Farooq Yousaf

Source: Daily Times When it comes to political debates and discourse, Pakistanis, like many other nations, believe that they know just about everything regarding the state of affairs and politics in their country. Very little, or no, attention is given to the pre-partition political past, and how the country ended up with weak democratic structures.Continue reading “Pakistan: an ‘overdeveloped’ post-colonial state – Farooq Yousaf”

Pakistan’s Pashtun Profiling – Farooq Yousaf

Source : The Diplomat When Donald Trump recently announced a partial ban on the entry of Muslims from certain countries, the Pakistani mainstream media, as well as political elites, engaged in scathing critiques of the Trump administration. Yet within a matter of days, Pakistan has gone one step ahead of Trump. It is not onlyContinue reading “Pakistan’s Pashtun Profiling – Farooq Yousaf”

FATA and Reforms for the Land of the “Unknown” – Farooq Yousaf

Militants, guns, lawlessness, drugs, kidnapping for ransom, and illicit trade: these are some of the terms Pakistanis, elsewhere, have long associated with the country’s Ilaqa-e-ghair (land of the unknown), or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (commonly known as Fata). Fata, since Pakistan’s inception, has been treated as a lesser and unequal part of the countryContinue reading “FATA and Reforms for the Land of the “Unknown” – Farooq Yousaf”

Pakistan’s Missing Human Rights Activists

Five activists have disappeared in recent weeks, including poet Salman Haider.   Salman Haider — a Pakistani poet, human rights activist, and academic — wrote an Urdu poem in July last year highlighting the disappearances of activists and his friends in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. Ironically, he also predicted in his poem that he could soonContinue reading “Pakistan’s Missing Human Rights Activists”

Who defines Violent Non-State Actors in international politics?

Farooq Yousaf Source: The Nation December 14, 2016, witnessed a surprising unfolding of events in Syria, with the Assad forces declaring a victory over the rebel groups in Eastern Aleppo. There were mixed scenes of misery and jubilation on the social and electronic media, with majority of the social media focused on the alleged brutalityContinue reading “Who defines Violent Non-State Actors in international politics?”

‘Collective Punishment’ in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas – Farooq Yousaf

Source: The Diplomat On November 1, following the death of a Pakistan Army major, the political agent ordered the demolition of a two-story market in Wana, South Waziristan, citing a clause of collective responsibility and punishment in the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR). This was yet another example of a constitutional dilemma that Pakistan is currentlyContinue reading “‘Collective Punishment’ in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas – Farooq Yousaf”

Afghanistan’s Corruption Dilemma

(Image Credit – Bay Ismoyo/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images) Farooq Yousaf October 7, this year, marked 15 years of US invasion of Afghanistan and its – still ongoing – war on terror post 9/11 attacks. With little, or no, progress over the years, the situation on ground in Afghanistan remains bleak in terms of security and economy.Continue reading “Afghanistan’s Corruption Dilemma”