Khalid Iqbal

Air Commodore (R) Khalid Iqbal is Consultant Policy & and Strategic Response at IPRI. He is on the panel of experts for Spearhead Research and Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies. He is a member board of advisers of Opinion Maker and member National Academic Council, Institute of Policy Studies. He is on the visiting faculty of Quaid-i- Azam University, Islamabad. He is a former Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.

India’s suicidal water pursuits

India’s suicidal water pursuits

Having come to terms with the irrevocability of Indus Water Treaty (IWT), India is contemplating to launch its water wars through Afghanistan. Pranab Dhal Samanta in his recent article “Can Afghanistan offer ‘other Indus’ option to India against Pakistan?”, carried by the Economic Times on October 14, indicates Indian mindset over this option. However, as […]

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Modi would you please grow up!

Modi would you please grow up!

Over the last week, Indian leadership took a number of steps to provoke Pakistan into action. Pakistan’s leadership has acted pragmatically. Comedy of surgical strikes was poorly scripted to suck Pakistan into an embarrassing slug, in both cases: either by acting or by not acting militarily. However, poor interpretation of surgical strike by Indian military […]

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Afghanistan’s untenable stalemate

Afghanistan’s untenable stalemate

These days President Ashraf Ghani is busy in useless pursuits. He has taken his anti-Pakistan rhetoric to new heights by threatening to shut the Afghan transit route for Pakistani exports to Central Asia if Islamabad does not allow Afghan traders to use Lahore’s Wagah border for trade with India. In a meeting with UK’s special […]

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Fallacy of Global Zero!

Fallacy of Global Zero!

Countdown of President Obama’s White House days has begun, so he is making a last ditch effort to leave behind a legacy. And as there is none, he is trying to manufacture one by pushing through a UNSC resolution in support of Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT); which the US is yet to ratify. His […]

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Grim reality

Grim reality

Three consecutive days of deliberations, and result was abysmal creation of another High Level Task Force to monitor the progress on implementation of the NAP. This additional Task Force will comprise of senior representatives of all concerned departments and agencies of the Federal Government and the Provinces—another bickering forum. Security in form is sprinkled all […]

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The two independence days!

The two independence days!

August 14-15 were celebrated by Pakistan and India as respective independence days— tenor of celebrations was as if both are rejoicing independence from each other rather than from the colonial master—Britain. This time Pakistan had dedicated its independence day to the ongoing freedom struggle in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). And to re-rail the process of […]

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Dynamics of countering Terrorism

Dynamics of countering Terrorism

Pope Francis has condemned the habit of linking Islam with terrorism, saying that “this is not right and this is not true…I think that in nearly all religions there is always a small fundamentalist group”, He added that “We have them,” referring to Catholicism. He went on to say that lack of economic opportunities for […]

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The knotty trio: Pakistan-Afghanistan-America

The knotty trio: Pakistan-Afghanistan-America

The inaugural meeting of the Pak-Afghan Joint Technical Working Group was held in Kabul on July 26 under a recently set-up consultation mechanism for coordination on border management and related security “to discuss issues related to border security and joint fight against terrorism on both sides of the Durand Line,” said a brief statement issued […]

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