Dateline Islamabad by Salma Malik
India-Pakistan: Faces in the Sand
Salma Malik · 09 Jun, 2014 · 4500
Given how the economics-savvy boys in India and Pakistan have initiated their cross-border relations, looking at the next five years skeptically would be unfair. It started with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephoning the then I ...
India-Pakistan: Nuclear Weapons and Crisis Diplomacy
Salma Malik · 12 May, 2014 · 4432
18 May, 2014, will mark the 40th anniversary of India going nuclear. ‘Buddha smiled’ mightily for the first time, in the scorching desert of Pokhran, India, in May 1974 and then again, in 1998. In reciprocation, Pakistan too e ...
Elections in India and Afghanistan: Perspective from Pakistan
Salma Malik · 14 Apr, 2014 · 4386
A recent trip to New Delhi brought forth some interesting trends and comparisons. Gripped with election fever, Indian voters appeared to be facing the same dilemma their Pakistani counterparts did a year ago. Reminiscent of the May 2013 P ...
Afghanistan and Pakistan: Consequences of the American Exit
Salma Malik · 17 Mar, 2014 · 4340
The announcement of a drawdown timeline for US troops from Afghanistan predictably garnered mixed reactions. However, most of the issues that brought the US-led ISAF to the region still remain unresolved. Where on one hand Osama bin Laden ...
Pakistan and TTP: Dialogue or Military Action?
Salma Malik · 17 Feb, 2014 · 4312
The verdict is out: instead of supporting decisive military action to break the back of insurgents, the government chose to dialogue, with umpteenth committees to name, shame, blame and footdrag. Interestingly, where the dialogue option has ...
The Musharraf Trial & Beyond
Salma Malik · 20 Jan, 2014 · 4270
On January 2, General Musharraf ended up at the Armed forces institute of cardiology in Rawalpindi, a rather long detour from his residence to the court, which had made a third unsuccessful attempt to summon the ex-president on charges of ...