Registan’s Pakistan News & Analysis Archive


A large, diverse, strategically important country, Pakistan has a complicated relationship with its neighbors, the international community, and even itself. Pakistan’s religious, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and political identities are far from monolithic, and this makes it challenging to predict emerging social, political, and economic trends and a difficult environment to navigate. And even though Pakistan’s relations with major stakeholders in Afghanistan’s stability and security have dramatically deteriorated over the past several years, the country will remain an absolutely critical component of securing peace and stability in South and Central Asia.

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Pakistani Terrorists in Mongolia?

by Alec Metz

Last week it was announced in the Mongolian press that three Pakistani terror suspects had been arrested at Chinggis Khaan International in Ulaan Baatar by the police and intelligence agency of Mongolia as they were trying to enter the country (news.mn/english). This is unusual for Mongolia; it is the only country I’m aware of in mainland [...]

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Ben Emmerson’s ISI Shuffle

by Joshua Foust
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The UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, conducted a three-day visit to Islamabad, Pakistan last week. And despite his stated purpose to investigate drone strikes, he didn’t actually talk to any of the agencies responsible for those strikes, or even visit strike sites: During the course of the visit the Special [...]

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Central Asia 2014: The Terror

by Nathan Hamm

Yesterday, Eurasia Daily Monitor carried a “[x] in Central Asia after NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan” story, the kind of reporting and analysis that is sure to be a fixture in all Central Asia focused publications throughout this year. This particular story deals with militant groups threatening to return to Central Asia after NATO’s withdrawal. Should [...]

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The U.S. plays a dangerous sanctuary game

by Alec Metz

The Washington Post reported yesterday that not only does the U.S. know Maulana Fazlullah (“Radio Mullah”), the Pakistani Taliban allied TNSM leader accused of killing Pakistani government forces and figures (including former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto), overrunning Swat in 2007, and ordering the execution of Malala Yousufzai, is hiding in Eastern Afghanistan, but that ISAF doesn’t plan on [...]

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Pakistan votes Romney, sort of

by Alec Metz

A recently commissioned BBC poll took the American election abroad, and although no states in Central Asia were surveyed, India, Pakistan, and China were featured. According to the BBC, they found that in 20 out of 21 countries, Obama was preferred over Romney, and that only Pakistan preferred Romney. Although the polling took place before [...]

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Malala Yousufzai and Madonna

by Alec Metz

Western celebrities and complex situations in Central and South Asia rarely do well together. Yesterday, the Huffington Post ran a story called “Crooners and their Dictators” that called a number of musical acts, from Seal to Mariah Carey, to task for their capriciousness (or stunning inability to google the guy who signed their million dollar [...]

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Pakistan’s Sickly Drone Problem

by Joshua Foust

Last week, a group of law students and their professors released a study about drones. Needless to say, it was what you’d expect from law students trying to address a social issue: it was full of holes and made very little sense but had great emotional impact. So of course I had to pick it [...]

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Realigning the Haqqanis & Other Concerns

by Joshua Foust
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The U.S. recently moved the Haqqani Network onto the FTO list — something long overdue, as I explain for The Atlantic: Arguably, the biggest barrier to a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan is not the insurgency itself, but Pakistan. Islamabad has stood in the way of negotiation efforts it dislikes, and has declined to participate in [...]

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Why Pakistan Army Should Carry Military Operation in North Waziristan Alone?

by Sidrah Zaheer

There were some speculations in the media that generated debate about Pakistan Army undertaking a “joint operation” with the U.S. Army in North Waziristan. But this rumoured news was finally put to rest when Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, firmly declared that Pakistan will deal with the militants in its [...]

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Will Sharing Drone Technology with Pakistan be a Better War Strategy for the U.S.?

by Sidrah Zaheer

To avoid sending troops inside Pakistan to kill terrorists by hunting them down, the United States has been using drone attacks to do the same. But as a result of these constant droning, more civilians are being killed than actual terrorists. On the contrary, with an increase in these drone attacks, more terrorists are revolting [...]

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