Pervez Musharraf : The 1999 coup

With the death of Gen Pervez Musharraf in Dubai on 05 February 2023 an era has ended in Pakistan. While his complex legacy will be debated and discussed over the next few months and even years, it is useful to look back on the manner in which he oust

The Pashtuns - A contested history

In this episode, Aakriti Vinayak, Research Associate, VIF discusses with Mr Tilak Devasher, Member National Security Advisory Board his new book, The Pashtuns- A contested history. The discussion explores questions like who are the pashtuns? What is

Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) Protests in Pakistan

Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) a politico-religious party is resorting to unprecedented rampage across the country. The protests escalated to unmanageable levels post the imposition of a ban on the party and arrest of its Emir (leader), Saad Hussain Rizvi.

Pakistan's Internal Developments

The past few weeks saw some interesting developments in Pakistan. Join Mr Tilak Devasher and Aakriti Vinayak as they discuss the internal developments in Pakistan in the background of the recent senate elections and the Financial Action Task Force (F

Pakistan: The Relentless Killings of the Hazaras1

The cold-blooded killing of 11 Shia Hazara miners in Geshtari area of Machh, Balochistan on 03 January 2021 by the Islamic State (IS) refocused attention on the brutal persecution of minorities in Pakistan in recent decades. However, even among the m

Pakistan: the Dossier Charade

On 14 November 2020, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar in a joint press conference unveiled a dossier allegedly containing ‘irrefutable evidence’ of I

Terror Revelations from Pakistan

On 29 October Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Science & Technology while speaking in the National Assembly, boasted that the Imran Khan government was responsible for the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir that had taken place in February 2019. The Pul

Pakistan: Civil-Military Relations1

Whatever be the constitutional position, one thing is clear that in the final analysis, political sovereignty in Pakistan resides … where the coercive power resides… which is the ultimate authority in the decision-making process in Pakistan. They

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