The Politics of ‘Wheat-Subsidy’ in Gilgit-Baltistan

Zainab Akhter

The issue of wheat subsidy has opened a Pandora’s Box on the status of the region. As a disputed territory with meagre per capita hand holding the people are also resenting the way the government and other state institutions are acquiring land at mass scales which further reduces the land available for cultivation in the future.

Pakistan’s Afghan Dilemma: Absent Compassion

Syed Eesar Mehdi

The recent Pakistani move to push out Afghan refugees seems to have been less carefully thought through because it could jeopardise informal relationship between the Afghan people and the Pakistan government at the popular level on the one hand and rile the Pakistani Pashtun population in the border areas on the other. Rather than containing the TTP, this move may actually further legitimize its Islamist campaign against the Pakistan state.

The Spreading Tentacles of Violence in Balochistan: Consequences for Pakistani Society

Josh Bowes

Baloch rebels like the BLA, who seek to become independent from Pakistan entirely, have reacted strongly to Chinese investment in the province…The complicated socio-political conflict in Pakistan’s largest province appears to be out of reach for the Pakistani central government, as security forces continue to face bombings and suicide attacks.