• Securing Shrines

    Spearhead Analysis – 22.02.2017 By ShahBano Khan Research Analyst, Spearhead Research As devotees welcomed the freedom to dance, sing, and express during the Dhamal- the revered shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar came under attack on a Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 88 and critically injuring 250 others. While the …

  • Exports: Ritualistic vs. Genuine Reforms

    Spearhead Analysis – 21.02.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research Pakistan’s exports have continued on a downward trajectory, placing considerable fiscal pressure on the economy, where inflows from multiple sources continue to stagnate or decline. To meet the fiscal shortfalls the government has added US$12.2 Billion of external debt in the …

  • Trouble in Paradise

    Spearhead Analysis – 20.02.2017 By Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud Research Analyst, Spearhead Research It’s a recurrent fever that Pakistan seems to be going through – remedied by nothing but its own good sense, which it seems to be lacking, or so the Lahore blast has shown us, which killed 13 people and wounded …

  • So, is the TPP dead or alive?

    Spearhead Analysis – 20.02.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was to play a strategic role in American diplomacy. Touted by the Obama administration as the economic lynchpin of US’s ‘pivot to Asia’, it was to act as a counterweight to an expansionary China. However, under the …

  • Pak-Afghan: crises of the same

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.02.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Afghanistan defines its identity as a cluster of nearly 14 ethnic groups. Pakistan also retains nearly all those 14 ethnic groups- along with a few others- within its territory.  At the core, neither ethnic nor religious divides exist between the …

    Pak-Afghan Transit Trade Agreement
  • FATA: Mainstreaming the Merger

    Spearhead Analysis – 15.02.2017 By ShahBano Khan Research Analyst, Spearhead Research A small tract of land in a larger union, FATA or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas stand at a junction between Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to the east and south, and borders Afghanistan’s Kunar province to the west and north. While …

  • Iran: Impacts of Coercion, Alliances and Proxies

    Spearhead Opinion – 15.02.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The dissemination of power- around the globe, carries a hopeful vision of love beyond borders. The multiple spheres of influence enable various players to maximise their interests. These oscillating relations –along with a sense of ‘unpredictability’–  perhaps, in itself maintain …

  • Deafening Silence

    Spearhead Opinion – 15.02.2017 By Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Despite recent trends in legislation and public opinion, one still assumes, in keeping with the commandments on which the republic was founded, that we believe in human liberty. And for the development of an individual, and the progress of a …

  • What Does the US TPP Withdrawal Mean?

    Spearhead Analysis – 13.02.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research On his first full weekday in office, President Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral trade deal brokered by his predecessor– a deal that he himself described as a “disaster” and the “worst …

    American President Donald Trump
  • Economic Growth or Corruption Control Conundrums

      Spearhead Analysis – 13.02.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Around the world replicas of monuments depicting the wealth of the Ancient Egyptians adorn the entrances of buildings such as malls, casinos, hotels. Their symbolic presence synonymous with wealth and opulence.In Pakistan, such symbolic references can often be seen …