• A Lucky Break?

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.08.2018 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has all but formed the Government in the Centre, Punjab, and KPK. Imran Khan is certain to be voted in as the next Prime Minister on August 18, 2018. It is time that he starts acting like …

  • Saudi Arabia & Canada: What went wrong?

    Spearhead Analysis – 15.08.2018 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Muhammad Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince, has made concentrated efforts to extend his influence, both within and outside his country. To that end, many of his detractors within the kingdom have had to suffer through harassment and imprisonment unless …

  • Developments in Afghanistan

    Spearhead Analysis – 13.08.2018 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The Eid ul Fitr ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban was hailed as a success story- but this short lived vision of peace soon lapsed into violent conflict.  Since the beginning of the year President Ghani has …

  • RISING REMITTANCES – MYTH OR REALITY

      Spearhead Analysis – 13.08.2018 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research On the heels of the 2018 election and the prospects of the formation of a PTI led Government, there has been an apparent boost to the much needed Overseas Workers Remittances during the month of July 2018. A 25 per …

  • Lingering Uncertainty

    Spearhead Analysis – 10.08.2018 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research Nearing the 71st Independence Day of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif and trio continue to languish in the Adiala prison, awaiting a hearing on their bail petition. The political bickering continues unabated, with the opposition trying to forge an unlikely alliance; and, the …

  • The Iran Deal

    Spearhead Analysis – 09.08.2018 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The Iran deal was seen as an important diplomatic achievement of the Obama administration. The JCPOA sought to bring Iran in from the cold- one reason being- to inculcate a positive change in Iran’s alleged regional role. Since the …

  • Elections and the threat of violence

    Spearhead Analysis – 02.08.2018 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research On July 10,2018, a bomb blast claimed the lives of twenty people, among them senior Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour. While investigations are still on going, it seems that the suicide bomber behind this reprehensible attack meant to target …

  • Khan’s Pak Economy Challenge

    Spearhead Analysis – 30.07.2018 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The coming government in Pakistan (although still in the making) is set to introduce as Pakistan’s new Premier Imran Khan revealed in his speech, a set of radical changes in the way the nation’s economy and administration has traditionally functioned. …

  • China Inches Closer to the Middle East

    Spearhead Analysis – 30.07.2018 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research On July 10 Beijing pledged $20 billion in loans to 21 Arab nations, and aid packages worth over $100 million to the Palestinians, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. Beijing’s economic assistance is an extension of China’s Belt and Road Initiative …

  • Spoken Like a Leader

    Spearhead Analysis – 27.07.2018 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research Imran Khan’s post-election speech was a far cry from the usual fare doled out after elections in the past – it was sincere, balanced, conciliatory and progressive. After a long time one heard a Leader speak in Pakistan. These elections weeded …