• Pakistan Census 2017

    Spearhead Special Report – 20.03.2017 Carrying out the upcoming population census with diligence could have a significant impact on the future political and socio-economic landscape of Pakistan. Various Provincial concerns have been raised with regard to the census. In Sindh an urban-rural divide seems to be at play. Some people in …

  • Building Peace in Afghanistan

    Spearhead Analysis – 20.03.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research At the six-party meeting held in Moscow recently, India and China along with other participating countries attempted to reach an agreement over the contentious issue of peace-building in Afghanistan. Expressing concerns over terror activities, India offered developmental support to Afghanistan and …

  • The 13th ECO summit: Beyond the challenges

    Spearhead Analysis – 20.03.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Calls for economic integration and regional connectivity were reiterated during The 13th ECO Summit, Islamabad.Building upon the key objectives stipulated in the Treaty of Izmir– The 2017 Islamabad Declaration reaffirmed its commitment to the various cooperative frameworks of ECO. Furthermore, …

  • Can India Isolate Pakistan?

    Spearhead Analysis – 20.03.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research In September of last year, India switched gears on its Pakistan policy; moving from the occasional military offences, PM Modi directed diplomatic ammunition towards Pakistan. The objective was made lucid: from this point on, India was going to work towards the …

  • Stabilizing South Asia and Afghanistan

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.02.2017 A report titled A New U.S. Approach to Pakistan: Enforcing Aid Conditions Without Cutting Ties released by the Hudson Institute and The Heritage Foundation in February 2017 observed, “—–The new Trump Administration must review its policies toward Pakistan in order to more effectively contain, and eventually eliminate, …

  • Two views on U.S. and Pakistan relations

    U.S.-Pakistan Relations and the Big Stick By Michael Krepon Does it make sense for the Trump Administration and the Congress to try to bludgeon Pakistan into doing Washington’s bidding, including the threat of labeling Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism? I don’t think so, but my side of the argument …

  • Cost of Concessions

    Spearhead Analysis – 14.03.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research The Government continues with the policy of granting or gaining fiscal concessions to accommodate the apparently growing fiscal gaps. The latest concession includes the waiver of 15 per cent income tax on the profit that foreign commercial banks are earning on …

  • Power Sector: Efficiency vs. Capacity

    Spearhead Analysis – 09.03.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research Back in 2013, in the heat of the moment the PML-N leadership in a state of electioneering exuberance stated that load-shedding would end within six months. Three years on and the country is still plagued by intermittent blackouts. There are occasional …

    Pakistan Power Sector
  • Evolving Trump Policies

    Spearhead Analysis – 27.02.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Part of the world’s highest-stakes guessing game, allies and adversaries alike are constantly struggling to decipher the direction of US national security policy. Presently, US foreign policy feels incoherent and remarkably inconsistent, to say the least. Far from a “well-oiled machine”, …

  • Pakistan: Countering Terror

    Spearhead Analysis – 24.02.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research This month was marked by a new-old wave of terror; which not only destroyed many lives, but has left several traumatized and terrorized. A new feature was total confusion about the type of attack—accidental gas explosion or planted explosives blast. …

    Pakistan Countering Terror