• Pakistan’s Growing Dependency on China

    Spearhead Analysis – 17.04.2018 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research For several years now, Chinese financial assistance has been an important source of support for Pakistan’s economy. China was Pakistan’s largest lender in the year 2017. Since then, Chinese support has only further intensified; according to reports, China recently offered …

  • Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi reform and Limitations

    Spearhead Analysis – 16.04.2018 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is currently embracing daring changes under the tutelage of the crown prince MBS. While speaking to international investors in Riyadh back in October 2017, MBS stated that “We are returning to what we were …

  • The Path to be Taken

    Spearhead Analysis – 11.04.2018 Over the past several months there has been much concern over the cease fire violations on the LOC (Line of Control) in Kashmir– and much speculation over the reason for a policy by India that is leading to needless loss of lives on both sides, because Pakistan …

  • ECONOMIC REVIEW

    Spearhead Analysis – 10.04.2018 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research The National Accounts Committee (NAC) in its 99th meeting announced that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 5.79 per cent during FY2017-18, lower than the growth target of 6.0 per cent set earlier. The NAC worked out the annual growth …

  • Haste Makes Waste

    Spearhead Analysis – 09.04.2018 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.”. (Tacitus) Publius Cornelius Tacitus, the renowned Roman Senator and Historian, aptly summed up the intent of a State in promulgating frequent laws. In Pakistan, instead of implementing required structural institutional reforms …

  • Tax Amnesty for Prosperity

    Spearhead Analysis – 06.04.2018 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle”. [Sir Winston Churchill] Tax and Amnesty schemes are meant as a …

  • The Russian Spy

    Spearhead Analysis – 04.04.2018 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research On the 4th of March Police in Salisbury, a small city in England, were notified of a man and a woman acting suspiciously, while sitting at a bench in the local park. Passersby recall the couple behaving strangely, with the woman …

    Theresa May
  • The Pakhtun Movement- the Arrival of a long-time Revolution in the making

    Spearhead Analysis – 04.04.2018 By Fatima Ayub Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The infamous British-era Durand Line is inhabited by nearly 50 million ethnic Pashtuns, on both sides of its war-torn borders in the northwestern frontiers of Pakistan and the neighboring terrain of Afghanistan. The Pashtuns  over the decades have been stereotypically described, …

  • India-Russia Relations

    Spearhead Analysis – 03.04.2018 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research In February this year, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, while addressing a press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif, said: “We have confirmed Russia’s readiness to continue boosting Pakistan’s counter-terrorism capacity, which is in the entire region’s interests.” Russia …

  • Abbasi’s Nepal Visit

    Spearhead Analysis – 03.04.2018 By Shirin Naseer Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Earlier this year in March Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaquan Abbasi made his first official visit to Kathmandu, Nepal– which was the first visit by a Pakistani head of government in over two decades to the capital. Strictly bilateral visits …

    PM Shahid Khaquan Abbasi