• The MbS Visit

    Spearhead Analysis – 13.02.2019 The Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia His Highness Muhammad bin Salman is due in Pakistan on February 15th on a two- day visit. Pakistan will pull out all stops and roll out the red carpet with the Prime Minister receiving the honored guest on the …

  • The ‘Young Jihadists’ that No One Wants

    Spearhead Analysis – 12.02.2019 By Fatima Ayub Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Western media is bereft of news of returning Jihadist fighters and their families from previously held ISIL territories.  Much attention has been given to the fate of its male foreign fighters, in particular the security concerns regarding their return. Less attention has …

  • Winds of Change

    Spearhead Analysis – 11.02.2019 The much awaited winds of change are finally being felt and the march to naya (new) Pakistan has begun. A Finance Bill being dubbed a ‘mini budget’ is being implemented, a bond targeting expat Pakistanis called the Pakistan Banao Bond (Make Pakistan Bonds) has been announced to …

  • Trump: Taking lessons from Nixon

    Spearhead Opinion – 08.02.2019 By Syed Murtaza Zaidi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The recent US government shutdown is now officially the longest in the country’s history, having lasted over 35 days in total. Over 800,000 government employees were furloughed or had to work without pay, while its impact on the US economy …

  • The Big Squeeze

    Spearhead Opinion – 08.02.2019 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research The Federal Government is expected to pay around Rs.3.6 Trillion on account of defence spending and debt servicing that is equal to 68.2 per cent of the FY2019’s revised budget. After meeting these obligations the net federal revenues for FY2019 …

  • The Afghan Political Landscape

    Spearhead Analysis – 01.02.2019 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The Afghan political landscape is undergoing major shifts- it is predicted that the upcoming months may foresee heightened political contentions. In the recent updates, the Afghan presidential elections have been postponed from its initial scheduled dates in April 2019 …

  • Massacre in Sahiwal

    Spearhead Opinion – 29.01.2019 The blatant massacre of a family on a highway near Sahiwal by members of the CTD (Counter Terrorism Department) outraged and enraged the nation. The unbelievable and unpardonable act led to the deaths of four people—the driver and owner of the vehicle whom the CTD is …

  • Iran missile program and the JCPOA

    Spearhead Analysis – 23.01.2019 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The Trump administration -in contrast to the Obama approach- has increased pressure on Tehran and assumes Iran to have destabilizing influence in the region. In May 2018, Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal- spearheaded by …