• The Wrong Side of History

    Spearhead Analysis – 19.09.2017 By Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud Research Analyst, Spearhead Research In his book ‘The Dark Side of Democracy’, Michael Mann presents a very interesting thesis; that murderous cleansing is in fact a modern phenomenon, one that can be attributed to democracy as a system. It is here that he clarifies …

  • NA-120: State vs. People?

    Spearhead Opinion – 19.09.2017 By Hira A. Shafi Research Analyst, Spearhead Research The NA-120 election which was dubbed as the ‘litmus test against the SC verdict’ has provisionally revealed N-League’s victory. According to the results, out of the 44 candidates, Kulsoom Nawaz and Dr Yasmin remained the most favored, bagging 61,254 and …

    NA-120 Election
  • Trump’s Afghan Policy

    Spearhead Analysis – 19.09.2017 By Shirin Naseer Research Analyst, Spearhead Research After more than six months of review and consultation, President Trump’s speech at the Fort Myer military base finally laid out the long-awaited US military plans for Afghanistan. At the same time, it attempted to clarify the existing American narrative on Pakistan—a …

    Trump Afghan Policy
  • Of Banks and Bankers

    Spearhead Analysis – 06.09.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research In a country where the average Pakistani earns US$1,513 a year per capita income (Rs. 158,500/- per annum), it appears mind boggling that the CEOs of Banks earns Rs.95 Million a year at average. In fact, the highest paid CEO from United Bank …

    Bankers Salaries in Pakistan
  • HBL: Exiting New York

    Spearhead Analysis – 28.08.2017 By Farrukh Karamat Senior Research Coordinator, Spearhead Research It would appear that Habib Bank Limited (HBL) is closing down its sole Branch in New York, on the back of significant breakdowns of risk management and compliance identified in the bank’s New York branch, where US regulators highlighted deficiencies in …

  • A Snail’s Pace: FATA Reforms

    Spearhead Analysis – 25.08.2017 By Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud Research Analyst, Spearhead Research In the news: PTI holds rallies against delay in FATA reforms Long delay in maiden meeting of panel on FATA reforms implementation JI chief asks government to implement FATA reforms ANP demands immediate merger of FATA with K-P Prime Minister …

  • Trump Owns the Afghan War

    Spearhead Analysis – 23.08.2017 The long awaited US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia was announced in a clearly articulated and carefully delivered speech by President Trump. There was no ambiguity and no glossing over difficult and sensitive issues. The Presidents message was clear and he smoothly explained his apparent turnaround …

  • Pakistan: Defying the odds

    The road traffic in a country is a good barometer of its level of discipline, education and mannerisms. There was a time when smartly turned out traffic cops and motor-bike riding sergeants manned the roads of Pakistan and traffic rules were followed and implemented. This was when traffic signals worked …

  • US objectives in Afghanistan: Options for Pakistan

    The US strategy in Afghanistan has never indicated with any certainty the end state sought by the US and the strategy for achieving that state. Without this overarching direction the US strategy has never been translated into achievable military and political objectives. This, more than anything else is the primary …