Writings

Dr. Moeed Pirzada | Many political changes, upheavals of one or the other kind, throughout the twentieth century have often been referred to as: “revolutions”. The term has been used loosely enough to refer to a pro-western change in Georgia,...
Dr. Moeed Pirzada | Tired, sick, guilty and beset by rebellion, King Henry IV is feeling the weight of his crown… Henry IV, Part 2, Act 3, Scene 1, 26-31 William Shakespeare, 1597 Supporters of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan were perturbed...
News Analysis | Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor made it clear on Monday that the “time is up” for Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM). General Ghafoor talked at length about the PTM, its demands and links...
News Analysis | Salman Safdar, legal counsel for former president Pervez Musharraf, announced that his client is likely to return to Pakistan on May, 1. Mr Safdar reportedly told media personnel that despite his deteriorating medical condition, the former military...
News Desk | Two stories have captivated the media in Pakistan more than any others in the last few days – news regarding a reshuffle in the federal cabinet and the Prime Minister Imran Khan allegedly having “developed differences” with...
Dr Moeed Pirzada | Prominent Indian journalist, Praveen Swami, in his groundbreaking piece, “India’s Secret War” (Frontline, 16 February 2018) raises an interesting question: “Thirteen Indians are being held in Pakistan on espionage charges, and 30 Pakistanis are in Indian...
By Moeed Pirzada Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, Malaysian prime minister has taken keen interest in JF-17 fighter planes. After Pakistan Day Parade, in which he was national guest he took time to examine a JF-17 plane. Standing next to its cockpit...
Moeed Pirzada | Lawyers Movement or “Adlia Bahali Tehreek” (Restoration of Judiciary) occupies an important chapter in Pakistan’s colourful political history. Kickstarted on 9th March 2007, when the then Chief Justice, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was suspended by President Musharraf and...
Dr. Moeed Pirzada | India and Pakistan are facing off each other, today, in International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Dutch city of Hague. This case related to Indian officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, is proceeding since May of 2017 when...
Dr. Moeed Pirzada | Will Pakistan again extend the military courts? And if yes, for how long? What will Imran Khan led government do if the extension of the military courts did not get the approval of the parliament? These...
Moeed Pirzada | World Economic Forum (WEF) top management kept hoping till the very end that Pakistani PM, Imran Khan, may be persuaded to join the Forum's annual meeting in the Swiss mountainous city of Davos. Sources familiar with World...
Moeed Pirzada | While Imran Khan’s government showed a robust activity on all fronts, be it the economy, accountability or clean and green Pakistan; nothing matches the speed through which it positively moved inside the complex foreign policy arena. Engaging the...
Moeed Pirzada | Many wonder why is Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB) getting itself into issues which are clearly beyond its scope and capacities. NAB needs to focus on issues of corruption that involve abuse of public office leaving the...
Moeed Pirzada | Financial Times (FT, 18 July) coined the term, “Dirtiest Elections” to describe Pakistan’s July polls that brought Imran Khan’s PTI to power in center, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. The party also emerged as the largest political force...
Dr. Moeed Pirzada | Politics often consists of paradoxes and Pakistani attitude towards general elections offers an interesting and perhaps painful example. Pakistani people, rival political parties, institutions and media share an enthusiasm that elections will throw up solutions to...