Syed Eesar Mehdi is currently associated with a project at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. He is also an Associate Research Fellow at International Centre for Peace Studies, New Delhi, India.

Date
26-04-2024

The militant ethnic assertion in the Baloch majority region straddling Iran and Pakistan is a function of the apathy shown by the states towards the people inhabiting the area which has pushed them towards violence. Rather than addressing the underlying causes of ethnic unrest, the two states have episodically exchanged missiles and diplomatic barbs against each other, which is certain to keep the Pak-Iran border region disturbed in future.

Date
16-02-2024

This review commentary seeks to capture various strands of the findings made in the work done by Dr. Abhinav Pandya's recently released book, Terror Financing in Kashmir, which examines Pakistan's elaborate and multi-layered system of funding terrorism in the region in a comprehensive manner.

Date
18-01-2024

The escalation of militancy in the Kashmir region constitutes a multifaceted and intricate phenomenon, characterized by a confluence of factors such as alterations in terror tactics, external backing, and the emergence of a mixture of foreign and indigenous terrorism.

Date
24-11-2023

The recent Pakistani move to push out Afghan refugees seems to have been less carefully thought through because it could jeopardise informal relationship between the Afghan people and the Pakistan government at the popular level on the one hand and rile the Pakistani Pashtun population in the border areas on the other. Rather than containing the TTP, this move may actually further legitimize its Islamist campaign against the Pakistan state.

Date
13-08-2023

As long as Pakistan remains undecided about whether it should function as a Muslim theocracy or a progressive and open society, it will remain entangled in a conflict involving different groups advocating their differing visions.

Date
03-03-2023

There is a need to retell the facts as has been the attempt in the preceding paragraphs and nail the Pakistani lies on Balakot. One wishes, rather than wasting its scarce resources on such lame propaganda, Pakistan should learn to mend its ways and its relations with India, which will help it divert its resources towards development of its people.