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P. K. Upadhyay

P.K. Upadhyay is a Consultant with Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses for its Pakistan Project.

The mirage of peace in Pakistan

May 29, 2014

Sharif’s does not have any manoeuvring space to cut any comprehensive deal with the Taliban. He may not be averse to conceding their demand to shariatise Pakistani structures, yet he can’t do so unless he has the nod from the Army. On its part the Army does not want to decimate the Radical Islamists because it still sees in them a force multiplier and important strategic asset.

Religion as the Foundation of a Nation: The Making and Unmaking of Pakistan

Religion as the Foundation of a Nation: The Making and Unmaking of Pakistan

Pakistan owes its origin to the ‘Two Nation Theory’ in the sub-continent’s polity. Leaders of the Pakistan Movement were convinced that Muslims were a separate nation from the Hindu nation and the two could not live together.

Showdown between RIs and Pakistan Army: Implications for India

October 04, 2013

The Pakistan army is caught in a cleft stick on the issue of dealing with the Radical Islamists. A section of the military establishment sympathizes and empathizes with the sectarian agenda of the RIs due to its own religious predilections.

Pakistan Army vs Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan: The latest Round

July 15, 2013

For tackling terrorism Pakistan’s civil and military establishments have to relook at their own attitudes towards religion and jihad and reform themselves.

Domination of Pakistan by Radical Islamists

June 14, 2013

The assertions of the new Pakistan government of Nawaz Sharif to de-radicalise the society by engaging the Radical Islamists (RIs) in a dialogue and accommodation with them in reality means, to many observers, a meek surrender to Islamic radicalism of Deobandi variety.

The TTP Factor in Pakistani Elections

May 10, 2013

What we are seeing in Pakistan is the ushering in of an anti-democratic Islamic order through the ballot box. What is more, the Pakistan Army has decided to also indirectly ensure that Islam is never “taken out of Pakistan”.

Siachen: Possible New International Moves for ‘Mediation’

March 20, 2013

India must develop comprehensive and workable proposals to not just tone down the present Indo-Pak standoff on the glacier and the international attention it may be inviting, but also to ensure reasonable security arrangements against treachery by any third country.

Sectarian Violence in Karachi: Is Pakistan Closer to the Precipice?

December 07, 2012

Unity of purpose and synergy between state institutions required to deal with sectarian violence is largely missing and, as a result, the Pakistani state is responding to the growing Taliban threat in Karachi in a knee-jerk manner.

The Current Talibani Assault on the Pakistani Nation

November 12, 2012

What is worrying is that the Army is clearly abandoning its earlier pretence of readiness to take the Islamic zealots head on and sections of the establishment seem more willing now to be just silent accomplices.

Beginning of the Countdown to Sectarian End-Game in Pakistan?

April 27, 2012

The Pakistani leadership has apparently come to the point where it realises that for the survival of the country and its structures created by Jinnah, it must buy peace for the present with its arch-enemy India.