Zainab Akhter

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  • Zainab Akhter is Research Analyst – Pak Digest at Manohar Parrikar Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

    Imran Khan’s Rant on ‘Kashmir’ After Judicial Snub

    March 25, 2021

    Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Zainab Akhter’s commentary ‘Imran Khan’s Rant on ‘Kashmir’ After Judicial Snub’ has been published by All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on March 25, 2021.

    India-Pakistan Cross-cultural Connectivity: The Baltis of Ladakh & Baltistan

    March 15, 2021

    Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Zainab Akhter’s article, ‘India-Pakistan Cross-cultural Connectivity: The Baltis of Ladakh & Baltistan’, has been published in the Journal of Himalayan & Central Asian Studies, (Pages 51-65), Volume 24, Number 4, October-December 2020 Issue.

    With the recent creation of Ladakh as a new Union Territory and the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, the Balti people of Ladakh and Baltistan are hopeful that things might change, writes Dr. Akhter.

    India-Pakistan LoC Ceasefire Decision: A Thaw in Sight?

    Even as the India-Pakistan ceasefire decision on the LoC is in effect, India has affirmed that there would not be any let-up in its counter-terrorism efforts.

    March 12, 2021

    Political Shenanigans Continue In Pakistan

    January 05, 2021

    Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Zainab Akhter’s commentary ‘Political Shenanigans Continue in Pakistan’ has been published in All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an External Services Division of AIR, on January 05, 2020.

    Pakistan Towards A Political Stalemate

    November 24, 2020

    Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Zainab Akhter’s article ‘Pakistan Towards A Political Stalemate’ as been published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on November 24, 2020.

    Pakistan is moving towards a political impasse. Corona cases in the country are also increasing. It remains to be seen how the military establishment reacts to break the stalemate. Would the Pak army break its vow not to interfere in the country’s politics? This possibility cannot be ruled out!, writes Dr. Akhter.

    Peoples Democratic Movement & FATF: PTI Government In A Fix

    October 24, 2020

    Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter's write up 'Peoples Democratic Movement & FATF: PTI Government In A Fix' has been published by the External Service Division, All India Radio (ESD-AIR), on October 24, 2020.

    The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government led by Imran Khan is in a tight spot, writes Dr Akhter.
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    Imran Khan’s Illusive Dream Of Riyasat-E- Madina

    September 17, 2020

    Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter’s commentary ‘Imran Khan’s Illusive Dream of Riyasat-E- Madina’ has been published by All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on September 17, 2020.

    Bajwa’s Saudi Visit: An Attempt To Mend The Fences

    August 22, 2020

    Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Zainab Akhter’s article ‘Bajwa’s Saudi Visit: An Attempt To Mend The Fences’ has been published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an External Services Division of AIR, on August 22, 2020.

    The recent bickering between Islamabad and Riyadh point to the fact that all is not well between the two nations. Thus, Bajwa’s visit was an attempt to salvage the deteriorating relationship.

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    The Sino-Indian Conflict in Ladakh: An Explainer

    August 14, 2020

    Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Zainab Akhter’s article ‘The Sino-Indian Conflict in Ladakh: An Explainer’ has been published in South Asian Voices, on August 14, 2020.

    In order to understand the standoff, it is important to understand the geostrategic significance of its location and socio-cultural aspirations of the region in question, Ladakh. Often referred to as a “cold desert” and known for its international tourism, Ladakh’s history provides fertile ground for exploring the roots of the current standoff, writes Dr. Akhter.

    Exploring Ladakh’s Turkic links

    August 04, 2020

    Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Zainab Akhter’s article ‘Exploring Ladakh’s Turkic links’ has been published in Stawa Magazine on August 04, 2020.

    Owing to its geo-strategic location, Ladakh has historically played an important role in ancient trade especially the Silk Route. It was the melting point of culture that connected the Indian subcontinent with Central Asia, China and Tibet. There was a special connection between Ladakh and Turkestan in Central Asia, writes Dr. Akhter.

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