Zainab Akhter

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

    Persecution Of Minorities In Pakistan Continues

    May 29, 2019

    Research Associate under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr. Zainab Akhter’s article on minorities in Pakistan, titled ‘Persecution of Minorities in Pakistan Continues’ was published by All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on May 29, 2019.

    The Pakistani minorities are facing the wrath of the country’s discriminatory policy at the hands of the government as well as prejudice and victimization at the hand of people at large, especially the right-wing extremists, writes Dr Akhter.

    Islamism and intelligence in South Asia: militancy, politics and security

    State sponsorship of terrorism is a complex and often ignored subject in contemporary security studies discourses. As stated by the British military historian Adrian Weale and noted in the foreword of Islamism and Intelligence in South Asia, ‘[i]nternational terrorism rarely happens without a state sponsor, directly or indirectly’ (p. x). Covert and overt support to terrorist groups to fulfil the state’s interest was a feature of international terrorism in the 1960s and 1970s.

    March 2019

    The Data Darbar Suicide Attack

    May 10, 2019

    Research Associate under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr. Zainab Akhter’s article on the attack on famous Sufi shrine Data Darbar in Lahore, titled ‘The Data Darbar Suicide Attack’ has been published by All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on May 10, 2019.

    Elections in Ladakh: Internal fault lines

    May 05, 2019

    Research Associate under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr. Zainab Akhter’s article on Lok Sabha elections in Ladakh, titled ‘Elections in Ladakh: Internal fault lines’ has been published in the opinion section of ‘Rising Kashmir’ on May 05, 2019.

    In Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, Ladakh is the largest Lok Sabha constituency area wise and is divided into four broader constituencies, Leh, Nubra, Kargil and Zanskar. The politics in the region is complicated due to internal fault-lines and underneath simmering communal tension between Kargil and Leh, writes Dr. Akhter.

    The Plight Of Hazaras In Pakistan

    April 17, 2019

    Research Associate under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter’s article on the Hazara community in Pakistan, titled ‘The Plight Of Hazaras In Pakistan’ was published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on April 17, 2019.

    The India-Pakistan conundrum: Sending the wrong signals

    March 29, 2019

    Research Associate under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter’s article on Indo-Pak relations post Pulwama attack, titled ‘The India-Pakistan conundrum: Sending the wrong signals’ was published by the Asia Dialogue Journal, an online Journal of the University of Nottingham, Asia Research Institute.

    FATF Tightens Scrutiny On Pakistan

    March 07, 2019

    Research Analyst, under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter’s article on FATF and Pakistan, titled 'FATF Tightens Scrutiny On Pakistan' was published by The AIR World Service, an external serviced division of All India Radio (AIR), on March 07, 2109.

    Pakistan has to demonstrate to the FATF advisory that measure is taken to shut down infrastructure and finances of terror groups in word and spirit, not just as a delaying tactic, lest it would surely be blacklisted in FATF next review meeting, writes Dr Akhter.

    Pakistan’s Strategy Post Pulwama Published by All India Radio

    March 01, 2019

    Research Associate, under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter’s article, titled ‘Pakistan’s Strategy Post Pulwama’ was published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR on March 01, 2019.

    India And Iran Need To Come Together Against Pakistan

    February 25, 2019

    Research Assistant, under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Dr Zainab Akhter’s article on India-Iran stand on Pakistan, titled ‘India And Iran Need To Come Together Against Pakistan’ was published by The AIR World Service, an external services division of All India Radio (AIR) on February 25, 2019.

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    The Acquittal Of Aasia Bibi

    February 03, 2019

    Research Assistant, under the Pakistan News Digest Project, IDSA, Ms Zainab Akhter’s commentary on Aasia Bibi, titled ‘The Acquittal of Aasia Bibi’ has been published in AIR World Service, an External Services Division of All India Radio on February 03, 2019.

    The commentary analyses blasphemy law in Pakistan, in wake of the violent protests by religious hardliners following Aasia Bibi’s acquittal.

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