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Farhan Bokhari

Farhan Bokhari

Farhan Bokhari is a Pakistan-based commentator who writes on political and economic matters. His other interests include regular writings on Islamic finance.

 Recent Articles

  • story 1
    Saturday Jul 12

    Pakistan must brace for more chaos in near future

    While Pakistan’s soldiers are battling the militants on the frontlines, Sharif’s other key challenge beyond militancy must be that of lifting his nuclear-armed state out of its crisis surrounding the management of its economy and pressing issues related to governance.

  • story 2
    Saturday Jun 28

    Sharif committing suicide by overkill

    Pakistan’s security clampdown on Islamic scholar has only made more visible politically while demonstrating the government’s determination to silence its opponents

  • story 3
    Saturday Jun 14

    Nawaz Sharif must rise up to challenges

    It appears that the government’s resolve is in sync neither with the mainstream opinion across the country nor with the reported sentiment within the army

  • Saturday May 31

    Taliban split raises complex challenges

    While legislation to deal with the terrorist onslaught was conveniently ignored, the Pakistan government has taken up one pipedream project after another

  • story 5
    Saturday May 17

    Nawaz Sharif needs to work on better future for Pakistan

    The prime minister’s ability to succeed will depend on the choices he is prepared to make on his home turf

  • Saturday May 3

    Sharif has to bridge civil-military rift

    Pakistan’s army chief and other military commanders will find it hard to stand up before their rank and file and defend the peace negotiations with the Taliban

  • story 7
    Saturday Apr 19

    Sharif needs the army on his side now

    Curbing militancy will require a military push to confront the Taliban and weaken its position before it can be forced to negotiate

  • story 8
    Sunday Apr 6

    Musharraf indictment: Justice or revenge?

    A growing civil-military rift at this time will only make it harder for Pakistan to forge the unity that is necessary to beat back the Taliban

  • story 9
    Saturday Mar 22

    Managing militancy: Pakistan’s decisive battle

    It can indeed be fought militarily but not won conclusively without an accompanying political and societal push to defeat the militants

  • story 10
    Saturday Mar 8

    Securing Pakistan requires a strong hand

    Sharif’s government needs to change tack and become far more forceful in tackling the root causes of the breakdown of security institutions while building national consensus on the need to fight the Taliban

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