Pakistan is harnessing Western media in the wake of the Kashmir crisis (Axios)

Responding to India’s August annexation of Kashmir, Pakistani officials are using interviews, op-eds and social media to emphasize that Islamabad is taking a diplomatic, not military, response to the dangerous religious zealotry that is driving Indian policy. Why it matters: Pakistan is betting a global public relations campaign can help address the Kashmir crisis in the […]

Pakistan on Kashmir: “They have colonized the territory” (MEI.org)

The WhatsApp message came an hour after I landed in Islamabad. Sardar Masood Khan, the president of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, wanted to know if I was available to meet. I had interviewed him for Foreign Policy during the February 2019 India-Pakistan military confrontation over Kashmir, and he was eager for another conversation. His outreach was part of a […]

Pakistan Claims Kashmir’s ‘Moral High Ground’ (Foreignpolicy.com)

KARACHI, Pakistan—“I feel like I am invisible,” the president of Kashmir told me a few months ago. “Wherever I go, no one wants to hear what I have to say.” On my frequent visits to the Pakistani capital over the last few years, I have often stopped in to see Sardar Masood Khan, whose official […]

Nuclear Pakistan Sees The Saudi Game Against Qatar and Iran and Says, ‘No Thanks’ (The Daily Beast)

ISLAMABAD—The wheels are already coming off Donald Trump’s grand Muslim anti-terror coalition and there is a quiet sigh of relief here in the Pakistani capital. It all appeared so simple when viewed from the glittering palaces of Trump’s Riyadh summit. The U.S., Saudi Arabia and dozens of other Muslims nations versus Iran in a “battle […]

‘The Rise of the American Taliban’ (Foreign Policy)

KARACHI, Pakistan (Feb. 4, 2016)— In the strongholds of hard-line Pakistani Islamist thought, they are talking about Donald Trump and laughing. Then they shake their heads with concern. “He doesn’t belong in the White House, he belongs in a mental hospital,” 46-year-old Hafez Tahrir Ashrafi, a Muslim cleric who is head of the country’s Ulema […]

Money, politics, power struggles — Pakistan’s media scandal has it all (GlobalPost)

By Lawrence Pintak (May 25, 2015) KARACHI, Pakistan — A government raid on the company that is bankrolling Pakistan’s newest media conglomerate has highlighted the corruption and infighting within the country’s news industry. A front-page article in The New York Times early last week accused Karachi-based Axact — which calls itself “the world’s leading IT company” — of […]

Who is killing Pakistan’s educated elite? (GlobalPost/USA Today)

By Lawrence Pintak May 23, 2015 KARACHI, Pakistan — “We live in a kingdom of fear, fortified by religious extremism and intolerance,” columnist Ghazi Salahiddin recently wrote in The News on Sunday, one of Pakistan’s leading English-language newspapers. Such hyperbole reinforces stereotypes about Pakistan. But sometimes, stereotypes contain more than a grain of truth. This […]

Media, Policy, and Conflict in Pakistan (CJR.org)

(April 25, 2014) — Pakistan’s raucous and increasingly lethal media sector is exerting a powerful effect on decision-making in the country, even though journalists themselves are divided on whether their influence is positive or negative. That’s the key finding of a survey of more than 350 Pakistani journalists, policymakers, and academics. The recent assassination attempt […]

Pakistani Journalism (Media, Culture and Society, Vol. 35, No. 5)

Lawrence Pintak and Syed Javed Nazir (July 2013) FOR FULL ARTICLE WITH CHARTS, VISIT SAGE JOURNAL JOURNALISM A loosening of controls on the Pakistani media in recent years has meant the influence of Pakistani journalists is increasingly being felt in country’s tumultuous internal politics and its relations with the West. That has sparked a backlash, […]

The Mission of Pakistani Journalism: At the Crossroads of Muslim Identity, National Priorities and Journalistic Culture (Media, Culture & Society)

Vol. 35, No. 5, July 2013 Lawrence Pintak, PhD and Syed Javed Nazir. Abstract A loosening of controls on the Pakistani media in recent years has meant the influence of Pakistani journalists is increasingly being felt in country’s tumultuous internal politics and its relations with the West. That has sparked a backlash, which has made […]