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Dr. Hasan Askari Rizvi

Dr. Hasan Askari Rizvi is a Pakistan-based political analyst.​ Twitter: @har132har

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Pakistani democracy: A service to the people or a power struggle of the elite?

Pakistan has a democratic constitution with elections held after regular intervals. However, the quality of democracy is becoming poorer by the day, especially at the operational level.

March 20, 2019

Saudi-Pak Relations: A history of dynamism

The roots of the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan can be traced back to days of the latter’s pre-independence, when Saudi royalty was among the first sympathizers of the Muslim League cause in South Asia.

February 18, 2019

Afghanistan between hope and despair

Never in Afghanistan’s difficult history has it experienced such hectic diplomacy in seeking a resolution to an internal conflict, one whose roots go back to that fateful evening in December 1979 when Soviet troops invaded Kabul. 

January 20, 2019

Can the slump in the US-Pakistan relations be reversed?

Known for using aggressive and non-diplomatic language in his speeches and statements, US President Donald Trump’s tirade took a turn for the worse when he made disparaging comments about Pakistan’s role in the US-led war on terrorism, recently. 

November 21, 2018

Pakistan’s politicians must keep a civil tongue in their heads to justify holding office

A fool-proof method of judging a democratic political system is to examine the discourse and word power of its political leaders -- do they articulately present their point of views when dealing with an issue or talking about their adversaries?

November 14, 2018