Tom Hussain is a journalist and analyst on Pakistan affairs and geopolitics in South Asia.
Last week, decision-makers decided it was time to raise the stakes in the India-Pakistan rivalry.
Pakistan is caught between several power players in the region and its diplomacy leaves much to be desired.
Pakistan finds itself in the middle of the 21st century's defining geopolitical war, and the strategic implications for Islamabad are huge.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is right to be afraid of economic devastation, but sweeping the healthcare emergency under the rug won't fix it.
Neither the leaders of India, Pakistan nor Afghanistan have shown the domestic urgency or the regional diplomacy required to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
Any attempts to revive this long-planned alliance will be ineffective in trying to counter China, and instead will simply be viewed as an alliance of Islamophobes.
The escape of a notorious militant and the strong-arming of the state by a radical cleric has brought Pakistan's fight against militancy into question.
It was a mixed bag for Pakistan's prime minister who is always well-received, but unable to convincingly make Pakistan's case.
Pakistan's leadership is embroiled in institutional clashes, petty squabbling and political scandals. So who is steering the ship?
An escalated conflict between the US and Iran will reverberate in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Narendra Modi and Imran Khan may be tempted to escalate the hitherto limited warfare in disputed Kashmir, both to distract public opinion away from domestic governance failures, and to reinforce their ideological claims to power.
Pakistan's executive, judiciary and military have found themselves on a collision course, and Imran Khan's government might bear the brunt of the impact.
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