Tom Hussain is a journalist and analyst on Pakistan affairs and geopolitics in South Asia.
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.
Pakistan has tried to remain neutral as Syria, Yemen and the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar have inflamed tensions in the Middle East. Pakistan is now finding out it may no longer be able to sit on the sidelines.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's promised 'New Pakistan' is tied, he says, to peace in neighbouring Afghanistan. The odds are against him.
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