Sarmad Ishfaq

Sarmad Ishfaq is an independent researcher and writer whose work has been published by Harvard Kennedy School Review, the Diplomat, Open Democracy, Paradigm Shift, Mondoweiss, and Eurasia Review to name a few. He has also been published by several international peer-reviewed journals such as Taylor and Francis' Social Identities. Before becoming an independent writer, he worked as a research fellow for the Lahore Center for Peace Research. He has a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Wollongong in Dubai where he was recognized as the 'Top Graduate'.

Recommendations for the Intra-Afghan Peace Process

Written by Sarmad Ishfaq 6:47 pm

Although the intra-Afghan peace process sounds promising on paper for Afghans and vested parties alike, fulfilling it will require serious work. The author considers five possible recommendations that could help achieve the objectives of the Intra-Afghan peace agreement.
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Holy Places of Sikhism: The Guru Nanak’s Gift to Pakistan

Written by Sarmad Ishfaq 6:47 pm

The legacy of the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak, can be felt throughout the subcontinent. Pakistan, in particular, is blessed with some of the most spiritually significant places for Sikhs. The Guru’s birthplace, his iconic handprint, the place where he miraculously made a spring appear, as well as where he passed on are all present in Pakistan. Thousands of Sikhs come from India to perform pilgrimage to these sites and since the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, many more will join them.
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The Demise of the Indian Media Under BJP Rule

Written by Sarmad Ishfaq 1:22 am

India’s media today is characterized by prejudice & jingoism. The BJP is cited as the main culprit for this sordid state of the media. From the use of threats and violence to the use of bribery and fame, the BJP and its trolls have succeeded in making the media its veritable arm.
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Pakistan-India Trade: Potential and Pitfalls

Written by Sarmad Ishfaq 6:44 pm

Despite the massive potential, trade between Pakistan and India has historically been plagued by many problems – which have increased further in recent times. The article expounds the trade-related problems between both countries from high tariffs to sub-par infrastructure. It also discusses the potential and problems of the intra-LoC trade in Kashmir.
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CPEC: A Game Changer for Pakistan’s Energy Sector

Written by Sarmad Ishfaq 11:35 pm

The article details the energy projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The thesis is that the Chinese-led CPEC could finally resolve Pakistan’s energy crisis.
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The Need for E-governance & Technology in Pakistan

Written by Faizaan Bilal and Sarmad Ishfaq 9:21 pm

The paper explains the need for e-governance & technology in Pakistan. Using the examples of NADRA’s electronic voting machines and smart national identity cards, it explains how technology can aid policymaking in Pakistan.
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