Tom Hussain

Tom Hussain

Tom Hussain is an Islamabad-based journalist and Pakistan affairs analyst

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Analysis | Pakistan’s military pressured to withdraw support for Imran Khan as Covid-19 cases soar

The government is battling surging coronavirus infections, a potential locust infestation, rising inflation and food shortages, and critics say its military sponsors cannot shy away from blame.

19 Jun 2020 - 10:11PM

The government is battling surging coronavirus infections, a potential locust infestation, rising inflation and food shortages, and critics say its military sponsors cannot shy away from blame.

Pakistan’s military pressured to withdraw support for Imran Khan as Covid-19 cases soar
As coronavirus bites, Pakistan looks to China for belt and road economic boost

After a two-year slowdown, projects including a dam, airport and motorway are being fast-tracked in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

24 May 2020 - 2:00PM

After a two-year slowdown, projects including a dam, airport and motorway are being fast-tracked in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

As coronavirus bites, Pakistan looks to China for belt and road economic boost
Analysis | Pakistan’s Imran Khan loses control of coronavirus fight to military, amid corruption scandal

The military, which helped bring Khan to power, intervened after the prime minister downplayed the Covid-19 threat and opposed a lockdown.

9 Apr 2020 - 11:29PM

The military, which helped bring Khan to power, intervened after the prime minister downplayed the Covid-19 threat and opposed a lockdown.

Pakistan’s Imran Khan loses control of coronavirus fight to military, amid corruption scandal
Coronavirus: Pakistan struggles to track down 100,000 attendees of Tablighi Jamaat religious event

Pakistan has among the world’s slowest rates of coronavirus testing, with about 68 tests conducted per million people.

8 Apr 2020 - 6:26AM

Pakistan has among the world’s slowest rates of coronavirus testing, with about 68 tests conducted per million people.

Coronavirus: Pakistan struggles to track down 100,000 attendees of Tablighi Jamaat religious event
US slashes Afghan aid as Taliban talks stall and coronavirus threatens push for peace

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US could cut another US$1 billion in 2021 while other aid programmes would be reviewed.

24 Mar 2020 - 1:10PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US could cut another US$1 billion in 2021 while other aid programmes would be reviewed.

US slashes Afghan aid as Taliban talks stall and coronavirus threatens push for peace
Coronavirus: Pakistan’s Imran Khan rules out mass shutdowns, as cases hit 257

Leader Imran Khan says it is not feasible for Pakistan to lock down cities, as it could result in mass unemployment and impoverished people ‘dying from hunger’.

18 Mar 2020 - 9:50PM

Leader Imran Khan says it is not feasible for Pakistan to lock down cities, as it could result in mass unemployment and impoverished people ‘dying from hunger’.

Coronavirus: Pakistan’s Imran Khan rules out mass shutdowns, as cases hit 257
Analysis | Dual Afghan presidents lead to constitutional crisis and double trouble for US peace talks

With Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah both declaring themselves president, Afghanistan’s shaky government foundation has been exposed.

19 Mar 2020 - 12:19AM

With Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah both declaring themselves president, Afghanistan’s shaky government foundation has been exposed.

Dual Afghan presidents lead to constitutional crisis and double trouble for US peace talks
Asian Angle | Peace deal is a leap of faith for the US, but one day the Taliban may win a Nobel Peace Prize

Nearly two decades after the September 11 terror attacks, many will struggle to see the Taliban as an ally against Islamic State. Can it really change, or is this just a Trojan Horse?

29 Feb 2020 - 4:22AM

Nearly two decades after the September 11 terror attacks, many will struggle to see the Taliban as an ally against Islamic State. Can it really change, or is this just a Trojan Horse?

Peace deal is a leap of faith for the US, but one day the Taliban may win a Nobel Peace Prize
What China has to fear from a US-Taliban peace deal in Afghanistan

A withdrawal of US troops could pave the way for a return of Uygur militants and reignite violence in Xinjiang, but for Beijing to try filling American boots would have a downside of its own.

22 Feb 2020 - 2:42PM

A withdrawal of US troops could pave the way for a return of Uygur militants and reignite violence in Xinjiang, but for Beijing to try filling American boots would have a downside of its own.

What China has to fear from a US-Taliban peace deal in Afghanistan
Opinion | In Pakistan, cricket is once again up in lights, symbolising country’s return from exile after 2009 attack

After a terrorist attack on a visiting team back in 2009, the country has been eager to show it is safe again and open for business. A major programme of international investment and the revival of cricketing tournaments has helped it on its way.

8 Feb 2020 - 4:01PM

After a terrorist attack on a visiting team back in 2009, the country has been eager to show it is safe again and open for business. A major programme of international investment and the revival of cricketing tournaments has helped it on its way.

In Pakistan, cricket is once again up in lights, symbolising country’s return from exile after 2009 attack
China’s belt and road: after the gold rush, Pakistan sees the downside

Massive investment by Beijing supercharged Pakistan’s GDP, for a while. Now the ‘early harvest’ has been reaped, interest is drying up – and so are the jobs.

15 Feb 2020 - 5:14PM

Massive investment by Beijing supercharged Pakistan’s GDP, for a while. Now the ‘early harvest’ has been reaped, interest is drying up – and so are the jobs.

China’s belt and road: after the gold rush, Pakistan sees the downside
US-Iran crisis: How China gains from Donald Trump’s Middle East blunder

It’s not just about oil. Conflict between Tehran and Washington strengthens Beijing’s hand in the region and provides cover for a greater Chinese military presence.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:09PM

It’s not just about oil. Conflict between Tehran and Washington strengthens Beijing’s hand in the region and provides cover for a greater Chinese military presence.

US-Iran crisis: How China gains from Donald Trump’s Middle East blunder
The real reason China wants peace in Afghanistan

Like many superpowers before it, Beijing is discovering just how difficult it is to establish a presence in a region famed for self-destruction.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:46PM

Like many superpowers before it, Beijing is discovering just how difficult it is to establish a presence in a region famed for self-destruction.

The real reason China wants peace in Afghanistan
Analysis | In Pakistan, Musharraf treason verdict could hurt Imran Khan – and China won’t mind

The verdict against the former army dictator is another sign of the Supreme Court’s willingness to challenge military impunity – which does not augur well for political stability.

19 Dec 2019 - 9:24PM

The verdict against the former army dictator is another sign of the Supreme Court’s willingness to challenge military impunity – which does not augur well for political stability.

In Pakistan, Musharraf treason verdict could hurt Imran Khan – and China won’t mind
Explainer | Why Pakistan’s Islamists aren’t the real problem for Imran Khan

An influential cleric is leading the campaign to bring down Pakistan’s leader but the Islamists are really the window dressing for an intricate opposition movement.

6 Nov 2019 - 4:41PM

An influential cleric is leading the campaign to bring down Pakistan’s leader but the Islamists are really the window dressing for an intricate opposition movement.

Why Pakistan’s Islamists aren’t the real problem for Imran Khan
Trump, Xi and Putin risk flames as far as Syria in Afghanistan’s stalling ceasefire of the vanities

Trump, Xi, Putin, the Taliban … all have stakes in a peaceful Afghanistan. But their failure to agree is inflaming the violence, prompting the US to mull over a no-deal exit and threatening a bonfire that stretches all the way to Syria

3 Nov 2019 - 9:09AM

Trump, Xi, Putin, the Taliban … all have stakes in a peaceful Afghanistan. But their failure to agree is inflaming the violence, prompting the US to mull over a no-deal exit and threatening a bonfire that stretches all the way to Syria

Trump, Xi and Putin risk flames as far as Syria in Afghanistan’s stalling ceasefire of the vanities
Analysis | Ignore US conspiracy theories. Khan needs China-Pakistan Economic Corridor now more than ever

Claims that US pressure has torpedoed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a jewel in Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, are nonsense. In truth, Khan has realised the project is his best hope amid a tanking economy.

12 Oct 2019 - 11:30AM

Claims that US pressure has torpedoed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a jewel in Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, are nonsense. In truth, Khan has realised the project is his best hope amid a tanking economy.

Ignore US conspiracy theories. Khan needs China-Pakistan Economic Corridor now more than ever
Imran Khan’s China play threatens Middle East headache for Beijing

Pakistani prime minister has gone cap in hand to China in the hope it will partner Saudi Arabia and the IMF in bailing out his country – but Beijing will be wary of getting dragged into the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

11 Jan 2019 - 8:40PM

Pakistani prime minister has gone cap in hand to China in the hope it will partner Saudi Arabia and the IMF in bailing out his country – but Beijing will be wary of getting dragged into the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Imran Khan’s China play threatens Middle East headache for Beijing
Pakistan’s Khan slams IMF, then seeks bailout. Why the change?

The new prime minister may have preferred to seek financing from China and the Gulf but reality has dawned that even those handouts would come with strings attached.

15 Oct 2018 - 9:03AM

The new prime minister may have preferred to seek financing from China and the Gulf but reality has dawned that even those handouts would come with strings attached.

Pakistan’s Khan slams IMF, then seeks bailout. Why the change?
Asian Angle | With CPEC, Pakistan risks Chinese anger by courting Saudi Arabia

The Khan administration is making political hay with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor – including efforts to reduce potential IMF loans and avoid becoming the focus of a confrontation between the US and China.

11 Jan 2019 - 8:41PM

The Khan administration is making political hay with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor – including efforts to reduce potential IMF loans and avoid becoming the focus of a confrontation between the US and China.

With CPEC, Pakistan risks Chinese anger by courting Saudi Arabia
In Pakistan, Chinese money grapples with a Karachi-Lahore divide

A new administration in Islamabad is spooking Beijing with its calls for transparency over the US$62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, but it may be a reflection of internal rivalries that have long been a problem.

20 Sep 2018 - 11:20AM

A new administration in Islamabad is spooking Beijing with its calls for transparency over the US$62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, but it may be a reflection of internal rivalries that have long been a problem.

In Pakistan, Chinese money grapples with a Karachi-Lahore divide
Where does Imran Khan’s government stand on China’s Belt and Road?

Favourable deals under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor are in the spotlight as Pakistan’s ruling party looks to uncover corruption under the previous administration.

12 Aug 2018 - 1:02PM

Favourable deals under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor are in the spotlight as Pakistan’s ruling party looks to uncover corruption under the previous administration.

Where does Imran Khan’s government stand on China’s Belt and Road?
Why is the US trying to bully Pakistan with empty China threats?

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Islamabad against using IMF money to pay back Beijing as Washington loses influence in a country that was once its top ally in the region.

4 Aug 2018 - 1:51PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Islamabad against using IMF money to pay back Beijing as Washington loses influence in a country that was once its top ally in the region.

Why is the US trying to bully Pakistan with empty China threats?
What will Pakistan’s new leader Imran Khan deliver for China?

The election of the former cricketer as prime minister of Pakistan leaves plans for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on a sticky wicket.

28 Jul 2018 - 12:20PM

The election of the former cricketer as prime minister of Pakistan leaves plans for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on a sticky wicket.

What will Pakistan’s new leader Imran Khan deliver for China?
Asian Angle | Whoever wins, Pakistan’s new boss will be bossed just like the old boss

The military has a divide-and-conquer political strategy that makes economic partners like China nervous, pulling the strings no matter who wins the top civilian job – for this election cycle it looks like it will be a former cricket star.

22 Jul 2018 - 2:40PM

The military has a divide-and-conquer political strategy that makes economic partners like China nervous, pulling the strings no matter who wins the top civilian job – for this election cycle it looks like it will be a former cricket star.

Whoever wins, Pakistan’s new boss will be bossed just like the old boss
In Pakistan’s currency crisis, China is the problem and the solution

Having racked up unsustainable bills in supporting Beijing’s infrastructure master plan, Islamabad is bailed out by China to the tune of US$1 billion – leaving it more dependent than ever on its ‘all-weather ally’.

7 Jul 2018 - 1:23PM

Having racked up unsustainable bills in supporting Beijing’s infrastructure master plan, Islamabad is bailed out by China to the tune of US$1 billion – leaving it more dependent than ever on its ‘all-weather ally’.

In Pakistan’s currency crisis, China is the problem and the solution
Pakistan and the art of making dictatorship look like democracy

With Islamabad heading for a third consecutive elected government, a long history of military rule appears to be in the past. So why do some fear a ‘creeping coup’ has entered its final stages?

13 May 2018 - 8:02AM

With Islamabad heading for a third consecutive elected government, a long history of military rule appears to be in the past. So why do some fear a ‘creeping coup’ has entered its final stages?

Pakistan and the art of making dictatorship look like democracy
Should Pakistan be alarmed as BFF China gets pally with India?

Islamabad has more reason than most to feel uneasy as China’s President Xi Jinping meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

29 Apr 2018 - 12:06PM

Islamabad has more reason than most to feel uneasy as China’s President Xi Jinping meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Should Pakistan be alarmed as BFF China gets pally with India?
What do you get if you cross Pakistan’s Game of Thrones and China’s Belt and Road?
First Trump, then China: as Pakistan loses support, it should lose the pretence on cross-border terror, too