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Umair Jamal

Umair Jamal is a freelance journalist and a correspondent for The Diplomat, based in Lahore, Pakistan. His research focuses primarily on the analysis of South Asian security and politics. His work has been featured in number of renowned media outlets including Foreign Policy, Al-Jazeera, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, Asia Times, The News on Sunday, Pakistan Today and others. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @UmairJamal15.

Deciphering Pakistan Supreme Court’s Panama Papers Verdict
April 21, 2017
Deciphering Pakistan Supreme Court’s Panama Papers Verdict
The Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers corruption scandal opens another phase of controversy in Pakistani politics. 
Deciphering Pakistan Supreme Court’s Panama Papers Verdict
Of Moles and Mysteries: Pakistan and India’s Deepening Spy Wars
April 16, 2017
Of Moles and Mysteries: Pakistan and India’s Deepening Spy Wars
India and Pakistan continue to find new reasons to expand their already enduring and entrenched conflict.  
Of Moles and Mysteries: Pakistan and India’s Deepening Spy Wars
Why Imran Khan's Meeting With Pakistan's New Army Chief Matters
April 09, 2017
Why Imran Khan's Meeting With Pakistan's New Army Chief Matters
Army chiefs come and go in Pakistan, but they can't seem to stay out of politics.
Why Imran Khan's Meeting With Pakistan's New Army Chief Matters
Zia-ul-Haq and the ‘Islamization’ of Pakistan’s Public Universities
March 28, 2017
Zia-ul-Haq and the ‘Islamization’ of Pakistan’s Public Universities
The government in Pakistan needs to ensure that educational institutes in the country remain a place of learning rather than intimidation and violence.
Zia-ul-Haq and the ‘Islamization’ of Pakistan’s Public Universities
Why Would Pakistan Send Combat Troops to Saudi Arabia Now?
March 20, 2017
Why Would Pakistan Send Combat Troops to Saudi Arabia Now?
Pakistan's consideration of a combat troop deployment to Saudi Arabia would cross an important line.
Why Would Pakistan Send Combat Troops to Saudi Arabia Now?
Why Political Reforms in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas Are Essential
March 10, 2017
Why Political Reforms in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas Are Essential
The government in Pakistan seeks to bring the country’s tribal areas into the mainstream body politic. 
Why Political Reforms in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas Are Essential
Why Pakistan's Long-Awaited National Census Matters
March 06, 2017
Why Pakistan's Long-Awaited National Census Matters
Pakistan has had to wait nearly 20 years for a national census.
Why Pakistan's Long-Awaited National Census Matters
How Pakistan’s Passive Extremists Complicate the Country's Fight Against Terror
February 22, 2017
How Pakistan’s Passive Extremists Complicate the Country's Fight Against Terror
After a spate of attacks, efforts by the Pakistani government to rein in terror groups are largely window-dressing.
How Pakistan’s Passive Extremists Complicate the Country's Fight Against Terror
Pakistan’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa: The Conundrum in Action
February 16, 2017
Pakistan’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa: The Conundrum in Action
What's behind the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, the head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa?
Pakistan’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa: The Conundrum in Action
Imagining Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ on Pakistan
January 31, 2017
Imagining Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ on Pakistan
Trump’s domestic and international isolation would further grow if Pakistan’s name is added to any travel ban list.
Imagining Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ on Pakistan
Is Lashker-e-Jhangvi Taking Advantage of Pakistan and Afghanistan’s Bilateral Tensions?
January 27, 2017
Is Lashker-e-Jhangvi Taking Advantage of Pakistan and Afghanistan’s Bilateral Tensions?
The LeJ’s militant infrastructure inside and outside Pakistan should be a cause of concern for the country.
Is Lashker-e-Jhangvi Taking Advantage of Pakistan and Afghanistan’s Bilateral Tensions?
Pakistan’s Highest Court Takes on the Panama Leaks Challenge  
January 21, 2017
Pakistan’s Highest Court Takes on the Panama Leaks Challenge  
The Supreme Court’s credibility hinges upon the verdict in Panama Leaks case.
Pakistan’s Highest Court Takes on the Panama Leaks Challenge  
Rethinking Strategic Abandonment: Does the US Need to Redefine Its Partnership With Pakistan?
January 17, 2017
Rethinking Strategic Abandonment: Does the US Need to Redefine Its Partnership With Pakistan?
Both Pakistan and the United States need to take steps to improve the bilateral relationship.
Rethinking Strategic Abandonment: Does the US Need to Redefine Its Partnership With Pakistan?
Can the Pakistan People’s Party Restore Itself to Its Past Glory?
December 30, 2016
Can the Pakistan People’s Party Restore Itself to Its Past Glory?
The apparent lack of vision and substance in the party’s current workings doesn’t bode well for its future.
Can the Pakistan People’s Party Restore Itself to Its Past Glory?
Is Pakistan’s Stability in India’s Interest?
December 27, 2016
Is Pakistan’s Stability in India’s Interest?
The thought of a failed nuclear-armed state next door is worrying India more and more.
Is Pakistan’s Stability in India’s Interest?
How Pakistan Is Fighting Crime and Corruption With Technology
December 21, 2016
How Pakistan Is Fighting Crime and Corruption With Technology
Pakistan has successfully been using new technology to improve good governance and combat crime in the country.
How Pakistan Is Fighting Crime and Corruption With Technology
The Central Dilemma in Pakistan's Struggle Against Home-Grown Militancy
December 13, 2016
The Central Dilemma in Pakistan's Struggle Against Home-Grown Militancy
Pakistan’s anti-terror campaign faces acute limitations when it comes to action against groups with mass public support.
The Central Dilemma in Pakistan's Struggle Against Home-Grown Militancy
The 3 Big Challenges Facing Pakistan Next Army Chief
November 27, 2016
The 3 Big Challenges Facing Pakistan Next Army Chief
Pakistan’s next military chief faces a wide range of challenges on both the domestic and external fronts.  
The 3 Big Challenges Facing Pakistan Next Army Chief
Juggling Nationalism and Islam: Pakistan Takes on Militants in the FATA
November 21, 2016
Juggling Nationalism and Islam: Pakistan Takes on Militants in the FATA
The Pakistani state must end its support and tolerance of jihadist militants in the country's tribal areas.
Juggling Nationalism and Islam: Pakistan Takes on Militants in the FATA
Pakistan’s Jihad Paradox in Balochistan
November 14, 2016
Pakistan’s Jihad Paradox in Balochistan
The streak of attacks in Balochistan underlines Pakistan’s problem with the sectarian groups it used to support.
Pakistan’s Jihad Paradox in Balochistan
Quetta Police College Attack Highlights Pakistan's Internal Divisions
October 31, 2016
Quetta Police College Attack Highlights Pakistan's Internal Divisions
The messy politicking in Pakistan appears to be dominating the country’s counterterrorism strategies.
Quetta Police College Attack Highlights Pakistan's Internal Divisions
Pakistan’s Broken Education System
October 24, 2016
Pakistan’s Broken Education System
C.J. Dubash believes that Pakistan needs to make some strategic policy level reforms to revamp its outdated and broken education system.
Pakistan’s Broken Education System
After <em>Dawn</em>: The Civil-Military Chasm Deepens in Pakistan
October 13, 2016
After Dawn: The Civil-Military Chasm Deepens in Pakistan
A report on a closed-door meeting between the country’s civilian and military leadership has sent shock waves.
After Dawn: The Civil-Military Chasm Deepens in Pakistan
Why Is Pakistan Expelling Afghan Refugees?
October 07, 2016
Why Is Pakistan Expelling Afghan Refugees?
The "reverse exodus" of Afghan refugees will destroy another generation of Afghans.
Why Is Pakistan Expelling Afghan Refugees?
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