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Qatar is living large despite monthlong Arab siege

AP DOHA: It’s been more than a month since four Arab nations cut land, sea and air routes to Qatar+ , but in the gas-rich Gulf nation’s glimmering malls and luxury hotels there is little sign of hardship. High-end clothing stores hawk the latest summer trends. Grocery stores are brimming with meats …

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Sharif’s loss may strengthen army, India is worried

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: A serious setback to Pakistani PM Nawaz Shariffollowing the disclosure that his daughter and putative heir apparent, Maryam Sharif, had concealed ownership of the family’s offshore assets and companies threatens to create new security complications for India. A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Panama Papers, in its report …

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Pakistan’s foreign policy challenges

I.A. Rehman  A SERIES of developments have made it necessary for Pakistan to review some of the basic assumptions on which its foreign policy has traditionally been based. Unfortunately, matters are coming to a head while a lame-duck government is only concerned with its own survival. Take the threat the …

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Debate in US on Pakistan draws divergent views

WASHINGTON: Building trust between Pakistan and the US is important for promoting peace in Af-Pak region, says Amba­ssador Aizaz Chaudhary as the debate on the new US policy for Afghan­istan and Pakistan intensifies. But Daniel Markey of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies argues that “Pakistan’s strategy of using proxies …

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An opportunity for Pakistan in the Indo-Israeli embrace?

Nothing is permanent in international relations; alliances are constantly shifting and relationships between states are made and broken. The current global scenario is no different. Amidst the tumult in global affairs, the Indo-Israeli relationship has emerged as a steady bilateral alliance, surprising to some, while others have been watching the …

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McCain’s warning reflects changing mood in Washington towards Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US Senator John McCain’s warning that if Pakistan does not stop supporting the Haqqani network, the United States should change its ‘behaviour’ towards the Pakistani nation reflects the changing mood in Washington towards a country once considered a close ally. Senator McCain, who was in Islamabad recently before flying over to Kabul, said …

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Pakistan: CPEC and the Burden of Inoperable Debt

The implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a mega project involving transportation and energy infrastructure which will connect Pakistan to Xianjiang, part of the Chinese “One Belt, One Road” initiative, is ongoing. While governments from both countries affirm that the project will bring social and economic benefits for people …

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Why political parties don’t care about FATA and Balochistan

As long as Punjab’s voters are happy, a political party can easily afford to ignore other provinces, especially Balochistan and FATA by Rafiullah Kakar During the past two weeks, Pakistan witnessed a terrorist attack in Quetta, devastating twin bombings in Parachinar and the tragic oil tanker inferno in Bahawalpur. The …

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Unfolding education crisis in Balochistan

Adnan Aamir Education is arguably the single most important thing in the modern era. It’s the ultimate tool which can enable people to move up the social mobility ladder and liver better lives. As a result, inclusive and equitable quality education is one of the most talked about Sustainable Development …

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‘China will have to take military way if India doesn’t listen,’ Chinese expert tells Global Times

BEIJING: China would be forced to use a “military way” to end the standoff in the Sikkim sector if India “refuses to listen” to it, a Chinese expert has warned. As the standoff at the Doklam area continued for the third week, the longest between the two countries, the official …

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