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Cancer Patients in Balochistan

By: Jafar Mastoi    The richest-poor province of the country is in the dire establishment of cancer hospital with the provisions of technological apparatus. Balochistan is on the curb of worse health facilities. The highest mortality rate of cancer patients is high as compared to other provinces. The highly affected …

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Along the road – Gwadar and China’s power projection

The construction of the Gwadar port and the Chinese presence on the shores of the Arabian Sea highlight a new geostrategic dynamic that is likely to affect the regional balance of power. Frederic Grare Nonresident Senior Fellow South Asia Program Ever since Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf inaugurated the Gwadar port …

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CPEC remains a burning bone of contention in Pakistan

This week China and Pakistan reaffirmed their commitment to the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), with Beijing reportedly agreeing to take a closer look at some of the agreements finalized by the Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) government. Their statement came in response to an article in the Financial …

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Iran, in shadow proxy war with Saudis, expands its Pakistan influence

Iran is stepping up its involvement with political and militant Shiite groups in Pakistan, in what foreign affairs experts see as an escalating shadow proxy war with Saudi Arabia in a country with the world’s second-largest Muslim population. “Iran is continuing to work to help rebel groups to form in …

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Pakistan has second thoughts on Chinese investment. It probably won’t be the last country to get cold feet.

By Gerry Shih It’s the mega-project at the heart of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s foreign-policy showpiece. It’s the jobs-creating lifeline that would help keep Pakistan’s economy from sliding into the abyss. It’s the $62 billion symbol of China and Pakistan’s commitment to a long-standing alliance that’s been described by past …

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Thousands left stateless in Iran amid ID card limbo

Fazel Hawramy Five-year-old Alireza Pourdad was scared, lying in a hospital bed in the burn ward between two adults who had been burned beyond recognition. Alireza had been injured in a blaze in his parents’ tent in a shantytown outside the Iranian capital in May 2012, and was in critical condition. Alireza’s parents are …

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Is Pakistan poised for a Pashtun Spring?

Every time someone knocks on the door, Mishal Sher jumps, thinking her father might have finally returned home. It’s never been the case since he vanished four years ago. She says she knows how he disappeared, just not why. “Some unidentified men barged into our house and took away my …

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Rearranging CPEC

THE news from Southeast Asia has made some headlines domestically too, as a newly elected leader in Malaysia decided to revisit all Chinese projects launched by his predecessor. The outlines of the news resonate closely here in Pakistan, where a new leader promising a new beginning has just begun his …

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What babies’ nappies tell us about Iran’s economic woes

Babies’ nappies have become the latest casualty of Iran’s faltering economy, with huge price rises and shortages across the country. Fears over their availability have whipped up a storm of angry messages on social media blaming the authorities. The issue made national headlines days ago, when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani …

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Road accident: a serious hazard in Balochistan

According to statistics given by the Balochistan Levies force, road accidents have become a prevalent menace in the province as 16 accidents occurred in January 2018, alone. These incidents highlight the complacency of the government, and their lax attitude in addressing the problem Nadil Shah Road accidents are very common …

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