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Pakistan’s uncertain future

By: Mohammed Ayoob On 16 February a suicide bomber blew himself up in the main hall of the shrine of Pakistan’s most popular sufi saint, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, killing at least 88 people, including 21 children. The shrine is located in Sehwan in Pakistan’s Sindh province, which has a strong tradition of …

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Why Trump won’t tear up Iran nuclear deal

By David A. Andelman (CNN) One of Donald Trump’s most vocal riffs during his campaign was “rip it up.” He was referring, of course, to the Iran agreement that is meant to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of the ayatollahs for at least a decade. Candidate Trump boasted he would rip …

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IRANIAN KURDS, A KEY PARTNER IN ‘CONTAINMENT OF IRAN’

BYARASH SALEH The role of liberal democracies and, above all, the United States is distinguished also by their capability for maintaining order in an international society based upon certain values. The deal that the six international powers made with Iran may have addressed Iran’s nuclear program, but it has created, …

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Stereo-typing Pashtoons

By: Imtiaz Gul As a Pashtoon teenager, I grew up in Punjab with some of the most demeaning cliches of Pashtoons; smugglers, money-lenders at exorbitant rates of interest, child and car-lifters were some of the most disparaging stereotypes associated with Pashtoons. Now, little past mid-50s, officials in Punjab stunned me …

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CPEC claims and doubts

ON Tuesday, Islamabad heard a series of perspectives on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that could be viewed as a case study on the gap between the claims and apprehensions about the project. At the Council of Ministers’ meeting before the formal opening of the 13th summit of the Economic Cooperation …

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Tharparkar: the last bastion of peace

Amir Hussain My immersion into the matchless natural beauty of Tharparkar is enlivened when I think of going away from the maddening crowd of urban life. The mesmerising charm of the chameleonic nature of sand dunes – changing colours from dawn to dusk – perturbs the souls trapped in the …

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Our New Afghanistan Strategy Must Get Tough on Pakistan

Put everything on the table, including Kashmir BY: Aaron MacLean Yesterday the Pentagon presented its recommendations to the White House for how to defeat ISIS. It is likely that the military campaign that will follow President Trump’s final decision will look a good deal like President Obama’s, albeit with looser restrictions, and possibly …

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Ethnic profiling

HISTORY is witness to this nation’s failure in maintaining harmony between the various ethnic groups that inhabit its boundaries. The cataclysmic events of 1971 and the repeated insurgencies in Balochistan offer ample evidence of that. However, the last few weeks have illustrated how our leadership remains appallingly short-sighted on this …

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The China Dream Hits Reality

Asian ports: Pitfalls of China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative. By James M. Dorsey Troubled ports in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, envisioned as part of China’s string of pearls linking the Eurasian heartland to the Middle Kingdom, exemplify political pitfalls that threaten Beijing’s ambitious One Belt, One Road project. Political violence …

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CPEC: While Northwest China Enjoys Pakistani Seafood, India Feels Beijing’s Presence

Panos Mourdoukoutas The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is changing life in China’s Northwest Xinjiang Uyghur region, bringing something special to the region: seafood from Pakistan. This little bonus is being shipped by container trucks through the corridor, which currently accounts for 2 percent of the total trade between the two countries; and more goods are expected to …

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