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Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis

Simon Tisdall The US president needs support to take down Tehran – and he doesn’t appear to be fussy about where it may come from t would be comforting to think Donald Trump sent his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, hotfooting it to Saudi Arabia this week to solve the …

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CPEC transparency

A MOMENT of truth seems to be rapidly approaching for the PTI government. The managing director of the International Monetary Fund said clearly that the fund will expect “absolute transparency about the nature, size, and terms of the debt that is bearing on a particular country”, and although she did …

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Pakistan’s fortunes can’t be rescued by celebrity PM and recycled foreign minister

India and US’ concerns over Pakistan are old but now China and Saudi Arabia too are indicating wariness over unfulfilled promises. Few friends or presumed enemies seem willing to trust Pakistan’s promises even under a new leader. Reluctance of ‘friends’ Saudi Arabia and China to pump in billions of dollars …

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میڈیا سینسر شپ: پاکستان بھی سعودی اور چینی ماڈل پر عمل پیرا؟

طلعت حسین صحافی، تجزیہ نگار طلعت حسین کے بقول اب صحافی نہ چھپ سکتا ہے اور نہ چُھپ سکتا ہے گذشتہ ہفتے پاکستان میں صحافیوں کی سب سے پرانی قومی تنظیم پاکستان فیڈرل یونین آف جرنلسٹس (پی ایف یو جے) کی فیڈرل ایگزیکٹیو کونسل نے سخت الفاظ پر مبنی ایک …

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Pakistani poker: Playing Saudi Arabia against China

JAMES M. DORSEY Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in its bitter feud with Iran at the People’s Republic’s expense. The Pakistani moves …

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Here’s How Iran Hides Its Secret Oil Trade

Ellen R. Wald The Trump administration is worried about rising oil and gasoline prices resulting from the latest set of sanctions that it will implement against Iran’s oil and gas industry just two days before the midterm elections. President Trump has good reason to be concerned about the political implications. To …

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How Chinese politics are returning to the Middle East

 By SAM CHESTER In 2008, the American academic Robert Keohane said, “Multilateral institutions do not overrule powerful states – and rarely if ever try to do so. But they can change how states act.” China is generally seen as exerting little political influence in the Middle East. While China’s diplomats pursue economic …

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Balochistan: a new opportunity

A MAIDEN, day-long trip to Balochistan by Prime Minister Imran Khan has yielded a familiar set of statements regarding economic development and the PTI’s fight against corruption. Mr Khan’s comments about reviewing CPEC projects to address the concerns of the Balochistan government are likely to add to the uncertainty regarding …

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بلوچستان اپنے ہی وسائل سے مالی بحران سے نکل سکتا ہے

بلوچستان میں غربت کی شرح80فیصد سے زائد ہے جبکہ گوادر، لسبیلہ، کیچ اور پنجگور میں غربت کی شرح اس سے کہیں زیادہ ہے جس کی بناء پر ان کا شمار شدید غربت سے متاثرہ اضلاع میں ہوتا ہے ۔ جبکہ گزشتہ دس سالوں سے گوادر میں اربوں مالیت کے جائیداد …

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The Islamization of Balochistan – Qambar Malik Baloch

Bordering Iran to the west, Afghanistan to the north and laying at the Strait of Hormuz to the south, Balochistan is generally known for its strategic importance, prodigious riches, an ongoing nationalist insurgency, and human rights challenges. Underneath this lies a systematic and diabolic subversion triggered by the military establishment …

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