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No India-Pakistan peace talks in offing at SCO

By: PRAKASH KATOCH The resounding re-election victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kindled speculation of a revival of dialogue with Pakistan. Pakistani PM Imran Khan telephoned to congratulate Modi on his victory. Modi thanked Khan, stressing that creating trust and an environment free of …

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‘Time Is Up’: Pakistan’s Army Targets Protest Movement, Stifling Dissent

By Salman Masood, Mujib Mashal and Zia ur-Rehman ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s powerful military has seemed unstoppable recently in getting what it wants: its favored candidate as prime minister, a victory of sorts in a dogfight with the Indian military, and its media critics hounded into silence or compliance. Now, the Pakistani Army has …

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CPEC cannot transform Pakistan’s growth path

Pakistan must embark on other economic reforms such as increasing tax revenues, measures to attract FDI, more investments in education, health, science and technology to increase local productivity, introducing cashless digital economy and setting up strong regulatory mechanisms.  When the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was announced in 2015, former Pakistan …

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Chabahar: Still Exempted from Iran Sanctions

By James M. Dorsey The Indian-backed Iranian port of Chabahar has emerged as a major loophole in a tightening military and economic noose and ever harsher U.S. sanctions that President Donald J. Trump, reluctant to be sucked into yet another war, sees as the best way to either force Tehran …

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Pompeo Takes a Page From the Bernard Lewis Playbook on Iran

Inspired by his intellectual hero Bernard Lewis, Pompeo, together with Richard Perle’s PNAC colleague, John Bolton, seems to be itching to using the Lewis recipe of ‘hitting Iran between the eyes with a big stick. By  Alastair Crooke Bernard Lewis, a British-American historian of the Middle East, has been formidably influential …

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Pakistan on a Tightrope

By Dr. James M. Dorsey BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,176, May 19, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Pakistan risks falling off a tightrope as it attempts to balance its relations with rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Recent developments – including the Baloch nationalist attack on a luxury hotel in the strategic port …

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کیا ناراض بلوچ رہنماوؑں سے مذاکرات امن کے لئے ناگزیر ہیں؟

کوئٹہ بلوچستان کے سیاسی رہنماوؑں اور تجزیہ کاروں کے مطابق جلا وطن بلوچ رہنماوؑں سے مذاکرات کے زریعے ہی بلوچستان میں دیر پا امن کا قیام ممکن ہو سکتا ہے۔  صوبہ بلوچستان میں تشدد کے واقعات میں حالیہ اضافے کے بعد مذاکرات کی ضرورت کو محسوس کیا جا رہا ہے۔ …

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Kashmir and Balochistan are a study in contrasts – separatism in the first is fuelled by Islamism while the second is a victim of it

If there ever was a contrast in ideology and circumstance fit to be highlighted, it would be Baloch and Kashmiri separatism. From time to time, one hears talking heads on Indian TV juxtapose the Baloch independence struggle with Kashmiri separatism in the clumsiest way possible – by suggesting that Pakistan …

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Pakistan military can’t handle growing Pashtun storm, so it’s blaming countries like India

The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement is difficult for India to support because the movement owes its success to the absence of foreign funding or support. Kriti Shah Pakistan’s Pashtuns have stirred up a storm again and the army is now desperate to control it. The DG ISPR, Asif Ghafoor, the spokesperson …

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As The Belt Tightens: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is only generating resentment in Pakistan. Particularly among the volatile Baloch

Even as Imran Khan visits China, the Chinese are concerned about their workers in Pakistan. They face pressure from the people of Balochistan, enraged at the misuse of their resources and the abuse of their human rights. Gurmeet Kanwal   @gurmeetkanwal Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan will travel to …

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