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Pakistan wants to renew engagement, but can it deliver?

Maroof Raza Consulting Editor (Strategic Affairs) In reality, what irks Pakistan the most is to be ignored by India – as was the case following the attack on the IAF’s Pathankot airbase. References to Pakistan and how to deal with it seems to be as much a part of the …

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ہزارہ ہلاکتیں: ’بسوں والے ہزارہ لوگوں سے کرایہ زیادہ مانگتے ہیں کہ ان کی وجہ سے دوسرے مسافروں کی زندگیاں رسک پر ہیں‘

محمد حنیف تجزیہ نگار میں نے کوئٹہ میں ہزارہ برادری پر تازہ حملے کے بعد ٹی وی نہیں دیکھا لیکن شنید یہی ہے کہ شام کو ہونے والے ٹاک شوز میں کسی نے اس موضوع پر سیر حاصل بحث نہیں کی۔ کوئی چیتا اینکر جہاز پکڑ کر ہزار گنجی نہیں …

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The tragic story of a Baloch family from the ‘town of mass graves’

By: Lateef Johar On Feb 18, 2019, online Baloch activists shared a picture of a smiling eight-year-old child with a caption that read that Bohair was an eight-month-old infant when his father, Atiq Ur Rahman, was abducted by Pakistan military and he is still missing. Atiq was taken away during …

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US Designation of Revolutionary Guards Risks Escalation

By Dr. James M. Dorsey BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,139, April 12, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The US designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, and the Iranian response, has potentially put US military personnel in the region in harm’s way. The designation increases economic pressure on Iran because …

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Managing a slowing economy

IN case you’ve missed it, there have recently been a slew of forecasts that say the economy is likely to slow to less than 3.5 per cent GDP growth this year (from 5.8pc last year), and next year will be even more difficult as it is expected to contract further to 2.5pc …

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CPEC Emboldens China and Pakistan’s Joint Effort to Manage Militancy

China is doubling down on Pakistan – and this time, it’s determined to keep militancy from damaging the relationship. By Saira H. Basit Chinese General Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), chose to describe military cooperation as the “backbone” of China-Pakistan relations in a meeting with the Pakistani …

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گڈ بائے مسٹر چپس

طاہر حسنی مجھے یاد پڑتا ہے کہ انٹرمیڈیٹ کے پورے دو سالہ ٹینشن بھرے دور میں صرف ایک کتاب جو لبوں پہ مسکراہٹ لاتی تھی اور ماحول کو قدرے قابل برداشت بناتی تھی وہ تھی “گڈبائے مسٹر چپس” – وگرنہ “ویکٹر کے افقی اجزا میں تحلیل” اور “کاربن کی بہروپیت” …

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Balochistan: Pakistan’s land of mass graves

Quetta, a few days ago. In the Dasht Tera Mil area, volunteers of the Edhi Foundation buried twelve dead bodies without any identification. The bodies were decomposed beyond recognition and no DNA test had been done on them by the authorities. According to the volunteers, it is not the first …

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Muzzling critical voices

IT would be comical — if it weren’t for the fact that it so perfectly encapsulates how shrunken the space for free speech and expression in Pakistan now truly is. More alarming still is the seeming enthusiasm of civil authorities to take a page out of the fascist’s playbook to …

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Balochistan: A powder keg at a geopolitical crossroads

By: James Dorsey Balochistan should be oozing with optimism as Chinese and Saudi investment pours into the troubled Pakistani province. It is not. Instead, Balochistan, a key node in China’s Belt and Road initiative that borders Iran, is gripped by anger, fea, and uncertainty. Local residents are hardly awaiting with …

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