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Most major Western leaders to skip China’s New Silk Road summit

REUTERS Only one leader of a big Western country is attending China’s most important diplomatic event of the year, a summit next month on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s New Silk Road strategy, as China’s foreign minister denied it had been snubbed. Xi has championed what China formally calls the “One …

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Was Qadhafi the son of a French pilot?

ZAFAR MASUD  THIS may sound a bit fanciful but also an amusing story to the others, but if you happen to be in Corsica you’ll be surprised to discover everyone here has a firm conviction that the late Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Qadhafi was the son of a French pilot …

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محمد بیگ بیگَل ءِ بیرانی

۱۲ اپریل ۲۰۱۷ ءَ ماں کراچی ءَ بیران بوت آئی ءِ بیرانی اے حاترا تورناک انت کہ آ بلوچی لبزانک ءَ دل پہکیں ءُُ سگ ءُُ اوپاری ندکارے ات ،ندکارے ءِ درچ ءَ آئی ءِ گورا وتارا پیش دارگ ءُُ وت گلاہی وڑیں عیب نیست ات کہ بلوچی ندکارانی زنڈیں …

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Balochistan’s battle for ideas

MUHAMMAD AKBAR NOTEZAI  The buzz about Balochistan in the rest of the country involves China but at a local blood bank in Quetta, jihad in Kashmir and Myanmar takes centre stage. An activist of the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) — the charity wing of the proscribed Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD) — is the …

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How I discovered the hidden springs of Khuzdar in Balochistan

MADEEHA SYED  The sky at Moola Chotook lights up with the planet Venus and Jupiter and the constellation Orion’s belt. Curiosity can be a powerful driving force; the need to constantly seek and discover. The one thing that travel does is keep your senses sharpened — you are constantly exposed …

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CPEC promises the moon but Gwadar just wants water

By Shezad Baloch It is hard to imagine going without clean drinking water for 15 to 20 days consecutively, but for the citizens of Gwadar, it is a fact of life. Residents of this coastal city get clean drinking water for just one hour, every two to three weeks. For …

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Selective approach

OWEN BENNETT-JONES  THERE were many who believed the army would never confront the militants in North Waziristan. Too many strategic assets were located there, they said. And the cost of appeasing the West by dismantling the militants’ infrastructure would be too high. But the predictions were wrong. Eventually — after …

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CPEC payments

By: Dr Farrukh Saleem Why is China shutting down coal plants in China and setting up new ones in Pakistan? Dozens of projects under CPEC continue to be shrouded under a thick veil of secrecy. On February 14, the Ministry of Water and Power submitted details on the financing and tariff …

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How Trump can cripple Iran

By Ray Takeyh and Reuel Gerecht A consensus has developed in Washington, DC, for some “pushback” against Iran. Democrats and Republicans would be well-advised to learn from the Cold War: Don’t compromise the battle on the ground for fear of compromising arms control. We should contain and roll back Iran …

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Pakistan: Violent Status Quo In Balochistan – Analysis

By SATP By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty At least five persons, including two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, were injured in a targeted hand grenade attack in the Cinema Chowk area of Turbat town in Balochistan on March 12, 2017. FC sources said that two unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle lobbed a …

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