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Balochistan’s Great Internet Shutdown

For 2 years and counting, Kech district’s mobile internet has been shut off for “security reasons.” By Shah Meer Baloch TURBAT, PAKISTAN — Holding his files and report, the journalist enters and leaves office after office with disappointment, finding no internet in that building either. He has already traveled some 50 …

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China and Saudi Arabia: The Global Ambitions of Mohammad bin Salman

Insights from James Dorsey. By Mercy A. Kuo Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with James M. Dorsey, Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, is the 180th in “The Trans-Pacific …

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India’s Balakot strikes were long time coming, but only Pakistan can end terrorism

Trump must focus on ensuring that Pakistani terrorism against India (and Afghanistan) is defeated for the larger success of US geopolitical interests in Asia. ASHLEY J. TELLIS The crisis surrounding the recent Indian air strikes on Pakistan at Balakot has subsided—for now. But the confusing welter of claims and counterclaims …

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There’s a reason why Baloch handicrafts still rule the markets

Yahya Badal No doubt, the old tradition of producing objects by hands means handicraft is still well known in Baloch history. This tradition began centuries ago and is to date in progress. The handicrafts of Baloch are known all over the world due to their beauty of design, richness of …

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Balochistan: The China-Pakistan Nexus vs the People

Dr. Zafar Jawaid Balochistan is a vast underdeveloped region that comprises almost half of the land mass of Pakistan with 600 miles of coastline along the Arabian Sea. This region has a chronic history of not only being pushed to the margins of modernity but also of fierce resistance to …

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Why the Pakistan-Terrorist Nexus Persists

BRAHMA CHELLANEY Though Pakistan’s civilian government is signaling its intent to crack down on terrorist groups based in the country, the international community should not get its hopes up. With the military still dominant, Pakistan is likely, yet again, to return to business as usual as soon as external pressure …

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Rebellions & Tense Borders: How Pak Bit Off More Than It Can Chew

Rebellions & Tense Borders: How Pak Bit Off More Than It Can Chew Video Editor: Mohd Ibrahim & Mohd Irshad AlumCamera: Abhishek Ranjan Pakistan got itself into a near-war situation with the conventionally superior and nuclear-armed India, but that’s hardly where its problems end. From separatist insurgencies to irate neighbours, on at …

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Advantage India, after Balakot air strike

G Parthasarathy  Pakistan’s current economic woes and political isolation are a result of its army’s destructive policies After the precision air strikes by the Indian Air Force on the small town of Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, public attention in India is now focused on bringing the leaders of …

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Afghans Are Cheering for an Indian Win

For Kabul, India is a vital counterbalance to an aggressive neighbor. BY RUCHI KUMAR, HIKMAT NOORI KABUL— “Anyone who takes the side of Pakistan and blames India, please unfriend [me] from Facebook, otherwise I will [say things that] upset you,” Mohammad Iqbal Afzali wrote on  social media on Tuesday. A quick scroll …

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A gold-plated submachine gun and $20 billion: How Pakistan could get sucked into the Saudi-Iran rivalry

Saudi Arabia announced $20 billion in infrastructure and energy investments for the cash-strapped country of 200 million, which is currently on the brink of financial crisis.Many of the projects are located in Pakistan’s impoverished and restive Balochistan region, which lies along the 565-mile border with Saudi arch-rival Iran. Natasha Turak| @NatashaTurak …

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