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Chahbar port and the US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

TIMESOFINDIA.COM  NW DELHI: US President Donald Trump yesterday scrapped the Iran nuclear dealsigned by his predecessor Barack Obama. The 2015 deal with Iran ended its economic isolation from the rest of the world, including from India, which has since boosted ties with Tehran. Now, though, with the US re-imposing sanctions on …

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The military is not the only reason for Nawaz Sharif’s miseries

Zahid Hussain  FORMER prime minister Nawaz Sharif claims he is up against an extraterrestrial species or aliens (khalai makhlooq). He is certainly not alluding to a character in Steven Spielberg’s epic thriller E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The ousted leader would not elaborate on what he really meant. But it is too obvious to miss. …

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Why Pakistan’s Pashtuns Are Pushing Back

Rarely if ever in Pakistan has a movement of the marginalized criticized the military so publicly, emphatically and relentlessly. Michael Kugelman Something big is brewing in Pakistan—a development that is wholly unprecedented, yet so contentious that many major media outlets in the country aren’t covering it. Pashtuns—an ethnic minority in …

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What matters most

Shah Meer Baloch LATE last year, during a visit by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Gwadar, a group of locals blocked the road to the airport by staging a sit-in. Their demand? Water. Unlike much of the praise surrounding CPEC in the media, there remain some serious, unaddressed issues. …

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Trump exit from Iran nuclear deal enters uncharted territory

Josh Lederman | Mathew Lee WASHINGTON: It’s not as simple as just saying “we’re out” of the Iran nuclear deal. If President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal on May 12, the rest of the world will be thrust into uncharted …

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IMF sees mounting risks, sharp drop in growth for Pakistan next year

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund projected on Wednesday that Pakistan’s growth will moderate to 4.7 per cent in fiscal year 2019 from 5.6pc in 2018. In its regional economic outlook update for the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan (MENAP) region on Wednesday, the IMF notes that “an increase …

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Quetta’s beleaguered folk singer

Quetta: THE weather here is pleasant, and it has been raining since morning. Bashir Baloch, the well-known folk singer of the city — he has so far been given 132 awards, including two presidential awards, over his career — sits gloomily at his residence. There is no one else in …

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Prospects of a fair election in Pakistan

Ahmed Bilal Mehboob UNTIL recently, observers of the electoral process here agreed that Pakistan was heading towards one of the most well-organised, free and fair general elections in its history. The optimism regarding the elections scheduled for this year was not unfounded. The Election Commission of Pakistan had worked hard …

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Pakistani Gwadar Port, a double-edged sword for Iran

TEHRAN, Apr. 24 (MNA) – Gwadar port is located in the province of Baluchistan in Pakistan and on the coast of Arabian Sea. The port’s plan was first established in 1954 when it was owned by the Oman’s kingdom. The distance between Gwadar and Karachi, the main commercial city of …

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CPEC dominates transport sector

ISLAMABAD: The ‘transport and communication’ (T&C) sector remained heavily influenced by projects related to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during the outgoing fiscal year with focus not only on building roads and improving the rail network but also on establishing new communication lines. Amongst the new initiatives in the sector …

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