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After Iran and North Korea; Now Hold Pakistan’s Feet to the Fire

Trump’s declarations regarding Pakistan have diminished U.S. influence in South Asia. by Francesca Silvestri Over the past year, nuclear non-proliferation diplomacy has succumbed to divergent pressures, including: – global moves via the United Nations and led by the United States to halt North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons (and missile …

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Beyond JCPOA — Chabahar

KRITI M. SHAH The imposition of fresh sanctions on Iran jeopardises the Chabahar project. Not only do sanctions deter countries and companies from doing business with Tehran, even the threat of sanctions being imposed on financial institutions facilitating business in the country, will result in a pullback in financing for …

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In Balochistan, Dying Hopes for Peace

Increasing attacks by the Islamic State in Balochistan are connected to Pakistan’s failed strategy of encouraging and using Islamist militants to crush Baloch rebels and separatists. By Malik Siraj Akbar Mr. Akbar is a journalist from Balochistan. On Friday, several hundred tribesmen and students from religious seminaries gathered at a …

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Iran’s Chabahar port is where Asian and Middle Eastern rivalries collide

By James M. Dorsey Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar was Inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi …

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Tears of Sindhu: exploring Sindhi political history

By Hassan Hamdam The new book “Tears of Sindhu: Sindhi national struggle in historical context” authored by Dr Naseer Dashti is one of the most interesting books on the history of Sindh. Authors and writers belonging to powers who subjugated Sindhis for centuries had written Sindhi history in a biased …

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Afghanistan blast: Sikhs among 19 dead in Jalalabad suicide attack

A suicide bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad has killed at least 19 people, most of them members of the country’s Sikh minority. Police said they had been travelling in a vehicle to meet President Ashraf Ghani, who is visiting Nangarhar province, when the bomber struck. Among those …

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India, US are one in saying Pakistan deserved to be demoted to anti-terror funding group’s ‘grey list’

NEW DELHI: India and the US today welcomed a global terror financing watchdogdemoting Pakistan to a ‘grey list’ + for underperforming in rooting out sources of finance for terrorists within its borders and for not taking enough – or any, at all – action in curbing activities of terror elements who roam …

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No change in stand on CPEC: Sitharaman

Chennai, June 8: India does not view its relations with China through the prism of China-Pakistan ties, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday, but ruled out the possibility of New Delhi reviewing its stand on CPEC project, a major irritant in Sino-Indian relationship. She also said New Delhi is alert …

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Interim operations in Chabahar port in Iran to start by next week

India is all set to begin interim operations in the strategically important Chabahar port project next week. Union Minister of State for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya informed in a tweet message. India has selected an Iranian company, Kaveh Port and Marine Services, for running the operations for 18 months till it …

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Beleaguered Nawaz Sharif Rattles Pakistan Army’s Cage

With a not-so-subtle jab, the former prime minister has virtually indicted the country’s powerful army for a disastrous national security policy that has turned Pakistan into an international pariah. Mohammad Taqi The three-time former prime minister of Pakistan Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif took a not-so-subtle jab at the Pakistan army’s …

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