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Pakistan’s collapsing economy and its impact on Baloch and Sindhi national struggles

Qambar Malik Baloch The collapsing Pakistani economy is not only worrying for its patrons and lenders but the national minorities like the Baloch and Sindhis are increasingly expressing their concerns about its political and social implications on these two nations. Pakistan: the changing allies?  As a client state, historically, since …

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Forts of Oman: Ancient citadels that remind of the country’s magnificent history

By Aftab Husain Kola Every country has its historic and tourist landmarks. For Oman, it is the forts. The Sultanate of Oman is blessed with about 1,000 forts including watchtowers scattered along the length and breadth of the picturesque Arab country. According to Oman’s National Centre for Statistics and Information …

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Escalating fear and loathing in Iran

As well as internal pressures, Iran’s leaders have faced significant anti-government activity from ethnic minority groups, but have failed to engage, writes Brenda Shaffer. Just before imposing new sanctions on Iran, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the country’s “cabinet is in disarray, and the Iranian people are raising …

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Chabahar: Why US shielded India’s interests

SANJAY KAPOOR It perfectly suits the US that India rather than China is developing the Iranian port. Hence, the sanctions waiver for Chabahar Two days before the crucial talks took place in Moscow to find ways to end the unending civil war in Afghanistan, the US government announced a waiver …

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Why Did China Refuse To Bail Out Pakistan?

By Adnan Aamir Pakistan faces a financial crisis. Its foreign currency reserves have plummeted over the course of last year due to the negative balance of trade and debt repayments, leaving two options for a bailout: ask the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or ask friendly countries. Pakistan opted for the …

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Why a strategic port in Iran was exempted from sanctions

For the US, it makes more sense to allow India to continue developing Chabahar port than for China to ‘hijack’ yet another strategically important port By KAMBAIZ RAFI NOVEMBER 12, 2018  A port in Chabahar, Iran’s southernmost city, was exempted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from sanctions, which he called “the …

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Inclusion of Saudi in CPEC might futile Pak-China relations, claims Jamaldini

QUETTA: The Federal government has clearly violating 18th amendment by neglecting Balochistan Government and representatives while inking deals with countries on our provincial resources. Senator Dr. Jahanzaib Jamaldini said. “The Chinese have reservations on making Saudi Arabia as third partners in China Pakistan Economic Corridor and they termed the move against …

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Saudi minister to visit Pakistan soon to sign MoU for establishing oil refinery

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Minister for Energy will soon visit Pakistan to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on establishing an oil refinery in Pakistan, apart from finalizing other major projects in which Saudi Arabia has shown interest. It was revealed here today by Nawaf Bin Said Al-Malkiy, Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan …

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Saudi Arabia And Iran: Pot Calling Kettle Black On Exiles

by James M. Dorsey If Saudi Arabia is under pressure to give chapter and verse on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul, Iran risks straining relations with Europe at a time that it needs European support the most by targeting ethnic rights activists. Khashoggi’s murder …

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Time to accept Israel and build a new world: Oman

Oman is offering ideas to help Israel and the Palestinians to come together but is not acting as mediator. Oman described Israel as an accepted Middle East state on Saturday, a day after hosting a surprise visit by its prime minister that Washington said could help regional peace efforts. Oman …

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