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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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Is The Sphinx of Balochistan Really Just a Natural Rock Formation?

J.P. ROBINSON In Pakistan in 2004, the Makran Coastal Highway which links Karachi with the port town of Gwadar was opened. The new road finally allowed tourists easier access to the Hingol National Park, 240 kms (150 miles) away from Karachi, and home to the huge anomalous rock formation known …

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Saudi Arabia agrees to provide Pakistan $3 billion to address balance-of-payments crisis

Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide Pakistan $3 billion in foreign currency support for a year to address its balance-of-payments crisis, the government announced on Tuesday. The Kingdom has also agreed to provide Islamabad a one-year deferred payment facility for import of oil, worth up to another $3 billion. The …

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Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis

Simon Tisdall The US president needs support to take down Tehran – and he doesn’t appear to be fussy about where it may come from t would be comforting to think Donald Trump sent his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, hotfooting it to Saudi Arabia this week to solve the …

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The future of Chabahar Port

 Harsh V. Pant Tehran, Dec 13, IRNA – Last week saw the inauguration of the first phase of the strategic Chabahar port by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the presence of officials from 17 countries. India is central to this port project as it remains keen on opening a trade …

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