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Youm-e-Takbeer: history and significance

May 28 this year marked the 20th anniversary of the historic moment when Pakistan successfully detonated nuclear devices in the Chagai district, Balochistan; and joined the prestigious club of nuclear weapon states. Pakistan was compelled to test the nuclear weapon in response to a...

BMD and MIRV technology in South Asia

China, India and Pakistan share a history of military confrontations. A number of dynamics like conventional asymmetries, nuclear offensive and defensive capabilities, the arms race, ballistic missile development and an absence of crisis stability mechanism have increased the fragility of strategic stability in South...

Pakistan’s Nasr Missile: Consolidating Deterrence in Region

By: Asma Khalid* In the anarchic international system, states adopt multiple strategies to ensure their sovereignty and security i.e. military modernization, developing alliances and economic development. In the strategic calculus of South Asia, nuclear deterrence plays a dominant role in military security and peace among...

Report of Roundtable with Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour, Iranian Scholar on Contemporary Issues

On December 20, 2017 Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI) hosted a round-table discussion with Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour, an Iranian scholar based at Center for International Research and Education, Tehran. Prof. Syed Sajjad Shabbir, Executive Director IPI, chaired the discussion. In his opening remarks Prof. Bukhari welcomed...

Terms of re-engagement

PAKISTAN-US relations have entered a new and tense phase following President Donald Trump’s harsh allegations and threats against Pakistan in August and Islamabad’s angry response. Both sides, however, appear inclined to re-engage with each other. The nature of the future relationship will be determined by...

ITBP to raise maiden mechanised column for quick deployment at China border

For the first time in its over 50 years history, the ITBP is raising and deploying a mechanised column of power vehicles and machines to speedily mobilise troops along the India-China border in case of Chinese military transgressions and Doklam-like standoffs. The decision to raise...

US Opposition to China-led Development Initiatives

Faisal Ahmed In a surprise development Trump administration, through U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis, first time commented on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and China-led connectivity initiatives. Addressing questions on role of China at the U.S. Senate’s Armed Services Committee hearing on ‘Political and Security Situation in...

Pakistan rejects US objection on CPEC route

Pakistan has strongly rejected US objections on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’, in which China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project. Reacting to US Defence Secretary James Mattis reservations over CPEC route, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said, “CPEC is a project for development...

CPEC passes through disputed territory: US

The Trump administration has informed Congress that it too believes the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory — originally an India claim aimed at thwarting the development plan. The $56 billion CPEC passes through Pakis­t­an’s northern areas, which India claims is part...

Kashmir talks: reality & myth

Courtesy Dawn-  Kashmir is so deeply emotive that perceptions often mix reality with myth. This is true of discussions over the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, the Tashkent Declaration, the Simla Accords, the Lahore Summit Declaration and, most of all, of bilateral efforts to...
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