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Pakistan attempts to restart Afghan peace process

Pakistan is trying to restart the quadrilateral peace process for ending the Afghan war and has asked the group members to meet in Muscat, Oman, on Oct 16. Afghanistan, the United States, China and Pakistan are members of the group. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told VOA...

CHINA PRESSURING PAKISTAN ON TERRORISM?

Courtesy South Asian Voices- President Donald Trump, in an announcement on the recent overhaul of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, admonished Pakistan for sheltering “the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people” in the fight against the Taliban. Yet analysts have questioned...

A shift in Saudi Foreign Policy?

By Hussain Abid & Sajid Ali There is increasing indication that a rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia is imminent. Such indications are given credence with the announcement of Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif that after Haj (Muslim Pilgrimage) diplomatic visits could possibly be exchanged...

Chinese perceptions of CPEC

Courtesy Daily Dawn- Most discussions and analyses with regard to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have a Pakistan-driven perspective, and rightly so. After all, we have to safeguard our national interests and ensure maximum benefits for the country. These discussions and writings have evoked a...

‘Dragon in a three-piece suit’

Courtesy Dawn- Sometime earlier this year, CPEC brought three Chinese families to my parents’ neighbourhood in suburban Lahore. For the first couple of months, I was told, the new neighbours rarely ventured out of their residences for anything other than commuting to work. In a...

WILL PAKISTAN AND THE U.S. MAKE A DEAL?

Courtesy War on the Rocks-  A version of this article was originally published by The Interpreter, which is published by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, an independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Sydney. War on the Rocks is proud to be publishing select articles...

Why Kim Jong-Un wouldn’t be irrational to use a nuclear bomb first

Courtesy The Washington Post-  North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is advancing quickly. This year, it has tested a suite of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles that can hit neighbors and American bases in East Asia, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, two intercontinental-range ballistic missiles and a purported thermonuclear...

US asked to condition Afghan aid to recognition of Durand Line

Courtesy Dawn- WASHINGTON: The Uni­ted States needs to condition its aid to Afghanistan on the recognition of the Durand Line as Kabul’s refusal to recognise it unsettles Pakis­tan, a US lawmaker told a House Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs. This apparently is the first time a lawmaker,...

Time to reset foreign ties

Courtesy Dawn-  Necessary and desirable, a reset of foreign policy is possible — if the government approaches the issue sensibly, cooperatively and with a genuine intent to effect change. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has spoken candidly and persuasively about the key flaws in Pakistan’s foreign policy...

China’s Afghan policy and Pakistan

Faisal Ahmed China sprung into unprecedented diplomatic action to defend Pakistan, its ally, after the anticipated speech of President Donald Trump on future U.S. policy in Afghanistan and South Asia. U.S. President had declared that Washington would not be silent any more about militant ‘safe...
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