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Trump’s India Visit Underscores ‘America First’ in South Asia Ties

In the last week of February, President Donald Trump paid maiden visit to India. It was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties in multiple domains between the two ‘allies’. This included mutual cooperation in Indo-Pacific, defence, maritime security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, secure 5G networks, and combating...

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...

ISIS ‘OUTSOURCES’ TERROR ATTACKS TO THE PAKISTANI TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN: U.N. REPORT

Courtesy Newsweek- After losing territory and power in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) is outsourcing its deadly attacks on the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan to local splinter groups, including the Pakistani Taliban, because it lacks manpower. Claiming responsibility for a string of...

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...

CPEC and Pakistan

Faisal Ahmed Maintaining a strategically consequential relationship with China, while being allied to the United States during the height of cold war, has been an extraordinary success of Pakistan’s foreign policy. It was evident in April, 2015, when President Xi Jinping visited Pakistan, both countries...

Kartarpur Corridor: A game-changer?

The first thought that comes to mind when we hear about India and Pakistan is of quarrelsome neighbours who have done a few good things as well and who continue to survive various conflicts. With talks on the agreement covering Kartarpur Corridor getting underway...

BRICS declaration

Courtesy Dawn-  The message is uniform from friend and foe alike: Pakistan’s tolerance for externally oriented militant groups is no longer acceptable and a serious national effort needs to be made if the country is to remain on the right side of international opinion. The significance...

AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, AND THE LIMITS OF U.S. INFLUENCE

Courtesy War On The Rocks- President Donald Trump has announced the results of his “comprehensive review” of U.S. strategic options in Afghanistan and South Asia and – as many have already noted – they are uninspiring. Sixteen years of war leads to bouts of soul-searching,...

Pakistan could face mass droughts by 2025 as water level nears ‘absolute scarcity’

Courtesy Independent-  Pakistan could face drought in the near future according to experts in the country, who have warned the country will approach the “absolute scarcity” level of water by 2025. The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) made the grim forecast in a...

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...
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