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India, Pakistan nearly agreed on Siachen three times: Shyam Saran

Courtesy The Hindu- India and Pakistan nearly came to an agreement on demilitarising the Siachen Glacier at least three times: in 1989, 1992 and 2006, says former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran in a book that was launched here on Wednesday by former Prime Minister Dr....

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...

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...

Afghanistan and Pakistan: Feeling the Pain

Courtesy The National Interest-  President Trump has decided to follow the lead of his military advisers in Afghanistan, choosing not to pull out the U.S. troops that candidate Trump had pledged to withdraw. Rather, he’ll send more troops, with the express purpose of training and...

The Enduring Hypocrisy of Nuclear No First Use

Courtesy Modern Diplomacy- In realist paradigm of International relations, one shall not solely trust the words of another state when it is a matter of a threat to national security. States can abrogate even a mutual pact when it is conflicting with their national interests....

The Syrian war is ending – and Assad is the victor

Courtesy Independent- A message came through from Syria on my mobile phone last week. “General Khadour kept his promise,” it read. I knew what it meant. Five years ago, I met Mohamed Khadour, who was commanding a few Syrian soldiers in a small suburb of Aleppo,...

‘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...

MILITANT RIVALRIES EXTEND TO FEMALE RECRUITMENT IN PAKISTAN

Courtesy Combating Terrorism Centre (CTC)-  In an attempt to keep apace with the latest trends in jihadi recruitment, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) released a 45-page, English-language magazine Sunnat-e-Khaula1 in August 2017, named after a historical Muslim female fighter. Although this is not the first time...

A tougher approach

Courtesy Dawn- Yet again, the familiar question: will the Pakistan-US relationship survive the present impasse? My answer for years has been that it must. The risks of letting go are too high for both. I stand by this. But I’d be lying if I said...

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...
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