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Battle of narratives

Pakistan’s plan of action is to project itself as pro-peace, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab Active military engagement between Pakistan and India in the aftermath of the Pulwama incident took place for merely two days, but the two sides are continuing their battle of narratives, which...

Agenda for New Foreign Secretary

By Mamoona Rubab With Tehmina Janjua’s retirement coming up, a new foreign secretary will be taking over. Syeda Mamoona Rubab shares what she knows of the new foreign secretary In today’s interconnected world, people take great interest in foreign policy because it is about conflict and...

One step forward with EU

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab After protracted negotiations spanning over several years, Pakistan and the European Union (EU) this week finally agreed on the Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP), which would elevate the relationship between Islamabad and the 28-member European bloc to a comprehensive strategic partnership. The agreement...

Uncertainty in Afghanistan

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Prime Minister Imran Khan’s prediction of an incoming “good government” in Kabul has compounded the anxiety of the Afghan government that was nervously watching the talks between the United States and the Taliban progress in Doha. Speaking in Bajaur three days after US...

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...

Where do we go from here?

Pakistan’s gestures over the past week have made the latest stand-off with India look less grave, although the crisis is still far from over and there is great uncertainty ahead of us. Pakistan’s response to provocations from India since the aerial incursion by Indian Air...

Angry Neighbours

Two terrorist attacks in Pakistan’s neighbourhood last week – one in Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir and the other in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, both of which had different contexts – have further complicated Pakistan’s external security environment. In the first attack, a bus carrying personnel...

Quid Pro Quo: Dealing with MBS

As Pakistan’s infatuation with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) begins to wear off, Saudi investment is being projected as the new ‘game changer’ for country’s struggling economy. The Saudis initially provided some temporary relief by giving $3 billion in balance of payment support and promising the...

Terms and Conditions: Is the PTI renegotiating CPEC?

Like other foreign ministers meeting the new foreign minister at the start of the new government’s tenure, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also paid a visit and the main item on his agenda was the future of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Beijing secured a...

Beyond first impressions

With United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo due in Islamabad next week, both Washington and Islamabad have pledged to work together to mend their struggling relationship. The impression was evident from the pronouncements by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who has on multiple occasions...
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