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The Galwan Valley Fight

For over a month, Indian and Chinese troops have been in a renewed confrontation along their disputed border in the Ladakh region. The Ladakh is part of disputed Jammu & Kashmir territory, currently administered by India as a union territory. Geographically, to its east lies...

Deciphering Iran’s declaration of support for Turkey in Libya

Iran’s recent statement of support to the Turkish-backed Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) may come as a surprise to many. The two’s geopolitical divergences have always often been stark, making Iran’s choice to now adopt a clear position on Libya – a country...

Israeli Annexation of the West Bank

Israel’s newly installed unity government is planning to annex parts of the Occupied West Bank in what is being feared to be a very provocative and dangerous move. The idea of annexing parts of West Bank has all along existed in Israeli political discourse since...

Making Sense of Protests in the United States

The world’s richest and most powerful country has been struggling to cope with a host of crises: a deadly pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 Americans and infected more than 2 million; an economic downturn that has rendered millions unemployed; and now uprisings, riots and violence...

Embracing Uncertainties

A higher FY21 fiscal deficit is expected, at least the way things are poised now, landing at least around this year’s provisional deficit of 9.1% (which itself, given historical trends, could be revised upwards), if not higher. In such circumstances it is natural to...

CRISIS BUDGETING DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The latest update is that COVID-19 is now firmly entrenched within every nook and cranny of the developing world. Pakistan is now ranking consistently among the top countries (in terms of new cases). Another important trend of late has become easing lockdowns compared to...

The Himalayan Face-off

Tensions between India and China are back on the world’s longest unsettled border. From the first week of May 2020, India and Chinese border troops have engaged in physical brawls along the disputed border, first near Pangong Lake in Ladakh and then days later...

The Politics of Scapegoating Zaireen for Covid-19

Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) started in Wuhan (China) in December 2019/January 2020 and rapidly spread to other countries. All countries sharing borders with Pakistan had reported the presence of the deadly infectious disease by the last week of February 2020. The outbreak of the disease in...

Stimulating the Economy

Though unscheduled, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting should not have been unexpected given the support recently provided by central banks across the world. With the latest 200bps cut in the policy rate, it seems that the SBP is now on the front lines...

Would PM’s Package for Construction Industry Deliver?

PM Imran Khan on April 3, 2020 finally unveiled the long-promised, long-awaited package to stimulate the construction industry that he believes is vital for economic growth. The package was much sought after by both the real estate sector and the government, but the crisis...
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