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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...

More Clarity on Relief Package Needed

As the country moved towards a lockdown because of surging Coronavirus cases, expectations of a relief package from the government for providing much-needed support to the economy grew. The ‘wish-list’ was quite expansive; from massive reduction in POL prices to funding of utility stores...

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...

Iranian Parliamentary Elections 2020

The recently held parliamentary elections in Iran may have far-reaching consequences for the future political landscape of the Middle East. The elections for Iran’s tenth Islamic Consultative Assembly held in 2016 had witnessed considerable gains for the moderates, including both reformists and centrists, thus...

Emerging Turko-Israeli Rift Helps Turkey-Iran Entente

Israel has long possessed a capacity to force, whether by design or by consequence, the upending of alignment dynamics between regional states in ways few else are capable of. Given several relatively recent developments vis a vis blocs and alliances across the Middle East...

2019: A testing year in foreign policy

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Economic concerns largely shaped foreign policy last year, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab Foreign policy is often described as a fire fighting job with the goal of avoiding the worst. Year 2019 underscored that as Pakistan continued to face multiple challenges on the...
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