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Afghanistan Peace Deal: A Way Forward

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab President Trump told PM Imran exactly what he wanted to hear. Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains why It is rare that an American president tells a Pakistani leader exactly what he wants to hear, and specifically something that causes some serious heartburn among...

Talking peace in the shadow of war

There was talk of peace in Kabul and a terror attack in Ghazni. Syeda Mamoona Rubab believes this was Taliban demonstrating their strength Strange are the ways of the Afghans who make moves towards peace under the shadow of violence. Although this quest for peace has...

Troubled Ties: Trump, Khan to Meet After Frosty Year

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to the United States will perhaps be one of his most important overseas trips since he took office nearly 11 months ago after the general elections. Khan will begin his maiden official visit to Washington –...

29th Plenary Meeting: India-Pakistan applications remain on NSG docket

By Asma Khalid Stalemate at Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on admission of non-NPT countries has persisted for the fourth consecutive year as the group’s 29th annual plenary held at Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan) on June 20 -21 ended without progress on the matter. Consensus on the issue has...

US, Taliban to resume talks

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Germans are also playing a role in the new plan. Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains how The United States and Afghan Taliban will begin their seventh round of talks in Doha tomorrow (Saturday, June 29). This time, there seems to be unusual optimism...

Khan in Bishkek

Syeda Mamoona Rubab believes the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has great potential for regional cooperation For most Pakistanis, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on June 14, was reduced by the media to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s diplomatic gaffes, his exchange of pleasantries...

29th NSG Plenary Meeting: Breaking the Stalemate

Spread of the Nuclear weapons is considered as a threat to global security and peace. Nuclear proliferation pessimists and arms control experts‟ aim to limit the nuclear weapons states to the possible lowest numbers. For this purpose, multiple tools, including legally binding treaties, voluntary...

‘Deal of the Century’ and Pakistan’s Dilemma

The Palestine dispute is one of the longest running and most complicated disputes in the world’s modern history that has roots in the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories. There have been several attempts at resolving the issue at the United Nations, and other...

Fresh Start: Ghani to visit Islamabad for ‘practical meetings’

Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains what will be at stake when the Afghan president meets Pakistani leadership later this month Pakistan and Afghanistan have made multiple attempts at re-setting their relations which are characterised by deep-rooted mutual mistrust. Unfortunately, these attempts have not been very successful. Such...

FY20: The known unknown

The main highlights of the FY20 budget are as follows:  The exorbitant tax target is the main theme of the FY20 Budget. Documents reveal that Sales Tax, Income Tax and Customs Duties are expected to contribute approximately 44%, 30% and 19% respectively to the...
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