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Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement: A destabilising threat or a testament to its resilience?

IN the battle to vanquish militancy and terrorism from Pakistan’s midst, the armed forces have paid a high cost. Yet Gen Qamar Bajwa’s recent comments — amongst them that this nation has a tendency of forgetting its heroes and its history — are open to question. Their heroism and sacrifices …

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The future of Chabahar Port

Harsh V. Pant December, last year, saw the inauguration of the first phase of the strategic Chabahar port by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the presence of officials from 17 countries. India is central to this port project as it remains keen on opening a trade route to Afghanistan and …

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Anatomy of 18th Amendment and answers to its critics

Umar Cheema ISLAMABAD: A lot of debate has taken place on 18th Constitutional Amendment with a little effort to educate public about it. Questions have been raised and repeated instead of finding answers. That the amendment is overall good nevertheless problematic is an argument being framed. What are the problems …

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The real rulers of Pakistan

Abdul Sattar The government’s recent decision to privatise PIA and Pakistan Steel Mills raises an important question about the style of governance adopted by different parties and their leaders and creates doubts about their economic policies. It is strange to notice that all leaders – whether they are democrats, dictators, …

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IMF paints a sombre picture of Pakistani economy

Shahid Kardar | Hafiz A. Pasha The first post-programme monitoring IMF Staff Mission Report has just been released. It confirms what we have been highlighting in these pages: the weak quality of economic policies and financial management. We have argued that if there were any gains in stabilisation of the economy during …

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The Bajwa doctrine

Dr Farrukh Saleem ‘Horror vacui’ – ‘nature abhors a vacuum’. Aristotle, the father of Western philosophy, postulated that wherever vacuums would occur, ‘denser surrounding material would immediately fill the vacuum’. Nawaz Sharif, not the man but the phenomenon, represents a vacuum (a space entirely devoid of matter). Asif Ali Zardari, …

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Senate elections and power manoeuvres in Balochistan

THE political environment in Balochistan has been heating up since the end of February, as nearly all senior politicians from various political parties have arrived in Quetta city ahead of the Senate elections. Prominent among them is the province’s former chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, who was forced to resign …

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The birth of Bangladesh: Who is to be blamed?

By Hassan Hamdam Bangladesh comprised of eastern regions of divided Bengal. In the schema of dividing India and creating Pakistan on religious ground, this part of Bengal was incorporated in Pakistan and for a while, it was known as East Pakistan. After a bloody civil war, with the help of …

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Analysis: Why is Russia warming up to Pakistan?

AP As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for “not taking action on some of the entities and individuals designated as terrorists by the UN”, regional alliances are shifting — and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate …

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Shifting alliances as Pakistan manages relationship with US

AP ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for doing too little, too late to stop terror funding, regional alliances are shifting and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate efforts to move toward peace in neighboring Afghanistan. Russia, …

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