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Changes in White House to increase pressure on Pakistan: experts

WASHINGTON: This week’s shake-up in the Trump White House could also lead to greater pressure on Pakistan to create a condition that allows the United States to win the war in Afghanistan, US experts say. The experts, who spoke to Dawn, said that there’s still no talk in the US …

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Mystery of CPEC payments

KHURRAM HUSAIN The latest quarterly report by the State Bank of Pakistan points out an intriguing development regarding the payments connected with CPEC projects. This year, the gap between import recorded by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) and the State Bank has widened to a historic high. The report …

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Hit where it hurts the most

Narendra Modi can be satisfied with his Pakistan policy When M.J. Akbar and V.K. Singh, ministers of state for external affairs, were recently reviewing the mid-term record of the Narendra Modi government, questions were raised about ‘a point of time when so much noise was made about India taking up …

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The Omani Succession Envelope, Please

Sultan Qaboos is ailing, and nobody knows who might take over his role as mediator in the Middle East’s most explosive conflict. The name of the next ruler of Oman is written on a piece of paper in a sealed envelope kept in the royal palace in the capital of …

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Mistrust still plagues Islamabad-Kabul ties despite London understanding

ISLAMABAD: Traditional ‘mistrust’ between Pakistan and Afghanistan is hampering implementation of the ‘understanding’ reached between the two sides in London, which could have potentially reset their bilateral relations, although Islamabad took the lead by reopening the border crossings. The understanding on bilateral cooperation was reached during a meeting between Adviser …

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Reko Diq case

RANA SAJJAD AHMAD THE arbitral tribunal of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), before which one of the international arbitration proceedings were ongoing in the Reko Diq case, has decided against Pakistan. According to preliminary news reports, the arbitral tribunal has rejected Pakistan’s final defence …

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How Pakistan Warped into a Geopolitical Monster

How long will America continue to allow Pakistan to undermine its overseas antiterrorism efforts? Robert Cassidy “Twenty U.S.-designated terrorist organizations operate in the Afghanistan-Pakistan subregion; seven of the twenty organizations are in Pakistan. So long as these groups maintain safe haven inside of Pakistan they will threaten long-term stability in …

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Are Pakistan and Russia forming an alliance? Not without China, says expert

Analysts were quick to note a new friendship which appears to be blossoming between Pakistan and Russia. The Russian Deputy Chief of General Staff Colonel General Israkov Sergi Yuryevich was hosted by Peshawar Corps Commander Lt-Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt on a visit to North and South Waziristan just a few …

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“Honour the Baluch”

By: Akbar Ahmed “A Baluch woman dressed in her wedding finery and wearing all her jewellery could walk alone from one end of Baluchistan to the other end without ever being molested.” Baluch elders said this in response to a query on Baloch character while sitting with the-then Balochistan’s Chief …

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People Speak

KHURRAM AMIN “I was born in Spintan, Balochistan, in the Marri tribe. My father was married three times and has three children – we are two brothers and a sister. He was an expert at playing the sarangi, his name was Ustad Mehran. He forced to learn how to play …

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