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Chinese perceptions of CPEC

Ishrat Husain MOST discussions and analyses with regard to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) have a Pakistan-driven perspective, and rightly so. After all, we have to safeguard our national interests and ensure maximum benefits for the country. These discussions and writings have evoked a lot of interest in China. This article attempts …

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Number of Balochi-speaking people in Balochistan falls

ISLAMABAD: The Balochi-spea­king population appears to have shrunk marginally in 21 districts of Balochistan over a period of 19 years, whereas no growth in population has been recorded in the nine Pashtun-majority districts. According to the census data, the overall average growth in Balochistan was recorded at a much higher …

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The problems with Pakistan’s Afghan policy

THE National Assembly, the government and the COAS have categorically rejected President Trump’s allegations against Pakistan. The furious outrage of the political and military elite in Pakistan brings to mind Hamlet’s mother who said “the lady doth protest too much, methinks” which questions the credibility of overreactions. The reaction in …

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Pak-US ties: why business as usual may not be the alternative this time around

Yet again, the familiar question: will the Pakistan-US relationship survive the present impasse? My answer for years has been that it must. The risks of letting go are too high for both. I stand by this. But I’d be lying if I said that the developments in recent days have not …

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“CPEC is not a game-changer, it’s game over”

Shahzada Irfan Ahmed Interview: Kaiser Bengali Kaiser Bengali is a senior economist who has served as advisor to the chief minister Balochistan as well as consultant/national coordinator for Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Government of Pakistan. Besides, he has headed research institutions including Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC), Karachi, …

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Is Pakistan losing friends in Gulf due to terror taint?

Times of India/TNN NEW DELHI: Earlier this month, Qatar introduced a visa-free entry program for 80 countries+ to attract more tourists and business people to the tiny emirate following the Saudi-led embargo+ that has isolated it within the GulfCooperation Council. The list included US and European countries, India, China, Russia, but curiously left out Pakistan, one of …

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Balochistan’s spiral into chaos

Muhammad Akbar Notezai  HISTORICALLY speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he is merely a functional figure. But this is now changing. There are two dominant forces in the province: the state …

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CPEC may be hit by political changes in Pakistan, says Chinese expert

BEIJING: A Chinese expert has admitted that the recent political developments in Pakistan would affect the $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) because some “variable factors” would come into play. The expert also said that some political parties in Pakistan have cast doubt on some specific items in their …

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Did Nawaz Sharif sideline his brother Shahbaz from Pakistan PM post?

TIMESOFINDIA.COM NEW DELHI: Did disqualified former prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif+prevent his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif from taking over+ the top government spot? That’s what several key leaders in Sharif’s PML-N party believe, reported Pakistani newspaper Dawn. Not only did the elder Sharif keep Shahbaz at bay, he may also have “shattered the dreams” …

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بلوچستان میں صحت کی سہولیات

سبی سے خبر آئی ہے کہ 1992ء میں ڈویژنل ہیڈ کوارٹر ہسپتال کی تعمیر نو اور توسیع پر کروڑوں روپے خرچ کیے گئے لیکن ابھی بھی ہسپتال میںآپریشن تھیٹر سمیت اک شعبے غیر فعال ہیں حالانکہ سبی کا از سر نو تعمیر شدہ اسپتال ام سہولیات سے آراستہ ہے مگر …

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