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America Should Not Cheer on an India-China Fight

Playing geopolitics in South and Central Asia can have disastrous consequences for U.S. national security. Lyle J. Goldstein August 2, 2017 This article is taken from http://nationalinterest.org Tensions have been building on the Himalayan frontier that separates China and India, even as a new round of political instability roils Pakistan. A …

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Does ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif mean chaos for Pakistan?

AFP   ISLAMABAD: The ousting of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif+ has left a power vacuum at the top of the nuclear-armed country, yet experts say that in the long run it is unlikely to be destabilising. Sharif’s disqualification on Friday by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations denies him the chance …

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Balochistan fails to account for over 1,500 govt-run schools

Over 1,500 government-run primary, middle and high schools in Balochistan were found, during a verification process, to exist only on paper, officials said on Monday. The Balochistan government and Unicef jointly conducted a survey with regard to the verification of schools over May 2016 to May 2017 to track down …

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CPEC outflows to peak at $4.5bn: IMF

KARACHI: In a detailed look at the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cautions that corridor projects will generate outflows of as much as $4.5 billion by 2024, while the export benefits of the projects “will likely accrue gradually over time”. Filling the gap in between could pose a …

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Qatar is living large despite monthlong Arab siege

AP DOHA: It’s been more than a month since four Arab nations cut land, sea and air routes to Qatar+ , but in the gas-rich Gulf nation’s glimmering malls and luxury hotels there is little sign of hardship. High-end clothing stores hawk the latest summer trends. Grocery stores are brimming with meats …

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Sharif’s loss may strengthen army, India is worried

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: A serious setback to Pakistani PM Nawaz Shariffollowing the disclosure that his daughter and putative heir apparent, Maryam Sharif, had concealed ownership of the family’s offshore assets and companies threatens to create new security complications for India. A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Panama Papers, in its report …

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Pakistan’s foreign policy challenges

I.A. Rehman  A SERIES of developments have made it necessary for Pakistan to review some of the basic assumptions on which its foreign policy has traditionally been based. Unfortunately, matters are coming to a head while a lame-duck government is only concerned with its own survival. Take the threat the …

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Debate in US on Pakistan draws divergent views

WASHINGTON: Building trust between Pakistan and the US is important for promoting peace in Af-Pak region, says Amba­ssador Aizaz Chaudhary as the debate on the new US policy for Afghan­istan and Pakistan intensifies. But Daniel Markey of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies argues that “Pakistan’s strategy of using proxies …

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An opportunity for Pakistan in the Indo-Israeli embrace?

Nothing is permanent in international relations; alliances are constantly shifting and relationships between states are made and broken. The current global scenario is no different. Amidst the tumult in global affairs, the Indo-Israeli relationship has emerged as a steady bilateral alliance, surprising to some, while others have been watching the …

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McCain’s warning reflects changing mood in Washington towards Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US Senator John McCain’s warning that if Pakistan does not stop supporting the Haqqani network, the United States should change its ‘behaviour’ towards the Pakistani nation reflects the changing mood in Washington towards a country once considered a close ally. Senator McCain, who was in Islamabad recently before flying over to Kabul, said …

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