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Pakistan: CPEC and the Burden of Inoperable Debt

The implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a mega project involving transportation and energy infrastructure which will connect Pakistan to Xianjiang, part of the Chinese “One Belt, One Road” initiative, is ongoing. While governments from both countries affirm that the project will bring social and economic benefits for people …

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Why political parties don’t care about FATA and Balochistan

As long as Punjab’s voters are happy, a political party can easily afford to ignore other provinces, especially Balochistan and FATA by Rafiullah Kakar During the past two weeks, Pakistan witnessed a terrorist attack in Quetta, devastating twin bombings in Parachinar and the tragic oil tanker inferno in Bahawalpur. The …

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Unfolding education crisis in Balochistan

Adnan Aamir Education is arguably the single most important thing in the modern era. It’s the ultimate tool which can enable people to move up the social mobility ladder and liver better lives. As a result, inclusive and equitable quality education is one of the most talked about Sustainable Development …

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‘China will have to take military way if India doesn’t listen,’ Chinese expert tells Global Times

BEIJING: China would be forced to use a “military way” to end the standoff in the Sikkim sector if India “refuses to listen” to it, a Chinese expert has warned. As the standoff at the Doklam area continued for the third week, the longest between the two countries, the official …

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CPEC Will Take Pakistan To A Place It Doesn’t Want To Be

Panos Mourdoukoutas The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will take Pakistan back to a place it doesn’t want to be: knocking on the door of the IMF, as it did back in 2001. With a big difference this time around — the door may not be open. CPEC will do …

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The new power shake-up in Saudi Arabia

Professor Mahmood Monshipouri The Saudi Arabia’s succession battle took a new turn on June 21, 2017, when Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, was elevated to a higher status, namely, the crown prince.  In a series of royal decrees, King Salman ousted his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince and …

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The strangest plot

Cyril Almeida ASSUME they’re right. The JIT isn’t about corruption. The investigation is just a vehicle to oust Nawaz. Old tricks adapted for new times. Fine. We can go further. They — the permanent establishment, the boys, whomever — want to oust Nawaz because of what Nawaz represents and because …

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How Iran Recruited Afghan Refugees to Fight Assad’s War

By ALI M. LATIFI JUNE 30, 2017 BAMIAN, Afghanistan — War and poverty have scattered Afghans across the globe like pieces of shrapnel. Millions of Afghans came of age in refugee camps in Pakistan and Iran or as workers in the Persian Gulf nations. The migration continues. The past few …

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A red flag: Chinese interests in CPEC

IN recent months, several insightful analyses have been written about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), raising pertinent questions about the lack of transparency around Chinese investments. This being Pakistan, questions were also raised about the patriotism and loyalty of those raising valid issues. An op-ed by a minister went so …

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Trump-Modi nexus worries Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Fore­ign Office on Wednesday was worried by the recent Indo-US joint statement and expressed the concern that it could add to tensions between Pakistan and India. “The joint statement is singularly unhelpful in achieving the objective of strategic stability and durable peace in the South Asian region. By …

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