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The CPEC plan for Pakistan’s digital future

KARACHI: A radical overhaul of Pakistan’s communications framework appears to be on the cards — or at least that is what Beijing and Islamabad have envisioned under their Long Term Plan (LTP) for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. A closer examination of the LTP document obtained in June by Dawn reveals intentions for …

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Iran’s Kurds are growing restless, too

A referendum held by Iraqi Kurds is revving up their Iranian cousins THE Kurds of Iran are calling for independence just as lustily as their cousins in Iraq, perhaps even more so. While the mood in the streets of Iraq’s Kurdish cities was generally subdued and nervous after their referendum …

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WHY THE CHINA-PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR WILL WORSEN TENSIONS IN SOUTHERN ASIA

DANIEL MARKEY SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 Editor’s Note: This is the ninth installment of “Southern (Dis)Comfort,” a new series from War on the Rocks and the Stimson Center. The series seeks to unpack the dynamics of intensifying competition — military, economic, diplomatic — in Southern Asia, principally between China, India, Pakistan, and …

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The Islamic State’s Support Base in Pakistan Continues to Grow

The Islamic State’s flag emerges in Pakistan’s capital. How serious is the threat? By Umair Jamal  Last week, an Islamic State (IS) flag was seen hoisted above one of Islamabad’s main highways. The flag, which sprung the capital’s law enforcement agencies into action, bore the message “The caliphate is coming.” …

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Kurds: One stateless people across four countries

AFP ARBIL: The Kurds, a non-Arab ethnic group, number between 25 and 35 million people who are spread across four countries but without a state of their own. Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region in northern Iraq, is to hold a non-binding independence referendum on September 25 that has stirred concern of …

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Where are Balochistan’s female doctors?

Muhammad Akbar Notezai QUETTA: Sitting with two of his friends in front of Balochistan Kebab House on the main Brewery Road in Wahdat Colony, a heavily populated area of Quetta, elderly Haji Abdul Zaman Zehri shares that his daughter had recently survived a pregnancy complication after undergoing surgery. Mr Zehri …

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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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Missing persons nightmare

Faisal Siddiqi WHY does the practice of enforced disappearances, generally referred to as ‘missing persons’, continue to persist in Pakistan, eg the recent disappearances in Sindh? Is it because there are doubts about the unconstitutionality of such practice? Is it because there are doubts about which mysterious or hidden forces …

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A militarised state

Cyril Almeida THERE’S nothing like a dose of patriotism and nationalism to muddle the senses. We’ve just been told what kind of country Pakistan will be, but all we can think is, Trump said what? How dare he! Well, dare Trump did and on we’ve cheered our boys for thundering …

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Saudi Arabia’s missing princes

Reda El Mawy    In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government – and there is evidence that all were abducted and flown back to Saudi Arabia… where nothing further has been heard from them. Early in the …

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