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Are we ignoring the political dynamics in Balochistan?

Last month, Balochistan saw a strange bit of political theatre whose echoes reverberated in the corridors of power in Islamabad and Lahore. For a province neglected by the mainstream media and a people numbed by more than a decade of ethnic and sectarian violence, it presented a tragicomic distraction. The …

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CPEC: “Iron Brothers,” Unequal Partners

Publication: China Brief Volume: 18 Issue: 1 By: Sudha Ramachandran Serious differences have come to the fore between China and Pakistan over the $60-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). At a Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting at Islamabad in November 2017, China announced its decision to suspend funding for at least three …

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What does the next phase of CPEC look like?

Almost all provincial, regional govts have submitted feasibility studies, except Balochistan. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE JCC? By: Khaleeq Kiani The two-day Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) sets the stage for the second phase of the multibillion-dollar cooperation between the two nations. It …

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Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals

Saudi Arabia and Iran are at loggerheads. They have long been rivals, but it’s all recently got a lot more tense. Here’s why. How come Saudi Arabia and Iran don’t get along? Saudi Arabia and Iran – two powerful neighbours – are locked in a fierce struggle for regional dominance. …

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A modern history of Iran

Abbas Amanat looks at the role that cultural, literary and intellectual ideas have played in Iran’s interpretations of political and clerical authority Iran: A Modern History. By Abbas Amanat. Yale University Press; 1,000 pages; $40. To be published in Britain in January; £30. ABBAS AMANAT is an authority on Iranian …

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U.S. Afghan strategy will be governed by events in Balochistan

The Pentagon is spinning its wheels in Afghanistan, continuing a questionable counterinsurgency and nation-building strategy because, quite literally, it knows that it won’t work, but cannot think of anything else to do. It will not succeed because the U.S. and NATO will never regain the military dominance the alliance had …

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CPEC Long Term Plan

Khurram Husain Planning minister Mr Ahsan Iqbal has finally confirmed that the CPEC Long Term Plan (LTP) is about to be finalised on Nov 21 at the seventh Joint Cooperation Committee to be held in Islamabad. Some might recall that details from the LTP in question were published by Dawn …

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شہید نورالدین مینگل عہد ساز شخصیت

غلام نبی مری محکوم اور مظلوم قوموں کی قومی تحریکوں میں ایسے افراد کی قربانیوں اور جدوجہد کو صدیوں تک فراموش نہیں کیا جاسکتا ہے جو ہمہ وقت اپنے نظریاتی سوچ کی وجہ سے قومی تحریکوں میں فعال کردار ادا کرتے ہیں وہ ام تر اذیتوں مشکلات تکالیف مسائل کا …

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Why India Needs A Balochistan Policy

New Delhi should ascertain what Balochistan means to India and proceed to have a clear policy. The benefits of doing that are plenty, as secure borders will allow India to focus more significantly on its other major goals, including social and economic. It has been well over a year since …

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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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