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Where is the difference between Islamic state and Taliban terror?

By Samuel Baid Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s final offer to the Taliban for talks, frankly speaking, may not yield any positive response. Similarly, the threat that otherwise they would have to face consequences is very likely to impress the Taliban who enjoy reassuring external support. The strength of the Taliban ...

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Govt ‘indecision’ on Gulf crisis tops the agenda

By Ijaz Kakakhel Lawmakers belonging to the opposition parties in National Assembly on Tuesday demanded a joint session of parliament for discussion on diplomatic crises in the Gulf region, which resulted in Arab countries severing ties with Qatar. The opposition also demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to come and brief ...

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China’s Game in Pakistan

By Samuel Baid While taunting India for self-inflicting isolation by keeping away from the Chinese show, the Belt and Road Forum (BRF), in Beijing mid-May, the Pakistani press suddenly wake up to find that their all-weather friend. China, was taking their country to ultimate serfdom dangling before it a glittering ...

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Is the terror strategy changing in J&K

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain Lieutenant (Lt) Umar Fayaz a product of a school in Anantnag, joined National Defence Academy (NDA) in Dec 2012 and passed out as a commissioned officer of the Indian Army in Dec 2016. He was allotted 2 Rajputana Rifles as his unit, an honor any ...

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China must heed India’s objections to CPEC

Samuel Baid None of the countries who participated in the China-staged Belt and Road Forum (BARF) Summit in Beijing mid-May has the same problem that India has with China relating to its sovereignty and territorial integrity. India has reservations about the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative because its flagship ...

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The sword of Damocles hangs over Nawaz Sharif

Allabaksh Cyril Almeida, columnist for the Dawn newspaper could not have imagined the consequences of what he was doing when he wrote a piece last year on the Army’s unhappiness over an alleged leak about itself on 6 October 2016. Today, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stands isolated by events subsequent ...

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Pakistan Army hugs a monster who killed their children

Mazoor Ahmed In December 2014, a handful of terrorists attacked a Pakistan-Army run school in Peshawar and brutally gunned down more than 132 children, aged between eight and eighteen, and several others in one of the most dastardly acts of terrorism. The group responsible for the terrorist attack, which shook ...

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Let’s not romanticise CPEC

Nadir Hassan The writer is a journalist based in Karachi. The cult of CPEC is getting very stifling. Never before has something that is supposed to be nothing more than an economic agreement become quite so sacred. The acronym is spoken of by politicians in hushed tones and hyperbole. Whenever ...

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TRUMP OFFICIAL LISA CURTIS ADDS TO PAK WORRIES

By Manzoor Ahmed The appointment by the Trump administration of Lisa Curtis, a senior think tank expert, to advise the White House on South Asian affairs that cover the US-Pak relations, India and Afghanistan as well, must worry Islamabad.  This is because Curtis is co-author of a recent report prepared ...

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