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PAKISTAN OPENED BORDER WITH AFGHANISTAN UNDER BRITIS PRESSURE

By Manzoor Ahmed Pakistan reopened the border with Afghanistan under British pressuresafter a month-long harassment to people on both sides. While there is no official word on this, nor is it likely to be forthcoming, Dawn newspaper (March 22) editorially confirmed this while welcoming the belated decision and criticizing the ...

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Pakistan and the ‘Islamic NATO’: NATO’

Dr Ejaz Hussain The writer is  a visiting scholar at Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley. Mohammad bin Qasim’s conquest of Sindh often finds its way into school and college textbooks, which talk at length about its impact on the spread of Islam across South Asia. It, thus, seemed natural ...

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Chief of a phantom army

Zahid Hussain The writer is an author and journalist. It is now official. Retired Gen Raheel Sharif will soon be taking over the command of the so-called Islamic army that is still to take shape. The ambiguity surrounding the decision to lend the services of the country’s former army chief ...

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Conspiracy theories and the CPEC

Dr Shabir Choudhry Politics in Pakistan generally thrives on conspiracy theories. Politicians and the public try to find a conspiracy in everything; and people, by and large, enjoy talking about these conspiracy theories and take lead in spreading them. Sad thing is if you don’t accept their version of events ...

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Pakistan is a client state of China already!

By Allabaksh The renowned Economist magazine recently carried a story on Pakistan, looking at the country in positive terms and giving room for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to find his feet in the new environment in which the military is playing a second fiddle. The narrative is about how the ...

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Pakistan’s 54 year itch to annex Gilgit-Baltistan

By Samuel Baid On March 14, Pakistan’s Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, told Geo TV that the country was preparing to make the Pak-occupied area of Gilgit-Baltistan its fifth province in keeping with the Sartaj Aziz Committee report. Pirzada claimed the committee had recommended that Gilgit-Baltistan be made ...

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PAKISTAN FACES FLAK AT HOME FOR CLOSING BORDER WITH AFGHANISTAN

By Manzoor Ahmed Pakistan Government has been roundly criticized at home for closing the border with land-locked Afghanistan in the name of fighting terrorism. The anger is more since Pakistani soldiers and Rangers resorted to firing across the border and inflicting casualties. In retaliation, the firing from the Afghan side, ...

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Pakistan the State Sponsor of Terror and the FATF

Farooq Ganderbali Under the threat of impending action from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Pakistan took action against Hafeez Saeed, Amir of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the so-called charity organization front of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The FATF, which held its plenary session in Paris in the third week of February, ...

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Jammu and Kashmir dispute and the CPEC

Dr Shabir Choudhry   The Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir Hari Singh had ambitions to become a sovereign ruler of Jammu and Kashmir. He did not join India or Pakistan, and after the termination of the British Paramountcy on 15 August 1947, he technically became a sovereign ruler. He concluded ...

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