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Pakistan’s delusional strategic culture

Rizwan Asghar The writer is a US-based nuclear security analyst One silver lining to the dark cloud hovering above Pakistan-India relations is that it has made our policymakers aware of the need to cultivate better bonds with our neighbouring countries. There is a widespread consensus among scholars and journalists that ...

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Aktarnama – a Glaring Lapse

By Allabaksh There is something both comic and tragic in the story about busting a Pakistani spying network headed by an employee of the Pak High Commission in India. The comic part is the belief that catching the 35-year-old Mehmood Akhtar near Delhi Zoo with two Indians has shaken the ...

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Pak ‘Liberals’ Echo Military Views on India

By Manzoor Ahmed Being a country firmly under the grip of its military, it is not surprising to find the so-called liberals in Pakistan support the feverish attempt in their country to berate and belittle India. The stereophonic anti-India campaign has been undertaken in the vain hope that it will ...

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IS cell sending recruits to Syria, Afghanistan busted

IMRAN GABOL The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed on Thursday to have busted an eight-member cell of the militant Islamic State (IS) group, following arrest of the outfit’s Lahore chief in a raid on his house in the Cantonment area. According to the CTD, the cell was not only recruiting ...

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PAKISTAN’S DHARNA DRAMAS

By Samuel Baid After weeks of huffing and puffing, Chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan meekly cancelled what he claimed one-million strong dharna to bring life in the national capital, Islamabad, to a standstill for an indefinite period. Just about 20 hours before the dharna was to start, ...

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We Have a Fake Election’: China Disrupts Local Campaigns

By JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ BEIJING — He presented himself as a candidate of the people, a folksy problem-solver who would rid garbage-strewn streets of dog waste and put an end to illegal parking. But in the eyes of the authorities, Zhang Shangen, 73, a candidate in local elections in Beijing ...

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CHINESE LARGESSE IN BANGLADESH

BY SAMUEL BAID The country, which China did its worst to nip in the bud about four decades ago, has become economically and strategically very important to it. Chinese President Jinping, who was in Dhaka on October 14 – 15, told newsmen after talks with the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh ...

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