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Myanmar is just a game for China

by Tom Harper The writer is a Doctoral Researcher in Politics, University of Surrey As the Myanmar government’s violent policy towards its Rohingya Muslims drew increasing international condemnation in 2016, the country’s sometime icon of democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, declined to speak out for the persecuted minority. And in ...

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Beijing for China-Russia-Pakistan alliance in the region

By Samuel Baid                              China seems to be calculating how shrewdly it can exploit United States President Donald Trump’s New Year’s 4 AM tweet accusing Pakistan of paying his country in “lies and deceit” in return for US $ 33 billion, Pakistan has received from the US in the past ...

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The right moment

Cyril Almeida IF you think you’re crazy and imagining things, you’re not. A moment of stability quickly yields to instability and confusion and the threat of chaos. But there’s a pattern all right. Nawaz and Maryam go quiet, the system goes quiet. Nawaz and Maryam switch the megaphone back on, ...

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Rethinking the war on terror

I don’t have anything to offer in terms of advice on how to combat terrorism. Heck, I don’t even know who to call a terrorist. Is it someone who resists abusive foreign occupation or a person who avenges the rape, murder and excruciating torture at the hands of those supposed ...

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Sharif’s ‘oblivion’ to Balochistan crisis raises eyebrows

By Sardar Sikander ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif’s decision to stay away from the unfolding political crisis in Balochistan and avoid visiting the provincial capital on the eve of the no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri has raised many an eyebrow. This gives impetus to the rumours that ...

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US BLOW-HOT-BLOW-COLD POLICY TOWARDS PAKISTAN

By Samuel Baid US President Donald Trump’s blow-hot-blow-cold policy towards his country’s past most allied ally, Pakistan, reflects his administration’s acute dilemma about it.  The US longstanding demand is that Pakistan stop giving safe havens to the Haqqani network and other terrorists. After Trump became the US President this demand ...

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Kim & his Pak Clone

Manzoor Ahmed The world is becoming wary of the frequency and the irresponsible manner in which two countries of indulging in loose N-talk. North Korea’s roly-poly dictator Kim Jong-Unis focused on reducing Trump’s America to ashes with his nukes. Another nation which brags about its nuclear arsenal almost as frequently ...

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Taliban style policing in Mansehra

A group called International Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Movement (IKNM) has reportedly distributed pamphlets across Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkwa (KP), warning barber shop owners against styling customers’ beards in ‘un-Islamic’ designs. It has also been warned that the barber shop found violating the directive will be vacated on a 15-day notice. Such ...

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Bring him home

Mosharraf Zaidi The writer is an analyst and commentator The five bloggers and activists that were abducted (and later released) at the beginning of 2017 will end the year with at least the vindication that an FIA investigation into their activities yielded no evidence that they were involved in any ...

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