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PAKISTAN “A COUNTRY OF PARTICULAR CONCERN” FOR MINORITIES

By Allabaksh For 16th year in a row, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recommended that Pakistan should be declared a ‘‘country of particular concern’’ because of its ill-treatment of religious minorities. However, the Trump administration, like its predecessors, has refrained from doing so, ostensibly to not vitiate ...

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Politics behind the water woes in Pakistan

By Samuel Baid Come April, there begins a battle of water between Sindh and Punjab in Pakistan. The former accuses the latter of stealing its share of water from Indus River. Punjab tries to deflect this attack on to India’s Kishenganga project in Kashmir. Pakistanis, who don’t seem to be ...

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Social Injustice: Cause of Internal Insecurity in Pakistan

By Samuel Baid Pakistan is considered as a “faltering” state, blighted by civil-military disconnect and grave internal security mess, but its leaders never thought worth their while to invest in justice. The country was rendered rudderless when its creator Mohammad Ali Jinnah died within less than 13 months of its ...

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Fresh Security Risks to TAPI Gas Pipeline 

Farooq Ganderbali There is some promising news on the long in the works, TAPI pipeline. Tie-up for funds to construct the $8 billion natural gas line to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India from Turkmenistan will be completed in the next quarter, the project´s chief executive told an industry conference held in ...

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Pakistan’s One Way Street: China Fixation

Farooq Ganderbali The talk that the Bamboo Capitalist, China, is making Pakistan its colony with the multi-billion dollar economic corridor from Gwadar, a sleepy fishermen village on the Arabian coast to Kashgar,the oasis city in Xinjiang,refuses to die down.  Every denial from official quarters in Islamabad, and Beijing is met ...

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PAK PM: BOY WHO STANDS ON BURNING DECK

Mahendra Ved Shaid Khaqqan Abbasi, Pakistan’s technocrat-politician prime minister, heading an emasculated government, ought to be named Casabianca – the boy who stands on the burning deck of a ship that is about to sink. In this late, critical hour, he wants a “Truth Commission” to be established to “unveil ...

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Pashtun anger is only rising

Farooq Ganderbali The Pashtun community is angry and determined to take on the state of Pakistan for attacking them, destroying their homes and villages and cities, and heaping violence and repression on them for the past several years. The proud Pashtuns, a community which has stood firmly as patriots all ...

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What after current political crisis in Pakistan?

By Samuel Baid It is confounding confusion that marks the current political scene in Pakistan.  The media claims the country is going through the worst crisis of its existence.  But outside Pakistan this crisis has hardly any news value.  This crisis is inherent in the very existence of Pakistan. But ...

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