China to invest $1.3 trillion in BRI states by 2027
Mian Abrar

China plans to boost two-way trade with Pakistan from $12 billion to $20 billion ISLAMABAD: Chinese scholar Dr Zhang Yifeng on Friday said that China aims at investing $1.3 trillion in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) member states by the year 2027 which would become the single-largest investment by any state to help boost regional and trans-regional connectivity and trade.

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Minister urges Opp to support lawmaking process for implementing NAP
Mian Abrar

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi has urged the opposition parties to rise above political differences and sit with the government to work jointly for necessary legislation to help implement National Action Plan (NAP).

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Pakistan’s foreign policy options with India
Durdana Najam

In a recent development, the United States, Britain and France have joined ranks to prevail upon the United Nations Security Council to blacklist Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM). This comes in response to China’s persistent technical hold on keeping Masood Azhar from getting into the list of designated terrorists.

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Ghani, Thieu & Saigon Syndrome
Adeela Naureen

Many may not be able to appreciate in this time of post truth politics that last few years of South Vietnam regime have so many similarities to the National Unity Government of Afghanistan today, one of the iconic figures of that time was Nguyen Van Thieu, the last President of South Vietnam, who left Saigon a few days before the ultimate North Vietnamese victory and fall of Saigon. He died in Boston, Massachusetts in September 2001, without many epitaphs published by the Western press.

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Populism and identity crisis in the West
Adeela Naureen

Demography is the science of studying population trends in a group, society or country. It also acts as a graphical method to represent the population density in a state.

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US Paradoxical Ties with Pakistan
Sajjad Shaukat

Daniel Markey, a longtime observer of US-Pak relations, wrote in his book, “No Exit from Pakistan: America’s Tortured Relationship with Islamabad”, that “despite all the problems and trust deficit that the US had with Pakistan and its military–the answer lay in managing the problems rather than finding a solution. Why managing problems and why not a permanent solution? It’s because the US civilian leadership thinks differently from Pentagon. The recent example of Pentagon managing the damage caused by Trump’s anti-Pakistan tweets is illustration of the same complexity. US establishment understands that for gaining headway in Afghanistan, support from Pakistan and her Army is a must as Pakistan is the most affected neighbour and partner in War on Terror. Hence it is worthwhile that the US establishment and the political government should start thinking alike to have a long lasting trust-worthy relationship with Pakistan instead of a mixture of love and hate, if they seriously believe that peace without Pakistan in the region would not be possible”.

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Indian False Strategic Narratives: Pakistan-India Tension Still Remains
Sajjad Shaukat

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on April 7, this year: “Pakistan has credible intelligence reports that India is planning another act of aggression against it between 16th and 20th of this month”. He elaborated that in order to justify its military action and to increase diplomatic pressure against Pakistan; India can create a new drama in Occupied Kashmir on the pattern of Pulwama. He further said that in view of these facts, “the Foreign Office immediately invited the ambassadors of permanent members of UN Security Council and apprised them of Pakistan’s apprehensions on developments, taking place in the neighboring country” and added that “country’s Foreign Secretary impressed upon them that international community should take notice of this dangerous development and stop India.”

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Hasina Wajid’s Puppet Regime Fulfills Indian Interests
Sajjad Shaukat

Since the leader of the Awami League (AL) and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wajid came to power, she has been fulfilling Indian interests.

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Why Muslims to Pay for the Holocaust?
Sajjad Shaukat

Massacre of the Jews through various tactics of torture in the concentration camps, erected by Hitler before and during the World War 11 is still shocking and condemnable. It was a big tragedy, popularly known as the Holocaust, conducted by the forces of state terrorism. But, before and in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, the Zionist-Israeli-led America has been taking unjustified revenge of the Holocaust from the Muslims. Although other religious communities have also been facing terrorism related attacks, yet Muslims are especially paying for the Holocaust.

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Pakistan Revisits the Usefulness of ‘Armed Militias’—For What?
Umair Jamal

Last week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in a statement said that his country “had no use of armed militias anymore.” Khan also said that “we have decided, for the future of our country – forget the outside pressure – we will not allow armed militias to operate anymore.” Khan’s statement is important for two reasons that explain Pakistan’s current position regarding the alleged presence of insurgent groups on its soil and what the country plans to do next.

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Why the Taliban Are in Control of the Afghan Peace Process
Umair Jamal

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul and Islamabad last week. The visit came as the United States prepares for another round of talks with the Taliban later this month in Qatar, Doha.

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India’s betrayal revisited
S M Hali

The mystery still hasn’t been solved Over a decade after, India and the world are no nearer solving the mystery of who planned and executed the gruesome Mumbai attacks, euphemistically known as 26/11, but India continues to use the gory episode, blaming Pakistan for it and whipping it incessantly with it.

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India retains Kashmir only with the barrel of a gun
S M Hali

The only way to bring Indo-Pak peace is by solving the Kashmir issue

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Lamenting the Rafale acquisition
S M Hali

Nearly six weeks after the Indian Air Force (debacle) at Balakot and the Line of Control, Indian Air Chief, in a fit of despair, continues to lie through his teeth as far as the success of the IAF operations on 26 and 27 February are concerned. Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa claims victory but his exasperation is evident from the way he laments the tardy acquisition of the advanced Rafale fighter jets from France. Trying to pull wool over the eyes of India’s domestic audience, even though international aviation and strategic experts have exposed Indian lies, Dhanoa continues harping on fictitious claims. Acting upon the Chanakyan dictum of repeating a lie so often till appears to be the truth, the Indian Air Chief, speaking at the Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh Centenary Seminar on aerospace power claims that the pre-dawn strikes at Balakot were a huge success. The IAF stated that its fighter bombers delivered precision stand-off weapons (Spice-2000 bombs) with “great accuracy” at the Balakot terror facility since it had technology on its side and had also “come out better” in the subsequent aerial skirmish because it had upgraded its Mirage-2000s. “The results would have been further skewed in our favour had we inducted our Rafale aircraft in time,” he said, adding the proposed induction of the 36 French fighters (for Rs 40,000 crore) over the next two to four years would “once again tilt the technological balance in our favour”.

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Turkish local elections – 2019
S M Hali

The Turkish local elections of 2019 were held on 31 March 2019 throughout the 81 provinces of Turkey. A total of 30 metropolitan and 1,351 district municipal mayors, alongside 1,251 provincial and 20,500 municipal councilors were elected, in addition to numerous local non-partisan positions such as neighbourhood wardens (muhtars) and elderly people’s councils.

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