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How India fell flat on its face at SCO Summit

How India fell flat on its face at SCO Summit

Far from being the astounding success that India’s jingoistic media is portraying it as, last week’s SCO Summit in Astana was a resounding disaster for Prime Minister Modi’s plans. India’s policies of using Afghan-based terrorism against Pakistan, attempting to “isolate” Islamabad from the Afghan peace process, and declining to participate in China’s One Belt One Road global vision of New …

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The Belt and Road Forum comes to an end: What’s next for Pakistan?

The two-day Belt and Road Forum (BRF), held in Beijing on May 14 and 15, to discuss the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative drew the attention of several major regional actors. President Xi Jinping stressed the economic significance of the initiative and PM Nawaz Sharif echoed his stance as he invited other countries to join CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) and …

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Afghanistan and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Afghanistan has been incredibly vocal about its interest in the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Since October 2016, the country has expressed a strong desire to join the multi-billion dollar project. Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, reiterated this desire further stressing that the benefits of a development project of this scale would be far-reaching, and not …

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Pakistan’s political and economic class warfare against its own

Reality checks MARK Twain lauded three gifts: freedom of conscience, freedom of choice and the prudence never to exercise them. Noam Chomsky observes that speaking truth to power solves nothing. Power knows the truth and is very pleased with it. What is required is for people to speak truth to one another. Only then can they realise their strength and …

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Ten Special Economic Zones to be part of CPEC

The entire Central and South Asian region stand to benefit from the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This was stated by the Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while addressing the inaugural session of a two-day international conference on “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Corridor of Prosperity Through Education and Business” organised by the Peace and Conflict Study …

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Resolution against Nawaz Sharif proposed in Punjab Assembly

Pandemonium was the order of the day at the Punjab Assembly after the opposition tried to pass a resolution demanding the prime minister’s resignation in light of the Panamagate verdict. This sparked an uproar as the opposition and treasury benches started chanting slogans against each other’s leadership. When PA Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan refused to entertain opposition leader Mian …

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Pakistan – India Relations: A broken bridge

Pakistan - India Relations: A broken bridge

The most contentious relationship in all of South Asia, between India and Pakistan, is even today bound by its complicated history. Conflicting ideologies and domestic politics have fostered resentment between the two states. And the geopolitics of the region has sharpened existing differences overtime. The fact is both countries see the other as the enemy—and this has been so for …

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Pakistan’s economy set to takeoff with CPEC

The astounding contours of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) includes various industrial parks, economic zones, dams, development of new infrastructure and energy stations which are linked with expressways and railway lines. These will be built along with the Kashghar-Gwadar route. The total estimated cost was initially 46 billion dollars, which has been increased to 51.5 billion dollars with the …

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CPEC will boost Pakistan’s economy significantly

Outlining six major steps for maximising benefits of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), visiting distinguished Chinese Economist Professor Justin Yifu Lin said that if Pakistan captures the opportunity, its economic growth could touch the range of 8 to 10 percent for the next 30 years or more for joining middle income or even higher income group of countries. “Pakistan possesses …

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Understanding Special Economic Zones under CPEC

A SMALL line in a news story a few days ago caught my eye. The setting was a hearing in the Senate Standing Committee on Planning and Development at which high officials from the Planning Commission were answering questions about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The line that caused me to do a double take was this one: “The committee …

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