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Pakistan Foreign Policy Objectives

Pakistan’s foreign policy challenges in 2017 Revising our stance is a necessity Every year unfolds its own intricacies. The year 2017 seems to have ensnared Pakistan into six main foreign policy challenges. First, Pakistan is a victim of the illusion that by joining the 41-nation Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) formed in the Middle East (ME) against terrorism, not only would …

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RAF squadron and PAF Chief fly mission together

Air chief flies mission with RAF squadron Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has visited Squadron of Royal Air Force and flew an exercise training mission in Tornado fighter jet at Royal Air Force Base Marham, United Kingdom. He was briefed about the operational activities and glorious history of the elite squadron. The event was significant as the same squadron was declared …

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The environmental cost of energy

“The Chinese have figured out that they have a giant environmental problem. Folks in Beijing, some days, literally can’t breathe. Over a million Chinese die prematurely every year because of air pollution.” Joe Biden Pakistanis have witnessed the deterioration of air quality in Pakistan over the years and are now standing closer to Beijing in terms of air pollution. From …

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Political change in Pakistan not to impact CPEC

Regardless of ruling party: China vows to complete multi-billion dollar CPEC China wants Pakistan to seize the opportunity provided by CPEC and will complete the project irrespective of which party runs the government in Islamabad, a Chinese foreign ministry official said on Thursday. “The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a showcase project of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative and …

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Pakistan’s Economic Performance: Failing or Politicized?

Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N regime have been under a lot of criticism over the last few years, which escalated especially after the leader himself was disqualified in July, 2017. The critique on the government ranges from corruption to declaration of an ‘emergency situation’ over the debt piling up on the nation. Imran Khan, the chief of PTI, has taken …

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CPEC: China needs it more than Pakistan

Why China needs CPEC? A little over one year after entering its implementation phase in 2016, CPEC is making a remarkable progress and appears to be an economic panacea for both Pakistan and China. It is discussed mostly in the context of Pakistan, its beneficial impact on Chinese economy is less understood. While, the first hefty consignment of Chinese goods departs …

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What model of governance does Pakistan need?

Every now and then there are opinion pieces published that Pakistan is moving towards a Bangladesh model. But about six months ago I informed some of my journalist friends that Turkish Model is already implemented in Pakistan. Why did I say that and what are these models? Bangladesh model is what we call technocratic government. In this model, an unelected …

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Pakistan and region to greatly benefit from CPEC

Only the toll income the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route will generate– after the completion of the project by 2030, will be thrice the present (US$50 billion) national budget of Pakistan, and the distance between Jaboti deep sea port in Africa to Gwadar port in Balochistan will reduce to only 5 days. “That is the gateway to reach African markets …

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Expediting rpoject approvals, PM delegates power

To avoid delay, premier delegates project approval powers Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has delegated his powers to the departments and authorities concerned for the approval and execution of development projects worth over Rs30 million each in the constituencies of parliamentarians under the Global SDG Achievement Programme. Earlier, the cabinet had given discretionary powers to former premier Nawaz Sharif, enabling …

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The BRICS Summit and Chinese Stakes in Regional Stability

At last year’s BRICS Summit, China actively blocked Indian attempts at getting the international community to label Pakistan as a hub of terrorism. China’s diplomatic support at that time prevented sanctions that could have been severely damaging to Pakistan’s economic and political interests. When last year China rushed to Pakistan’s aid, India accused China of having “double standards”. But China …

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