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Chinese investment risks Pakistan running into debt trap: Ex Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani

Pakistan runs the risk of falling into a debt trap with China's multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment, especially as a volatile security situation and tensions with neighbours threatens the economic viability of such projects, says Husain Haqqani, Islamabad's former envoy to the US.

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Army chief’s UK visit

The UK’s role in helping stabilise and nudging along Pak-Afghan ties is well known in security circles. As one of Pakistan’s most stable bilateral relationships and an important contributor to the US-led war effort in Afghanistan, the UK has been well positioned to use its influence to try and curb the very worst aspects of the Pak-Afghan relationship. 

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Bhutto’s judicial murder

As Pakistan once again remembers the judicial murder of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, it is important to point out that this memory is not just about the history of one particular political party. The death of Bhutto at the hands of a vengeful state and judicial apparatus remains a raw wound to the body of the Pakistani polity — and on our collective conscience. Why is this so?

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Waiting for a verdict

AT the conclusion of the Panama Papers hearings in the Supreme Court, Justice Asif Khosa, head of the special five-member bench, emphasised that the justices would analyse the matter in depth and would therefore need some time. That was on Feb 23. In the nearly six weeks from then, the Panama Papers issue and the political fate of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have remained where they have been for a year now — at the centre of the national political discourse. Indeed, yesterday marked one year since the Panama Papers were made public, triggering an international outcry and ensnaring wealthy, politically connected individuals across the globe. The Justice Khosa-led SC bench was right to call for political and media restraint throughout the hearings and it has been right to not succumb to outside pressure for a quick judgement or short order. Yet, an argument can be made that further delay and the political paralysis that it will bring are undesirable and it is time for a definitive and well-substantiated decision by the court.

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Has Pakistan walked into a Saudi trap?

It’s now official: Pakistan’s much acclaimed former Army Chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif is heading for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to take up command of the yet-to-be-formed and Saudi-led 39-country Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT). The alliance has been variously described by pundits as an Islamic Nato.  
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India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,

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IMF expects India's role in Indo-Pacific region to expand

The International Monetary Fund expects India's role in the Indo-Pacific region's development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade refor...

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