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How should the policymakers in Islamabad prepare for the world that President Donald Trump has begun to shape? He has already said a great deal about his view of the world and taken several steps to translate his words into action.


The kind of news our newsrooms are producing these days would give an old timer a heart attack. There’s plenty of freedom of expression in sight. Here is a specimen spread over just seven days.


The attack on a church located inside the high security zone of Quetta has resulted in mourning and condemnation. This incident is one in a series of ongoing attacks against non-Muslim minorities. In the past, a large number of Christian homes were set on fire in Gojra and many Hindu temples were damaged in response to the Babri Masjid incident.


The Supreme Court of Pakistan has shown another parliamentarian the door after former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in less than five months.


The Long Term Plan for CPEC ‘launched’ by the government on Monday is, as feared, only an abridged, abbreviated, and heavily edited version of the longer document upon which it is based. Nevertheless, for now this will do. More transparency is required in the CPEC enterprise, because people need to understand that it is far bigger than roads, power plants and transit trade. Those elements have been hyped up by our government for its own reasons, but they do not define the enterprise.


Can Pakistani companies compete against the Chinese companies once CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) gets completed along with its economic zones and industrial estates? This is the question, which is troubling majority of Pakistani entrepreneurs and perhaps rightly so, as they have good reasons to be fearful.


Historically, Fata has always represented a smorgasbord of competing interests. Although an integral part of the federation by virtue of Article 1(C) of the Consti­tution, Fata’s administrative, legal and political dynamics are different in that it’s governed through the Frontier Crimes Re­­­gu­­­­­­­­la­tion (FCR). Since 1976, 15 commissions and committees have been constituted to reform Fata, but the recommendations were largely shelved.


Honorary Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is in a bit of a fix these days. This is not counting his prolonged ailment, which the Islamabad High Court isn’t buying (how insensitive), or indeed the graft allegations which should at the very least put an end to his political career, if not to his life as a free citizen currently not the inhabitant of any prison.


The rumour mill seems in overdrive in predicting how the election process may be derailed. Speculation is rife that something will give. Some argue that we need an artificial stabilising mechanism for a while. Others talk of a technocratic setup. And of course, the dreaded coup never seems to disappear from the conversation.


Since time immemorial human societies have been interacting unabatedly. In every epoch the nature, direction and frequency of this interaction has been different, largely depending on political organisation on the international level.


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spotlight image Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, is a former top diplomat who retired as India's Permanent Representative at the United Nations. In his new political avatar, as an important minister in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Puri told INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS that
In a significant move, Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the enhancement of powers of the Vice Chief of the Armed Forces for procurement of essential weaponry with the objective of ensuring operational preparedness, according to an official announcement, writes Anil Bhat
India-China-Pakistan cooperation can transform the subcontinent — joining a renamed CPEC would be a good start, writes Sudheendra Kulkarni
China welcomed as positive India's remarks that it was ready to develop relations with Beijing and sort out differences on the basis of mutual respect.
Famous for its pursuit of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan has a new cause for joy: In recognition of its Gross National Income (GNI) growth and social development, the kingdom is poised to graduate from the UN category of the world's poorest known as the Least Developed Countries (LDC), writes Arul Louis
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the world's fastest growing economy, and Emmanuel Macron, President of the world's most aggressive climate change saviour, have a rendezvous starting from March 9 in New Delhi, writes Rajendra Shende
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India would grow at 7.3 per cent in 2018-19, the World Bank said on Wednesday forecasting that the economy would revert to its trend growth rate of 7.5 per cent by 2019-20 as it bottoms out from...


What is history? How does a land become a homeland? How are cultural identities formed? The Making of Early Kashmir explores these questions in relation to the birth of Kashmir and the discursive and material practices that shaped it up to the ...


A group of teenagers in a Karachi high school puts on a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible— and one goes missing. The incident sets off ripples through their already fraught education in lust and witches, and over the years ...


Title: Do We Not Bleed?: Reflections of a 21-st Century Pakistani; Author: Mehr Tarar; Publisher: Aleph Book Company; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 599


From antiquity, the Muslim faith has been plagued by the portrayal of Muslim men regularly misusing this perceived “right” to divorce their wives instantly by simply uttering “talaq” thrice.


'Another South Asia!' edited by Dev Nath Pathak makes a critical engagement with the questions about South Asia: What is South Asia? How can one pin down the idea of regionalism in South Asia wherein inter-state relations are often char...