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India missed out on the chance of attending the One Belt One Road Forum held in Beijing by refusing to send an official delegation to the forum.

 

The entry of the Alibaba Group in Pakistan will not only boost the country’s e-commerce sector but will also serve as a tipping point for other tech giants to tap into the market.

 

Appeals have been made by displaced Pashtun tribesmen – their numbers running into the thousands – to help them return to their homes before Ramazan begins later this month.

 

If one goes by some of the public response to the televised appearances of TTP’s Ehsanullah Ehsan and ISIS recruit Noreen Leghari, there is something about the possibility of rehabilitating jihadi militants that can turn the most hawkish of Pakistani politicians and right-wingers into reconciliatory peaceniks.

 

I am now less interested in CPEC, which is unstoppable, and more fascinated by how people think. Conventional wisdom has individuals using reason to objectively weigh the costs and benefits of an option and then choosing it if benefits exceed costs.

 

At least 25 people have been killed and over 40 others injured in an explosion inBalochistan's Mastung district near Quetta.

 

When religion is supreme, justice can go wrong. Because a religious state doesn’t accept the divorce between what is public and what is private, it ends up confusing ethics with piety.

 

Monday was just another day for Prakash Kumar, 35, a mobile cell vendor in Hub town in Balochistan, when he uploaded pictures of the festival at Hinglaj Mata, in his home district of Lasbela, he had attended and posted it to his acquaintances on WhatsApp.

 

The rift was unnecessary, making sensibly handled closure all the more welcome. Eleven days after DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted a rejection of a prime ministerial directive — a move that even at the time appeared hasty and ill-thought-out — the civil and military leadership have choreographed the end of a wrenching saga that at the very outset, some seven months ago, seemed vastly overblown.

 

So now we have it. The gloves are back on. The cat is once more in the bag. Having been duly plucked from amongst the pigeons. The latter after all, are not known for tweeting in Pakistan — even if they thought they saw a pussycat.

 


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