bureaucracy

Will the bureaucracy support reform agenda?

Dr. Farid A Malik | On Sept 14, 2018, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan addressed the bureaucracy in Islamabad. For their support in implementing his reforms agenda, he pledged protection. According to Kaptaan, till the...
Economic

KSA & CPEC: Marriage of convenience?

News Review| Pakistan has struck a $10 billion deal with and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after taking the Chinese authorities in confidence over the KSA joining as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project as a...
devolution

Challenges of devolution – Farid A Malik

Dr. Farid A Malik | After the passage of the unanimous constitution in 1973, perhaps devolution of power where it belongs is the biggest constitutional challenge faced by the nation. It involves the dismantling of...
Madrassas

Reforming our Madrassas – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | PTI’s 100-day plan is ambitious. It spans areas concerning governance, economy, agriculture, environment, social sector reform, and national security. And, truth be told, no one expects Kaptaan to achieve all of the...
business

Business Community vows to boycott Indian Products

News Desk |  President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sheikh Amir Waheed has said if Indian leadership did not change its current approach towards Pakistan, business community of Pakistan would keep boycotting Indian products.   Commenting...
watchdog

Global watchdog takes Saudi Arabia to task for lax anti-terrorism finance measures

James M. Dorsey | A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report criticizing Saudi Arabia’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance measures puts the kingdom on the spot 17 years after the 9/11 attacks and casts a shadow over...
Taliban

Is US ready for peace talks with Taliban?

Asif Haroon Raja | 17 years have gone by but so far there are little prospects for the longest war in Afghanistan to come to an end. Lilliputians have paralyzed the Gulliver and brought a...
regime

Has PTI kept its promise of reforms?

Asif Haroon Raja | Midway in his second tenure, Nawaz Sharif (NS) was toppled by Gen Musharraf (Mush) in a military coup on October 12, 1999. His team of eleven charted the six-point development agenda...
interventionism

Interventionists are addicted to interventionism – Jacob G. Hornberger

Jacob G. Hornberger | In an editorial opposing a U.S.-supported coup in Venezuela, the New York Times gets it right, mostly. Unfortunately, the Times’s editorial board, like so many advocates of foreign interventionism, just cannot...
Isreali

‘Civil War in Syria Will Not End in Idlib’ – Israeli Publicist

Opinion | The US-led coalition continues to issue threats to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claiming that Damascus may use chemical arms in Syria. Speaking to Sputnik, Israeli political commentator Avigdor Eskin dubbed this psychological warfare,...
Salman

Saudi King Salman Looking to Remove Son Mohammad as Crown Prince: Report

News Analysis | The Saudi crown prince, for his involvement in controversial projects and issues, invited national and international criticism including, it seems, the loss of confidence of his father, the King. Saudi crown prince Mohammad...
Kennedy

Imran Khan: Pakistan’s Jack Kennedy

Boase Roger | The words ‘hope’ and ‘Pakistan’ do not often appear together. Pakistan, a sprawling nation of 205 million, is hard to govern, even harder to finance, and seething with tribal or religious violence...
Belt

China struggles with Belt and Road pushback

James M. Dorsey | China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments...
crisis

Is A New Crisis Brewing In The Saudi Royal Family?

Opinion | Major changes are never going without instability, conflict and possible crisis. Saudi Arabia’s dramatic change to diversify its economy away from an oil-based rentier state status is not going as smooth as expected. The...
Sino-Russian

Entente Is What Drives Sino-Russian Ties

Opinion | For Russian President Vladimir Putin, bringing together in Russia’s Far East the leaders of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Mongolia is certainly a major diplomatic success. And that President Xi Jinping...
ISIS

Why the US Re-Deployed HTS-ISIS terrorists from Idlib to Afghanistan?

Firas Samuri | Recent intensified fighting and offensive action in Idlib proved the U.S. is losing its ideak leadership. The more so, there is much talk today about the risks of a new era of...
Hormuz

Strait of Hormuz: Importance, challenges and opportunities

Jawad Falak | The Straits of Hormuz has taken center stage in world affairs due to the increase in American Iranian tensions. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a statement on his website that was taken...
political

Time to pluck Pakistan’s political weeds

Dr. Farid A Malik | In order to save democracy ‘political weeds’ have to be culled. While agriculture produces crops to sustain life, ‘political culture’ has only produced weeds in the land of the pure....

Playing on bouncy pitches

Farid A Malik | Playing on bouncy pitches is not easy, this is why the Pakistan Cricket Team is having problems playing on New Zealand’s uneven pitches. The importance of curator who prepares the pitches...
CIA

United States overseas operations: Role of CIA

Jacob G. Hornberger | Yesterday, President Trump, yielding to the overwhelming power of the Pentagon, CIA, and NSA, announced that he has decided to keep U.S. troops in Syria indefinitely, thereby abandoning his intention announced...
Steel mills

Revival of steel mills

Farid A Malik | We, the engineers of the seventies were inspired by the first Steel Mills of Pakistan, inaugurated by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) on December 30, 1973. Spread over an area of 18,660...
Devolution

Will devolution make Pakistan stronger?

Dr. Farid A Malik | Devolution is as important as freedom. Unfortunately for us only the seat of power moves while the rulers remain. From Delhi it came to Karachi, and then Islamabad and now after...
billionaire

An Indian billionaire hires 12 servants for daughter at UK University

News Desk | An unnamed Indian billionaire has put an advert to hire 12 servants to look after his daughter when she will start her four-year course at St. Andrews University in Scotland this month. The...
religions

Party vs Faith: China drafts restrictions for all religions

 James M. Dorsey | China intends to extend aspects of its crackdown on Islam in the north-western province of Xinjiang to all religions as is evident from the publication of proposed restrictive guidelines for online religious...
Prince

Prince Salman: An outlier in the conservative state

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The royal decree of June 21 by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman appointing his son Mohammed bin Salman as the Crown Prince and next in line to the throne is a watershed event in...
NSG

NSG membership: Will Russia convince China to vote in India’s favor?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seldom if ever would say a bloomer. Therefore, her remark on June 6 seems odd, where she reportedly said that India will take Russia’s help...
OBOR

How Putin intends to jump on the OBOR bandwagon

M. K. Bhadrakumar | Russia has not been a significant beneficiary so far of the Chinese honeypot known as Belt and Road Initiative – although there is vast untapped potential to attract Chinese investments into...
North Korea

Will Trump be left standing alone against North Korea?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | On Tuesday, even as Moon Jae-in got elected as South Korea’s next president, in faraway Oslo, North Korean and American representatives sat down to hold “informal discussions” for the second day. The...
America First

Trump’s ‘America First’ reappears centre stage

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy team bears an appearance of being dominated by the military brass. This, in turn, engendered the perception that Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy is...
India

A Restrictive foreign policy: Is India inviting trouble?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | When diplomacy becomes brittle, foreign policies become sub-optimal. India’s diplomacy toward China and Pakistan testifies to it. Dialogue with Pakistan is inevitable, especially in Kashmir where the Indian state has all...

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