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Trump and Russia

Shahid M Amin THE new US President Donald Trump has had a Russian connection; and he has repeatedly expressed admiration for President Putin. This is a curious situation, considering that the US and Russia under Putin are seen as antagonists and are presently at loggerheads in Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere. Opinion polls in both countries show that the two sides …

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The unnecessary evil of plea bargaining

Dr Fawad Kaiser A public outcry has followed the revelation that NAB sanctioned the surprise refusal to prosecute an accused senior civil servant in a major corruption case. Corruption is everywhere and is not peculiar to Pakistan but its effects are more visible here simply because the rate at which it is operated is beyond imagination and the enforcement machinery …

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The state and the revolution

Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi At the start of 2017, one thing is certain that there is trust deficit between people and democratic order. A democratic order allows the emergence of a state that is supposedly for the people by the people. But in last two decades, there seems to be a widening gulf between state and the people. In my …

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Trump’s anti-China policy

Ali jibran THE Chinese officials were looking at the American elections with great hope as they envisaged the presidency of Donald Trump as relief from mounting hostility with the departing Obama’s administration. The remarks about China by Donald Trump, before elections, were taken as no more than a political gambit to win electoral support; but the president-elect’s recent provocative remarks …

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How 2017 will be for Pakistan?

Hassan Shahjehan So, the year 2016 has ended with both positive and negative notes. On the positive side, we have succeeded, to some extent, in “breaking the backs” of terrorist organisations operating within the country. Karachi operation has been going and is moving at a fast pace, giving a semblance of peace and security in the city. CPEC has actually …

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Can India remain a bystander to connectivity through BRI?

Mian Abrar In this age of connectivity and communication, economic integration is the key to success. With the fast changing regional and global scenario, new alliances and coalitions are emerging.In today’s world, Asia is the center of gravity with China and Russia attracting regional and global partners in their pursuit for economic integration. But the tool for achieving this goal …

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Rise of the new bloc?

M Omar Iftikhar THE geopolitical fabric of the world is changing as we speak. Recently, Russia, China, and Pakistan agreed to expand their three-way consultations and meetings on Afghan conflict. A joint statement read, “The parties agreed to proceed with consultations in an expanded format and would welcome the participation of Afghanistan.” This was the third such talk, and first …

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The enigmatic exchange

Syed Bakhtiyar Kazmi Congratulations to all my fellow countrymen on the phenomenal and record breaking rise of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (the Exchange); the Index has passed the dizzying heights of over 46000 with no end in sight; may it cross 100000. All those associated with the Exchange cannot but help strutting around like banty roosters, peacocks if you may, …

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India’s ambitions, egregious rankings-

Mohammad Jamil India tested its Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from Wheeler Island off Odisha, and will soon be inducted into Strategic Forces Command (SFC) after two user-trials. The Agni-V is capable of carrying one ton nuclear war head and can even reach the northernmost parts of China with its strike range of over 5,000-km. “All the test parameters of …

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The quest for peace in South Asia

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai “Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable.” John F. Kennedy Peace has eluded Kashmir for more than 69 years, ever since British sovereignty lapsed on 15 August 1947. The Government of India holds the decisive card to end Kashmir’s convulsions and carnage on a genocidal scale. No peace formula worth its salt, …

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