Asia

Bana’s Knight in the Shining Armour

Social media has been an active player in the war in Syria all along. Before Facebook-orchestrated Arab Spring that was spread to Syria in 2011, I came across Syrian students studying in Islamabad. They were very resourceful and equally respectful for their president Bashar Al Assad and his British born wife Asma Al Asad. One of them, then working with...

Indian CPEC antagonism

Indian antagonist pursuit towards China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has come out amenably with their malevolence and policy of isolating Pakistan in the region triggered another phase of hostility with neighboring country, but China is still optimistic that India can also benefit from the regional connectivity being offered. Since the CPEC conceived, India has voiced serious objections to the project propagating that...

Indian Belligerence 

Western interests lead blind eye towards India, has multiplied atrocities in Kashmir, escalating animosity towards Pakistan and increasing acts of sabotage against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), but this Indian approach will never fulfills the futuristic scenario of resolving core issues and attaining economic development agenda through lasting peace in South Asia. Over the last two months, there have been over fifty...

Glittering Balochistan

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is all set to change Balochistan’s destiny, even its hitherto remote and backward areas will be connected and brought forth into the mainstream of economic and developmental activities, for Pakistan and entire the region.  Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest but least populated province, it has immense geo-strategic importance as its vast, sandy terrain leads to...

The Secrets Behind Russia’s CPEC Saga

There’s been a lot of confusion about Russia’s role in CPEC over the past week. Pakistani reports circulated over the weekend saying that FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov had secretly traveled to the strategic South Asian country to hold clandestine talks on Russia’s participation in the game-changing project.  These claims were then refuted by the Russian Foreign Ministry, with the Russian Embassy...

Malacca Cane, Stirring the Region

At a time once India and Afghanistan are trying to sandwich Pakistan through direct and indirect threats, the change of command in General Headquarters (GHQ) is significant and being watched eagerly both by friends and foes of Pakistan. With the appointment of General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army, there came an end...

Beyond the Dictum: Erdoğan’s Pakistan Visit

Hanging right in the middle of East and West, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Pakistan wasn't just lip service, click mania and shaking hands, there were lots of things happened beyond the dictum can only be observed in between the lines. As a significant event, if one is to dissect the entire speech of Mr. Erdoğan...

Is America against the CPEC?

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being part of One-Belt-One- Road (OBOR) initiative, will help materialising China’s ambitions and make it an economic superpower, it has been a unipolar world for quite a while so it is important to know whether the U.S. is against these projects, especially since Pakistan has always been a U.S. ally. The general perception is...

Whirling Waters at South China Sea

Peace at stake as China, Philippines diplomatic spats getting worst, alarm bells ringing at high pace in South China Sea. Both nations are head to head over Scarborough Shoal and Spratlys. China asserts "nine-dash line", a demarcation, as its territorial claims, while Philippines claim it unlawful under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS. Along with...

Trust Deficit: Key Impediment to Peace in South Asia

Indo-Pak history is marred with revulsion, mistrust and hostility. Two generations of the post-colonial era of this region has departed without having the slightest feeling of amity or trust between the two geographically contiguous neighbours, having a long history of living together with a joint struggle against the British Colonialism. Indeed, peace between India and Pakistan is the prerequisite for...

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