Asia

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...

Gilgit Baltistan: A Natural Gateway to Prosperity

Gilgit-Baltistan is the sole route connecting Pakistan with China and the Central Asian states as the 1300 km Karakoram Highway runs through this sleepy, mountainous region. Recently, its geopolitical location has become intrinsic to the viability of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it is the entry point of the economic route, the mapping is reminiscent of the...

Syria: Overlapping Wars

Syrian mess seems to be an exact depiction of Hobbesian concept of the anarchic state of nature, seen as entailing a state of war—and “such a war as is of every man against every man” (Leviathan XII 8). Anarchic state of nature emerged in Syria, when protests against the President Bashar Ul Assad in March, 2011 turned into a violent...

Explaining Russia’s S-400 Sale To India

Russia and India made a huge joint announcement on the sidelines of the recent BRICS Summit in Goa, declaring that Moscow will provide New Delhi with an unspecified number of S-400 missile platforms by 2020 at the earliest. From the looks of it, one could easily rush to the conclusion that Russia has abandoned its rapprochement with Pakistan and is...

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