South Asia

ECO Summit & Regional Dynamics

ECO Summit & Regional Dynamics

As the Summit correlated scope of Connectivity with Regional Prosperity, the discussion was concluded at the end note of doubling intra-regional trade in the next five years and promoting connectivity. The ECO member states have huge scope of cooperation in trade, transport and energy sectors however these areas have remained to be unexploited in the […]

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Re-evaluating Pakistan-NATO Relations

Re-evaluating Pakistan-NATO Relations

Nations trapped in historical baggage limit their options of growth and stability. Pakistan had been remained trapped into two regional and ideological alliances, expecting for betterment of the region and Muslim Ummah. However, after three decades of its inception, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is paralyzed due to Indian hegemonic behaviour and Organization […]

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US Rebalancing Policy & the Regional Riddle

US Rebalancing Policy & the Regional Riddle

The US “rebalancing” strategy is primarily aimed at China as the country has the world’s second-largest economy after the US and it is growing fast, accompanied with soft power and military modernization lately. In this way, the US is trying to maneuver diplomatically, militarily, and financially in Chinese periphery. These advancements will have grave ramifications […]

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CPEC: Corridor of Cooperation

CPEC: Corridor of Cooperation

PAKISTAN and China have kicked off their first trade activity under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project as over a hundred Chinese containers arrived at the Sust post, which is a village in Hunza, from where they will leave for their final destination i.e. Gwadar. In regard of this activity, an inaugural ceremony was also held, […]

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Wilderness of our counter terrorism effort

Wilderness of our counter terrorism effort

Yes, one may argue whether two to three feet taller boundary wall could have prevented the attack, but one can’t deny the fact that this low and dilapidated boundary wall is symbolic representative of our overall national counter terrorism effort—and the attitude of those responsible to prevent such attacks. Training Institutions, like the one that […]

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Cancellation of SAARC Summit

Cancellation of SAARC Summit

AMID current tension between Pakistan and India, the withdrawal of India from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit that was scheduled to be held in November 2016 at Islamabad is a major blow to SAARC. Following the suit, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan have also withdrawn on the basis that environment is not […]

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CPEC: Macro and Micro Economic Dividends for Pakistan and the Region

CPEC: Macro and Micro Economic Dividends for Pakistan and the Region

Proceedings of the Conference Inaugural Session     President IPRI, Ambassador (R) Sohail Amin, in his welcome address, stated that timing of this Conference is very appropriate, as the government and the people of Pakistan, are very keen to see speedy progress on the CPEC projects. He stated that Pakistan’s strategic location and its power […]

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Afghanistan’s untenable stalemate

Afghanistan’s untenable stalemate

These days President Ashraf Ghani is busy in useless pursuits. He has taken his anti-Pakistan rhetoric to new heights by threatening to shut the Afghan transit route for Pakistani exports to Central Asia if Islamabad does not allow Afghan traders to use Lahore’s Wagah border for trade with India. In a meeting with UK’s special […]

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