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Azerbaijan and Pakistan: Historical relations and perspectives

Ayaz Haider Bangash Having located most of its area in Asian Continent makes Azerbaijan as a half-brother of Pakistan by region. Owing to linkage of border with the neighboring states of Pakistan, aroma of delicious food and culture can also be experienced in Pakistan. Cherry on top, majority of people in both countries practices the…

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Islamophobia will not solve Europe or Asia’s problems

Ibrahim Kalin On June 5, during a rare trip abroad, Aung San SuuKyi, state counsellor of Myanmar and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, visited Hungary and met Prime Minister Viktor Orban. After the meeting, the Hungarian government released an official statement, saying: “The two leaders highlighted that one of the greatest challenges at present for both…

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Who stands to gain from tanker attacks in Gulf?

Tallha Abdulrazaq The origins of the attacks in the Gulf of Oman remain a mystery, but the message behind the attack is as clear as day. As if global market jitters were not bad enough already, someone decided to attack two more oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman this morning, sending the price of…

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Importance of constitutional literacy for a progressive society

Asmat Shah Garwaki Recently, news circulated on print and electronic media that the most backward district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Torghar district has topped the District Performance Scorecard for the third time in a row for having best educational facilities at government schools and attendance ratio is also more than satisfactory. For making a progressive society,…

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Evolving Iran Saga:The worst may be behind us

Iqbal Khan Trump’s hype against Iran has essentially turned out to be a case of over reach.  At best it could suck-in America into another open-ended war, with no defined boundaries; and at worst it could lead to major global level energy crisis if Iran decided to block Strait of Hormuz. Yes, in both cases…

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The cost of trusting India to achieve peace

Irfan Ashraf US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad announced their acknowledgment and gratitude for the role Pakistan played in the stability of Afghanistan during his visits to Pakistani officials on April 6, 2019. The reconciliation process initiated by the US is a move in the right direction, yet a slight diversion from the…

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Zalmay Khalilzad’s Round Seven, Take One

Iqbal Khan Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad’s seventh round in Doha is in the offing. In tandem, next intra-Afghan round is also around the corner; and for this, two venues are under consideration: Qatar and Germany. An earlier major meeting between the Taliban and Kabul was abruptly cancelled in April after disagreements on the invitees’ list. Germany…

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With stepped-up plan, US takes aim at China

Zhao Minghao The Pentagon released its first Indo-Pacific Strategy Report (IPSR) on June 1. On the same day, US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan explained the main points of this report when he spoke at the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore which was held between May 31 and June 2. Amid an escalating trade conflict…

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Who threatens whom in US-Iran rift?

Mojtaba Barghandan On May 21, Patrick Shanahan, the acting U.S. defense secretary, claimed that the alleged threat from Iran had diminished as a result of an American show of force in the Middle East. All the while, democratic lawmakers have been warning that anti-Iran hawks in the Donald Trump administration are laying the groundwork for…

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