Imran Khan and the Silk Road
The election of Imran Khan represents a turnabout in policy in South Asia in ways few expect. Khan will close the door on America’s longtime policy toward the Caspian Basin, a policy of dominance, regime change and military colonization. That policy will die a needed and painful death. First of all, where no Pakistani leader […]
On Pakinstan’s Parliamentary Election Results
The eleventh elections, held on 25 July of this year, in the lower house of parliament (the National Assembly of Pakistan) attracted a great deal of attention from the international media as well as experts on world politics. The results of these elections can have a profound effect on both, the situation in Pakistan and […]
Pakistan is Heading into Uncharted Waters
Tens of millions of Pakistani people will rush to polling stations on July 25 to determine the future of the country’s supreme legislative body – the lower house of parliament also known as the National Assembly (NA), which has a total of 342 seats, 272 of which are filled by direct elections. Simultaneously with the […]
NATO in Afghanistan: A Dagger Struck Into The Heart of Asia
On April 27 the NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg issued an ultimatum to the Taliban fighting the US and NATO allied forces that have invaded and occupied Afghanistan; negotiate–meaning surrender-or be destroyed. Taking his cue from the Nazi diktats in the countries they invaded and occupied across Europe in the Second World War, he acted like […]
Trump’s Flawed Pakistan Policy vs. Imran Khan’s Road Show
Pakistan is still in the grip of not knowing who to cheer on: Trump or their own Imran Kahn. Pakistanis still don’t quite know whether to take the cricket player seriously, but now they are taking the time to listen to him. Hopefully they will also ask why he has emerged as a political force, […]
With Pakistan Ending Up on the List of US Enemies, One Can’t Help but Wonder Who’s Next?
The state of bilateral relations between the US and Pakistan which used to be one of the most faithful allies of Washington, remains in a rather sorry state after US President Donald Trump’s insulting New Year’s tweet which left Islamabad thoroughly outraged. Specifically, Trump chose to make his first post in 2018 about Pakistan, noting that: The […]
What do Donald Trump’s Attacks on Pakistan Mean?
Posted on January 1, 2018, the President of the USA Donald Trump’s tweet about the mistake of providing Pakistan with American financial aid (more than 33 billion dollars over the last 15 years), which was rewarded with “nothing but lies & deceit,” was a significant news event in the world politics of the recently arrived […]
The Transforming China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
In May, 2017 the Prime Minister of India refused to participate in the founding meeting in Beijing of the ambitious Belt-Road Initiative (BRI), the network of high-speed rail and deep water port linkages across the Eurasia land mass. The official reason given was that China had gone ahead with her neighbor state and long-term ally, […]
Pakistan and the 2017 US Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia
The differences in the approaches of the US towards Afghanistan, India and Pakistan as part of the new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia for 2017 have respectively led to three responses. The Kabul authorities had been expecting, and thus widely welcomed, the return of the United States. New Delhi was encouraged by the White […]
Pakistan: Another “Major Strategic Partner” Now Fighting For Its Life
So the Trump White House is really on the ball now. After suddenly discovering what North Korea has always been, it has done the same with Pakistan, and is trying to cover its essential ignorance by saying how unhappy it is about it. Rex Tillerson is threatening to cut aid to Pakistan on the grounds […]
ISIS “Coincidentally” Appears Along China’s One Belt, One Road
Two Chinese teachers based in Pakistan’s southwest province of Baluchistan were reportedly abducted and murdered by militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS). CNN, in an article titled, “‘Grave concern’ over Chinese teachers reportedly killed by ISIS in Pakistan,” would attempt to portray the act of terrorism as a random strike aimed at China’s expanding […]
Pakistan, the United States and the Islamic Military Alliance: to Be or Not to Be?
In January 2017, Pakistan again turned out to be in the center of Middle East politics, when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) made a hasty statement on its joining the Islamic Military Alliance (IMA); Riyadh also wanted to appoint the former Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif as Commander-in-Chief of the IMA. The […]