June 24, 2017

Tag Archives: CPEC

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Multilateralism: Hostage to Geo-Politics

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai is a strong supporter of One Belt One Road.

Outsiders can only facilitate but find solutions to Afghanistan's internal problems. It rests in the hands of the Afghan leadership only. Upping the ante in the cover of blame-game - like the recent tensions- will neither serve Afghan peoples nor benefit the region. Read More »

China’s Message to Neighbors

Gwader, the heart of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. (Photo by umairadeeb, CC license)

Chinese initiatives are rooted in a belief that trade and development alone can provide the much needed political stability to the region. Read More »

In China and Pakistan’s Coal Romance, Where’s Love for Climate?

Work in progress in Thar coal field to reach one of the world's largest coal deposits several meters under sand and mud in Pakistan's souther Sindh province. (Photo via Thar Coal Energy Board)

Instead of seeking foreign investment to fulfill its energy needs with fossil fuels, Pakistan can ride the renewables wave, developing its workforce and technical and institutional capacity to harness solar energy. Read More »

Pakistan’s Economic Hitmen

A view of Karachi port. Pakistan's exports have not grown as much as other countries in South Asia. (Photo by salis, CC license)

Is Pakistan dealing with economic hitmen who are ensnaring it in debt which can lead it to financial insolvency and eventually result in compromising its sovereignty? Read More »

Pakistan’s Coal Energy: At What Cost?

Kot Addu power plant in Muzaffargarh, Punjab, Pakistan.

The thoughtless rush for coal-fired energy by a politically motivated Pakistani ruling elite is both alarming and questionable. Read More »

Gwadar, CPEC and Questions

Gwadar is emerging as a new geo-strategic focal point in South Asian politics. (Photo via video stream)

Chinese officials and those associated with Gwadar projects seem very happy with the development of roads as well as the raising of the Northern and Southern Special Security Divisions for their protection. What they, however, want is prompt decisions and objection-free executions and expect the central government to put to rest the controversy over eastern and western routes.  Read More »

RAW’s Kautilyan License

(Image via video stream)

Since the news of civilian-military rift over Pakistan’s secret support to armed groups, whether right or wrong, was leaked from a meeting pertaining to national security, those leaking the information should have their “security clearance” revoked and barred from public office. Read More »

Effective Integration of Command

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif presiding over the Corp Commanders meeting in Rawalpindi. (Photo via ISPR)

Given the volatile and precarious security environment, Pakistan Army's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is militarily not an effective entity, notes defense analyst Ikram Sehgal and recommends that this status quo needs correction. Read More »

Instruments of Terror

More than 50,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in terrorist attacks. File photo shows scale of destruction in a Karachi neighborhood following powerful explosion in Karachi in 2013. (Photo by Nadir Burney, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan faces the unavoidable specter of an ever-growing Indo-US-Afghan alliance that  requires it to do more in the anti-terror fight. It also needs to clean up its image that became tainted because of its alliances with or support for non-state actors. Read More »

Political Cry Wolf

(Photo by Adaptor- Plug, Creative Commons License)

With the present nexus between corruption and organized crime morphing into financial and logistics support for terrorism in Pakistan, politicians who “cry wolf” about support from hidden hands this time around may make it a self-fulfilling (and not-so-hidden) prophecy. Read More »