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China, the neighbour: ‘In a way’

What did Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar mean when, during a press conference in London, he clearly listed Pakistan’s immediate neighbouring countries as Afghanistan, Iran and India, but then said that…

Boys from our neighbourhood

There is no bigger fear than the fear of being led by your contemporaries. Perhaps this feeling is peculiar to your upbringing in Pakistan. Perhaps this is something personal. In…

Neighbourhood issues

Deep in trouble at home on the political and economic front while suffering new hits on the security question, Pakistan has managed to remain engaged on some critical neighbourhood issues.…

Making good with the neighbour

Various circles in Pakistan have once again suggested normalization of relations between Pakistan and India. Some economists assert that Pakistan’s economy cannot be saved from a total disaster unless we…

Watch thy neighbours–II

Pakistan has India to its east, Afghanistan to its northwest and Iran to its west while China borders the country in the northeast. The nation is geopolitically situated within some of the most controversial regional boundaries that…

Watch thy neighbours–I

Economic strength of a nation determines its political and global weightage. India is one example which is making the most out of it. Authorities in India have adopted laws and policies that systematically…

Unstable neighbour

REGARDLESS of who ruled Afghanistan the country has always been a problem for Pakistan. And that will change little with the Taliban’s return to power. Since the overthrow of monarchy…

Mehbooba Mufti’s double-speak

Occupied Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is not a rebel by temperament, but what is happening in her state now seems to be beyond her patience. Reacting to the arrests…