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‘Saarc Consensus’

WE face a big political puzzle. Sections of the establishment and their allies push unproven, even failed governance ‘panaceas’ but oppose proven governance ideas. They don’t do so from ignorance…

Killing Saarc

“IT is not the Soviet Union, or indeed any other big power, who need the UN for their protection; it is all the others. In this sense, the organisation is…

The limitations of Saarc

The fact that the war of words between heads of Pakistani and Indian delegations overshadowed the deliberations in the recent Saarc interior ministers’ meeting in Islamabad is yet another reminder…

Whither Saarc

Whither Saarc

With over 20 percent of the world's population and 40 percent of the poverty-stricken, South Asia remains one of the world's poorest regions. Political strife, distrust and occasional clashes undermine…

How Buddhism Connects Saarc

How Buddhism connects Saarc

At a South Asian summit in the Maldives during the Zardari era, Pakistan decided to acknowledge its past assertively, not as it imagined its history through the familiar neo-religious prism…

Saarc – What It Must Focus On

Saarc – what it must focus on

While addressing the concluding session of the 8th meeting of the Finance Ministers of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Pakistan's Finance Minister referred to the trade-limiting policies of…

Saarc Vs CAS

Saarc vs CAS

Saarc consisting of eight countries - Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal and Afghanistan as a South Asia regional grouping - has been in existence for almost 30…

The Saarc Opportunity

The Saarc opportunity

The South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) has missed holding its summits 11 times in the past which were otherwise required to be held annually according to the Saarc…