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View Point: Afghanistan Peace Talks

View Point: Afghanistan peace talks

Following the opening of Afghan Taliban's political office in Doha the first round of direct, official talks between the US and the Taliban starts there today to end the 12-year-long…

Lessons From Cyprus

Lessons from Cyprus

A few years down memory lane, who would’ve thought that Cyprus – the Russian tax haven and the hub of a massive banking bubble – would bear such a mammoth…

IP Pipeline: The Energy Corridor

IP pipeline: the energy corridor

Amidst heightened frenzy of elections approaching in Pakistan, the President of Pakistan announced the commencement of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline (IP)on March 11, 2013.The purpose of this project was to import…

Politics And The Pipeline

Politics and the pipeline

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Pakistan section of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline last Monday was an event of high symbolic importance. It was designed to seal Pakistan’s commitment to finally…

The Cup And The Lip

The cup and the lip

Amidst heightened frenzy of elections approaching in Pakistan, presidents of both the Islamic Republics of Iran and Pakistan jointly laid down the foundation stone of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline (IP)…

Pipeline Politics

Pipeline politics

The only existing gas pipeline in Pakistan is the Sui gas distribution network that has supplied Pakistani homes, factories and power plants for the past four decades. Pakistan is a…

Peace Needed For Development

Peace needed for development

The federal cabinet`s decisions to hand over Gwadar port to the Chinese and to go ahead with the Iran Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project despite US pressure seem to be…

Ground Zero

Ground zero

A version of this essay was published exactly four years ago. The introduction has been updated and some details altered in the text. But the message remains the same: nuclear…