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Pakistan And The Middle East

Pakistan and the Middle East

For reasons politico-economic as well as sectarian, the Middle East is fated to remain a trouble spot. The same reasons dictate that Pakistan continuously walk a tight rope in attempts…

Repeat Of A Farce In The Middle East

Repeat of a farce in the Middle East

History repeats itself first as a tragedy, then as a farce, argued Marx. This is what has been happening in the Middle East over the past few weeks with the…

Springtime In The Middle East

Springtime in the Middle East

It is springtime in the Middle East once again. It would be fair to say that I haven’t witnessed such glorious, reinvigorating weather in my long years of living and…

Not Taking Sides In The Middle East

Not taking sides in the Middle East

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is preoccupied with the ongoing conflict between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, both of whom Pakistan has very cordial relations with. It is a conflict in which…

Horror in the Middle East

In the Iranian city of Isfahan the other day, I chatted with a carpet vendor who had in his possession two carpets woven by Afghan refugees in Iran. At first…

The Middle East Map

The Middle East map

In May 1916, Britain, France and Russia reached a secret agreement which came to be known by the names of its French and British architects: Sir Mark Sykes and Francois…

Remaking The Middle East

Remaking the Middle East

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, is often perceived as one of the ‘good ones’ - the less hawkish of top American officials, who does not simply promote and defend…

The New Middle East

The new Middle East

The Arab world will never be the same again. It has transformed, for better or for worse, in more than one ways and is still in flux. What was thought…

Change In The Middle East

Change in the Middle East

The first three weeks of the New Year have seen two significant developments, both involving Iran, in the Middle East. One is the severance of Riyadh-Tehran diplomatic relations and the…