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Stern business of funny money

In the mid-1990s the Soviet Union had collapsed and my friend Tariq Usman Haider was appointed as the envoy to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. I took the opportunity to…

Turkey tragedy jolts quake-prone Central Asia

When a devastating earthquake and aftershocks struck Turkey and Syria this month, Klara Imangalieva — who lives in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan — realised she had to move.…

Plunging back into the past

The monstrous regime change experiment was a local fabrication which found ample resonance with some foreign forces. This was pushed through by moving a vote of no-confidence executed by disbursing…

Is it geopolitical pressure?

This past weekend, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) hosted the Shangri La Dialogue – the Asia security summit it hosts in Singapore each year and has been doing…

Trade with Iran

EARLIER this month, Pakistan’s foreign minister, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, met his Iranian counterpart, Dr Amir Abdollahian, to review their countries’ relationship. The past few years have seen serious gains across multiple facets of…

A changing world

The increasing power of Eastern players – China and Russia – has created concerns for the West, especially the US. The US is trying hard to use all its resources,…

National security wordplay

A reinvented wheel with spokes of jargon, cliche, and complacency was presented last month as the National Security Policy (NSP), a more comprehensive version of the Internal Security Policy instituted…

Deregulating oil or price ceiling?

New and higher oil prices have been announced after fixing very low prices on 1st June. June prices were extraordinarily low in the company of 15 lowest price oil producing…