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Gulf Crisis- Way Forward for Pakistan

By U.K. Dar Pakistan had always enjoyed cordial relations with countries in the Gulf. Pakistan had helped the brotherly countries in developing their defense capabilities. But the Gulf countries have not shown any favors to Pakistan when compared with India. Pakistan always expected that Gulf …

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The rise of Mohammed bin Salman: A mixed blessing?

By James M. Dorsey Saudi King Salman’s appointment of his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as crown prince at the expense of his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, could prove to be a mixed blessing for a kingdom in transition that faces significant international challenges of its …

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Gulf Crisis: Grappling for a face saving solution

By James M. Dorsey A two-week old conflict in the Gulf goes to the core of key issues in international relations that hamper the fight against political violence and govern diplomatic relations: the absence of an agreed definition of terrorism that allows autocrats to abuse …

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Kashmir – A Hell in Heaven

By U.K. Dar Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast, Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast. (If there is a paradise on earth, It is this, it is this, it is this) The above couplet was written for Kashmir. It’s true, Kashmir was really beautiful; scenically …

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Gulf crisis: A battle for Middle East and Muslim world future

By James M. Dorsey A Saudi and UAE-led campaign to force Qatar to halt its support for Islamists and militants is little else than a struggle to establish a Saudi-dominated regional order in the Middle East and North Africa that suppresses any challenge to the …

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SCO and Kashmir issue

By U.K. Dar India and Pakistan have been dagger drawn since their inception in 1947 with core issue being accession of Kashmir state to either country. India’s claim on Kashmir has been illegal and against the accepted principles of partition. The main reason of partition …

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Gulf crisis : Escalation or negotiation?

By James M. Dorsey Turkey’s parliament is this week fast tracking the dispatch of up to 3,000 troops to Qatar, home to the country’s military base in the Middle East. Certain to stiffen Qatar’s resolve to resist Saudi and UAE-led pressure to force it to …

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Kashmir Demands Sensible Approach

By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai The struggle for self-determination of the people of Kashmir is at a critical juncture. A youth-led, indigenous and spontaneous mass movement is underway. This movement is both internal, within Kashmir, and external throughout the world. It is mostly non-violent, pluralistic …

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Rise of Dragon World

By U.K. Dar “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus – never tickle a sleeping dragon,” wrote J.K. Rowling in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. But the sleeping dragon aka China has finally awoken and did not need to be tickled rather it was her time to …

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Kashmir freedom movement and Abu Ghraib

The extra judicial killing of Sabzar Butt by Indian Armed Forces has added fuel to the already volatile situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Yet another freedom fighter has embraced martyrdom and his body was wrapped in Pakistani flag at the time of his funeral attended …

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