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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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Cracks in Saudi-led alliance days after wooing Trump

By James M. Dorsey Cracks have appeared in a Saudi-led, US-backed anti-terrorist political and military alliance days after US President Donald J. Trump ended a historic visit to Saudi Arabia. The cracks stem from Qatar’s long-standing fundamental policy differences with Saudi Arabia and the United …

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A fresh approach to understand theology

By Dr Ghayur Ayub Every religion revolves around theology as it is the main component of its format. The other two ingredients are philosophy and spirituality. Theology as the main pillar, deals with notions of godhead, spirit and soul. Godhead being the prime mover in …

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Two conferences spotlight Muslim world’s struggle to counter militancy

By James M. Dorsey Two conferences this week spotlight the Muslim world’s struggle to come to grips with extremism and militancy. The conferences, the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh and a gathering in East Java of youth leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim …

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CPEC and Resolution of Kashmir Dispute

By U. K. Dar Bilateral relations between Pakistan and India revolve around geopolitics of Kashmir and history has taught us that geopolitics is a zero sum game. Kashmir issue is no exception; it has been simmering around for nearly seventy years with no resolution in …

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Rising Iranian-Pakistani tensions render

By James M. Dorsey An Iranian warning that it may attack militant bases in the troubled province of Balochistan threatens to bring Pakistan’s house of cards crashing down. Pakistan’s tenuous house is built on a torturous effort to balance relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran …

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India’s illegitimate stance on Kashmir

By U.K. Dar People of Indian Occupied Kashmir are being humiliated, tortured, injured and even killed with impunity by the brutal Indian occupying forces. What crime have they committed? Is asking for the promises to be fulfilled a crime? The promise of right of self …

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