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INDIA TODAY

What has been done to Kashmir and the atrocities and repression being committed there is being seen by the world. The brutality with which protests are being put down by Indian police is also being condemned widely. The long term repercussions for India is something that Indians need to judge for themselves. They should also see what impact this is having on their police and security forces--though this is not something new.

The Road to be Taken

there is no doubt that Pakistan is doing well with foreign policy the same cannot be said for governance, economic and political stability. The Prime Minister seems to understand the plight of the people as they face inflation and food insecurity but the problem is that the road to fiscal stabilization is studded with economic hardship at least through 2020

CPEC GETS A SHOT IN THE ARM

The CPEC Authority would be empowered to make decisions about CPEC projects all over the country, overriding the authority of the provincial governments. In the past Chinese officials have repeatedly complained about bureaucratic red tape in Pakistan stalling progress of CPEC projects. The creation of the CPEC authority will act as a one-window operation to avoid red tape... Islamabad has a very strong incentive to signal Beijing that it's still committed to CPEC and what better can be to announce two new measures on CPEC that benefit CPEC in a very big way.

CPEC debt trap — fiction or reality?

By Hasaan Khawar Alarm bells are ringing! Pakistan’s public debt is piling up, with the external debt now touching $100 billion and the public debt-to-GDP ratio...

Night of the long knives

By Arif Nizami Another first by Khan The sacking of Asad Umar as finance minister Thursday morning and later in the evening a few key ministers’...

Pakistan’s Malaysia Pivot Is Promising

Spearhead Analysis – 10.04.2019 By Fatima Ayub Research Analyst, Spearhead Research When Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan last met Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, praise for each other’s leadership and...

Pakistan- Iran- India in the regional framework

Spearhead Analysis – 27.03.2019 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Pakistan- Iran ties witnessed a glitch when a suicide attack led to the killings of 27...

US in the South Asian arena

Spearhead Analysis – 25.03.2019 By Hira A. Shafi Senior Research Analyst, Spearhead Research Recently, the Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale completed his three- day visit to US. Vijay Gokhale...

The Precarious Housing Situation in Pakistan

By Hina Shaikh With the highest rate of urbanisation in South Asia, access to affordable housing has become a key issue for Pakistan’s lower and...

China’s “South Asia challenge” for the Belt and Road Initiative

By Antara Ghosal Singh South Asia is integral to China’s Belt and Road vision. As an intersection point between the proposed “Silk Road Economic Belt” and...