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Building consensus on CPEC

Arab News MUHAMMAD WAQAS Last year in May, hectic efforts of the Sharif government finally bore fruit when all major political parties in Pakistan reached a consensus over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Construction of its western route was announced as a priority, the CPEC was portrayed as a symbol …

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U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels

New York Times MARK MAZZETTI MATT APUZZO When President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to help pay for the covert operation. It was the same partner the C.I.A. has relied …

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Speak to the Pakistan Army, too

The Hindu AYESHA SIDDIQA India may have to find a way to initiate dialogue not only with the civilian government of Pakistan but also with the armed forces. Only then will things move In a study conducted in 2014 on Pakistan’s trade with India, Iran and Afghanistan, the business community, …

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Sisi’s Fracturing Regime

Foreign Policy Magazine ERIC TRAGER Monday marks the fifth anniversary of the Jan. 25, 2011, protests that sparked Egypt’s Arab Spring uprising, and the Egyptian government is on edge. Fearing that activists will use the occasion to launch a new round of mass protests, the regime has intensified its crackdown …

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Tehran gains more leeway for meddling

Arab News RASHEED ABOU-ALSAMH The lifting of nearly all the economic sanctions against Iran last week was celebrated worldwide as a victory of American and European diplomacy. A victory because Iran has accepted the need to downgrade its nuclear energy program and has pledged to no longer try to develop …

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How smartphones are helping Pakistan win war on polio

Khaleej Times Bina Shah With nearly all of the rest of the world on the brink of being free of polio, the disease’s persistence in Pakistan has long challenged health experts both inside and outside the country. Last year, the 51 cases of wild poliovirus reported here represented the bulk …

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Taliban Attack Shows Limits of Pakistan’s Military Crackdown

New York Times DECLAN WALSH Only a few months ago, Pakistan’s military leaders openly boasted they had the Taliban on the run. A punishing, yearlong offensive had ousted the insurgents from their most prized tribal sanctuary. The movement’s various factions were riven by violent rivalries, and attacks on Pakistan’s towns …

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Response Time And Dedicated Forces

Newsweek Pakistan EJAZ HAIDER How can the state counter attackers whose sole goal is to inflict maximum damage before they die? Let’s begin with what’s now obvious. Given the psychological, emotional and communicative impact, the December 16, 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, and the Jan. 20 …

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