What will Pakistan’s new leader Imran Khan deliver for China?By Tom Hussain South China Morning Post (Aug 12, 2018)


As former cricket superstar Imran Khan assumes office as Pakistan’s prime minister vowing to change the way the country is governed, members of his Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) have started to ask embarrassing questions about the perks enjoyed by Chinese companies involved in belt and road projects linking Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea. Fighting the election on an anti-corruption plank for …

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The Origins of Imran Khan’s Rise to PowerAdapted from `Aboard the Democracy Train, Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within' (Copyright: Nafisa Hoodbhoy)

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The Pakistani Taliban routinely used terror attacks on civilians and army targets as a lever to stop US drone strikes, and expand their hold on territory. A decade after 9/11, their guerrilla tactics became bolder. At times they acted in concert with army insiders to carry out a stunning number of terrorist attacks at military and naval bases, airports, docks …

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Opposition parties to support PML-N candidate for PM election in NAThe News International


ISLAMABAD: An all-party conference of opposition parties has denounced the parliamentary elections as sham and unfair, said Senator Sherry Rehman on Thursday. “The opposition alliance has declared the elections as non-transparent. But we have decided to challenge the puppet government in the parliament,” Sherry Rehman told media persons after the APC which was attended by PML-N, PPP, MMA, ANP and …

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Imran Khan’s election in Pakistan presents a global dilemmaBY BLOOMBERG | UPDATED: JUL 31, 2018


The cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has finally been accepted as Pakistan’s next prime minister. I say “finally” because the election commission managed to add to widespread concerns about the elections by inexplicably delaying its announcement of the outcome. Almost all of Pakistan’s parties, other than Khan’s, have contested the results; Shehbaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which won …

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Pakistan’s Ali Wazir: The lone Marxist to win despite Taliban killing 16 of his familyBy Farooq Tariq The Print July 28, 2018


A rare Communist to survive and win, Wazir refused a seat from Imran Khan, who later didn’t put up a candidate against him. Ali Wazir, a central committee member of The Struggle, has won a seat in the national parliament of Pakistan from NA-50 (Tribal Area–XI) with 23,530 votes and his closest rival from a religious parties alliance, MMA got …

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The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Next LeaderBy Jeffrey Gettleman The New York Times July 26, 2018


LAHORE, Pakistan — Imran Khan, a charismatic cricket star who has fiercely criticized American counterterrorism policy in a region plagued by extremism, appeared poised on Thursday to become Pakistan’s next prime minister. After preliminary results showed his party decisively ahead in an election that critics say was deeply marred, Mr. Khan addressed the nation on television, outlining what he would …

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Pakistan election raises fears of ‘creeping coup’M. Illyas Khan BBC News Islamabad (July 24, 2018)


In its 70-year history, Pakistan has alternated between quasi-democracy and pure military rule. In the process it has become embroiled in international conflicts and morphed into a home base for Islamist militancy. Over the past decade, Pakistanis have witnessed democracy at its most undiluted thus far, but it’s now under threat from what some say appears to be a “democratic …

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Silence from judiciary over media attacks increases self-censorship, Pakistan’s journalists sayBy Aliya Iftikhar CPJ Asia Research Associate (July 20, 2018)


When it comes to the military and the judiciary, Pakistan’s journalists are “between a rock and a hard place,” Zohra Yusuf, of the independent non-profit Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, told CPJ. In recent months the judiciary, which has a history of siding with Pakistan’s powerful military, has remained largely silent amid attempts to censor or silence the press. Ahead …

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Situationer: The killing fieldsMuhammad Akbar Notezai Dawn Newspaper July 18, 2018


IN the heart of Mastung city, the Shaheed Nauroz Football Stadium is located on a huge, walled tract of land. This was where, in 2011, the All Pakistan Football Tournament was held. Siraj Raisani, younger brother of then chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, was invited as the chief guest to the final. At the time, Baloch separatists held sway in …

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White House Orders Direct Taliban Talks to Jump-Start Afghan NegotiationsThe New York Times (July 16, 2018)


KABUL, Afghanistan — The Trump administration has told its top diplomats to seek direct talks with the Taliban, a significant shift in American policy in Afghanistan, done in the hope of jump-starting negotiations to end the 17-year war. The Taliban have long said they will first discuss peace only with the Americans, who toppled their regime in Afghanistan in 2001. …

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Nawaz Sharif arrested on arrival in Pakistan as 132 people die in bombingMemphis Barker The Guardian Newspaper (July 13, 2018)


Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested in Lahore airport on Friday as he returned to face a 10-year prison sentence which he claimed was part of a wide-ranging, military-backed conspiracy to deny his party a second term in an election due on 25 July. Military police boarded Sharif’s flight as it landed from a stop in Abu Dhabi …

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Ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif returns to face ‘jail cell’BBC News


Ousted Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif is returning to Pakistan despite facing a 10-year jail sentence for corruption. Sharif and his daughter Maryam both face arrest when they arrive back in Lahore from London on Friday. The three-term PM was ousted from office last year after a corruption investigation. He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years last week. He has …

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Taliban Opponent in Pakistan Killed by Bomb as He Campaigns By Ismail Khan and Salman Masood The New York Times (July 10, 2018)


PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A candidate from a political party opposed to the Taliban was killed in a suicide bombing late Tuesday as he campaigned in northwestern Pakistan, just weeks before the country goes to the polls. At least 12 people were killed and dozens were wounded, several of them critically, police and hospital officials said. The death toll was expected …

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SANA Convention Winds Down in Maryland


If there is one word that describes why over 1,000 people flocked from across the US to attend the 34th annual convention of the Sindhi Association of North America in the Greater Washington area – it is the word nostalgia. Men, women and children from Sindhi families took advantage of the July 4 holiday in the middle of the week …

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The Sindhi Association of North America will hold its 34th annual convention in the greater metropolitan DC area from July 6-9, 2018. The event which is being held to coincide with the July 4th independence day holiday has participants arriving from across the US, in what the organizers describe as a sold out event. The three day convention will be …

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Pak business delegation seeks to enhance trade ties with USThe News International (June 27, 2018)


WASHINGTON: A 20-member business delegation has vowed to enhance and expand economic and trade ties with the United States. The high-powered delegation comprising at least 10 listed companies, including representation from the Pakistan Business Council, Pakistan Stock Exchange, market research companies, large financial institutions and others is visiting the US these days. It will present success stories and opportunities at …

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Rumors and reactions regarding the recognition of Durand LineKhaama Press (June 22, 2018)


The Dawn News in Pakistan has rejected a report attributed to the news outlet suggesting that the Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar has recognized Durand Line as the official international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. “A fake Facebook post screenshot doctored to pose as Dawn.com surfaced on social media on Thursday,” Dawn News said in a report. The …

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ISIL blast kills 36 as Afghanistan extends Taliban ceasefireAl Jazeera (June 17, 2018)


The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 36 people and wounded 65 others in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar. The group’s Amaq website said the attack on Saturday targeted “a gathering of Afghan forces” in Nangarhar, but gave no details. According …

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American embassy shiftNafisa Hoodbhoy Dawn Newspaper (June 12, 2018) https://www.dawn.com/news/1413574/american-embassy-shift

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THE Trump administration’s decision to shift the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last month could not have come at a worse time for the Arab-Israeli conflict. In retrospect, even some Israeli politicians have said that the US should not have shifted their embassy on the anniversary of the ‘Nakba’ — the period the Palestinians allege their land was …

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History beckons for Trump and KimStephen Collinson, CNN Analysis Mon June 11, 2018


Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are the unlikeliest of statesmen, but fate has thrown the US President and the North Korean tyrant an opportunity granted to few historic figures — together they can change the world. Their summit in Singapore on Tuesday — which will begin with a one-on-one meeting, alongside translators — represents an opening awaited for 70 …

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