China’s military must be prepared to “act at any second”: President Xi

As the new year begins, the first order for the armed forces put forward by China’s President Xi Jinping was to emphasize the need for “full-time combat readiness” and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must be ready to “act at any second”. The country’s armed forces kicked off this year’s military training and exercise on… Continue reading China’s military must be prepared to “act at any second”: President Xi

Indonesia potentially set to take on China and claim leadership of ‘moderate’ Islam

President Joko Widodo’s recent cabinet reshuffle suggests that Indonesia may adopt a more critical attitude towards China and reinforce government support for efforts by Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim movement, to reform Islam and position the Southeast Asian state as a key player in a battle with Middle Eastern rivals for the soul of Islam. Mr.… Continue reading Indonesia potentially set to take on China and claim leadership of ‘moderate’ Islam

DG ISPR Gen. Babar Iftikhar on Pakistan & Fifth Generation Warfare

DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar, Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) was commissioned in 6 Lancers in March 1990. He has commanded an Armored Brigade, an Infantry Brigade in North Waziristan, during Operation Zarb-e-Azab, and an Armored Division. He took over as DG ISPR with effect from 1 February, 2020. Managing editor, Najma Minhas, sat with him for an interview… Continue reading DG ISPR Gen. Babar Iftikhar on Pakistan & Fifth Generation Warfare

The Question of Taliban under Biden

Pakistan is likely to be put under pressure after US President Elect Joe Biden takes office in the Afghan Peace Process as Biden is looking for more concessions from the Afghan Taliban. Sources told the Express Tribune that Biden’s team has been in direct contact with Pakistani officials on talks about the Peace Process since… Continue reading The Question of Taliban under Biden

SEZs and why Pakistan needs them

PTI government has made the creation of jobs as a topmost priority. One major way to create these is via industrial development, and Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are being seen as the fastest route to achieving this. In China, SEZs are estimated to have created over 30 million jobs. By 2019, China had over 2540… Continue reading SEZs and why Pakistan needs them

Book review: Exploring the underemphasized reflections on BRI

Political scientists Alan Chong and Quang Min Pham bring with their edited volume, Critical Reflections on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020), originality as well as dimensions and perspectives to the discussion about the Belt and Road that are highly relevant but often either unrecognized or underemphasized. The book introduces a moral category… Continue reading Book review: Exploring the underemphasized reflections on BRI

Meet former Guantanamo bay prisoner now negotiating withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan

Mullah Muhammad Nabi Omari spent twelve years in the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison before meeting the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the Afghan peace talks, reported TRT today. On September 13th, Faiz Mohammad Ahmed Al Kandari, a former detainee himself tweeted a photo of Mullah Nabi in a meeting with US Secretary of… Continue reading Meet former Guantanamo bay prisoner now negotiating withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan

In outgoing interview, Chinese envoy talks India, CPEC, and the West

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Ying last week said that Delhi had made an ‘unwise’ decision to ban Chinese applications in the Hindu-majority country as a response to increased border tensions with Beijing. The Chinese envoy made the remarks during an interview with renowned journalist Moeed Pirzada that was aired by 92 News on Thursday.… Continue reading In outgoing interview, Chinese envoy talks India, CPEC, and the West

Tinder seeks “meaningful conversation” with the PTA after ban

Tinder has announced that it seeks to hold a “meaningful conversation” with the PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) to discuss the application’s “moderation efforts” after a ban was placed on the dating platform. On Tuesday, the PTA blocked five dating and live streaming apps, including Tinder and Tagged, over their “negative effects” and “immoral content”. The other… Continue reading Tinder seeks “meaningful conversation” with the PTA after ban

Imran Khan speaks to Hasina Wajed: Pak Bangladesh ties improving?

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday expressed his desire for “closer and fraternal” relations with Bangladesh, by speaking to the PM. Mr Khan, in what was his first telephone conversation with his Bangladesh counterpart Hasina Wajed, said: “Pakistan is committed to deepening fraternal relations with Bangladesh on the basis of mutual trust, mutual respect and… Continue reading Imran Khan speaks to Hasina Wajed: Pak Bangladesh ties improving?