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“CPEC is not a game-changer, it’s game over” Shahzada  Irfan  Ahmed September 2, 2017 Interview: Kaiser Bengali Kaiser Bengali is a senior economist who has served as advisor to the chief minister Balochistan as well as consultant/national coordinator for Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Government of Pakistan. Besides, he has headed research institutions including Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC), Karachi, and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad. He has done his Masters in Economics from Boston University, USA, and has a PhD from Karachi University. He has vast experience in the fields of teaching, research, publications and finance. Here he talks to  The News on Sunday  (TNS) about the country’s economic policies, the priorities of those managing the economy, the economic challenges faced at local and international levels, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its relationship with Gwadar, development of the

Birth of Girl Child celebrated by planting trees

How India Should deal with Trump

India should formulate a totally pragmatic approach for dealing with Trump. This would be different than the typical ideological approaches Indians have tended to use in international affairs. In other words, do not pigeon hole Trump into Left/Right categories. Understand his top priorities as president, and make concrete deals that are free of lofty ideologies. India’s most important diplomatic offensive should be on Baluchistan. Convince Trump that a game changer would be to free Baluchistan from Pakistan by supporting the Baluchi freedom movement. This will involve US military intervention. And it will change the map of the region forever. Afghanistan will get access to the sea via Baluchistan, and the US will no longer have to suck up to Pakistan for supplying its troops. Afghans will love this freedom from the Pakis. So will the other Central Asian “stan” countries that are presently landlocked. A potential new sea access for Russia will also be a negotiating card to deal with Pu

తెలంగాణ విమోచన ఉత్సవాలు ఎందుకు జరపరు?

సెప్టెంబర్‌ 17, 1948. చరిత్ర తెలియని వారికి ఈ తేదీ ప్రాధాన్యం పెద్దగా తెలియకపోవచ్చు, కానీ చరిత్ర తెలిసిన వారి మనసు భావోద్వేగంతో నిండిపోతుంది. ఆనాటి స్వాతంత్య్ర సమరం, పోరాట యోధులు, త్యాగధనులను తలచుకొని వారికి నివాళులర్పిస్తారు. అదే సమయంలో కొందరు ఈ తేదీ గురించి చెపితే ఉలిక్కిపడతారు. ఆత్మవంచన చేసుకుంటారు. ఈ తేదీకి ప్రాధాన్యం ఇవ్వాల్సిన అవసరం లేదని, మొండిగా వాదించే ప్రయత్నం చేస్తారు. 68 ఏళ్ల క్రితం అంటే సరిగ్గా ఇదే రోజున భారతదేశం నడిబొడ్డున ఒక సర్జరీ జరిగింది. క్యాన్సర్‌ లాంటి కణితిగడ్డ తొలగిపోయింది.. 1948 సెప్టెంబర్‌ 17 నాడు విజాతీయ, ఫ్యూడల్‌ భావాలు గల హైదరాబాద్‌ సంస్థానం కాలగర్భంలో కలిసింది. ఇక్కడి ప్రజలు స్వేచ్ఛాస్వాతంత్య్రాలు పొందారు. ఇది వాస్తవం. తెలంగాణ విమోచన ఉత్సవాలు ఎందుకు జరపరు? భారత స్వాతంత్య్రోద్యమ చరిత్రలో 1947 ఆగస్టు 15కు ఎంత ప్రాధాన్యం ఉందో, తెలంగాణ విమోచనం జరిగిన 1948 సెప్టెంబర్‌ 17కూ అంతే ప్రాముఖ్యం ఉంది. ఈ రెండూ స్వాతంత్య్ర దినోత్స వాలే. దురదష్టవశాత్తు తెలంగాణ ప్రజలు ఏడు దశాబ్దాలుగా తెలంగాణ స్వాతంత్య్రదిన ఉత్సవాలకు నోచుకోలేక పోతున్నారు. 1956 నవంబర్‌ 1వ తేదీన ఆంధ్రప

Pakistan Army becomes largest beneficiary of drug business in Balochistan August 29, 2017      Pakistan Army has become the largest party to benefit from drug trafficking business in Balochistan, Abid Zamurani The Balochistan Post’s correspondent, reports from Panjgur. Makuran region of Balochistan has recently become one of the main international drug trafficking routes in the region. Drugs are trafficked through this route to various parts of the world in large quantities. Along with smugglers the Pakistan Army has also played a major role to make this happen. Other than giving impunity to drug dealers like Imam Bheel, senior officers of Pakistan Army have also made riches out of the drug business. These officers have become millionaires by reselling the drugs caught in “anti-narcotics” raids. According to details obtained by The Balochistan Post’s Panjgur correspondent, Pakistan Army, under supervision of FC Commandant Panjgur, has formed at l

Long Ignored: The Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons Against Insurgents

28 Aug 2017 By Glenn Cross for War on the Rocks Glenn Cross contends that a prevailing assumption has held that chemical and biological weapons will not be used because of their ineffectiveness as well as international norms and agreements. However, in this article, Cross uses the examples of Rhodesia in the 1970s and Syria today to highlight 1) that chemical and biological agents can possess significant utility in modern counterinsurgency campaigns; and 2) that in extremis, certain regimes can have little compunction about resorting to such weapons. This article was  originally published  by  War on the Rocks  on 15 August 2017. A conventional shibboleth is that chemical and biological agents have no place in modern conflicts. In this view, chemical and biological agents are not useful because they are inhumane, uncontrollable, ineffective, or obsolete in the face of modern conventional weapons.  These arguments  were put forth when the U.S. decided to ban biological weapons, an

Joke onTrump Administration

Donald Trump went to London and met with the Queen. "Your Queenship, “ he asked her. “I am finding things way more difficult than I could have imagined. May I ask you - how do you run such an efficient government?  Are there any tips you can give me?” “Well," replied Her Majesty, "the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people." Trump frowned. "But how do you know the people around you are really intelligent?" he asked. "Oh, that's easy” the Queen replied. “You just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle”. She pushed a button on her intercom. “Please send Theresa May in here." The Prime Minister walked into the room. “You called for me, Your Majesty?" "Answer me this, if you would, Theresa. “ the Queen said. “Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother  and it is not your sister. Who is it?” Without pausing for even a second, Theresa May answered, “That would

US Think Tanks commentary on Trump's Afghan policy while we need to hold Pakistan accountable for its actions and respond proportionately, we need also to hold the door open to better relations someday. Reductions in aid, and more strikes by American or Afghan forces over the Pakistani border against the Taliban, are reasonable places to start. * Targeted sanctions on those individuals in the Pakistani “ISI” intelligence forces who are known to help the Taliban could also be part of the mix. But a restoration of aid and perhaps even a free-trade zone could be offered to Pakistan if and when their cooperation improves.* Try to mediate between India and Pakistan whenever and however possible—the latter’s resentments about India, including its presence in Afghanistan, make it harder for Pakistan to give up its support for the Taliban (Pakistan sees the Taliban partly as a hedge against long-term Indian domination of Afghanistan, however

Munir Mengal at Conference

The Americans Are Back: F-16 for the IAF and F/A-18 for the Indian Navy

Source: Getty ASHLEY J. TELLIS August 02, 2017 Force Summary:   Because combat aviation is steadily moving towards the dominance of stealthy platforms, India should be seeking to leverage these purchases towards the development or the acquisition of fifth-generation fighters. During the last year, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy (IN) confirmed what must have been the worst kept secret in New Delhi: that the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, for all its achievements, was unsuitable as a strike-fighter for their near-term modernisation requirements. Ashley J. Tellis Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs More from this author... Strategic Affairs Expert Says India’s Extremism Could Cost Goodwill Protecting an Investment With Trump, Best to Focus on Bilateral Ties, Not Global Issues Where the IAF was concerned, the request for information (RFI) for a new single-engine fighter issued in the United States, Russia, and Sweden in October 2016 marked a further twist in its lon