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India cozying up to Saudi may not be wise

By Shafeeq Rahman The Middle East is a pivotal region for Indian diplomacy because of India’s dependency on petroleum, huge commercial ties and a large diaspora in the region. The Middle East’s share of India’s overall trade was 21% and accounted for 62% of its crude-oil imports during January-August 2019. …

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Beyond Kartarpur

By Zahid Hussain In the midst of the worsening stand-off between Pakistan and India, the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor has been a remarkable feat. The historical event may not break the ice, but it certainly shows a way forward. The opening of the corridor allowing Indian Sikh pilgrims secure …

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Saudi Twitter spies: In the kingdom of silence, even silence is not allowed

By Madawi al-Rasheed The US government has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia, after they allegedly infiltrated the personal data of more than 6,000 Twitter accounts, including that of a prominent dissident who later became close to journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The employees were allegedly recruited by …

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Democrats take a gamble on Trump’s impeachment

By: Javad Heirannia The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday to launch an impeachment inquiry into Trump, thereby making formal investigations against him possible. The resolution was approved by a vote of 232 to 196. Accordingly, the House of Intelligence Committee carries out the investigations into the impeachment …

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The march and its consequences

By M Haroon Aslam Islamabad is playing host to a gathering of agitators who have camped on the Kashmir Highway for the last few days. The city has seen such affairs earlier as well, but this one is distinctive in many ways. Firstly, the crowd comprises right-wing agitators under the …

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US sanctions on Iran killing innocent people

  By Vijay Prashad In late October, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a short report with a sharp title: “Maximum Pressure: US Economic Sanctions Harm Iranians’ Right to Health.” In November 2018, the US renewed its unilateral sanctions against Iran, and included “secondary sanctions” on non-US entities. These secondary sanctions …

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Security mosaic

By Mohammad Ali Babakhel INTERNAL security is an essential element of national security. The Quaid said, a government is responsible for maintaining order and protecting life and property, and religious belief. Provincialism, sectarianism and ethnic divisions have led to different phases of violence but a well-articulated internal security policy couldn’t …

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Saudi media’s effort to derail Astana process

By: Zahra Mirzafarjouyan Iran and Turkey are two neighbors with extensive political, economic and cultural ties that have strengthened Tehran-Ankara relations. Sometimes, though, the policies of the two countries differ on a particular issue. It is natural that a government official or the media of the two countries criticize the …

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