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Evidence suggests US lied about Iranian strikes on US facilities in Iraq

By Robert Inlakesh During the early morning hours of January 8, 2020, Iranian strategic missile units launched a precision attack, branded ‘Operation Martyr Soleimani’, against US forces at the American-operated section of the ‘Ain al-Asad’ air base in Iraq. The response, coming in response to the illegal assassination of General …

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The Saudi-Iran conflict and the challenges it poses for Pakistan

By Jaffer Abbas Mirza Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, recently visited both Iran and Saudi Arabia at a time when the region is on the precipice of imploding. The timing of the visits was no fortune coincidence. In fact, it showed Islamabad’s intent to maintain peace in the region, …

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Who was behind UK ambassador ‘scandal’ in Tehran

By Vanessa Beeley In the fog of political manipulation, deceit and US geopolitical grandstanding that has been the aftermath of the criminal US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes in Iraq much is being misinterpreted and misrepresented by all sides. In amongst the tragic consequences of the …

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A wasted year

By I.A. Rehman The  year 2019 is likely to go down in history as a wasted year in terms of democratic development. This is mainly because the government addressed the challenges of running a democratic dispensation by devaluing or diluting democratic principles, conventions and practices. The PTI acceded to power …

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2019: A disastrous year for Trump’s foreign policy

Twenty-nineteen could best be described as a year when Donald Trump’s foreign policy unraveled on so many fronts. It became ever more erratic, one-sided and personalized, changing with the US president’s mood swings. The crisis, as many would call it, has been a long time in the making, and the …

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Pakistan at a crossroads

By Nuno Lopes | Shahid Farooq With over 200 million inhabitants, Pakis­tan stands at a crossroads. Recovering from a devastating surge of terrorism, it is now in its third consecutive democratic government. In the run-up to elections, distinct voices advocated for accountability, good governance, urban sustainability — ie, quality of …

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‘Marine Security Belt’ drill in the eye of world media

By: Zahra Mirzafarjouyan The geographical and strategic location of Iran has made it the focus of international attention. The waters around Iran, especially the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf, have become the hotspot for saber-rattling for many countries, including the US and some of its allies to form …

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Indian Muslim men made to sign bonds in Uttar Pradesh villages

By Radhika Bordia The clampdown of the Uttar Pradesh police against the Muslim community has now extended to those who have not taken part in the ongoing protests. In three villages located less than 30km from Lucknow, at least 100 Muslim men have been made to furnish a bond of …

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Another Bhutto at the helm

By I. A. Rehman BENAZIR Bhutto occupies a unique place in the political history of Pakistan. Twice elected prime minister of the country and the first woman head of government in any Muslim-majority state, she inspired the hope that she could put democracy back on the rails. Inability to fulfil …

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