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Muhammad Waqas

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Using water as a political weapon

As tensions in South Asia rise, forget the nuclear threat or the use of other sophisticated modern weapons on the battlefield; tensions now are all about going back to basics.

October 09, 2016

Complex US-Pakistan relations

On the bilateral relations front, it is not just Pakistan’s simmering tensions with India that is making the headlines. Pakistan’s long and complicated relationship with the US is also back in the news.

October 03, 2016

Peace process stumbles again

In the buildup to UN General Assembly session, there was never really a doubt that Pakistan would continue to push Kashmir issue on the global stage and seek intervention by world community to resolve this longstanding dispute with India.

September 26, 2016

Elephant in the room

They own fabulously palatial homes, maintain a princely lifestyle and run large businesses. They are in charge of the public service system, but their extravagant way of living is in sharp contrast to their much poorer countrymen.

September 20, 2016

The politics of economics

Last year, Pakistan had invited Iran to enter the much celebrated China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to strengthen cross-border trade and upgrade infrastructure in the region.

September 13, 2016

The elitist mindset

This is a system created by God, and He has made some people rich and others poor and we should not interfere in this system…Those who cannot get an education and cannot earn more have no right to live the life of a bureaucrat…

September 05, 2016

Revitalizing the SAARC

Even before the two-day SAARC Finance Ministers Conference started in Islamabad, it faced the brunt of recent bilateral tensions between India and Pakistan.

August 29, 2016

Crossing the red-line

India and Pakistan are at it again — verbally attacking and provoking each other to escalate tensions between the two sides even further.

August 23, 2016

Endless cycle of violence

Pakistan is mourning again. This time the carnage was in Quetta, where a suicide bomber struck at the city’s Civil Hospital to kill at least 70 people. Most of the victims were lawyers, who had brought a gunned down senior colleague to the hospital.

August 15, 2016

A new uprising

In a major turn of events, India’s self-proclaimed victory by killing Wani, a young rebel commander, has backfired and brought the disputed territory of Kashmir at a crossroads.

August 08, 2016