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Cold Start or Nuclear Winter

A Crisis of Sanity in South Asia South Asia is no stranger to conflict, for the region has always remained unstable for most of its post-colonial history, mainly due to the two regional powers, India and Pakistan, locking horns in an endless turf battle. It is not a good time for peace advocates on either … Continue reading Cold Start or Nuclear Winter

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Pakistan Sends Combat Troops to Saudi Southern Border

Brigade deploys to shore up border against Houthi reprisal attacks from Yemen, but sources tell MEE it will 'not be used beyond Saudi borders' The Pakistan army is sending a brigade of combat troops to shore up Saudi Arabia’s vulnerable southern border from reprisal attacks mounted by the Houthis in Yemen, according to senior security … Continue reading Pakistan Sends Combat Troops to Saudi Southern Border

Pakistani Naval Fleet Docks at Southern Iranian Port

Two Pakistani warships berthed at Iran’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Sunday for an official visit. The Pakistani mission comprising Navy ships Tippu Sultan and PNS Jurrat was officially received by the Iranian Navy’s officers in Bandar Abbas on Sunday. Speaking at the welcoming ceremony for the Pakistani fleet, Commander of Iran’s First … Continue reading Pakistani Naval Fleet Docks at Southern Iranian Port

Walking a Tightrope: China Manoeuvres Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

This week’s imposition of sanctions on one of China’s largest telecom equipment manufacturers, ZTE, by the US Commerce Department, and an investigation of Huawei, ZTE’s foremost Chinese competitor, could not have come at a more auspicious moment for Saudi King Salman as he visits China on the third leg of his month-long Asian tour. Fishing in … Continue reading Walking a Tightrope: China Manoeuvres Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

India’s Freaking Out Over China’s “BRICS-Plus” Proposal

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced on Wednesday that China would “explore modalities for BRICS-plus, to hold outreach dialogues with other major developing countries” because “we hope to establish extensive partnerships and widen our circle of friends to turn it into the most impactful platform for South-South cooperation.” This instantly prompted a jingoistic paroxysm in … Continue reading India’s Freaking Out Over China’s “BRICS-Plus” Proposal

Russian South Asia Complexity

Russian moves to improve relations with Pakistan to complicate its South Asian strategy? How Russia can mange relations with Pakistan keeping time-tested privileged partnership with India? Russian moves are tactical in nature or following a comprehensive strategy to deal with two rival neighbors? Russia requires a policy for South Asia region as whole? What would … Continue reading Russian South Asia Complexity

China’s Military Power Projection into Af-Pak

Last week, I looked at the recent string of attacks in Pakistan and attributed them to state-sponsored terrorism facilitated by Indian and Afghan security services. That opinion got plenty of support on the hawkish side of Pakistan media. Munir Akram Pakistan's ex ambassador to the UN declared "we know the hostile powers that have sponsored … Continue reading China’s Military Power Projection into Af-Pak

Geopolitics Behind Pakistan’s Sehwan Shrine Bombing

Mayhem stalks South Asia as a series of terrorist bombings ripped through Pakistan in February. The most horrific targeted worshipers at one of Pakistan's most famous and magnificent Sufi shrines at Sehwan. At least 88 people died and hundreds were injured as a suicide bomber detonated his vest filled with ball bearings and bolts inside … Continue reading Geopolitics Behind Pakistan’s Sehwan Shrine Bombing

In January 2016, then Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif (R) meets with Deputy Crown Prince and Saudi Minister of Defence Mohammed bin Salman in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (AFP)

Asia’s Quiet Superpower: Pakistan Army’s Teetering Balance Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

When one thinks of the Pakistan Army, one does not instinctively think of a force that is relevant to conflicts in the Middle East. Yet increasingly – and without actually being involved in any operations - it is the most influential military in the region. Who will lead the Islamic NATO, a new Saudi-led, terrorist-fighting … Continue reading Asia’s Quiet Superpower: Pakistan Army’s Teetering Balance Between Saudi Arabia and Iran