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CPEC: The goose with the golden eggs

Betting its fate on Pakistan with a $51-billion investment in infrastructure, China remains wary of its neighbour’s squint-eyed politicians who have proven their lack of vision over the years. Many of these politicians can’t see beyond the impending election woes.

Read Here – The Express Tribune

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How Pakistan Is Planning To Fight A Nuclear War

Pakistani nuclear weapons are under control of the military’s Strategic Plans Division, and are primarily stored in Punjab Province, far from the northwest frontier and the Taliban. Ten thousand Pakistani troops and intelligence personnel from the SPD guard the weapons. Pakistan claims that the weapons are only armed by the appropriate code at the last moment, preventing a “rogue nuke” scenario.

Read Here – National Interest

Who Was Yahya Khan?

In August 1977, a small crew from Pakistan Television (PTV), visited a house of a former general of the Pakistan Army. The general had also been the country’s president between March 1969 and December 1971. He had been living in that house since early 1972 and was hardly ever seen in public for over five years. He had been under house arrest. Apart from this, he had also become a virtual recluse.

Read Here – Dawn

The Gates Of Hell

But why has it happened? They’re bellowing at Afghanistan, screaming blame and abuse. But the louder they yell, the more insistent the question: how have they managed to get it so wrong? Let’s talk about the boys a bit.

Read Here – Dawn

Pakistan’s Unrealised Demographic Dividend Could Add To Its Problems

Apart from structural imbalances, the inability of Pakistan’s economy to absorb the growing working-age population is due to the snowballing effect of insufficient investment in education over decades. This weakness has manifested itself when an educated work force is needed the most in order to reap the demographic dividend.

Read Here – The Indian Express

In Pakistan, Tolerant Islamic Voices Are Being Silenced

A radical anti-Sufi movement is growing throughout the Islamic world. Until the 20th century, ultra-orthodox strains of Islam tended to be regarded as heretical by most Muslims. But since the 1970s, Saudi oil wealth has been used to spread such intolerant beliefs across the globe. As a result, many contemporary Muslims have been taught a story of Islamic religious tradition from which the tolerance of Sufism is excluded.

Read Here – The Guardian

Pakistan’s Economy Is A Pleasant Surprise

Pakistan’s improvement matters because, with approximately 200 million people, it is the sixth most populous country in the world. It is also a nuclear power, and arguably a key to peace in the region.

Read Here – Bloomberg

A Chinese Marshall Plan?

Reports of Chinese companies negotiating buying more businesses and land in Pakistan have been welcomed by many but some who keep a closer watch on such developments have also been advising extreme caution.

Read Here – The Express Tribune

General Bajwa’s Battle

“Every Army chief has had his own legacy or way of doing things,” says Saad, who is a barrister in Islamabad, “our father believes in the supremacy of the Constitution. He always says he wants the Pakistan [that the] Quaid-e-Azam envisioned, a Pakistan where institutions are more important than individuals.”

Read Here – Newsweek

Pakistan Gets A New Army Chief

After weeks of intense speculation and rumours, a career infantry officer belonging to the Baloch Regiment, Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as the new Chief of Army Staff while Lt Gen Zubair Hayat has been appointed the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee.

Read Here – Dawn

Also read: Challenges for the new army chief

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