May, 2019

IN THE NEWS: NO ENDGAME IN AFGHANISTAN? (MAY 20, 2019)

Written by admin on Monday, May 20th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten No endgame in Afghanistan? SOURCE: The Express Tribune Monday, May 20, 2019 By KAMRAN YOUSAF The United States and the Afghan Taliban recently held another round of talks in Qatar as part of efforts to seek a peaceful end to the prolonged war in Afghanistan. After the […]

IN THE NEWS: TAX AMNESTY NO SOLUTION FOR PAKISTAN’S WOES (MAY 19, 2019)

Written by admin on Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Tax amnesty no solution for Pakistan’s woes SOURCE: Asia Times Sunday, May 19, 2019 By IMAD ZAFAR In what can be seen as another U-turn by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government, it has introduced a tax amnesty and new tax-declaration scheme to bring black money into the legal […]

IN THE NEWS: HERE WE GO AGAIN (MAY 18, 2019)

Written by admin on Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Here we go again SOURCE: Dawn Saturday, May 18, 2019 By IRFAN HUSAIN THE sanctions, the threats, the arms build-up, the shrill accusations and the allegations against Iran are all from a B-movie we have seen before. They are all part of the march to war that […]

IN THE NEWS: HOW TOXIC IS THE ENVIRONMENT WE LIVE IN (MAY 17, 2019)

Written by admin on Friday, May 17th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten How toxic is the environment we live in SOURCE: Herald magazine (Dawn) Friday, May 17, 2019 (Posted) By NARMEEN HAMID and ALEESHA HAMID We have all experienced heartache at some point in our lives. It is usually the romantic, melancholic variety that writers and poets wax lyrical […]

IN THE NEWS: PEACE TALKS SHOULD BE GIVE-AND-TAKE PROCESS (MAY 17, 2019)

Written by admin on Friday, May 17th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Peace Talks Should be Give-and-Take Process SOURCE: Daily Outlook Afghanistan Friday, May 17, 2019 (Posted) Editorial Afghan peace process has been highly controversial and unproductive. The first official talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government were held in July 2015, in Pakistan, in the presence of […]

IN THE NEWS: ISLAMIC STATE ANNOUNCES ‘PAKISTAN PROVINCE’ (MAY 16, 2019)

Written by admin on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Islamic State Announces ‘Pakistan Province’ SOURCE: Gandhara Thursday, May 16, 2019 *IS claimed credit for last month’s suicide blast in a marketplace in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan that killed 20 people and left nearly 50 injured The Islamic State (IS) group says it has established a […]

IN THE NEWS: PAKISTAN – TRADE DEFICIT CONTRACTS 13% IN JUL-APR FY19 (MAY 16, 2019)

Written by admin on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Trade deficit contracts 13% in Jul-Apr FY19 SOURCE: The Express Tribune Thursday, May 16, 2019 By SALMAN SIDDIQUI KARACHI: Pakistan’s trade deficit widened over 22% to $2.66 billion in April 2019 because of increase in imports, particularly the expensive petroleum products for running oil-fired power plants during […]

IN THE NEWS: THE BALOCH VS. BEIJING (MAY 15, 2019)

Written by admin on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten The Baloch vs. Beijing SOURCE: Newsweek Pakistan Wednesday, May 15, 2019 *MILITANCY IN PAKISTAN’S BALOCHISTAN PROVINCE TAKES AIM AT CHINESE INVESTMENT A vast Chinese-funded infrastructure project in Pakistan has become a major trigger for separatist insurgents, galvanizing their movement as they employ new tactics—including suicide attacks—in an […]

IN THE NEWS: AFGHAN TALIBAN CHIEF NEGOTIATOR: ‘US ON VERGE OF DEFEAT’ (MAY 15, 2019)

Written by admin on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Afghan Taliban Chief Negotiator: ‘ US on Verge of Defeat’ SOURCE: Daily Outlook Afghanistan Wednesday, May 15,2019 ISLAMABAD – The Taliban’s chief negotiator says in newly released remarks that the United States is on the verge of defeat and will quit Afghanistan soon “either of their own […]

IN THE NEWS: CHINA’S MILITARY BASE IN TAJIKISTAN: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? (MAY 14, 2019)

Written by admin on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten China’s Military Base in Tajikistan: What Does it Mean? SOURCE: Central Asia and Caucasus Analyst Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (Posted) By STEPHEN BLANK The Washington Post recently reported that China has an operating military base in Tajikistan, confirming earlier accounts of this base and opening a window […]