Reema Shaukat

  • Having seemingly managed to entangle Russia in the Ukraine war and re-energised Quad 2.0 under the Indo-Pacific strategy, the US has now turned its focus towards West Asia ostensibly to counter Iran but also China as a by-product. Last year in October 2021, there was news of the forming of the ...

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  • Our domestic political affairs kept us aloof from the important developments in our region. Having achieved a stalemate in Russia-Ukraine war, the US re-laid its focus on the Indo-Pacific as significant developments took place during the last months (April-May, 2022). A little earlier than the 4th ...

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  • Frustrated in their efforts to persuade India on criticising Russia over its military campaign in Ukraine, the US and allies seem to have started propagating gossip, perhaps as feelers, signalling to India that there are other choices to forge ahead with the Indo-Pacific strategy. It is being ...

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  • The vibrant political situation in Pakistan over the last fortnight has been captivating enough to keep our eyes off many international happenings. One such important event was the 2+2 ministerial meeting between the US and India. The Foreign and Defence ministers of India met with the US ...

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  • As the Ukraine crisis is forging ahead, so are the worries of the US, which is facing a foreign policy challenge of calibrating its attention between Europe and the Indo-Pacific. Are Russian hegemonic designs a bigger threat to the US and its allies, or the rapidly growing Chinese influence, is the ...

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  • Two important events have taken place in connection with the US Indo-Pacific strategy during the month of February, 2022. The White House issued a document, the Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States, describing the basis of the strategy with the planned way forward. As per this document, the ...

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  • The year 2022 appears to be a curtain raiser on the US Indo-Pacific strategy. Three important events in short succession during the very first month of this year, 2022, must have caught the attention of observers around the world. On January 15, the USS Nevada, which is the US Navy’s ...

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  • The world has witnessed global power competitions throughout its age. It results in alliances, partnerships, forums, pacts and agreements between likeminded nation states who strive to thwart a perceived threat. Not long ago, the world witnessed the Cold War era which culminated in dwarfing the ...

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  • 70 percent of the Earth comprises water and the 30 percent of dry land. It is the inquisitive nature of humans which leads us to explore ways to utilise all channels and forms of communication. History suggests that prior to land routes, man travelled through the sea to explore the world and ...

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  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a successful two day visit to Pakistan and following that was the visit of UN Secretary General António Guterres. Both the official calls were highly successful and yet critical at the same time when Pakistan was struggling with the FATF ...

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  • One way or another 46 billion dollars mega project of CPEC has remained in limelight since its inception. Because of One Belt, One Road initiative where another deep seaport will be built in Pakistan, Gwadar now holds strategic and prime importance not only for Pakistan but Chinese vision of ...

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  • Qatar maintains a strategic location as a peninsula in the east of Arab bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. Qatar’s economy is largely based on its oil export as the country is blessed with major petroleum deposits and second largest natural gas reserves. While the political system ...

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  • Alfred Thayer Mahan, a strategist defined the importance of Navy and Naval power by saying, ‘No nation can become a great world power without a great navy. Overseas colonies are required to support naval bases on which to project a globe-girdling navy’.   Maritime combat in the ...

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  • 27th October is remembered as a day in history when Kashmir was vended and India forcibly toke over the land. 1947. Kashmir is a long standing dispute between Pakistan and India, which originated when the people of Jammu and Kashmir State were denied the right of self-determination in 1947. When ...

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  • Pakistan if faces security defies on its external facades then it equally tackles with some domestic challenges and natural catastrophes on its ground. 8 October is thus marked as “National Resilience Day”, not only to remember those souls who lost their lives in dreadful earthquake of ...

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  • As the month of August approaches, the zest and enthusiasm of every Pakistani gets more jubilant and ecstatic. And why one should not be overjoyed as it’s the month of Independence, when Pakistan appeared on the map of the world as a new Muslim state. One shows respect and love for motherhood ...

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  • On 8th of July, 2017 Burhan Wani’s first death anniversary will be expressed throughout Kashmir as a symbol of youth gallantry and protest against Indian oppression. Over the last year Burhan Wani’s name has become a symbol of Kashmiri passion and struggle for freedom. Wani passed away ...

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  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation grew out of the “Shanghai Five,” which was founded in 1996. The SCO was founded with an aim to strengthen relations among member states and promote cooperation in political affairs, economics and trade. The group, which was founded in 2001 in ...

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  • Pakistani media is often criticised for being biased and supportive to certain class which is not true. Not all media is prejudiced and some are doing exceptional work by exposing evil faces in our society. Recently a video showing a factory owner slapping and torturing his labours including female ...

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  • The war against terrorism was never waged with the thought that it will further complicate the Afghanistan predicament. The Intricacy of the Afghanistan enigma is being thwarted day by day as the country’s traumatic experience of incessant civil friction, and a muddled socio-politico and ...

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  • March 23 is celebrated as Pakistan Day throughout the country with great passion to recall the accomplishments and untiring efforts of our forefathers and leaders for passing the Pakistan Resolution on 23 March, 1940 because of which today we are breathing in an independent and sovereign country. ...

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  • While making pronouncements, very few decision makers or authorities notice their impact in the long term. History reveals that occasionally, wrong decisions prove to be very drastic, though at that time, they seem quite enthralling. One such wrong choice, which has an astounding impact, was the ...

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  • Famous author Diane Mariechild quotes, “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” Every year on 8th of March, International Women’s Day is celebrated as worldwide event to honour women’s accomplishments from political to social ...

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  • With the new wave of violence that gripped Pakistan in the past few weeks to create fear among masses and convey a message that terrorism can’t be fully exterminated, this upcoming ECO Summit in Pakistan gives a strong missive to all miscreant elements that Pakistan is fully prepared to ...

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  • Why this esprit de corps or solidarity and unity to Kashmir is marked on 5th of February every year? This question may come in one’s mind but very few know the importance of this day and try to assess its significance as Pakistani. While turning the pages of history, one finds that puppet ...

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  • Handling the burden of millions of refugees, disputed border, absconding of militants across a dubious borderline, and with accusations of creating instability in each other’s state of affairs, Pak-Afghan relations have never enjoyed a honeymoon period. There is a complicated history of the ...

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  • Amid all controversies and debate on CPEC, this game changer project underwent major developments in year 2016, thus giving a befitting reply to the opponents and adversaries of Pakistan and CPEC venture. Year 2016 brought noteworthy evolvement in CPEC where people witnessed Pak-China friendship ...

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  • Pakistan has paid a massive price in the war against terrorism. The strategy of “either you are with us or against us” has given Pakistan many difficult intervals. But definitely Pakistan stands out among comity of nations as fearless and valiant nation who fought courageously against ...

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  • October 27, 1947 is remembered as the day when India forcibly took over the land of Kashmir. Kashmir is a long-standing dispute between Pakistan and India, which originated when the people of Jammu and Kashmir were denied the right of self-determination in 1947. When India and Pakistan became ...

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  • United Nations declared 21st September as an International Day of Peace in 1981, after which every year many people, political and military observer groups and many countries devote this day to strengthen peace efforts in world. Every year UN, announces a theme for this day to reinforce the ideals ...

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