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#ChappalChorPakistan: ‘Grass eaters have gone, we are beef eaters like you, we are going to show you’

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 mustikhan  Uncategorized January 9, 2018 5 MinutesAs my friends protested in front of Pakistan embassy in Washington Sunday, in minus seven degrees Celsius, in a very novel way by gifting used shoes to Islamabad– one friend Najeeb Khan from New York even ordered a shoe online to send to the address “Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry, C/o#ChappalChorPakistan” to the embassy — my heart ached over thoughts of old Karachi.The protestoes raised slogans, “Chappal Chor Pakistan” “Pakistan is Taliban, Taliban in Pakistan,” “Where was bin Laden, Inside Pakistan,” “Pakistan ka matlab kiya, Amreeka say dollar laa, Hindustan kay jootay kha.” (What is the meaning of Pakistan, get free dollars from USA, and get shoe-slapped by India).The protest was aimed at exposing Pakistan’s wrong, in the backdrop of the treatment the rogue state meted out to Cheetan and Avanti, spouse and mo…

Catch- 22 in Afghanistan

January 8, 2018Lawrence Sellinhttp://www.southasiaathudson.org/blog/2018/1/8/catch-22-in-afghanistanThe conventional wisdom in Washington DC and Islamabad states that the U.S. cannot win in Afghanistan without the assistance of Pakistan. This rationalizes a policy that, at best, can only produce a perpetual stalemate. This policy will continue to fall short because of divergent American and Pakistani desires and interest. Pakistan doesn’t want the US to win in Afghanistan; instead, it wants a client state as strategic depth against its archrival, India. The US, on the other hand, wants a stable, independent, democratic and terrorist-free Afghanistan.It is the classical paradoxical situation, similar to what Joseph Heller described in his 1961 novel Catch-22. Roughly defined, it is - you can’t get out of the Army unless you are crazy and, if you want to get out of the Army, you can’t be crazy.President Trump, in a New Year’s Day tweet, threatened to cut off American aid to Pakistan if …

Macron launches China charm offensive, but will Xi be seduced?

http://m.france24.com/en/20180108-france-china-macron-charm-offensive-silk-road
Latest update : 08/01/2018
© ludovic Marin / POOL / AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron is welcomed at Beijing's Capital Airport on January 8, 2018.Article text by Romain BRUNETFrench President Emmanuel Macron arrived in China Monday on a state visit aimed at boosting bilateral trade relations and clinching major commercial contracts. But will he succeed in getting better market access to the world’s second largest economy?Macron launched his visit in Xian, an ancient city deep in central China, historically known as the eastern starting point of the Silk Route. The French president’s choice was a nod to his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping’s ambitious “One Belt One Road” initiative aimed at connecting Asia and Europe.The $1 trillion (€0.8 trillion) infrastructure project, billed as “the New Silk Road” has sparked interest and anxiety in the international community with some countries viewing…

Macron launches China charm offensive, but will Xi be seduced?

http://m.france24.com/en/20180108-france-china-macron-charm-offensive-silk-road
Latest update : 08/01/2018
© ludovic Marin / POOL / AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron is welcomed at Beijing's Capital Airport on January 8, 2018.Article text by Romain BRUNETFrench President Emmanuel Macron arrived in China Monday on a state visit aimed at boosting bilateral trade relations and clinching major commercial contracts. But will he succeed in getting better market access to the world’s second largest economy?Macron launched his visit in Xian, an ancient city deep in central China, historically known as the eastern starting point of the Silk Route. The French president’s choice was a nod to his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping’s ambitious “One Belt One Road” initiative aimed at connecting Asia and Europe.The $1 trillion (€0.8 trillion) infrastructure project, billed as “the New Silk Road” has sparked interest and anxiety in the international community with some countries viewing…

Pakistan Will Try to Make Trump Pay

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/01/trump-pakistan/549887/

Trucks carrying NATO supplies wait to enter Afghanistan through a border crossing in Pakistan.ReutersC. CHRISTINEFAIR10:58 AM ET  GLOBALShareTweet
Before the news cycle—and the president himself—got consumed with the new White House tell-all last week, Donald Trump made a good foreign policy decision, albeit seemingly in haste. The administration announced it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan, on the grounds that the country is continuing to arm, assist, fund, and provide sanctuary to a wide array of Islamist militant groups that are murdering U.S. troops and their allies in Afghanistan. Well-placed sources involved with calculating the relevant funds have told me that this was not a planned policy and took the other agencies, not to mention the Pakistanis, by complete surprise. Rather it was an ex post facto response to Trump’s January 1, 2018 tweet vituperatively repining that:The United Stat…

Fighting China isn't a good plan — just stop the huge US wealth and technology transfers

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/08/dont-fight-china-just-stop-huge-us-wealth-and-technology-transfers--commentary.html


Rising exports can be a powerful engine of U.S. growthOutflows of wealth and technology weaken America's strategic standingThe U.S. should follow WTO and IMF principles to balance tradeDr. Michael Ivanovitch@msiglobal9Published 4 Hours AgoCNBC.comJason Lee | ReutersChina's President Xi Jinping claps after his speech as he and other new Politburo Standing Committee members meet with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 25, 2017.In the first 11 months of last year, Chinacashed in a cool $344.4 billion surplus on its U.S. trades. That's an 8 percent increase from the same period of 2016.Fancy any technology with that? Of course, the Chinese would say.Beijing estimates that about 40 percent of its sales to the U.S. are generated by American companies operating in China. Those companies have been allowed to set up shop in China und…

WHY HALTING AID TO PAKISTAN WON’T STOP THEM SUPPORTING TERRORISTS

http://www.newsweek.com/why-halting-aid-pakistan-wont-stop-them-supporting-terrorists-774049


BY MICHAELKUGELMAN ON 1/8/18 AT 10:51 AMOPINIONThis article first appeared on the Wilson Center site.The State Department announced on January 4 a freeze on most of Washington’s security aid to Pakistan.The decision won’t torpedo the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, as a rupture in relations would more likely result from a more drastic measure, such as designating Pakistan as a state sponsor of terror.Keep Up With This Story And More By Subscribing NowStill, a fragile partnership already on tenterhooks will now grow ever more tenuous, especially because cutting aid to the Pakistanis is unlikely to compel them to crack down on the terrorists that target American troops in Afghanistan.In other words, Pakistan won’t do what America wants it to do. That’s because Pakistan’s links to the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network, groups based in Pakistan that stage attacks in Afghanistan, serve longstanding nat…

US — the over-demanding ally

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/01/09/us-the-over-demanding-ally/
Comment31 MINS AGO BY YASMEENAFTAB ALIRules of engagement need a serious revisitThe US has always repeated the mantra of “do more” to Pakistan in WoT since it invaded Afghanistan. A war that US and NATO has failed to win after over sixteen years of boots on ground.Pakistan’s repeated narrative of being the biggest victim in terms of lives and impact on economy and the damage to the social fabric of the country has fallen on deaf ears. US should care. Reality is, it does not. It wants Pakistan to win the war for her to the exclusion of all elements and interests of other stakeholders involved.Trump’s tweet on January 1st 2018 led to a strong reaction in Pakistan. “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan…

Lessons for India From the Rift in US-Pakistan Relations

https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/lessons-for-india-from-the-rift-in-us-pakistan-relations/

What lessons can India draw from recent U.S. moves against Pakistan?By Nitin Pai and Pranay KotasthaneJanuary 06, 2018
In April 2016, former U.S. ambassador to India, Robert Blackwill described the U.S. policy paralysis towards Pakistan in these evocative words:…every time a new administration in Washington comes to office, they get worried about Pakistan, which has a stockpile of nuclear weapons. The (U.S.) Secretary of State then visits Pakistan and meets the top leadership. He is systematically lied to by Pakistan’s leadership, and this goes on for about two years. In the third year, he tells his colleagues at the U.S. State Department that Pakistan’s leaders have been lying to him. Then they think about how to deal with the situation, and the elections come in and a new administration takes charge. The same thing is (then) repeated.

This vicious rent-seeking cycle through which Pakistan has ma…

Post Trump tweet, China set to have a iron grip on Pakistan

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/following-trumps-tweet-china-and-pakistan-set-for-a-tighter-embrace/article22396124.ece
Atul AnejaBEIJING, JANUARY 08, 2018 13:16 ISTUPDATED: JANUARY 08, 2018 15:57 ISTThe rise in anti-American sentiments in Pakistan appears to be conflating with the perception of China as a more reliable ally.China now appears set for an even tighter embrace of its already “iron brother” Pakistan, following a New Year slide in ties between Islamabad and Washington.An Op-ed in the state-run tabloid, Global Times, posted late on Sunday, noted that China should pay more attention to the potency of its economic assistance to Pakistan “as ties are set to get closer amid hostility from the U.S.”“After U.S. President Donald Trump used Twitter to slam Pakistan for harbouring terrorists, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday that it would suspend security assistance to Pakistan until the country takes decisive action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani net…

FC apprehend three suspects in Balochistan raids

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January 8, 2018By:Samaa Web DeskPublished in PakistanBe the first to comment!RAWALPINDI: Paramilitary FC force conducted intelligence-based operations in Balochistan on Monday, arresting three suspects.The raids were conducted in Dhadar and Mastung districts.According to a statement issued by the army’s media wing, ISPR, FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Dhadar and Mastung, and arrested three suspects.“Cache of arms and ammunition including IEDs, hand grenade, detonators and communication equipment were also recovered,” it said

Islamic State footprint on rise in Pakistan's northern Sindh, Balochistan: Report

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WorldIANSJan 08, 2018 14:10:30 IST
Islamabad: The footprint of the militant Islamic State group is continuously on the rise in Pakistan as over the past year responsibility for as many as six deadliest attacks, in which 153 people were killed, was claimed by the outfit, according to a think-tank report.The security report by Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) on Sunday stated that the Islamic State, especially active in northern Sindh and Balochistan, was also behind the abduction and killing of two Chinese nationals last year, Dawn reported.Representational image. Reuters"The Islamic State claimed responsibility for just six terrorist attacks in the country, but they were the most deadliest ones. There is a need to take the matter more seriously because there is a possibility that foreign fighters would come to Pakistan in near future as things are co…

Chinese Ambassador calls on Mushahid Hussain

https://www.brecorder.com/2018/01/08/391418/chinese-ambassador-calls-on-mushahid-hussain/

PARVEZJABRIJAN 8TH, 2018
ISLAMABAD: China Ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing here on Monday called on Chairman Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Senator Mushahid Hussain.Senator Mushahid Hussain warmly welcomed Yao Jing to the Parliament House and said, ”Ambassador Yao Jing is an old friend of Pakistan, having served here on two occasions in the past”, adding, “Yao Jing knows Pakistan and the region very well”.He expressed the hope that during his tenure, Pakistan China relations will be further consolidated and CPEC will make more rapid progress.ADVERTISEMENTAdAmbassador Yao Jing termed Senator Mushahid Hussain as “ an old friend of China” and thanked him for his contribution to Pakistan China relations, especially in the building of CPEC.He expressed the hope that in 2018 CPEC will enter a ‘new era’ of all round development, and expansion of CPEC to include Afghanis…

‘Nawaz ousted as punishment for CPEC’

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/266143-nawaz-ousted-as-punishment-for-cpecry 9, 2018

KARACHI: The Federal Climate Change Minister Mushahid Ullah Khan has said that Nawaz Sharif was ousted as a punishment for his role to build the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.The federal minister who is also the central Information secretary of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) stated this on Wednesday while talking to newsmen here at the Karachi Press Club on Monday.The minister said that Nawaz Sharif’s passage had been obstructed several times since the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) came to power in 2013 and even the visit of the Chinese president to Pakistan had to be put off for the same reasons. He said on some occasions, Imran Khan impeded the passage of Nawaz Sharif while on other occasions Tahirul Qadri performed the same role.He said the PML(N) government in the last four years had been able to overcome fundamental problems of the country including those related to shortage of…

Macron in China: "The new Silk Road cannot be one-way"

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Macron in China: "The new Silk Road cannot be one-way"By Catherine Hardy08/01/2018"I came to tell you, is that Europe is back"
French President Emmanuel Macron says China and Europe should work together on Beijing's "Belt and Road" initiative.Macron began his first state visit to China with a stop in Xian, an eastern departure point of the ancient Silk Road.What did he say?"After all, the ancient Silk Roads were never only Chinese," Macron told an audience of academics, students and business people at the Daming Palace, the royal residence for the Tang dynasty for more than 220 years."By definition, these roads can only be shared. If they are roads, they cannot be one-way."Macron, who pledged to visit China at least once every year during his mandate, said the new infrastructure and cultural projects promoted by China could also be in France and E…