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Pak-India tensions; time to exercise restraint By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Pak-India tensions; time to exercise restraint By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Indian fighter planes intruded into Pakistan territory in the early hours of Tuesday, February 26, claiming to have hit hideouts of JeM. The Indian side also claimed killing scores of JeM people. Consequent reports and investigations proved all Indian claims false as there was no JeM hideout whatsoever in Balakot thus no question of large scale killings. When challenged by jets of Pakistan Air Force, the Indian planes fled from the scene jettisoning the payload. Pakistan the next morning struck back and hit two Indian planes killing two pilots and arresting one alive.  

Govt introduces new visa regime; will it really help? By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Govt introduces new visa regime; will it really help? By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The Pakistan government has announced “drastic’ steps to woo especially foreign tourists by introducing a new visa regime whereby the government has extended ambit of e-visa and allowed people from over 50 countries to get visas on arrival in Pakistan.The announcement is significant in the sense that it may increase flow of visitors from other countries provided the incumbent government is able to provide them with an atmosphere free from insecurity.

Law and order ostensibly has been the main stumbling block in the way of foreign direct investments and promotion of tourism.

Undoubtedly, counties where the tourism industry is constantly on the move thus contributing heavily to the national exchequer, law and order situation there is well under control.

Accountability wheel set in motion By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Accountability wheel set in motion By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Perhaps for the first time in the history of Pakistan, the accountability process has been initiated against the all powerful politicians including business tycoons albeit it is not clear whether the concerned authorities shall be able to take this process to its logical end.

My Indonesia sojourn By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Courtesy Indonesian embassy, I got a chance last month to explore various aspects of Indonesia and its vibrant society, along with a group of senior journalists.Though, it was my second visit to the largest Muslim country, yet this time I had a chance to study the Indonesian culture, life style; political system as well regional systems rather in detail.

Reaching out to Central Asia – Part II By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The Central Asian countries especially Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have been playing an instrumental role for peace in the region and fight against terrorism and extremism. Pakistan’s political and military establishments have been working hand in hand with these governments in order to make sure that safe havens of terrorists are eliminated for good.

Pakistan must reach out to Central Asia By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Central Asia stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east and from Afghanistan in the south to Russia in the north. The region consists of the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Central Asia has a population of about 105 million, consisting of five republics: Kazakhstan (18 million), Kyrgyzstan (6 million), Tajikistan (9 million), Turkmenistan (6 million), and Uzbekistan (31 million). Afghanistan (35 million), which is a part of South Asia, is also sometimes included in Central Asia.

China’s ‘reservations’ on Saudi Arabia’s joining of CPEC By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

CPEC SITUATIONER / BY Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

ISLAMABAD (DNA)- Saudi Arabia has decided to be part of CPEC and is ready to make huge investments. According to reports Saudi Arabia will built an oil reservoir in Gwadar apart from making investments in various other projects.China on the contrary has announced that it will welcome Saudi Arabia in the CPEC however some Chinese experts, requesting anonymity, say the idea of including a third country into a project which according to the experts was purely a Chinese initiative, may not be bought in China.