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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.

Challenges ahead for PTI government and Imran Khan By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Let us begin with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the General Headquarters (GHQ) on August 30, 2018 where he was given unprecedented welcome.The visit was unique in many ways. The prime minister spent eight long hours at the GHQ attending briefings on various operational as well administrative matters.

National game hockey in a shambles By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Pakistan hockey team put up a dismal performance in the recently held Champions Trophy played in the Netherlands. It could not win against even the weakest teams. It even lost 5th and 6th position match against Belgim thus getting the last position in the tournament. Consequently the caretaker government decided to withhold Rs 20 million grant earlier announced to ameliorate lot of the national game.

Sorry state of affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

 Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is a strong reflection of a country, therefore, a lot of emphasis is always laid on making this Ministry highly efficient, proactive and responsive. In Pakistan’s case unfortunately the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in recent years seems to have failed miserably to come up to the expectations of both the locals and foreigners.

Walid Abu Ali posted out: an era comes to end

Editorial May 18

Ambassador of Palestine Walid Abu Ali has been posted to Malaysia for his next assignment. Ambassador Walid spent almost six eventful years in Pakistan during which he not only championed adequately the cause of Palestine but contributed significantly towards bringing peoples of both countries even closer.