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The likely outcome of July 25 elections? by Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Electioneering is gaining momentum as the election day, July 25th, draws near. The political parties have had ample time to prepare themselves for the reckoning at the hustings. The PML-N would like to perform well in order to return to Islamabad. The PTI and the PPP would also try to put up a good show so that they could form the next government. While the tug-of-war to get control of Islamabad is likely to intensify in the coming days, the mind boggling question for all and sundry is, who will form the next government? Whether the PML–N shall be able to regain power or PTI will hold sway this time.

Morocco playing key role in  Bringing Africa, South Asia closer  

 

BY ANSAR MAHMOOD BHATTI

The recently concluded Crans Montana Forum held in the Western Sahara city of Dakhla, Morocco leaders from across the globe gathered to share their views as to how to address various issues facing the African countries and how to reach out to other continents, especially South Asia with a view to forging partnerships with different countries. The avowed aim of this initiative ostensibly appears to be exploring new avenues of cooperation with the outer world so as to help particularly those African countries that are lagging behind in terms of socio-economic development.

Pakistan, Russia inching closer: a step in the right direction

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Pakistan and Russia, after being at odds for a while seem to have realized that straining of relations and disengagement is not a solution when it comes to building bridges and developing new linkages. That is exactly what a Russian think-tank Dr. Vladimir Kozin expressed on February 27, 2018 during a seminar on SCO held under the aegis of Centre for Global and Strategic Studies (GSS) at the Islamabad Serena Hotel.

Changing sands of Pakistan’s politics

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Departure of Tahirul Qadri, Chief of Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT) abroad should not auger well for the nascent political alliance that seems to have died a pre-mature death after PPP pulled out of the alliance, on the pretext that it was not happy with the PTI Chief Imran Khan’s derogatory remarks about the Parliament. Although, various political parties had gathered under the banner of PAT to mount a collective struggle to get justice for the victims of the Model Town incident, factually the underlying motives were to not only destabilize the Punjab government but also to bear pressure on the Federal Government paving way for early elections or removal of the government before March in order to stop the Senate elections.

US in the dock under Donald Trump By Ansar M Bhatti

The UN General Assembly on Dec 21, 2017 in its extra-ordinary session adopted Pakistan co-sponsored resolution declaring US President Donald Trump’s decision to move American Capital to Jerusalem, by 128 votes. Only nine countries chose to side with the US President while 35 countries including Australia, Canada, Israel, Romania, Hungary did not attend the session. The UNGA decision and the earlier decision of the UN Security Council in which 14 countries out of 15 voted against Trump decision, may not force belligerent American President to withdraw his decision, nevertheless huge moral and political pressure from the international community has ostensibly put America on the back foot.

CPEC and the environment

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been underway for almost two years but the political leadership has yet to take into consideration its societal and environmental impact. While the physical infrastructure and energy generation projects to be completed under the CPEC have the potential to boost economic activity, they will also result in degradation of the environment. Not too long ago, the Karakoram Highway had supported only a handful of trucks that traversed its narrow route to move goods between markets in Pakistan and China. The highway is expected to carry up to 100 trucks a day when CPEC reaches its full swing.

Isloo mafia: pitfalls for diplomats (Part-II) By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

I did not know at all my article about Isloo mafia will get such a huge response. Interestingly I got most of the messages and calls from those who usually enjoy the diplomatic hospitality without an invitation. Most of them also wanted to know the names of such people; probably in a bid to make sure that they are not the ones whom I had referred to in the last paragraph of my previous article. Anyhow, in general, response to my article was tremendous and encouraging therefore I thought I should pen down some more details. Before I dilate further upon the subject, let me clarify here that there are, of course, genuine business people who keep a close liaison with the diplomatic community. Likewise, there are genuine media people also who maintain a professional relationship with the diplomatic corps and vice versa, which is perfectly alright.