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Pakistan, US ties touching lowest ebb by Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The National Assembly of Pakistan on August 30, 2017 convened a special session to discuss US President Donald Trump’s Pakistan policy. Donald Trump’s tirade against Pakistan, in his Afghanistan strategy speech of August 21, ostensibly pushed relations between the two partners to a new low. Pakistan foreign minister postponed his scheduled US visit after US President’s remarks and Pakistan also refused to welcome the US Assistant Secretary of State, who perhaps wanted to visit Pakistan for some firefighting.

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The Chinese Initiative by Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi dash to Pakistan and Afghanistan in a bid to convince both sides to talk peace in order to ensure stability in the region as tensions between the two neighbors would only lead to chaos and instability is a welcomed initiative. Chinese have serious apprehensions about Pakistan, Afghanistan hostilities that continued tension in the region will not augur well for the smooth execution of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and their subsequent strategic development plans. 

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A win for European Union in French election  

ANSAR MAHMOOD BHATTI

Whether it is the winds of fortune or poor sailing of his opponents, Emmanuel Macron is the new French president. Surprisingly, Macron did quite well in the second round and defeated Le Pen with a clear margin. Although his win was evident right from the very beginning of the election campaign, however, the margin with which he defeated his rival unequivocally speaks volumes for the disapproval of Le Pen’s ideas of France’s pulling out of the European Union.

Political turmoil in Europe By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Panama and Dawn leaks By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The Supreme Court on April 20 finally announced the much anticipated verdict in Panama case after keeping it reserved for 57 days. The verdict has not closed the matter though as the majority has partially reserved its judgement at least until a thorough investigation by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which will present its report in 60 days. After the pronouncement of the decision, the PML N leaders and their supporters celebrated to their hearts fill their “victory”, and the Prime Minister House celebrations were even of greater fanfare and fireworks!  Perhaps PML-N leaders and supporters had every reason to celebrate this decision because it saved them from disqualification of the prime minister.

Political turmoil in Europe By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Political turmoil in Europe By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Europe is passing through turbulent times these days mainly because of general elections in many EU states and partly because the UK has finally invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty thereby triggering the Brexit. Scotland parliament, in an unprecedented move, announced to hold second referendum for independence from UK – a move the British government would like to resist tooth and nail.

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Landmark ECO Summit by Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) Summit in Islamabad on March 01 was indeed a significant event particularly from Pakistan’s stand point because despite some forces that tried to sabotage and create instability within the country, the summit was indeed held and generally met its objectives. Tremendous credit must go to the countries whose heads of state and government came to attend the summit despite the volatile situation in our country after a spate of terrorist attacks that took scores of precious lives. Likewise, kudos to our government and our foreign policy bosses for successful holding of the summit, even if it implied having a fortress defence for the capital, Islamabad. Of course much more needs to be done to facilitate and host similar summits in order to promote a peaceful image of Pakistan both at home and abroad.

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Testing times for America under Donald Trump by Ansar M Bhatti

Within a little over a week in the Oval Office, Donald Trump perhaps the most controversial President in the making, has already started making headlines. A flurry of executive orders continued unabated, giving birth to innumerable controversies and heated debates. Hitherto, he is regarded as a man who wants to turn America into a fortress by erecting walls and ex-communicating with the outer world, in the name of protecting and preserving the national interest of America and the Americans. Analysts fear, with this ostrich-like approach of Mr. Trump could lead towards alienation of the US both at home and aboard.As Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, thousands of protesters showed up near the inauguration ceremony to express their disapproval for the new leader.  The protesters tried to block the access to the inauguration venue.