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Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Rasul Bakhsh Rais is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS, Lahore. His latest book is “Islam, Ethnicity and Power Politics: Constructing Pakistan’s National Identity” (Oxford University Press, 2017). @RasulRais 

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Crown prince’s visit sets future direction of Pakistan-Saudi ties

Pakistan’s ties with Saudi Arabia, unlike many of its other relationships within the region and beyond, have gradually consolidated, broadened and deepened. No observer of diplomacy and regional and international relations can escape three strong impressions set by these ties.

February 17, 2019

Ethnicity politics and the Restructure Debate

Relations between the centre and federating units is one of Pakistan’s most enduring structural problems. 

February 02, 2019

Even as Pakistan stands guard against India, it seems to be dropping it for Iran 

The attack on Pakistan’s Frontier Corp soldiers who were patrolling the border at night on Friday, November 14, suggests that all is not well along Pakistan’s western borders. Six of the soldiers were killed while 14 others were injured. 

December 17, 2018