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Abdul Basit

 

Abdul Basit is President, Margalla International Relations Institute, Islamabad. He was previously Pakistan's ambassador to Germany and Pakistan High Commissioner for India. Twitter: @abasitpak1

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Is SAARC Dead?

It is indeed disappointing that South Asia remains the least integrated region of the world. Whereas economic opportunities abound, interstate tensions are working to stymie realization of the potential. No wonder intra-regional trade in South Asia continues to be less than 5 percent.

February 03, 2024

Are India-Pakistan destined for heartbreak or could elections bring new hope?

Are India and Pakistan destined to live in a state of perpetual hostility, or are there reasons to expect the two neighbors could make amends at some point in time? Could they ever move on from mutual animosity to some form of cooperative engagement?

December 26, 2023

The Ukraine war and the future of Pakistan-Russia relations

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan paid an official visit to Russia from the 23-24 of February this year. On the same day he was meeting President Putin in the Kremlin, Russian troops invaded Ukraine. 

June 14, 2022

Bollywood’s hyperbole related to Kashmir is an affront to the truth

Set in Indian-administered Kashmir, the recently-released Bollywood movie, ‘The Kashmir Files,’ given its context, has engendered febrile controversy in India. High-octane arguments have been made on both sides of the fence.

April 25, 2022

The Siachen conundrum

Recently, India’s army chief, General MM Naravane stated that India was not averse to the demilitarization of Siachen provided Pakistan agreed to marking the Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL).
Islamabad has so far preferred to ignore the statement at least publicly.

January 27, 2022

Upcoming OIC meeting on Afghanistan presents unique opportunities

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has decided to convene an extraordinary foreign ministerial session to discuss Afghanistan. The event will be hosted in Islamabad on Dec. 19, Pakistan announced this week .

December 11, 2021

The India-Pakistan gridlock 

At last month’s UNGA session, Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address insisted on settling the Kashmir dispute as per the UN Security Council resolutions whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not bother to even obliquely mention Kashmir.

October 06, 2021