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Javed Hafeez

• Javed Hafeez is a former Pakistani diplomat with much experience of the Middle East. He writes weekly columns in Pakistani and Gulf newspapers and appears regularly on satellite TV channels as a defense and political analyst.
Twitter: @hafiz_javed

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Saudi parliamentarians’ visit to Pakistan an important interaction

After being elected Prime Minister in July last year, Imran Khan’s maiden official visit abroad was to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman visited Pakistan subsequently.                              

December 09, 2019

OIC and Pakistan - 50 years on

The Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) has completed 50 years of its existence. Pakistan was one of its founding members in 1969 and is taking part in the celebrations in Jeddah through a high level delegation, led by the Prime Minister’s advisor on information, Firdous Ashiq Awan.

November 28, 2019

No controversy in Maleeha Lodhi’s routine but outstanding replacement

The change of guard at Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York has sparked a lively discussion in social and print media. It involves replacing a distinguished diplomat, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, with a well-known veteran of multilateral diplomacy, Ambassador Munir Akram.

October 06, 2019

Kashmir and the OIC

September 23, 2019

Balochistan: Pakistan’s boon or bane?

Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province in terms of area but demographically, it is its smallest. With a long and scenic coast close to the Arabian Gulf, the strategically located area is rich in metal ores.

September 03, 2019

India’s attempts to scrap Kashmir’s autonomy are a nuclear flash-point

New Delhi’s trust gap with the Kashmiri people has been widening over the years, because of a number of critical promises broken and discarded by India.

August 09, 2019

Peace was missing piece’ in controversial Israeli-Gulf conference

The recently held international moot in Manama, Bahrain, was meant to lay the economic foundations for Israeli-Palestinian peace. It was interchangeably called the “Economic Workshop” and “Peace to prosperity conference” and that explained the confusion in the minds of its sponsors. 

July 04, 2019