Pakistan’s IMF Dilemma

Imran Khan (Jahanzaib Naiyyer via Shutterstock)

by Abrahim Shah The recently crowned Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government once again finds itself facing the realities of being in power. Following a controversial election and accusations of rigging by opposition parties, the incumbent government must now contend with an… Continue Reading  

Cutting Financial Aid to Pakistan May Not Bring Peace to Afghanistan

Afghan gunman near Jalalabad (DenMan80 via  Shutterstock)

by Fatemeh Aman A new report by the State Department on terrorism criticizes Pakistan for failing to prevent terrorist groups, especially the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network (HQN), from using Pakistan as a safe haven. But the reality is that… Continue Reading  

Remodeling the Belt and Road: Pakistan Picks Up the Torch

Imran Khan (Asianet-Pakistan via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey Pakistan, following in the footsteps of Malaysia and Myanmar, is the latest country to balk at the China and infrastructure focus of Beijing’s Belt and Road-related investments. Preparing for his first visit to China as Pakistan’s prime… Continue Reading  

Pakistani Poker: Playing Saudi Arabia Against China

Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan, called on Imran Khan, prime minister-in-waiting (Twitter)

by James M. Dorsey Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in its bitter… Continue Reading  

Iran Should Not Expect Much From Imran Khan’s Pakistan 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, August 31

by Shireen T. Hunter Last week Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif was in Islamabad as the first official of a foreign country to visit Pakistan since Imran Khan became prime minister. It has also been reported that Imran Khan will… Continue Reading