Playing Politics With Religion

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (Wikimedia Commons / Irfan Ahson)

by James M. Dorsey Less than a month in office, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has made blasphemy one of his first issues, empowering militants and initiating international moves, long heralded by Saudi Arabia, that would restrict press freedom by pushing… Continue Reading  

Crunch Time In Pakistan

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by James M. Dorsey It’s crunch time in Pakistan. Resolving Pakistan’s financial crisis is likely to require newly appointed prime minister Imran Khan to not only accept an International Monetary Fund (IMF) straightjacket but tackle his and Pakistan’s convoluted relationship… Continue Reading  

Can Pakistan Play Iran-Saudi Peacemaker?

Imran Khan at a 2016 press conference (Jahanzaib Naiyyer / Shutterstock.com)

by Fatemeh Aman With new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan having taken office on August 18, Iran is attempting to reset its relationship with its eastern neighbor. Iran was one of the first countries to congratulate Khan. It staged an… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and Iran Woo Pakistan’s Khan

Shireen Mazari

By James M. Dorsey An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan $4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian… Continue Reading  

Pakistan Elections—Maybe Good News for Pakistan, But Not for U.S.

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by Graham E. Fuller A bold new political face has come to power in the recent Pakistani elections, possibly offering the US a new opportunity in that country. Sadly the opportunity will likely be squandered—again. There’s something about Pakistani and… Continue Reading