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  • Dichotomies in Pakistan’s Approach Towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

    Pakistan has not allowed a genuine democratic system of governance to emerge in PoK, as it interferes with its pursuit of absolute control over the occupied territories.

    June 26, 2020

    Pakistan’s US $ 6 Billion EFF Arrangement with IMF

    Over the past year i.e. 2018–2019, Pakistan has been facing challenging macro-economic conditions that include a ballooning fiscal imbalance and a weak external position with gross reserves at $8 billion, equal to 1.7 months of imports. On June 19, 2019, Reza Baqir, the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan wrote to the Managing Director of the IMF, seeking assistance under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), on grounds that Pakistan’s international reserves had touched critically low levels with a large balance of payments gap, in an environment of limited market access.

    January 2020

    COVID-19 and Religious Fanaticism in Pakistan

    Pakistan’s efforts to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak may get severely constrained due to the refusal of the ulema and religious leaders to ensure that their followers abide by the rules of the lockdown and social distancing.

    April 21, 2020

    Coronavirus in Pakistan’s Urdu Media: God’s Punishment to Conspiracy to Biological Warfare!

    While scientists all over the world are working tirelessly to find an antidote to COVID-19, the narratives doing the rounds in Pakistan – pushed and peddled by the Urdu media, accuse them of conspiring to turn this virus into a weapon to not only kill but also to alter the human psyche.

    April 20, 2020

    Murthy Karanam asked: What is the reason behind Turkey's unequivocal support to Pakistan on multiple issues? What is the history of relations between the two countries?

    Md. Muddassir Quamar replies: Turkey and Pakistan share a strong bond of friendship encompassing political, cultural, economic and defence relations. Besides being Muslim-majority republican countries, their geopolitical interests converge in Afghanistan and Central Asia and they look towards each other as economic partners and for political and security cooperation.

    Suchak Patel asked: In its 30 years of existence, how effective has FATF been in terms of checking terror finance in South Asia?

    Ashok Kumar Behuria replies: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body established in 1989. The objectives of the FATF are to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures by different states for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. 

    Ravi Pratap Singh asked: What is the meaning of the term ‘deep state’ in the context of Pakistan?

    Ashok Kumar Behuria replies: The term 'deep state' was used first in the context of groups carrying disproportionate influence in a polity or state short-circuiting the recognised lines of authority. In Turkey, such a phenomenon was called derin devlet or the ‘deep state’ or even ‘state within the state’. Such phenomenon is not, however, confined to Turkey alone and is noticeable in other states as well.

    One Year of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement

    Although the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement has been able to mainstream the Pashtun issue and has inspired popular empathy, its anti-establishment thrust has made it a soft target for the pro-establishment media and political actors.

    January 28, 2019

    Lan-shu Tseng asked: Why United States could de-hyphenate its relations with India and Pakistan but China couldn’t?

    Ashok Kumar Behuria replies: De-hyphenation is a policy adopted by countries to maximise their strategic returns from their diplomatic engagements/investments with two adversarial states, both of whom are of consequence to them. It insulates them in some way from the inadvertent turbulence that could result out of their possible hostile interaction and, thus, affect their relationship with both.

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