India’s double dilemma with CPEC

(By Sajjad Ashraf) The Chinese commitment to invest US$46 billion into Pakistan is driven by two main considerations. China’s current $4 trillion foreign trade and 7 million barrels of daily oil imports are largely dependent upon sea-lanes that can be choked by competing powers. Convinced that the U.S. is seeking surrogates to contain its rise, . . . → Read More: India’s double dilemma with CPEC

The myth of the ‘holy cow’

(By Satya Sagar) I am a humble cow from India and writing this to clear up some of the bull being propagated about me and members of my family for a long time.

I am not using the term ‘humble’ out of some false sense of modesty but only because this . . . → Read More: The myth of the ‘holy cow’

Bangladesh beat SA to level series

Bangladesh thrashed South Africa by seven wickets in the second one-day international on Sunday to tie the three-match series at 1-1 after an inspired bowling performance saw the Proteas bundled out for 162, their lowest total against the hosts.

Teenage fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman and off-spinner Nasir Hossain picked up three wickets each as the . . . → Read More: Bangladesh beat SA to level series

Can Bangladesh fall into the hands of Islamists?

The assassination of two liberal bloggers in quick succession in February and March raises some very disturbing questions.

First was that of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American, who came to attend the “21st February” book fair where a couple of his books were on sale. Machete wielding assailants killed him while his wife Rafida Bonna was . . . → Read More: Can Bangladesh fall into the hands of Islamists?

How is Bangladesh doing

I wrote almost a year ago in another Pakistani journal about what I like to call “The Bangladesh Paradox.” The paradox is that, in traditional development theory, Bangladesh should have become, over the past 25 years, a modernized democracy, knocking on the door of entry into the middle income category of developing countries. Its economy . . . → Read More: How is Bangladesh doing

A game of Bangladeshi Whispers

How often have we been told that Bangladesh came into being because of a history of unequal treatment of East Pakistan by the western wing? In the same corollary, the demand for asking forgiveness for the atrocities of 1971 has recently become a part of popular discourse. Stories of selective genocide by . . . → Read More: A game of Bangladeshi Whispers

The Illegitimate Government of Bangladesh

By Azmaish Ka Waqt NEWSVINE

Digging up a bitter past full of memories that all sides need to forget and get over, and sometimes distorting – and other times, playing lying about – established historical facts and ground reality; the incumbent Awami League government of Sheikh Hasina Wajid has constructed a fictitious “external enemy” to . . . → Read More: The Illegitimate Government of Bangladesh

Sheikh Hasina Gone Mad: Ruining Bangladesh’s image as a hub of international sports

By Corrupt Keeray PAKISTANPAL’S BLOG

The autocratic elected Prime Minister of Bangladesh has decreed that BanglaDeshi citizens will not wave the flag of any nationality except Bangladesh at sports events. This Quixotic gag flag order comes after the largely Bangladeshi crowd was seen waving Pakistan flags at the T20 cricket match when the Pakistani team . . . → Read More: Sheikh Hasina Gone Mad: Ruining Bangladesh’s image as a hub of international sports

Pakistan – Bangladesh relations: From conflict to cooperation…and back?

Relations between the two wings of the same country had soured in utero and culminated in a bitter and bloody civil war in 1971 that left lasting scars, more so for the former East wing. The promise of normalization of relations came in 1976 – when the diplomatic missions of both countries took their positions . . . → Read More: Pakistan – Bangladesh relations: From conflict to cooperation…and back?

Zaka Ashraf vows to complete tenure as PCB Chairman

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Zaka Ashraf has resumed his duties as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman on Thursday a day after he was restored by a two-member divisional bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Ashraf was suspended by IHC judge Shaukat Aziz Siddique in May last year when a retired cricket official challenged his election as . . . → Read More: Zaka Ashraf vows to complete tenure as PCB Chairman