Will Pakistan finally open up its trade to India?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2L) shakes hands with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (2R) during the closing session of the 18th SAARC summit at City Hall in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on 27 November 2014. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Nisha Taneja and Samridhi Bimal, ICRIER

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Russia, and his visit to Pakistan next year for the SAARC summit, has raised hopes about the possibility of resumption of the bilateral composite dialogue. Read more…

Mutual interests underlie a strong China–Pakistan relationship

Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews an honour guard with Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Nur Khan airbase in Islamabad, Pakistan, 20 April 2015. Xi’s two-day visit saw the launch of an ambitious $45 billion economic corridor linking Pakistan's port city of Gwadar with western China. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Ghulam Ali, Peking University

China seems to have abandoned its cautious approach to relations with Pakistan and has adopted a policy of active and deep engagement. This new approach will most likely increase Beijing’s influence in Islamabad.

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan in April 2015, China announced US$46 billion worth of investment in the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Read more…

China link-up an opportunity and a challenge for Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping in Islamabad, 21 April 2015. Xi addressed a joint session of parliament on his two-day maiden trip to Pakistan. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sajjad Ashraf, NUS

After signing more than 50 agreements with China providing for US$46 billion in investments in Pakistan’s energy, road and rail network sectors, construction has begun on the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The project will connect the Chinese city of Kashgar in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with the deep water Chinese-built Gwadar Port at the mouth of Straits of Hormuz. While the project offers opportunities for Pakistan, it is not without its challenges. Read more…

Pakistan and India should go further than MFN to boost integration

A Pakistani labourer carries an empty fruit basket following his day's work in Lahore on November 12, 2011.  (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Nisha Taneja and Vatsala Shreeti, ICRIER

Is the time ripe for a new push for normalised trade between India and Pakistan? The foreign secretaries of both nations recently met in Islamabad. The two countries can expect formal talks to resume after a hiatus of six months. This came soon after the announcement by Khurram Dastgir, Pakistan’s Commerce Minister, that Pakistan may grant ‘non-discriminatory market access’ or Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India, a move that will get the two countries closer to striking a deal to fully liberalise trade between them.  Read more…

Pakistan faces perilous choice on Yemen

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif delivers a statement on the Yemen-Saudi Arabia conflict in Islamabad, Pakistan, 13 April 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Abdul Basit, RSIS

Saudi Arabia’s demand that Pakistan joins its coalition against the Houthi uprising in Yemen has put Islamabad in a catch-22 between joining the Saudi alliance and not antagonising its neighbour Iran. Joining the Saudi coalition would have long-term political, economic and security repercussions for Pakistan. Read more…

Pakistan caught in a bind by Sharif’s Saudi debt

A supporter of Pakistani religious group Jamat ud Dawa waves a party flag during a rally to support the Saudi Arabian government, in Islamabad, Pakistan, 9 April 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sajjad Ashraf, NUS

Stung by his complete failure to muster the parliamentary support needed to join in a Saudi-led intervention in Yemen’s civil war, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is now counting the costs of his $1.5 billion folly. Read more…

Pakistan and the crucible of terror

Mourners are overcome as they pass the site of a suicide bomb attack in Quetta in August 2013. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack upon a funeral procession. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Imtiaz Gul, CRSS, Islamabad

Within days of 11 September 2001, Pakistan became an inseparable element in calculations about responding to al-Qaeda. Not only was Pakistan seen as a potential springboard for punitive action against the transnational organisation, but it also came to be regarded as a crucible of terrorism. Read more…