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Pakistan Study Group Report: April 2020

A meeting of the Pakistan Study Group was held via video conferencing on 29 April 2020. The main items on the agenda were the COVID-19 situation in Pakistan and China-Pakistan relations.

COVID-19 Situation in Pakistan
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Pakistan: Disturbing Trends in the Handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The first case of coronavirus was reported in Pakistan on 26 February 2020 in Karachi. Thereafter, it spread to all the four provinces, the federal capital, so-called Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). The main sources of the ....

Pakistan and the FATF: The Sword Still Dangles

Pakistan is in deep trouble. It was and continues to be under the penetrating gaze of the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog- the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). To prevent organized crime, terrorism and corruption, FATF has....

Pakistan: Lal Masjid 2.0 ?

Lal Masjid in Islamabad and Maulana Abdul Aziz, also known as ‘Mullah Burqa’, are back in the news. Like in 2007, the authorities are again negotiating with him on a set of demands that no self-respecting government could concede. Almost ....

Pakistan: Nuclear Deterrence and Ideology

The nuclear age coincided with the advent of the Cold War. The concept of deterrence evolved in the background of ideological divide. However, both sides kept nuclear deterrence insulated from ideological considerations. This pragmatism was born out ....

Afghanistan: Peace deal and deepening political crisis

President Trump’s upcoming visit to India and the rapidly progressing peace talks between the US and the Taliban gives yet another opportunity for the policymakers in India to use their ingenuity in order to secure a place for itself in a post-Amer....

Year Review: Pakistan in 2019

The year 2019 brought optimism as well as trials for Pakistan in equal measure. In 2019, Pakistan under Prime Minister Imran Khan was occupied in confronting numerable challenges at the domestic as well as international levels. At the domestic front,....

Sectarian Divide in Islam and Fall Out in Pakistan

Sectarian dissonance in Islam can be traced back to the death of Prophet Mohammad in 632 AD. The anointment of the successor to Prophet did set the stage for an eternal conflict which witnessed its violent calcification in 680 AD with the martyrdom o....

पाकिस्तान: आतंकवादी हिंसा की पुनरावृत्ति

आतंकवादी और अलगाववादी धीरे-धीरे एक बार फिर पाकिस्तान में सिर उठा रहे हैं। जर्ब-ए-अज्ब और रद्द-उल....

Pakistan Insights 2019

In February 2018, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) set up the Pakistan Study Group (PSG) to discuss and debate issues relating to Pakistan in a holistic manner. Meeting almost every fortnight since its inception, the discussions have be....

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