Monday, 16 May, 2022

Topic: US-Pakistan

First, Pakistan boycotts Biden’s summit. Now, Imran Khan calls for strengthening ties with US

PM Imran Khan asked the delegation of US senators visiting Pakistan to strengthen the ties to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.  

No Biden-Imran call, ‘solidarity’ with China — why Pakistan opted out of US Summit for Democracy

The decision sends a ‘strong message’ to the US about Islamabad’s objections to the lack of high-level engagement between the two countries, say experts.

US Army is answering Congress on Afghanistan fiasco. But questions on Pakistan still missing

US Generals are spilling it against their military establishment on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. And the testimonies are unedifying – everyone is blaming everyone else.

The Brahmin equation, Kohli’s ‘monkey on the back’ & Modi’s UN moment

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Can’t predict when US President Joe Biden will call Pakistan PM Imran Khan, White House says

During recent interviews, Khan had complained that a 'busy' Biden has not bothered to speak to him, although Washington was seeking Pakistan’s support in stabilising Afghanistan.

#BidenMujhayCallKaro — Pakistani Twitter runs free with memes about Imran Khan’s long wait

From Amitabh Bachchan to Yo Yo Honey Singh — Twitter goes viral with #BidenMujhayCallKaro as the wait for Joe Biden's call with Imran Khan continues.

Pakistan’s audacious defence budget needs to stay on paper. It’s good for everyone

IMF is balking at Pakistan’s unrealistic budget, but Islamabad feels it can push the lending agency to give it what it wants. US can call the bluff.

Pakistan realises it can’t abandon US for China yet. But how far will Bajwa & Co go?

If Indo-Pacific was a room, Pakistan would want to stand inside even if it doesn't get a seat at the table.

A diplomatic cocktail with deadly fizz is brewing between US, Pakistan and Afghanistan

US withdrawal from Afghanistan has spurred curious events, including a quiet meeting between Pakistan NSA Moeed Yusuf & his US counterpart Jake Sullivan in Geneva.

Better US-India ties is bad news for Pakistan. Expect lip service on Kashmir, no aid

There is now growing strategic divergence between Pakistan and the US because of the development of the Indo-US partnership.

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Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Shehbaz Sharif on 7 April | Photographer: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

The four-point plan to revive Pakistan’s economy—from land reform to real estate

Pakistan must reduce non-productive expenditures like defence. The country's political economy has been overdetermined by the imperative of 'national security'.

Bad timing could hamper LIC IPO

Most early public enterprise IPOs have been trading 75% below their original price, small investors concerned.


Representational image of army personnel in Ladakh | ANI

India ‘doesn’t foresee’ border fighting with China, but ‘won’t back down’ if tensions reignite

Aim is to ensure not just disengagement of troops, but overall de-escalation. Govt in favour of solving tensions through talks as it wants peace with all neighbours including China.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.