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Muhammad Akbar Notezai

Muhammad Akbar Notezai

Muhammad Akbar Notezai is a Lahore-based journalist and correspondent for The Diplomat.

He has contributed dozens of articles to Pakistani national newspapers and magazines including the Daily TimesThe Friday TimesThe NationViewPoint Online and The News On Sunday. His writings and interviews focus on Pakistan-China relations, Pakistan’s foreign relations, domestic politics, Gwadar port, and religious extremism. He tweets as @Akbar_notezai and he can be reached at [email protected].

Posts by Muhammad Akbar Notezai
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July 11, 2018

Is China Influencing Pakistan’s Elections?

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
CPEC is a major campaign point, for better or worse, in the run-up to Pakistan's elections.
May 25, 2018

The Plight of Pakistan's Journalists

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
The free press is being suffocated in Pakistan.

January 24, 2018

Pakistan’s Burgeoning Relationship with China

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
The two countries enjoy increasingly robust ties, at least at the official level.

July 09, 2017

Iran-Pakistan at the Crossroads?

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
A tradition of cooperation is giving way to a much more complicated relationship

January 09, 2017

The Rise of Religious Extremism in Balochistan

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
“Once you unleash these monsters, as you know from Afghanistan, you cannot control them.”
December 07, 2016

Arif Jamal: Why Jamaat-ud-Dawa Is a Bigger Threat Than ISIS

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
An interview with South Asia expert Arif Jamal.

September 04, 2016

Pakistan and Honor Killings

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
Will the recent murder of a celebrity finally prompt the government of Pakistan to act?
August 12, 2016

The Dilemma of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
Why can’t Islamabad get its foreign policy on track?

June 20, 2016

Islamist Discontent Over China’s Treatment of Uighurs

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
Pakistani activists are – quietly for now – unhappy at Beijing’s crackdown on Chinese Muslims.

June 07, 2016

Balochistan and the Killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
The drone strike that targeted the Taliban leader points to a troubling future for Pakistan’s largest province.

May 17, 2016

Interview: Peter Frankopan

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
The Oxford historian on China-Pakistan relations, the Silk Road, and implications for India.
May 11, 2016

The Panama Papers and a Turf War in Pakistan

By Muhammad Akbar Notezai
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif finds himself on increasingly shaky ground.

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