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Punjab’s New Defamation Law Sparks Pushback, Protests

Punjab’s New Defamation Law Sparks Pushback, Protests

By W. Tariq
Critics say the hastily passed bill will have devastating effects on free speech and the media in Pakistan’s most populous province.

Anti-Migrant Protests Expose Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Evolving Migration Landscape

Anti-Migrant Protests Expose Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Evolving Migration Landscape

By Asel Murzakulova
The recent conflict laid bare genuine challenges within the labor market and significant shifts in the country's migration landscape.
Why Are People Protesting Against a Fence in Gwadar?

Why Are People Protesting Against a Fence in Gwadar?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
The government says the fence is to enhance security. But will it? The fence along the Durand Line has not reduced terrorism emanating from Afghanistan.

South Asian Students Targeted by Angry Mob in Kyrgyz Capital

South Asian Students Targeted by Angry Mob in Kyrgyz Capital

By Catherine Putz
The mob, apparently triggered by a video of a fight between foreigners and locals earlier in May, “went on a rampage” targeting mostly South Asian students while raging against illegal immigration.

Making Sense of Recent Mass Protests in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir

Making Sense of Recent Mass Protests in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir

By Muneeb Yousuf and Mohd. Usman Bhatti
In addition to rising prices, Kashmiris are angry that Islamabad has denied them political autonomy and rights over the region’s resources.

Jabin Jacob on China’s Growing Influence in South Asia

Jabin Jacob on China’s Growing Influence in South Asia

By Sudha Ramachandran
“Chinese influence has only encouraged instability in Nepalese politics.”

What Are the Prospects for Reviving India-Pakistan Trade?

What Are the Prospects for Reviving India-Pakistan Trade?

By Waleed Sami
India-Pakistan trade has been especially difficult since 2019. What would it take for the neighbors to overcome present barriers to trade?
Rising Voices of Dissent in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir

Rising Voices of Dissent in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir

By Syed Mushahid Hussain Naqvi
Unrest in the “jugular vein of Pakistan” exposes a nexus of societal, political, and geopolitical risks.

Pakistan Government Sets the Stage for Reforms: Will the Public Embrace Change?

Pakistan Government Sets the Stage for Reforms: Will the Public Embrace Change?

By Umair Jamal
Among other reforms, it is considering privatizing dozens of loss-making state-owned enterprises.

Taliban Push Back Against Pakistani Accusations of Involvement in Recent Attacks

Taliban Push Back Against Pakistani Accusations of Involvement in Recent Attacks

By Catherine Putz
A spokesperson for Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense said, “Blaming Afghanistan for such incidents is a failed attempt to divert attention from the truth of the matter and we strongly reject it.”

Pakistan’s Military Says March Suicide Attack That Killed 5 Chinese Was Planned in Afghanistan

Pakistan’s Military Says March Suicide Attack That Killed 5 Chinese Was Planned in Afghanistan

By Munir Ahmed
An army spokesperson said the attack, which killed Chinese engineers working on Pakistan’s Dasu Dam, was carried out by an Afghan national.
The Politics Behind Pakistan’s Controversial Judicial Reform Plan

The Politics Behind Pakistan’s Controversial Judicial Reform Plan

By Umair Jamal
It is considering extending the term of Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, who is known to be close to the Sharif government.

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