The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a cornerstone of Beijing’s regional geo-integration via its famed One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. The strategic implications of this project are simply too large to ignore, both for its beneficiaries and critics. Presently, no other country provides the ideal sea-to-land routes from Indian Ocean to Central Asia, as does Pakistan. For China, perhaps the only concern in our particular region is the ongoing
The standoff between two diametrically-opposed ideological regimes in Riyadh and Tehran can be defused if neutral countries like Pakistan and Oman together make concerted efforts to reduce the level of distrust and misconceptions between two important Muslim states which rank among the world’s top ten oil-producing countries. Related: Regional Geosectarianism and Role of Pakistan Historically, Pakistan has tried its best to balance its fragile relationships between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
We live in precarious times. The advent of the Internet was meant to promote the concept of a ‘global village’ but alas, here too the elements of hatred, hostility and strife spared no opportunity to spread discord and discontent rampaging across the Muslim world. With the emergence of two radically opposing sub-factions within Islam (Wahhabi and Shia schools of thought) emerged fault lines which were otherwise hidden from the public