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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya’s Victory and Implications for Pakistan

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s landmark victory in the recent Sri Lankan Presidential elections have sparked mixed reactions in the region. While Pakistan considers it an opportunity to further boost Pak-Lankan ties, India may have reasons to be concerned; this, despite a felicitation message and invitation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Gotabaya joined Sri Lanka Army in 1971 and was commissioned into the Corps of Signals. He completed basic

5 Less-Known Facts about Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) Cable

Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) Cable International Network Company Limited was founded in 2018 and is registered in Hong Kong. It is a subsidiary of Hentong Optic-Electric, one of China’s largest IT services providers. The following 5 key facts highlight the project’s significance: 1. Pakistan to Europe link via Africa PEACE will link Pakistan to France by 2021 using the Asia-Europe route and Mombasa (Kenya) through 12,000 kilometres

Additional Open Source Findings on Indian Influence Operations against Pakistan

An emerging disinformation analysis forum called EU Disinfo Lab recently published a damning report which uncovers a network of 265 fake online media fronts used for coordinated influence operations to serve Indian interests. Detection of Indian-sponsored and anti-Pakistan content networks took place since early October, when investigations revealed that a so-called website for the “European Parliament” (EPToday) was in fact managed by Indian stakeholders linked to the Srivastava Group. In

Pakistan’s Participation in SCO Joint Exercise on Urban Search & Rescue in India (2019)

India’s Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Joint Exercise on Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue (SCOJtEx-2019) at the Dr Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi today. The exercise spanning four days (4-7 November) is hosted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in which all 8 member countries of the SCO are participating, including Pakistan. It will be conducted as per the procedures laid out by the

Opinion: National e-Commerce Policy Framework in light of Data Security Threats

Recently, the Federal Cabinet led by Prime Minister Imran Khan approved Pakistan’s pioneering e-Commerce Policy Framework. The document comes after a hiatus of three years due to various systemic delays and perhaps because of a tumultous and uncertain political environment. The transmission of commercial data through virtual payment gateways, national authentication protocols and certification standards is essential so that data of industries, SMEs and consumers can be shielded from malicious

Comment: Ambassador Munir Akram’s Appointment at the United Nations

Veteran diplomat Ambassador Munir Akram has been appointed Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in place of Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi. The move follows Prime Minister Imran Khan’s successful address at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The timing of Ambassador Akram’s appointment has surprised many in Pakistan itself, let alone the world at large. From the optics, the Pakistani delegation seemed pretty satisfied in New York, with

Comment: Dr Moeed Yusuf and Strategic Planning Policy Cell

Dr Moeed Wasim Yusuf, a renowned scholar of South Asian strategic stability and security studies, has been appointed pioneer Chairperson of the Strategic Policy Planning Cell (SPPC) under the National Security Division (NSD) for a period of two years through an Establishment Division notification issued on 25th September. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Boston University, US. The PTI government of PM Imran Khan began the process to

Pakistan Was An Observer In USCENTCOM Exercise ‘Regional Cooperation 2019’

Disclaimer: The appearance of US Department of Defence (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. Exercise details and statements in verbatim have been extracted from an official media release issued by the US Army Central Public Affairs Office. The content underneath ‘Comments’ heading have been added by Pakistan Insider and have no relation or endorsement with DoD whatsoever. An observer from Pakistan Army was part of exercise

Pakistan Should Be Mindful of Huawei’s Growing Footprint

Huawei is a Chinese-origin technology giant and one of the world’s largest telecom equipment suppliers headquartered in Shenzhen, China. Its total revenue as of 2018 was more than $105 billion. In July 2019, the company unveiled its plan to invest $170 million in Pakistan apart from establishing a “regional headquarters” and upgrading its existing technical support centre. Mark Xueman, Vice President of Huawei Group, went a step ahead and termed

Wanted: A Functioning Defence Minister in ‘Naya Pakistan’

India’s purported “strikes” on Balakot passed. Cease Fire Violations (CFVs) along the LoC by Indian security forces are on the rise. Meanwhile, the BJP leadership is flexing its muscles, issuing hard-worded statements with long-term implications. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, former Home Minister a reformist czar, recently suggested his country may not necessarily abide by the No First Use (NFU) nuclear policy. In Pakistan, the absence of a functioning Defence Minister