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Questions tagged [pakistan]

For questions about the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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Legal basis of religion for Citizenship Amendment Bill

According to the website http://www.prsindia.org, about the Citizenship Amendment bill that India recently passed in Lok Sabha is states that The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make ...
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Why are dams so controversial in Pakistan?

Given the situation of water in Pakistan and seriousness that can be raised due to lack of water, why is the construction of dams in Pakistan so controversial? E.g., nowadays Mohmand Dam is very ...
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Leading of National Assembly in case of absence

Who will be the presiding officer of National Assembly when both speaker and deputy speaker are absent in the National Assembly of Pakistan??
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Convention to stop defamation of religion

Pakistani prime minister said that we shall be introduced a convention to stop the ‘’defamation of any religion’’ and this work will be supervised by jurist. The question is: Is there any legal ...
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How does “the military” control Pakistan?

I read recently that PM Imran Khan literally holds no power in Pakistan, and that every decision he takes is drastically influenced by the military. How? Isn't the military, owned by the government? ...
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Is arresting an opposition leader right before elections can be considered pre-poll rigging? [closed]

Opposition leader is arrested a week prior to elections in Pakistan. Can that be considered as pre poll rigging?
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Is the U.S. (really) Vying for Dominance in Pakistan?

Take a look at this: Why China and the U.S. Are Vying for Dominance in Pakistan Also, from 3:32 of the video: ... one way it (the USA) could do this is to influence IMF to place terms on the bail ...
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Gilgit-Baltistan is disputed territory, then how is it that Pakistan administers that area? [closed]

According the the Instrument of Accession (Jammu and Kashmir) signed by the ruler of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is a part of ...
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What is the rationale of undertaking a visit just after cutting aid?

Pentagon cancels $300m aid to Pakistan ahead of Mike Pompeo visit I am not questioning the aid cut. I am just curious about why Pompeo is visiting Pakistan just after an aid cut. If Pompeo had to ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia extending US$5.5 billion to Pakistan?

Saudi Arabia comes to Pakistan’s rescue with $1 billion assistance Saudi-backed bank to grant loan to Pakistan KSA interested in heavy investment in Pakistan What is Saudi Arabia's motivation to ...
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Why did Imran Khan become the Prime Minister and Zardari became the President after winning elections?

I have a question about Pakistan politics. What determines a party president to be either a President of country or Prime Minister of country after winning elections? When Pakistan People Party (PPP)...
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What is Imran Khan's position regarding Pakistan-US relations?

In the 2018 General Elections of Pakistan held yesterday, Imran Khan has emerged as the new leader with his party winning some 115 seats in the Parliament. What is his stance on the US and the ...
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Why ISIL is targeting Pakistani politicians?

I am asking this question in the context of recent Mastung and Bannu bombings in Pakistan, in which around 153 people were killed and 223 were injured:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Pakistan's diplomatic relations with Israel

India has diplomatic relations with both Palestine and Israel. Pakistan has with Palestine but doesn't have any with Israel. Is it because Pakistan 1. doesn't want to (e.g. a notion that Israel is ...
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Is there any incentive for China to sign a bilateral protection pact with Pakistan?

China lends unequivocal support for safeguarding Pakistan’s national independence. Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that China would continue to support Pakistan in safeguarding ...
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Why is China investing in Pakistan, considering the security considerations and corruption?

See this video from 4:53 featuring an analyst from IRIS named Olivier Guillard. Can anyone explain the logic thrown by this analyst? Anchor: How did this idea come about for Pakistan and China to ...
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What does the Pakistan election mean for the US?

Pakistan is an important ally in South Asia to the US, but the relationship isn't stable, particularly not recently due to the US drone program and some harsh words from Trump. With the upcoming ...
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Why was Muhammad Ali Jinnah once called “Kafir e Azam”?

Why was Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Quaid e Azam of Pakistan, once called "Kafir e Azam"?
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Why did Muslims and Hindus stay in India and Pakistan respectively rather than migrating? [closed]

AFAIK, both Jinnah (after the Bihar riots/ Direct Action of 1946) and Ambedkar, wanted a full population transfer. Recently, Hafiz Saeed suggested that, following which Rajnath Singh (the Indian home ...
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Why couldn't India take any action on Pakistan for alleged perpetration of several terrorist attacks?

India says that Pakistan was behind the planning and implementation of several terrorist attacks on India. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_Indian_Parliament_attack https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Why didn't Pakistan face any sanction from the USA for sheltering Osama Bin Laden?

The question stems from the fact that USA invaded Afghanistan in search of perpetrators with 9/11 connections. Osama Bin Laden was believed to be an aide of 9/11 perpetrators. Pakistan believed to ...
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Why didn't the PPP government of pakistan face any problem from the military?

Between 2008 and 2013, the Pakistan Peoples Party government engaged in several high profile disputes with the military Osama bin Laden capture memogate scandal + Hussain Haqqani's release Raymond ...
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Why is the Quetta Shura allowed to exist in Pakistan?

The Quetta Shura is the Afghan Taliban leadership ousted during late 2001. It has existed in Pakistan since then although there were several members captured since then. Why are they allowed to remain ...
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Is it accurate to compare the nuclearization of North Korea with that of Pakistan and India? Why or why not?

I heard a prominent university professor say on the radio the other day that we shouldn’t worry about North Korea going nuclear, because Pakistan and India both went nuclear peacefully - is this an ...
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Does Pakistan have the power to force allied foreign troops to leave the country? [closed]

Recently President Trump had criticised Pakistan over the supposed inaction of Pakistan towards terrorists. The funding is a kind of compensation for military support in form of bases and other things....
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How have expert political observers evaluated the actions taken by Pakistan against terrorism in response to the Peshawar Army School attack?

Considering that the attack which took place nearly 3 years ago was an open challenge to the Army engaged in a major anti-insurgency campaign in the 'tribal region', a very strong official retaliation ...
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Why does Iran-Turkey relation function well, but not Iran-Pakistan?

Iran is a Shia country. Turkey and Pakistan are both Sunni countries. Both of them have borders with Iran. It seems to me that Turkey-Iran relationship is functioning well, but, Iran-Pakistan ...
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To what extent do Kashmiri people desire independence?

This is a link to an Indian debate show, where they discuss a "shocking poll" that reveals "73% of people in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir want freedom from Pakistan". Question: Is this true, and what ...
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Is there any diplomatic or strategic hurdle from Russian part regarding arms sales to Pakistan?

Monetary matters aside, can Pakistan buy, say, 100 units of Su-30MK/Su-30SM/Su-35s from Russia? What about S400 SAM systems? Given the present circumstances, Is there any diplomatic or strategic ...
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Why is the military so much involved in Pakistan's establishment as compared to India?

Both India and Pakistan got independence at the same time and started their progress, but there is a clear contrast between Military's involvement in Politics/Establishment between the two countries. ...
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Why did the USA suspend its military aid to Pakistan in 1965?

USA sanction Pakistan just after the 1965 Indo-Pak war. Pakistan was a strong ally of the USA then, as I believe. Look at the following image. There is a suspension in 1966 in the area of military aid....
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Are the US drone strikes inside Pakistan approved by the Pakistani government?

Are the drone strikes by the USA (from the early 2000's until to date) inside Pakistani border approved by the Pakistani government (e.g. by any secret agreement), or, is the USA doing it unilaterally?...
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Why does India want Kashmir so much?

Pakistan wants Kashmir because at the point of the partition (and still is to this day), Kashmir was a predominantly Muslim region. Therefore, Pakistan is looking out for what it considers its people (...
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Why is there a need to set up air route between India and Afghanistan?

Recently India and Afghanistan set up an air freight corridor to by pass Pakistan's presence over their mutual trade. Why they need to do so, if they are sharing borders. What is the exact role of ...
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Why do Pakistan and China maintain LOC, and LOAC with India respectively?

Here are the lines I am talking about, My point is if Pakistan and China control some territory of Kashmir, why are they keeping those issues dangling for years rather than establishing international ...
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Why do countries like Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh have a parliamentary form of democracy?

Why do countries like Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh have a parliamentary form of democracy?
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What's behind the cat and mouse play of ISI and CIA?

There are several reports about Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) targeting the CIA (example1, example2). But why? I am sure there are specific interests of Pakistan involved in this. What ...
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Why isn't Pakistan able to prevent frequent bombings?

Why has it become so hard for them to prevent regular and frequent bombings on civilians by domestic and foreign terrorists given that they allegedly have one of the best intelligence agencies in the ...
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Why is Trump creating more pressure on Pakistan?

According to this report, The Pentagon is warning that the Islamic republic may soon house a Chinese military base. While the U.S. gives Islamabad hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, the ...
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Why has Hussain Haqqani become a strong opposer of Pakistan?

According to www.husainhaqqani.com Husain Haqqani is former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States (2008–2011). He is currently Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia at the ...
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How has Pakistan managed to defeat the US in Afghanistan?

It is very clear that the US is finding it extremely difficult to strike a win in Afghanistan and could even said to be losing, seemingly in part due to the rigid and intricate network of the Haqqanis ...
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Pakistan's testing of nuclear weapons in 1998 [closed]

See this video from 1:10. Bill Clinton says, "I continue to urge him to refrain from testing and I told them that I had done everything I could do to get other world leaders involved and both ...
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What is Imran Khan's position on Balochistan?

I have tried to find the answer myself and read the two following links: Imran Khan and Balochistan Imran Khan says Pakistan Army killed innocents in Bangladesh, Balochistan.. The first link has ...
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Why did Pakistan stop importing tanks from the USA after M-48 Pattons?

What made Pakistan stop importing M-48 Pattons from the USA and start importing tanks from China?
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How is the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor possible?

The Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) is still a part of India, even it is occupied by Pakistan. How, then, can China build the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) via the POK? Is this acceptable ...
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What is the fundamental problem of Kashmiri people with India?

Why do people of Kashmir want to separate from India? What is the fundamental problem of Kashmiri people with India?
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What makes Turkey to continue as a major Western ally without much trouble while Pakistan is not?

Turkey is not in good terms with Israel. Turkey has militancy and is persistently unstable in terms of terrorist attacks. Turkey has dictatorial regime. Turkey is negotiating with Russia or China for ...
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Did the government of Pakistan and Military officially admit that Osama Bin Laden was captured in Abbottabad?

Did the government of Pakistan and Military officially admit that Osama Bin Laden was really captured in Abbottabad?
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Why didn't the West want to invest in infrastructure-development of poor countries before, like what is China doing now? [closed]

China is investing in various countries in the world mostly in infrastructure development. Prime examples are, USD 57 billion in Pakistan, USD 20 billion in infrastructure development in Bangladesh ...
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Why has the USA suddenly sanctioned seven Pakistani companies?

http://www.dawn.com/news/1305487 Why has the USA suddenly sanctioned seven Pakistani companies?