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Why didn't the army use its influence to save Gen. Parvez Musharraf from numerous cases?

It is generally believed that the Pakistan army has a great influence on Pakistan's politics and judiciary. If that is the truth, then why couldn't Gen. Pervez Musharraf avoid a myriad of cases ...
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What are the flaws in Pakistan's democracy that prevent its prime ministers from serving full terms?

No Pakistani prime minister has ever served a full term in government. What are the exact flaws in Pakistan's parliament that prevent their prime ministers from staying in power for an entire term?
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Is there a version of the flag of Pakistan which uses black instead of green?

I'm trying to figure out if this is a case of really bad color rendering, or is there a version of the flag of Pakistan that uses black instead of (dark) green. Image from Reuters. The Wikipedia ...
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Does the new Taliban government in Afghanistan still not recognize the Duran line? Do they propose any other well-defined border with Pakistan?

This answer to Have cross-border terrorist attacks in Pakistan declined or stayed the same after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan? mentions the Duran line and the Afghanistan's government lack of ...
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Does dissolution of parliament in order to prevent a vote of no confidence against Imran Khan meet an accepted definition of an attempted self-coup?

I first heard the term "self-coup" only several minutes ago during US Representative Jamie Raskin's April 3, 2022 discussion of the House Select Committee on January 6th's work on Face the ...
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How did India and Pakistan avoid war when India accidentally launched a missile at Pakistan?

India claims that on March 9, 2022, it accidentally launched a missile at its neighbor and frequent adversary Pakistan. The two countries: have fought three wars and have engaged in numerous military ...
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(Why) was there no litigation if Pakistan didn't grant India MFN status, even though both are WTO members since 1995?

As Reuters informs us: The World Trade Organization's 164 members commit to treating other members equally so they can all benefit from each other's lowest tariffs, highest import quotas and fewest ...
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Are there efforts to encourage Pakistan to denuclearize in return for economic aid?

Currently Pakistan is undergoing a deep economic crisis. Is there any attempt by the international community to encourage Pakistan to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic aid? Would ...
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Why do KSA and UAE put billions of reserve money into Pakistan's bank but China doesn't?

Recently, the KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) agreed to inject $3 billion into Pakistan's state bank. This is the second time KSA is doing so. In the past, the UAE (United Arab Emirates) also did the ...
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Have cross-border terrorist attacks in Pakistan declined or stayed the same after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan?

According to the Pakistani security agencies and the government, various terror outfits were hiding in Afghanistan and they perpetrated terror attacks across the border inside Pakistan on a routine ...
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What came of Andrew Forrest's plan to "end Pakistan slavery" in return for "cheap coal"?

His Wikipedia biography mentions that In January 2014, Forrest announced a deal with Pakistan to do away with more than two million slaves in return for cheap coal. citing an article in The ...
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How do India and Pakistan justify wanting the whole of Kashmir?

If you ask any Indian or Pakistani citizen, most would say that British rule was a cruel thing, and that freedom was inevitable. Now, if you look at the Kashmir situation, even though India have "...
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Are the Taliban Pashtun nationalists?

It is a well known fact that the groups composing the Taliban seek to obtain a Islamic emirate in compliance with Islamic laws; however, do they also seek to the foundation of a “Pashtunistan”, the ...
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What has Biden's presidency done to improve US relations with Pakistan?

Biden is sometimes quoted (e.g. here or here) for this quip to (former Afghan president) Karzai that Pakistan is fifty times more important than Afghanistan for the United States. I mean besides ...
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Is there any reference which tells media/government of Pakistan or India don't show actual facts whenever there are ceasefire violations on LOC? [closed]

Every time I read any Indian newspaper or online news about ceasefire violation on LOC (Line of Control), I read "Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and Indian troops responded accordingly&...
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Is Pakistan's nuclear capability giving it an advantage in its foreign relations and diplomacy? [closed]

we all know that nuclear weapons give deterrence. But, this question is about diplomacy and foreign relations. Is Pakistan's nuclear capability giving it an advantage in its foreign relations and ...
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Why was Benazir Bhutto given an opportunity to give a speech in the US congress?

Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, addressed a joint meeting of Congress and spoke about relations between the U.S. and Pakistan. Why was Benazir Bhutto given an opportunity to give a speech ...
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Why do Pakistani and Bangladeshi Hindus frequently move across the borders but Indian Dalit Hindus don't?

There is a notion in the media that because of persecution, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Afghan Hindu/Sikh minorities migrate to India to seek Indian citizenship. Why Pakistani Hindus leave their ...
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Why did the Pakistan government put more importance on road communication rather than railways?

NHA (Background) Roads in Pakistan National Highways of Pakistan Motorways of Pakistan Expressways of Pakistan It is recognized that Pakistan has one of the most developed road networks in South/...
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Do users of F-16s need the USA's permission to use them in attack roles?

Document reveals official US position on F-16s Are users of F-16 fighter planes obliged to take the USA's permission to use them in attack roles? I am especially curious about Turkey and Pakistan. P....
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Why has Pakistan never faced the wrath of the USA similar to other countries in the region, especially Iran?

As far as I understand, the USA's Middle East policy more or less revolves around Israel and its security. The countries which had antagonistic policies toward Israel were either taken out by Israel ...
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Why is the Biden administration interested in mending military ties with Pakistan?

Biden administration to revive military-to-military ties with Pakistan The Biden administration says that they need military ties with Pakistan and they have their explanations. But, as we know the ...
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Why is Pakistan eager to strengthen bilateral ties with Bangladesh?

Delhi distracted, Pakistan at play This Indian newspaper says that Pakistan is taking advantage of India's distractedness and trying to strengthen ties with Bangladesh. However, this doesn't make ...
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How do countries justify their missile programs?

I will use India as an example. India seems to have only two real enemies: China and Pakistan. The longest range missiles India would need to launch an attack on China should be roughly around 5000 km ...
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Why did Imran Khan avoid the most obvious answer? [closed]

Watch the following video from 16:16 : Pakistan's PM: Our economic future is now linked to China The anchor asks the following question: Don't you see that Pakistan itself should understand that ...
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Has Pakistan's Federal Ministry for Human Rights condemned the treatment of Muslims in China?

In the latest round of verbal slaps between France and Muslim countries: France’s foreign ministry has demanded Pakistan authorities withdraw comments made by one of its ministers that President ...
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What is the USA and EU's official position on Kulbhushan Jadhav? [closed]

WHO IS KULBHUSHAN JADHAV Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian national who is on the death row in Pakistan. He is accused of carrying out espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan at the behest of ...
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Why do people say the Pakistani government has failed because the army is interfering with politics?

I have seen people say that the Pakistani government is not strong enough because many governmental decisions are taken by the Pakistani army. Why do the people consider the involvement of the army ...
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What are Russia's views on nuclear proliferation in South Asia?

I am going to attend a Mock UN session soon, so any fast answers optionally with sources would be amazing. South Asia has been a region of conflict since a long time, but things are heating up a lot. ...
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Why is Pakistan buying Chinese drones even though Chinese drones performed poorly in Libya? [closed]

Why Chinese Drones Could Be A Nightmare For India Despite Best Of Radars and Fighter Jets? In Libya, Chinese armed drones performed poorly against Turkish drones. So, to me, the purchase of Chinese ...
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Why is the USA so concerned about Pakistan's alignment with China?

Will the U.S. succeed in countering China in Pakistan? US warns Pakistan over CPEC, says it could result in heavier debt burden Has Donald Trump Offered Pakistan A Secret Deal To Scrap CPEC Project? ...
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Is Mohammad Ali Jinnah the "Father of the Nation" of Pakistan?

Wikipedia link says: He is revered in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Azam ("Great Leader") and Baba-i-Qaum, ("Father of the Nation"). His birthday is a national holiday in Pakistan. Is Baba-...
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Is Pakistan controlled Kashmir (AJK) an independent state? [duplicate]

There are two parts of Kashmir, one is Azad Jammu and Kashmir also called Pakistan controlled Kashmir and another is Indian controlled Kashmir. Pakistan controlled Kashmir (Azad Jammu and Kashmir) ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia reluctant to convene an FM-level meeting in OIC?

Saudi reluctant to accept Pakistan's request for immediate OIC meeting on Kashmir Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are at odds with each other as to the convening of an FM-level meeting regarding human ...
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Why are Iran and Pakistan members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)?

Although, OIC's web-site says: The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting ...
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Are minorities in Pakistan excluded from social security schemes?

I came across this article today: Poor and desperate, Pakistani Hindus accept Islam to get by and my question is inspired from that article. It was suggested to include non-Indian sources. Here is one ...
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What is Pakistan trying to achieve by changing the political map?

The following was the old political map of Pakistan: Yesterday, Pakistani PM Imran Khan declared a new political map of Pakistan. I see some major changes: FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area) ...
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Do Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, or Indonesia consider overpopulation to be a problem? [closed]

Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi said that overpopulation was, along with terrorism, the two real threats to Egypt, and took countermeasures in 2017. https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/40295/What%E2%80%99s-...
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Why does Chomsky call Pakistan a Punjabi state?

From an interview with Noam Chomsky about his views on elections in Pakistan: Coming to election issues, what do you think, sitting afar and as an observer, are the basic issues that need to be ...
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A Pakastani court overturned convictions of the men charged with killing a journalist in 2002. Is this part of a larger reform movement?

Washington Post has an article today: A regional Pakistani court on Thursday overturned the convictions of the men involved in the killing of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. ... “As ...
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Does Pakistan play a disproportionate role in Indian elections compared to the role India plays in Pakistani elections?

This question is inspired by this tweet, by the NYT South Asia correspondent Maria Abi-Habib: I'm always surprised by how big a role Pakistan plays in Indian elections. The BJP is now making Delhi ...
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Who pays for treatment and living expenses of former Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf?

Politics aside, I see news that former Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf is in Dubai for few years, I am wondering who pays for his hospital and his family stay?
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How did India replace of pre 1947 currency?

As India and Pakistan got independence from British, there were British Indian currency in circulation. Was that currency banned/replaced in a similar fashion as demonetisation of 2016, where old ...
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Why is there no willingness in the international community to step in between Pakistan and India?

Pakistan and India are both nuclear powers. And, unlike other nations, such as North Korea vs USA, Pakistan and India genuinely hate each other and have since the two countries came into existence. ...
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How much aid does Pakistan get from US?

How much aid does Pakistan get from US currently and how much it was getting in past?
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Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

After India abrogated the Article 370 and accessed Kashmir to the Indian union, there has been huge opposition from the Pakistani administration. What I want to know is whether Pakistan Occupied ...
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Why does India say that Kashmir is its integral part 'atoot ang' but then refuse to talk about Kashmir on an international level?

India has claimed that Kashmir is its integral part but then refuses to discuss it in international forums (the latest 'Kashmir is an internal issue' by Sushma Maharaj at the OIC). If Kashmir is ...
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Why is China blocking the ban on the terrorist Masood Azhar?

As per the today's latest update, China blocks Masood Azhar's listing as global terrorist for the fourth time. This guy is accountable for number of attacks and loss of lives. Apart from that there ...
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Did India break any international law or UN charter by violating LoC and Pakistan's airspace?

On 26th February 2019, Indian government demanded that they conducted an air strike on alleged JeM terrorist camp in Pakistan. India stressed that fact that they didn't target either any military or ...
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Why would citizens of a country crave warfare against a nation that holds nuclear weapons?

If two countries both possess nuclear weapons, what reasons are there for why inhabitants in one of the countries would crave warfare against the other? Isn't that completely illogical, since warfare ...
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