Archive for the ‘Pakistan’ Category

Pakistan Strives to Switch to Natural Gas

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a report on Pakistan’s desire to switch to natural gas for its main energy fuel: HIGHLIGHTS Pakistan will continue to shift its economy from oil to natural gas, a cleaner and less expensive option. The government’s wide-ranging campaign against graft, and other problems like debt and energy bottlenecks, will likely […]

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Pakistan Struggles To Capitalize On A Golden Opportunity In Balochistan

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at Blochistan: Until Pakistan and the Tethyan Copper Co. settle their dispute, development of the country’s Reko Diq gold and copper mine will languish, leaving a potentially abundant revenue stream dry. Growing foreign investment in the sector will heighten the need for an effective dispute resolution mechanism. Unless […]

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Gwadar vs. Chabahar: Competing Ports in Iran and Pakistan Fuel Ambition and Mistrust

Courtesy of STATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at Gwadar and Chabahar: China’s expansion across South Asia and the Indian Ocean under its Belt and Road Initiative will drive India’s own regional outreach, heightening the importance of New Delhi’s infrastructure projects such as the Chabahar port in Iran. However, the threat of U.S. sanctions and […]

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Pakistani Army Moves Into The Oil Business

Via The Asia Times, a look at the Pakistani Army’s $100 billion commercial empire covers industries including banking, cement and real estate: The business conglomerate that is the Pakistani Army, which has fingers in multiple pies across the business spectrum, has now moved into the oil business. Recent growth of businesses controlled by the powerful […]

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The Globalization of Gwadar

Via OBOReurope, a look at Gwadar In early 2019, several states in Middle East announced their interest in the port of Gwadar in Pakistan. The port of Gwadar is the flagship project of  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). With the opening of the CECP to the rest of the world, the port of Gwadar is likely […]

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China To Join Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline?

Via Silk Road Briefing, an interesting look at the possibility of China joining the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline: China has expressed interest in joining the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, by building a link from Pakistan to China. This could act as alternative to Chinese plans to build a fourth China-to-Turkmenistan pipeline. The China-to-Turkmenistan line has to cross […]

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