Adnan Aamir

Adnan Aamir

Adnan Aamir is a journalist and columnist based in Quetta, Pakistan.

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Opinion | Could Gwadar port protests close the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s crown jewel?

Six years after Gwadar became the focal point of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the benefits have yet to reach the city’s people. Protests over checkpoint humiliations, government inaction and failure to provide basic amenities threaten to shut down one of the project’s key hubs.

Six years after Gwadar became the focal point of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the benefits have yet to reach the city’s people. Protests over checkpoint humiliations, government inaction and failure to provide basic amenities threaten to shut down one of the project’s key hubs.

8 Dec 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Badly needed peace or more terrorism: how the Afghan Taliban will shape Pakistan’s future

If the Afghan Taliban makes good on its pledge to not allow Afghanistan to be used as a base for attacks against other countries, peace could emerge in Pakistan. If it backtracks and supports Islamist militancy, though, it could represent an existential threat to Islamabad.

If the Afghan Taliban makes good on its pledge to not allow Afghanistan to be used as a base for attacks against other countries, peace could emerge in Pakistan. If it backtracks and supports Islamist militancy, though, it could represent an existential threat to Islamabad.

20 Aug 2021 - 2:30PM
Opinion | India and Pakistan are not going to war any time soon, but expect the bluster to continue

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to keep up the anti-Pakistan rhetoric but heed international pressure not to escalate the conflict. Meanwhile, cash-strapped Pakistan would not want a protracted conflict either.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to keep up the anti-Pakistan rhetoric but heed international pressure not to escalate the conflict. Meanwhile, cash-strapped Pakistan would not want a protracted conflict either.

2 Mar 2019 - 4:16AM
Opinion | Religious fundamentalism weakens Pakistan’s bargaining power with China

The violent protests over Asia Bibi’s acquittal reveal the government’s powerlessness against radical Islam, and highlight the need for it to end its policy of appeasement. Such unrest will only complicate Pakistan’s bid to escape an economic crisis.

The violent protests over Asia Bibi’s acquittal reveal the government’s powerlessness against radical Islam, and highlight the need for it to end its policy of appeasement. Such unrest will only complicate Pakistan’s bid to escape an economic crisis.

6 Nov 2018 - 8:46AM
Why Pakistan is backing away from Chinese-funded infrastructure projects

Pakistan’s new government is less enamoured of Chinese infrastructure projects because of concerns over unfair terms. It is running up huge debts, and yet not a dollar of the Chinese loans has entered Pakistani banking channels.

Pakistan’s new government is less enamoured of Chinese infrastructure projects because of concerns over unfair terms. It is running up huge debts, and yet not a dollar of the Chinese loans has entered Pakistani banking channels.

19 Oct 2018 - 8:37PM
Opinion | How US policy is turning Pakistan into a Chinese colony, thwarting America’s regional ambitions

The US’ decision to block an IMF loan to Pakistan will only push the country more deeply into China’s sphere of influence.

The US’ decision to block an IMF loan to Pakistan will only push the country more deeply into China’s sphere of influence.

15 Apr 2019 - 1:42PM
Will Gwadar go the way of Hambantota? Why Chinese loans to Pakistan are sparking takeover fears along the economic corridor

China is spending more than US$55 billion on projects in Pakistan, much of it of through loans. While Islamabad has been able to reject a few Chinese demands for now, ballooning debt may well weaken its resolve.

China is spending more than US$55 billion on projects in Pakistan, much of it of through loans. While Islamabad has been able to reject a few Chinese demands for now, ballooning debt may well weaken its resolve.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM