Tom Hussain

Tom Hussain

Tom Hussain is an Islamabad-based journalist and Pakistan affairs analyst

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Is China behind mystery Kashmir ceasefire between India and Pakistan?

‘The real question is why did India agree to this now?’

‘The real question is why did India agree to this now?’

Is China behind mystery Kashmir ceasefire between India and Pakistan?
2 Mar 2021 - 10:52AM
As US plays off India and China, it risks losing a nuclear-armed ally: Pakistan

‘While it seeks an improved relationship with the US, it is obvious to Islamabad that Pakistan’s strategic future lies with China.’

‘While it seeks an improved relationship with the US, it is obvious to Islamabad that Pakistan’s strategic future lies with China.’

As US plays off India and China, it risks losing a nuclear-armed ally: Pakistan
22 Feb 2021 - 10:52AM
Will a new road between China and Pakistan lead to a military boost against India?

Analysts say the transit and trade route linking Xinjiang and Kashmir will increase Beijing and Islamabad’s military interoperability against Indian forces in the region, ringing alarm bells in New Delhi.

Analysts say the transit and trade route linking Xinjiang and Kashmir will increase Beijing and Islamabad’s military interoperability against Indian forces in the region, ringing alarm bells in New Delhi.

Will a new road between China and Pakistan lead to a military boost against India?
31 Jan 2021 - 2:00PM
Why are Chinese car makers setting up shop in Pakistan?

The sell-out success of the Chang’an Alsvin sedan shows why Chinese car firms see Pakistan as the ideal entry point to South Asia’s right-hand-drive markets.

The sell-out success of the Chang’an Alsvin sedan shows why Chinese car firms see Pakistan as the ideal entry point to South Asia’s right-hand-drive markets.

Why are Chinese car makers setting up shop in Pakistan?
23 Jan 2021 - 12:12PM
How will the US re-engage with its Middle East allies and Iran in a post-Trump world?

US President-elect Joe Biden is expected to revive a nuclear deal with Iran as he seeks a return to a ‘rules-based’ order in the region.

US President-elect Joe Biden is expected to revive a nuclear deal with Iran as he seeks a return to a ‘rules-based’ order in the region.

How will the US re-engage with its Middle East allies and Iran in a post-Trump world?
2 Jan 2021 - 8:55PM
Is Pakistan edging closer to formal recognition of Israel?

The government has introduced the emotive issue to the public through pro-establishment media, so as to condition them for a prospective shift in policy.

The government has introduced the emotive issue to the public through pro-establishment media, so as to condition them for a prospective shift in policy.

Is Pakistan edging closer to formal recognition of Israel?
12 Dec 2020 - 12:00PM
Pakistan’s plan to annex Kashmir’s Gilgit-Baltistan hits snag amid disputed election fallout

Hopes of a strong mandate for making the region Pakistan’s fifth province have been dashed, just as a national opposition coalition is gaining momentum.

Hopes of a strong mandate for making the region Pakistan’s fifth province have been dashed, just as a national opposition coalition is gaining momentum.

Pakistan’s plan to annex Kashmir’s Gilgit-Baltistan hits snag amid disputed election fallout
28 Nov 2020 - 2:49PM
Protests erupt near Pakistan’s China border over vote-rigging claims in Gilgit-Baltistan

Opposition candidates accuse Gilgit-Baltistan’s election commission of manipulating results to favour Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party.

Opposition candidates accuse Gilgit-Baltistan’s election commission of manipulating results to favour Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party.

Protests erupt near Pakistan’s China border over vote-rigging claims in Gilgit-Baltistan
25 Nov 2020 - 9:23PM
Explainer | Next Ladakh? In India-China stand-off, a new front looms in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan

The Pakistan-governed region of disputed Kashmir was once a prize in the Great Game between Russia and Britain. Now it is the scene of a modern game of thrones.

The Pakistan-governed region of disputed Kashmir was once a prize in the Great Game between Russia and Britain. Now it is the scene of a modern game of thrones.

Next Ladakh? In India-China stand-off, a new front looms in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan
7 Nov 2020 - 4:10PM
Is China behind Pakistan’s plan to annex Kashmir’s Gilgit-Baltistan?

Pakistan’s government and military have decided to make the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Kashmir the country’s fifth province, a move sure to provoke India, which sees China as a main actor behind the plan.

Pakistan’s government and military have decided to make the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Kashmir the country’s fifth province, a move sure to provoke India, which sees China as a main actor behind the plan.

Is China behind Pakistan’s plan to annex Kashmir’s Gilgit-Baltistan?
26 Sep 2020 - 2:21PM
Pizza corruption scandal risks dragging China into Pakistan’s domestic affairs

Imran Khan has been trying to seal allegations that his top belt-and-road official failed to disclose interests in a US pizza chain.

Imran Khan has been trying to seal allegations that his top belt-and-road official failed to disclose interests in a US pizza chain.

Pizza corruption scandal risks dragging China into Pakistan’s domestic affairs
5 Sep 2020 - 3:07PM
China: America’s hidden target in Trump’s ‘historic’ Israel-UAE deal?

The US wants Israeli-Arab support in countering Beijing’s influence over supply routes seen as a ‘matter of life and death’ for China’s economy, analysts say.

The US wants Israeli-Arab support in countering Beijing’s influence over supply routes seen as a ‘matter of life and death’ for China’s economy, analysts say.

China: America’s hidden target in Trump’s ‘historic’ Israel-UAE deal?
29 Aug 2020 - 4:44PM
Pakistan’s new Kashmir map links it to China, fuelling India’s fears of war with both

On paper, the map links Pakistan with Chinese-administered territory and hints at the possibility of coordinated military operations between the two allies.

On paper, the map links Pakistan with Chinese-administered territory and hints at the possibility of coordinated military operations between the two allies.

Pakistan’s new Kashmir map links it to China, fuelling India’s fears of war with both
7 Aug 2020 - 12:54PM
Between the US and China, new trade roads lead to Afghanistan – and fierce competition

The Beijing-Washington rivalry has extended to the war-torn country in the dash to build corridors linking Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.

The Beijing-Washington rivalry has extended to the war-torn country in the dash to build corridors linking Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.

Between the US and China, new trade roads lead to Afghanistan – and fierce competition
3 Aug 2020 - 11:31AM
A deadly turn on China’s Belt and Road raises the stakes in Pakistan

A surge of attacks by Baloch separatists sends the costs of projects soaring, even as a web of espionage involving Iran tangles up Beijing’s interests in Gwadar.

A surge of attacks by Baloch separatists sends the costs of projects soaring, even as a web of espionage involving Iran tangles up Beijing’s interests in Gwadar.

A deadly turn on China’s Belt and Road raises the stakes in Pakistan
18 Jul 2020 - 3:31PM
China-India border dispute: is Pakistan about to enter the fray?

A military stand-off in the Himalayas raises the prospect of three nuclear-armed states fighting over not only Kashmir’s borders but glaciers that provide water to 270 million people.

A military stand-off in the Himalayas raises the prospect of three nuclear-armed states fighting over not only Kashmir’s borders but glaciers that provide water to 270 million people.

China-India border dispute: is Pakistan about to enter the fray?
4 Jul 2020 - 10:46PM
Analysis | Pakistan’s military pressured to withdraw support for Imran Khan as Covid-19 cases soar

The government is battling surging coronavirus infections, a potential locust infestation, rising inflation and food shortages, and critics say its military sponsors cannot shy away from blame.

The government is battling surging coronavirus infections, a potential locust infestation, rising inflation and food shortages, and critics say its military sponsors cannot shy away from blame.

Pakistan’s military pressured to withdraw support for Imran Khan as Covid-19 cases soar
19 Jun 2020 - 10:11PM
As coronavirus bites, Pakistan looks to China for belt and road economic boost

After a two-year slowdown, projects including a dam, airport and motorway are being fast-tracked in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

After a two-year slowdown, projects including a dam, airport and motorway are being fast-tracked in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

As coronavirus bites, Pakistan looks to China for belt and road economic boost
24 May 2020 - 2:00PM
Analysis | Pakistan’s Imran Khan loses control of coronavirus fight to military, amid corruption scandal

The military, which helped bring Khan to power, intervened after the prime minister downplayed the Covid-19 threat and opposed a lockdown.

The military, which helped bring Khan to power, intervened after the prime minister downplayed the Covid-19 threat and opposed a lockdown.

Pakistan’s Imran Khan loses control of coronavirus fight to military, amid corruption scandal
9 Apr 2020 - 11:29PM
Coronavirus: Pakistan struggles to track down 100,000 attendees of Tablighi Jamaat religious event

Pakistan has among the world’s slowest rates of coronavirus testing, with about 68 tests conducted per million people.

Pakistan has among the world’s slowest rates of coronavirus testing, with about 68 tests conducted per million people.

Coronavirus: Pakistan struggles to track down 100,000 attendees of Tablighi Jamaat religious event
8 Apr 2020 - 6:26AM
US slashes Afghan aid as Taliban talks stall and coronavirus threatens push for peace

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US could cut another US$1 billion in 2021 while other aid programmes would be reviewed.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US could cut another US$1 billion in 2021 while other aid programmes would be reviewed.

US slashes Afghan aid as Taliban talks stall and coronavirus threatens push for peace
24 Mar 2020 - 1:10PM
Coronavirus: Pakistan’s Imran Khan rules out mass shutdowns, as cases hit 257

Leader Imran Khan says it is not feasible for Pakistan to lock down cities, as it could result in mass unemployment and impoverished people ‘dying from hunger’.

Leader Imran Khan says it is not feasible for Pakistan to lock down cities, as it could result in mass unemployment and impoverished people ‘dying from hunger’.

Coronavirus: Pakistan’s Imran Khan rules out mass shutdowns, as cases hit 257
18 Mar 2020 - 9:50PM
Analysis | Dual Afghan presidents lead to constitutional crisis and double trouble for US peace talks

With Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah both declaring themselves president, Afghanistan’s shaky government foundation has been exposed.

With Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah both declaring themselves president, Afghanistan’s shaky government foundation has been exposed.

Dual Afghan presidents lead to constitutional crisis and double trouble for US peace talks
19 Mar 2020 - 12:19AM
Asian Angle | Peace deal is a leap of faith for the US, but one day the Taliban may win a Nobel Peace Prize

Nearly two decades after the September 11 terror attacks, many will struggle to see the Taliban as an ally against Islamic State. Can it really change, or is this just a Trojan Horse?

Nearly two decades after the September 11 terror attacks, many will struggle to see the Taliban as an ally against Islamic State. Can it really change, or is this just a Trojan Horse?

Peace deal is a leap of faith for the US, but one day the Taliban may win a Nobel Peace Prize
29 Feb 2020 - 4:22AM
What China has to fear from a US-Taliban peace deal in Afghanistan

A withdrawal of US troops could pave the way for a return of Uygur militants and reignite violence in Xinjiang, but for Beijing to try filling American boots would have a downside of its own.

A withdrawal of US troops could pave the way for a return of Uygur militants and reignite violence in Xinjiang, but for Beijing to try filling American boots would have a downside of its own.

What China has to fear from a US-Taliban peace deal in Afghanistan
22 Feb 2020 - 2:42PM
Opinion | In Pakistan, cricket is once again up in lights, symbolising country’s return from exile after 2009 attack

After a terrorist attack on a visiting team back in 2009, the country has been eager to show it is safe again and open for business. A major programme of international investment and the revival of cricketing tournaments has helped it on its way.

After a terrorist attack on a visiting team back in 2009, the country has been eager to show it is safe again and open for business. A major programme of international investment and the revival of cricketing tournaments has helped it on its way.

In Pakistan, cricket is once again up in lights, symbolising country’s return from exile after 2009 attack
8 Feb 2020 - 4:01PM
China’s belt and road: after the gold rush, Pakistan sees the downside

Massive investment by Beijing supercharged Pakistan’s GDP, for a while. Now the ‘early harvest’ has been reaped, interest is drying up – and so are the jobs.

Massive investment by Beijing supercharged Pakistan’s GDP, for a while. Now the ‘early harvest’ has been reaped, interest is drying up – and so are the jobs.

China’s belt and road: after the gold rush, Pakistan sees the downside
15 Feb 2020 - 5:14PM
US-Iran crisis: How China gains from Donald Trump’s Middle East blunder

It’s not just about oil. Conflict between Tehran and Washington strengthens Beijing’s hand in the region and provides cover for a greater Chinese military presence.

It’s not just about oil. Conflict between Tehran and Washington strengthens Beijing’s hand in the region and provides cover for a greater Chinese military presence.

US-Iran crisis: How China gains from Donald Trump’s Middle East blunder
17 Feb 2020 - 8:09PM
The real reason China wants peace in Afghanistan

Like many superpowers before it, Beijing is discovering just how difficult it is to establish a presence in a region famed for self-destruction.

Like many superpowers before it, Beijing is discovering just how difficult it is to establish a presence in a region famed for self-destruction.

The real reason China wants peace in Afghanistan
17 Feb 2020 - 8:46PM
Analysis | In Pakistan, Musharraf treason verdict could hurt Imran Khan – and China won’t mind

The verdict against the former army dictator is another sign of the Supreme Court’s willingness to challenge military impunity – which does not augur well for political stability.

The verdict against the former army dictator is another sign of the Supreme Court’s willingness to challenge military impunity – which does not augur well for political stability.

In Pakistan, Musharraf treason verdict could hurt Imran Khan – and China won’t mind
19 Dec 2019 - 9:24PM