SAV editorial staff

Hot Takes: Perspectives on India-Pakistan Nuclear Non-Testing

, and in CBMs, CTBT, India, India-Pakistan Relations, Nuclear Weapons, Pakistan

  Indo-Pak CTBT: High Merits, Bleak Outlook! By Sobia Paracha Twice this month, Pakistan has offered to begin negotiations with India on a mutual nuclear test ban arrangement. The proposal is a natural next step after both states’ longstanding policy of a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing, and would strengthen each of their cases to

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Zainab Ahmed

“Messy and Hidden” Urbanization: A Security Challenge for Pakistan

in Development, Pakistan, Security

Mass urbanization has become a major global issue in recent years with the population shift from rural to urban areas placing considerable strain on urban infrastructure, such as housing, electrical grids, and public transportation. There are few places that reflect these issues better than Pakistan, the most rapidly urbanizing country in South Asia. This trend

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Ali Mustafa

Regulating Borders: Crucial Need for Islamabad

in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Policy, Security

Recently, SAV contributor Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy wrote a piece arguing that Pakistan’s recent policy of stricter border control on its western front with Afghanistan “is likely being driven by the former’s apprehensions regarding the latter’s increased capabilities”—that is, the possibility of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), infiltrating Pakistan. Her assumptions are based

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Prakhar Gupta

Wang Yi Visit: China Trying to Pacify India?

in China, India, Security, Strategic Culture • 1 Response

In view of recent developments, specifically China’s reservations over India’s bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s recent visit to New Delhi seems to be an effort to improve relations ahead of three major multilateral engagements in China, India, and Laos.  Wang Yi’s visit, which resulted in an

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Deepanshu Mohan

Short Takes: What GST Means for India

in Economics, Economy, India

Termed as one of the biggest reforms in India’s complicated indirect tax base since 1991, the passage of the Constitution (122nd) Amendment Bill has made the Goods and Services Tax (GST) a reality at last. GST does away with the cascading indirect effect of a “tax on tax” usually calculated on the compounded value as

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