Shaman writes, as Pakistan prepares for general elections for 342-seat Pakistan National Assembly in a week’s time, it is clear that the powerful Pakistan Army has joined hands with other two strong institutions of the country i.e the Judiciary and the Election Commission to benefit Imran Khan’s PTI and other extremist political parties – Lashkar-e-Taiba supported Milli Muslim League (through Allaha-u-Akbar Tehreek), Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan and ultra-conservative Muttahida Majlis–e–Amal, all of which have entered the electoral arena this year seeking to benefit from the discrediting of the PML-N and PPP, with adequate propping up by Rawalpindi.
Brig Narender writes, The US has given China a reason to build anti US trade alliance that may include Russia, some members of EU, ASEAN nations and Iran. Is it that Trump has given a platform to China to build a transregional trade alliance? Giving an adversary a chance to build an alliance is a bad strategy.
Aiman writes, Trump’s decision to meet Kim personally at the Singapore summit poses less likely a possibility that he will threaten to rain fire and fury on the North. Hopefully, Kim too will remain restrained about missile and rocket launches, thereby providing the Koreans and Japanese with a peace of mind and sound sleep at night