Ali Salman Andani
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The writer is a columnist and blogger. His analysis on economic, political, social, cultural and environmental issues frequently get published in Asia Times, DailyO, Modern Diplomacy and other publications

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

Imran Khan Gets Trumped: The Imran Khan-Donald Trump meeting was a desperate job interview, not a state visit

Pakistan is willing to do anything to gain US support. Donald Trump has his eyes on the 2020 election. The meeting, therefore, was hardly equal. It mainly laid out Imran Khan's KRAs.

LIFE

 |   5-minute read

Stop the sexism, your holiness: Why should the Dalai Lama get away with making remarks that would see other men rebuked?

The Dalai Lama has said a female successor to him would need to be attractive. He then apologized. But this isn't even his first time. Just what is he trying to preach?

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Naya Pakistan, Same Old Priorities: Why Imran Khan thinks parrot cages and hand-made carpets matter more than education

Even as Pakistan's economy collapses and cuts are made in sectors like education, the govt is apparently happy to spend millions on plush carpets and parrot cages for its leaders' homes.

POLITICS

 |   11-minute read

Imran came, Imran saw, Imran begged: IMF, $20 billion 'advance', and an economic disaster

Imran Khan needs to understand the good sense behind the reforms the IMF wants Pakistan to undertake before a bail-out. But it looks like Imran's govt will rely on friends with benefits.

POLITICS

 |   8-minute read

China’s chilling debt trap for Pakistan: How everything China invests goes back to it, along with a lot more

Chinese investors borrow from China’s national banks to fund projects in Pakistan. Raw material, labour comes from China. Pakistan finally foots the bill.

POLITICS

 |   12-minute read

How China is sucking Pakistan dry with CPEC

Beijing doesn't want the world to know its sinister objective of looting the key national assets of less-developed economies after pulling them into a debt trap.

POLITICS

 |   10-minute read

'Begging' to differ: Why China is making promises to Pakistan, but not ready to commit anything

Islamabad's all-weather ally Beijing has said more talks are needed before it extends any monetary help.

POLITICS

 |   10-minute read

Why Saudi Arabia lent to Pakistan: Beggars can't be choosers but mediators

It is high time Imran Khan disclosed the conditions on which Saudi Arabia extended financial support to Pakistan.

POLITICS

 |   12-minute read

Friend with no benefits: Why China is not Pakistan's pal at all

Under the guise of 'Long live Pak-China friendship', Beijing is simply looting Islamabad.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Corruption, cronyism, nepotism: What's ‘Naya’ in Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan?

Sheer hypocrisy. Blatant discrimination. Lies and merit ka janaza. Everything Pakistanis can look forward to with Imran Khan's government.