Syed Fazl-e-Haider

Syed Fazl-e-Haider


Syed Fazl-e-Haider is a contributing analyst at the South Asia desk of Wikistrat. He is a freelance columnist and the author of several books including Economic Development of Balochistan (2004).

In this photograph taken on 13 November 2016, Pakistani Navy personnel stand guard near a ship carrying containers at the Gwadar port, some 700 kilometres west of Karachi, during the opening ceremony of a pilot trade programme between Pakistan and China. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP)

Will Pakistan's Gwadar port resolve China's Malacca dilemma?

While Pakistan's prized port at Gwadar in Balochistan province is supposed to open up an energy corridor from Central Asia and the Gulf across Pakistan to western China, security is the actual key to the Beijing's grand energy security plan, which includes developing Gwadar port as an alternative to the Strait of Malacca — a narrow waterway between Indonesia and Malaysia.
Taliban soldiers celebrate on the second anniversary of the fall of Kabul on a street near the US embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 15 August 2023. (Ali Khara/Reuters)

Is China engaged in resource politics in Afghanistan?

With increasing stakes in Afghanistan's vast mineral and energy deposits, China is engaged in resource politics in the war-wracked but resource-rich country. Maintaining control of the country's strategic mineral and energy reserves is the name of China's new great game in Afghanistan.
Chinese trucks parked at Gwadar port. These trucks were part of the trade convoy that carried the first export consignment from Kashgar to Gwadar for onward shipment on 13 November 2016. (Khurram Husain/Dawn)

Why Baloch separatists in Pakistan want China's BRI out

With more attacks on Chinese nationals threatened by Baloch separatists in Pakistan, Beijing has pressured Islamabad to take foolproof security measures to protect its nationals and interests in the South Asian country. Columnist Syed Fazl-e-Haider explains.