China’s Belt and Road chugging along in Central Asia

The information war is so intense nowadays that unsung melodies are often more alluring than the sung ones. The lines from English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley’s famous ode To a Skylark come to mind: “In the broad day-light / Thou art unseen, but yet I hear thy shrill delight …” 

Two events in the past couple of weeks indicated growing optimism about Afghanistan’s future. Both developments signify that the scaffolding for improved regional connectivity, economic development and governance is coming up, largely unreported. 

Certainly, the three-day visit to Islamabad in early November by Uzbek National Security Adviser Lieutenant-General Viktor Makhmudov at the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart Moeed Yusuf deserved far more attention than it was given. Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa received the Uzbek delegation. 

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