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compellance

compellance  n.— «The truth is that most political observers in Pakistan have become knee-jerk and non-cerebral, giving Pakistan’s enemy a handle through what is called “compellance”: get the enemy to do what it wants to do for self...

string of pearls

string of pearls  n.— «The second event has been much quieter but has more ominous implications, Beijing’s steady expansion of its “string of pearls” strategy. A new phrase coined by geo-strategists’ for Chinese efforts to...

spot-fixing

spot-fixing  n.— «Although police have not ruled it out, both Mr Ashraf and the team spokesman, PJ Mir, dismissed speculation that Mr Woolmer’s death was linked to match-fixing and a practice known as “spot-fixing,” or betting...

black-coat

black-coat  n.— «The “black-coats” as the lawyers are being affectionately called these days, have never shown this kind of unity, nor this temerity, before.» —by Masud Alam in Islamabad, Pakistan BBC...

BLR

BLR  n.— «As far as Bonapartism in the higher echelons of the Pakistan Army goes, the situation in army parlance is BLR or Beyond Local Repair. BLR denotes a vehicle or other piece of equipment such as a weapon, being in such a state that...

cricket diplomacy

cricket diplomacy  n.— «He said the U.S. leader probably will praise what’s called “cricket diplomacy”—in which teams from the two countries compete on the field—as helping ease political tensions.» —“South Asia: Nukes And...