Daily Archives: October 20, 2017

Confront the challenges: Engage Afghanistan, protect CPEC

Two of Pakistan’s foreign policy core themes: CPEC and Afghanistan are passing through a critical moment and will soon become the most pressing challenges for the country’s strategic and...

IPU concerns over human rights violations against Maldives lawmakers

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has expressed concern over human rights violation against opposition lawmakers in the Maldives. In a press statement Wednesday (October 18), the global organisation of national parliaments...

Diplomats in Nepal seeks Maoist flexibility for transitional justice

The international community in Nepal has sought 'firm commitment' and 'sincerity' on the part of the CPN (Maoist Center) in providing transitional justice to conflict-era victims. During a meeting between...

Lanka’s support to Pakistan on SAARC summit venue a setback for India

Colombo, October 19: Sri Lanka’s support to Pakistan on hosting the 20 th. SAARC summit in Islamabad, is a setback for India as it signals a subtle shift in...

China looks at Nepal as potential gateway to South Asia

With an investment of $ 8.3 billion this year alone in Nepal, the Chinese are coming in a big way to the Himalayan country which they see as a...

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is...

Kashmir needs political initiative, says State Police Chief

At least 160 militants have been killed in J&K Police’s latest security campaign this year but Kashmir needs a “political initiative” and the central government should take steps to...

Pakistan builds Afghan border fence in bid to stem terrorist attacks

Pakistan’s military is installing a robust fence along its largely porous 2,600-kilometer border with Afghanistan and establishing new forts as well as outposts on mountain peaks. Officials hope the fortification...

Over 100 Afghan security force members killed in 3 Taliban attacks

In the past three days, three deadly attacks carried out by the Taliban against Afghan security forces - in Paktia, Ghazni and Kandahar provinces – have claimed the lives...

Pakistan, US have developed understanding: Pak FO

Pakistan and the United States have developed a better understanding and their cooperation is increasing as a result of recent ‘positive developments’, according to the Foreign Office. Foreign office spokesperson...

India, Pakistan are both important to U.S. policy, says Tillerson

India and the U.S. are “two bookends of stability — on either side of the globe” and the “emerging Delhi-Washington strategic partnership” has the potential to anchor the rules-based...

Pakistan and Sri Lanka agree to expand Free Trade Agreement

The fifth round of Foreign Secretaries level bilateral political consultations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Colombo 17th October, have agreed that Joint Working Groups would oversee the...

Lahore High Court orders release of Hafiz Saeed

A review board of the Lahore High Court on Thursday (October 19) ordered the Punjab government to free Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and four of his aides by...

U.S. Lawmakers urge Trump to craft targeted sanctions on Myanmar military

More than 40 lawmakers urged the Trump administration on Wednesday to reimpose U.S. travel bans on Myanmar’s military leaders and prepare targeted sanctions against those responsible for a crackdown...

2.5 million people die every year of pollution in India, highest in the world

As many as 2.5 million people die because of pollution in the country every year, a figure which is highest in the world, according to The Lancet Commission on...

Bangladesh to sign MoU for LNG import from three countries

The government of Bangladesh has launched a process to sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Oman, Indonesia and Malaysia to import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) on government to government...

Afghanistan to figure at Russia-NATO talks

The Afghanistan conflict will be on the agenda at next week’s meeting between representatives from Russia and NATO, a media report says. The meeting would take place on Oct. 26...