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Steel cutting ceremony held for Pakistan’s first Damen 1800 OPV


Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards conducted the steel-cutting ceremony for the first of two Damen 1800 offshore patrol vessels (OPV) ordered by the Pakistan Navy in June 2017. The event was revealed by the Pakistan Navy... More

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to set up working group


Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to establish working group to resolve all the outstanding issues. The decision was taken during a meeting between Adviser to Prime minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Dr Miftah Ismail... More

How China’s billions are modernising Pakistan’s railways, and quickly


Just a pledge from China to help upgrade Pakistan's train network has prompted authorities in the South Asian nation to overhaul its colonial-era rail infrastructure. For software businessman Farrukh Malik, the change was palpable. As... More

China denies having military alliance with Pakistan


There is no military alliance between China and Pakistan, but China’s arms exports to Pakistan are a powerful weapon to safeguard the South Asian country’s military sovereignty, says a report published in the Chinese... More

Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand SAARC


When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making... More

Russia and Pakistan: A Durable Anti-American Alliance in South Asia


On April 6, 2018, Pakistan’s Minister of Defense, Khurram Dastgir Khan, told Russian state media outlet Sputnik that the Pakistani military planned to purchase Su-35 fighter jets and T-90 tanks from Russia. Khan’s announcement... More

CPEC and the power game between India, Pakistan, the US & Afghanistan


For the purpose of avoiding a possible sea blockade during a US-China conflict, as well as to develop China’s western regions, China is keen to develop an overland route to the Arabian Sea through... More

Pakistan to provide training to army troops of Islamic countries


Pakistan has expressed its willingness to provide modern training, technical assistance and necessary resources to the army troops of military alliance of Islamic countries to deal with terrorists. Pakistan will cooperate in the matter keeping... More

China’s arms sales to Pakistan support nation’s military sovereignty without conditions


There is no military alliance between China and Pakistan, but China's arms exports to Pakistan are a powerful weapon to safeguard the South Asian country's military sovereignty. Pakistan has been shunning the US in favor... More

China to deepen pragmatic cooperation with Pakistan: DM China


Chinese Defense Minister, Wei Fenghe has said that China is willing to work together with Pakistan to focus on building a community of human destiny, consolidate all-weather friendship and deepen pragmatic cooperation in various... More

Pakistan, Poland sign defence cooperation agreement


Pakistan Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir-Khan and his Polish counterpart Mariusz Blaszczak signed an agreement between the two countries on cooperation in the field of defence in Warsaw Thursday (Apr 19). The two sides hailed... More

Khawaja Asif to attend foreign ministers’ meeting in Beijing


Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting that will be held in Beijing on April 24, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying... More

Pakistan terms PM Modi’s remarks on surgical strikes as false


Pakistan rejected as “false and baseless” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the ‘surgical strikes’ across the Line of Control in 2016 , saying “repeating a lie doesn’t turn it into the truth.” Speaking at... More

Pakistan turns to China for high-end weapons: report


The downward trend in Pak-US relations has pushed Islamabad towards China for the procurement of high-tech weaponry as the United States has again become an unreliable supplier for weaponry, said a Financial Times report. “We... More

Pakistan, Chinese naval chiefs hold talks in Beijing


Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi who is on an official visit to China has met his Chinese counterpart Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong in Beijing and exchanged views on naval cooperation and... More

Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder a better choice than India’s Tejas


With reports of Malaysia and Pakistan discussing the export of the JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jet, comparisons between Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder and the Indian HAL Tejas have surfaced again. Although the JF-17 Thunder and HAL... More

Activist reveals RAW links to Balochistan insurgency


A prominent ‘Baloch activist’ has claimed that he heckled former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his 2015 US tour, at the behest of Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). His confessions... More

US to restrict movement of Pakistani diplomats from May 1


The United States will place “reciprocal restrictions” on the movement of Pakistani diplomats in the country from May 1, forcing them to stay within 40km of the city they are posted in, a senior... More

No unusual rise in Pakistan’s defence budget, says adviser


The military will get only a regular increase and there will be no unusual increase in the defence budget for the next fiscal year, the adviser to the prime minister on finance said on... More

Will Malaysia buy Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter Jet?


Pakistan and Malaysia are purportedly engaged in preliminary talks over the possible procurement of an unknown number of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 “Thunder” multirole fighter jets, a PAC official told IHS... More

Pak PM, Saudi king discuss security, regional issues


Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday (Apr 16) met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud during the closing ceremony of Gulf Shield-1 in the Saudi city of Dammam. The two... More

COLUMN

On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More