Pakistan pivots toward Putin’s Russia after Trump gets tough

Nuclear-armed Pakistan is embracing Cold War-foe Russia amid unraveling ties with Washington. The Trump administration has penalized Islamabad for failing to rein in militants waging war on the U.S.-backed government in neighboring Afghanistan. American military aid to Pakistan... More

The consequences of shifting US-Pakistan military ties

The Trump administration, in its latest attempt to put pressure on Pakistan, has started to close various training programs for Pakistani military officials. Trump’s decision to shut down military training programs that have kept the two countries’... More

Imran Khan takes the pitch as Prime Minister of Pakistan

Former cricket captain Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister at a ceremony of the National Assembly on Saturday, after the newly elected members voted him in. Khan will head a coalition government with... More

PM’s first speech

The 22nd prime minister of Pakistan will have to contend with a set of circumstances that few leaders before him have had to face: familiar but significant governance and economic challenges; sky-high public expectations, especially among an... More

Pak Army chief ‘expresses deep concern’ as violence in Afghanistan escalates

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday expressed "deep concern" over the rising number of violent incidents in Pakistan's westside neighbour, Afghanistan, that have led to the "loss of precious innocent lives". The "COAS reiterates that there... More

Pakistan and China: Will Imran Khan stick or twist?

Pakistan and China have been allies almost since the founding of the People's Republic by the Chinese Communist Party. And that alliance could hold the key to the administration of Pakistan's new prime minister Imran Khan. The former... More

Pakistan-born Mehreen Faruqi becomes first Muslim woman senator in Australia

At a time when Australia is embroiled in a bitter row over racism, Pakistan-born Mehreen Faruqi became the first Muslim woman to be appointed to the Australian Senate. The Green Party member parliament for New South Wales was... More

Pakistan defence expo kicks off

Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) in collaboration with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), is organising the first of its kind ‘Suppliers and Vendors Defence Exhibition’ (SAVDEX 2018) from August 16 to 18 at Lahore... More

FATF delegation urges Pakistan to toughen anti-terror financing laws

A delegation of the global financial watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has urged Pakistan to toughen its laws and implementation against terror financing and money laundering. The Asia Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering, which is currently... More

China keen to work with Imran Khan’s government, Chinese Ambassador

Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Yao Jing Thursday said that China was ready and keen to work with the upcoming Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government. Talking to media he said, “Pakistan and China are true friends and the latter is ready... More

Will act against ‘inimical elements’ along LoC, Pak army assures India

With the new Imran Khan-led government set to take office in Islamabad, Pakistan army on Thursday assured the Indian Army that it will take "prompt action" against any "move by inimical elements" in the proximity of the... More

China-Pakistan satellite nexus affects India’s war strategy

Pakistan has been struggling since its foundation to achieve parity with India in strategic technologies such as nuclear, defence and space. The defence platforms were acquired from the West during the Cold War. However, it was China... More

Pakistan’s foreign policy at crossroad: Imran Khan shows support for Turkey during...

Turkey is facing one of the direct challenges in recent times to keep its economy going after the row with the United States of America over the detention of a U.S pastor on charges of espionage for... More

Imran to ditch traditional sherwani for oath-taking ceremony

As part of his austerity measures, the prime minister in waiting – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan – is likely to stick to his white dress code and wear an old sherwani even at the red-letter... More

The need of acknowledgement-war on terror and efforts of Pakistan

Acknowledgment, recognition, acceptance and appreciation is a patent formula of success and to achieve goals and targets anywhere in the world. If you are fighting a war and you have most advanced technological ammunition, weapons and strong... More

Efforts needed to counter anti-CPEC propaganda

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned the IMF against providing Pakistan with a bailout package to rescue its fragile economy. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has also voiced concerns about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor... More

In the US-China trade war, Pakistan and the global economy will be the...

The year 2017 ended on a positive note, with some major economies leading the “broadest synchronised global upsurge since 2010”, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Markets reacted positively to the improved global economic outlook, giving... More

Pakistan Army simultaneously plants two million trees

The Pakistan Army has simultaneously planted 2 million trees in a campaign aimed at increasing greenery across the country, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced on Tuesday. Director General (DG) of ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said that... More

China hands over PRSS-1 Satellite control to Pakistan

The control of Pakistan’s first Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1), which was successfully launched last month from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, China, was handed over to Pakistan. The spokesman of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform has said... More

FATF team visits Pakistan to review progress of action plan

A team of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has arrived in Islamabad to review the progress made by Pakistan on the action plan it issued earlier this year to counter money laundering and terror financing. The six-member... More

Pakistan reiterates ‘strong support’ for Turkey after US sanctions

Pakistan on Monday came out in support of Turkey, which is embroiled in an intense dispute with the United States that has seen the lira tumble, saying the solution to all bilateral issues lies in "dialogue, mutual... More


India’s multi alignment challenge 

This is clearly the big diplomatic season for India and its travel-driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe's visit to India (Aug 21-24) is a hugely important event, coming as it does after PM Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping defused the long military stand-off at Doklam through informal summits and after... More

To forge their peace, Afghan Taliban wage their war

While the latest Taliban attack on the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan has led many in the West, especially the mainstream media, to conclude that no peace talks with the Taliban can bring peace, these analysis seem to have completely missed the whole points of talks as they are going on: the Taliban are... More

Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?

Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of national aspiration. The next station of political memory is the 1962 student’s movement against Gen. Ayub Khan’s martial law regime imposed in 1958. It ended in 1969 with the most glorified... More

Accountability begins at home

A democratic form of government being accountable to the people, the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elect them. Our enduring constant crisis in governance stems from our inept and corrupt rulers trampling the essential pillars of good governance, rule of law and accountability. This gives rise to unbridled and widespread corruption,... More

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?

It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter to all that. Anything that requires critical thought is discarded and the instant reaction is the most common form of response. In a society not unduly famous for pondering, Bangladesh... More


Bleak times for freedom of expression, whether emergency or not

Its time to stop the nitpicking. All that hair-splitting about whether what we are witnessing in India today is classical fascism or not – stop it. The argument that this is not like the Emergency of 1975 – completely irrelevant. Those bookish notions belong to seminar rooms and academic discussions, where high-minded... More

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj has developed a... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many baffled. Some pointers A first... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As some would have... More



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 formed, this will... More