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‘Pakistan self-sufficient in defence production’


Federal Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has said that Pakistan has become self-sufficient in defence production and captured the international market. Talking to mediapersons in Nowshera after his return from Dubai, he said that participation of Pakistan in Dubai... More

China, Pakistan set to finalise socio-economic development action plan


China and Pakistan are likely to finalise one billion dollars Socio-Economic Development action plan under CPEC by the first week of March, it was learnt reliably. The Chinese experts group on socio-economic development is arriving in Pakistan on... More

Pakistan uses back channels to defuse tensions with India


Pakistan is using back channels through its ‘friends and some influential countries’ to ease tensions with India, as the specter of a possible conflict between the two nuclear-armed neighbours looms large. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who... More

India uses diversionary theory of war against Pakistan


Diversionary theory of war is the contention that leaders initiate conflict abroad as a way of increasing national cohesion at home by diverting national public opinion away from controversial domestic issues. India has used this theory from... More

Pakistan warns that Afghan talks will be affected if India retaliates over...


Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan said on Tuesday that peace talks between the United States and Afghan Taliban militants would be affected if India resorted to violence against Pakistan in response to a deadly bombing in the Kashmir... More

MBS provides strong, timely support for Pakistan


The two-day visit to Pakistan by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ended on Monday with much-needed financial and diplomatic support for Islamabad. The Crown Prince, generally known as MBS, staged a joint press conference with Prime... More

Pakistan will address actionable evidence if shared by Delhi, PM Khan tells...


In a video message, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said Islamabad will take action if Delhi shares any actionable evidence concerning last week's suicide bombing in occupied Kashmir's Pulwama area which had targeted Indian paramilitary soldiers. While... More

Saudi investment in Pakistan reflects inclusiveness of BRI


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pledged $20 billion investment in Pakistan during his trip to the South Asian country over the weekend, the first leg of his Asian tour that also includes stops in neighboring... More

Pakistan, Japan agree to enhance bilateral cooperation, defence ties


Pakistan and Japan have agreed to further enhance bilateral cooperation and defence ties to strengthen the existing cordial relations between the two countries in general and two air forces in particular. The agreement was reached during the meeting... More

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has pardoned 2,100 Pakistani prisoners, Pakistan says


Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the release of about 2,100 Pakistani prisoners from the kingdom’s jails during a high-profile visit to Islamabad, Pakistan’s information minister said on Monday. Prince Mohammed arrived in Pakistan on... More

Saudi Crown Prince takes Pakistan bond ‘to new level’


A major transformation is underway in Saudi Arabia’s economic relationship with Pakistan, according to Dr. Ali Awadh Asseri, a former ambassador to Islamabad. In a wide-ranging interview with Arab News, the former envoy said greater interaction between business... More

Stop blaming Beijing, Islamabad for terror attacks: Chinese state media urges India


India should focus on redrawing its anti-terrorism policy rather than blaming Pakistan without evidence for the Pulwama attack and holding China responsible for blocking efforts to list Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) Chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist at the... More

Pakistan Army Chief discusses defence ties with Saudi Crown Prince


Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and discussed the ongoing cooperation between the two countries in the fields of defence. The COAS has played a key role in... More

Indian allegations threat to regional peace, Pakistan tells foreign envoys


Pakistan on Sunday continued its diplomatic blitz to foil Indian propaganda on the Pulwama attack and rejected the pattern of ‘baseless allegations’ by its eastern neighbour, terming the aggressive rhetoric ‘counterproductive and a threat to regional peace’. Foreign... More

Pakistan, Malaysian navies conduct bilateral exercise


The Pakistan Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy on Sunday conducted bilateral exercise MalPak-II at Karachi. Royal Malaysian Navy Ships KD Kasturi and KD Mahawangsa had arrived in Karachi on Feb 7 to participate in the Multinational Exercise, AMAN-19. Upon... More

Saudi crown prince arrives in Pakistan amid fanfare, received by PM Khan...


Amid heightened security and arrangements in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Saudi Crown Mohammad bin Salman has arrived at Nur Khan Air Base in Rawalpindi on Sunday (Feb 17). As he stepped down from the aircraft,... More

Investment can create ‘virtuous circle’ for CPEC


After a suicide attack claimed by the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary troopers in the Pulwama district, India has said it will ensure the isolation of Pakistan in the international... More

Chinese survey ship visits Pakistan for research, geological mapping


The China Geological Survey Research Ship (CGS) ‘Hai Yang Di Zhi Shi Hao’ visited Pakistan for hydrocarbon research and geological mapping with the support of Pakistan Navy. The expedition, in which the CGS ship conducted various seismic and... More

Pakistan to get over $20 billion package from Saudi Arabia


Pakistan will get a $20 billion-plus economic package from Saudi Arabia during a two-day visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Islamabad, Khaleej Times has learnt. The government will take up preferential trade agreement and ease of... More

AMAN Exercises 2019: Securing peace in the global commons


‘Thou know’st that all my fortunes are at sea’, says Antonio in Shakespeare’s famous play, ‘The Merchant of Venice’. The same dictum is equally applicable to Pakistan, a country whose major reliance for all trade, in fact... More

Stop levelling baseless accusations, Pakistan tells India after Pulwama attack


Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday urged India to refrain from hurling baseless accusations against Pakistan. Responding to the allegations of Pakistan’s involvement in suicide attack in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district, which killed at least 44... More

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Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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