Pakistan finance minister to fight case in FATF meeting

Pakistan’s Caretaker Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar will arrive in Paris Monday along with officials of the financial monitoring unit to make Pakistan's case in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting. Pakistan may be... More

Pakistan all set to launch remote sensing satellite next month

Pakistan is set to launch PakTES-1A, an indigenously developed remote sensing satellite (RSS) in July this year, Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhmmad Faisal said on Sunday. In a tweet, the spokesman said that PakTES-1A was... More

Pakistan attends Ist Int’l defence forum in Beijing

Pakistan’s delegation led by Chief of Operational Planning Bureau of the Joint Staff Headquarters of the Pakistan Armed Forces Major General Aneeq attended here the 1st International Defense Forum at its International College of... More

Pakistan has done enough, Islamabad tells Washington

Pakistan has told the United States that it had done enough against terror and being ‘on notice’ was unfair, diplomatic sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan had contacted... More

Evaluation of democracy and forthcoming challenges to next government

The 14th National Assembly completed its term on May 31st, 2018. It is a landmark achievement in the democratic history of Pakistan. Now, Pakistan is preparing for the transfer of power to the next... More

A China-India-Pakistan trilateral: Both a red herring and wake-up call

At an event earlier this week organized at the initiative of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, China’s envoy, Amb. Luo Zhaohui noting that India and Pakistan had become full member of the Shanghai... More

Shifting power equations & geopolitical uncertainties in South Asia

The South Asian region has been witnessing uncertain geopolitical dynamics around sore trouble areas like Afghanistan, Kashmir, shifting American and Russian relations with India and Pakistan and enhanced Chinese footprint with Pakistani and other... More

Pakistan issues anti-money laundering regulations

The apex regulator Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) issued the Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Financing of Terrorism (CFR) Regulations 2018 on Wednesday. The regulations are fully compliant with the recommendations set... More

Pakistan Army team wins international military drill competition in the UK

The Pakistan Army team won an international military drill competition known as the ‘All Arms and International Pace Sticking Competition’ held at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK. A team from Pakistan Military Academy, which only... More

UN’s decision to probe rights abuses in India-held Kashmir affirms Pakistan’s stance:...

Pakistan on Wednesday welcomed the United Nations' recommendation to form an inquiry commission to investigate human rights violations committed by Indian security forces in held Kashmir. Pakistan's permanent representative to UN Farukh Amil said this... More

Pak army chief meets Polish defence minister, military leadership

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) reached Poland on an official visit. During the visit COAS met Mariusz Blaszczak, Minister of National Defence and Deputy Minister of National Defence. The COAS also held... More

Who will win the 2018 elections?

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) appears to be in trouble. Just two months away from the 2018 general election, the party has been hit by a wave of defections, with legislators and potential electoral... More

Pakistan has more nuclear warheads than India

Pakistan now has 140-150 nuclear warheads as compared to 130-140 of India, with China hovering around 280, as per the latest report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which was released on... More

Pakistan’s top military general visits Nepal for bilateral talks

Pakistan’s Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Lt. Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat, is on a five-day visit to Nepal, the Nepalese Army said in a statement. The Pakistani top military general landed in Katmandu Monday... More

WB to help develop Pak- Afghan  economic corridor project

The World Bank has said it will fund an economic corridor along the Khyber Pass between Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to boost trade between the two nations and Central Asia. According to World Bank... More

China, India & Pakistan adds to nuclear arsenal amid military modernisation drive

China is pushing ahead with modernising its nuclear weapon delivery systems and has added to its arsenal as it boosts military expenditure, according to a report released by an independent think tank on Monday. As... More

Arabia & Pakistan: Moving from the personal to the strategic domain

Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the former head of the General Intelligence Directorate, Saudi Arabia’s main intelligence agency, once described the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan as ‘probably one of the closest relationships in the... More

TTP chief killing: Strategic turn between Pak- Afghan-US relationship

A notorious terrorist head Mullah Fazlullah was killed in a US drone attack. Afghanistan Ministry of defence , security and intelligence sources confirmed his killing.   Mullah Fazlullah of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was appointed... More

Killing of Pakistani Taliban chief ‘significant’, prime minister says

Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk described the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in a US drone strike in Afghanistan as a “significant development in the fight against terrorism”. Mulk made the comment in... More

China’s building roads in South Asia, but can it build bridges?

Since 2013 Beijing has worked diligently to develop the Belt and Road Initiative as a win-win project capable of transcending adversarial diplomatic relationships. Its success will depend heavily on decreasing regional hositilities. The BRI is... More

Visitors, buyers show keen interest in Pakistan’s defence products at Eurosatory Expo

Professional visitors and buyers from over 60 countries showed keen interest in the high-end defence and security products of pakistan exhibited at the thematic and tastefully decorated Pakistan Pavilion in the world's largest defence... More


Never give in

The last few months have been quite difficult for the Dubai-based Abraaj Group. At the beginning of the yearan initial trickle of newsfiltered through that something was amiss at the premier investment firm specializing in private equity investments in the MENSA region. Atorrent of revelations followedin Feb this year... More

Asad Pong Pong Vai and the rise of alternate media 

Some may not know the person who goes live on YouTube and Facebook with the unusual moniker Asad Pong Pong Vai (brother). While many of the formal media /bhadrolok crowd would sneer at him, he has followers running into thousands.  He is not a cult media figure but a... More

BJP scuttled Kashmir government to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of crucial...

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s decision to withdraw from its coalition with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir and scuttle the three-year old government has been taken with an eye on the Indian State and parliamentary elections to be held later this year and in 2019. The... More

In ongoing trade war India & China turn tables on US

China has fired back and India has threatened to follow suit in a spiralling trade conflict with the US that may finally reshape the contours of global economy. President Donald Trump's threat to take on Chinese goods in US market has been more than reciprocated by Beijing which has announced... More

Myanmar struggles to find a new Rakhine strategy

Myanmar finds itself in a new international quagmire as it attempts to redefine its solutions for reconciliation in Rakhine. In the past, Myanmar found itself in the middle of a tug of war, between the West and the East, as the US, UK and Europe imposed punitive sanctions in... More


The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

India’s pivot to Eurasia

Sandwiched between U.S. President Donald Trump’s acrimonious public exchanges with other leaders at the G-7 (group of seven industrialised countries) summit (June 7-8) and the headline-hogging U.S.-North Korea summit (June 12), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China (June 9-10) attracted little international attention. It was the... More

Diplomatic damp squib

It is all but forgotten that the Korean War (1950-53) was brought to an armistice only after India agreed to make itself available to chair the UN Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission that determined which of the North Korean soldiers in Allied custody, and which of the South Koreans being... More

SCO nurtures Sino-Indian relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed their willingness to lend momentum to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with Xi offering  to work with India and other member states to carry forward the Shanghai Spirit and promote sound and stable development of the... 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... More