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Pakistan condemns ‘new cycle’ of killing of Kashmiris by Indian forces


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday strongly condemned the recent killing of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. In a tweet, PM Khan decried the "new cycle of killings of innocent Kashmiris" and... More

Pakistan, Russia begin joint anti-terror military drills


Pakistan and Russia have begun annual joint military drills to boost counterterrorism cooperation to tackle the growing threat of Islamic State stemming from neighboring Afghanistan. Officials said the "Druzhba-III" (Friendship-III) drills went into action Monday at the National... More

$2 billion North-South RLNG pipeline: Pakistan, Russia finalise BOOT agreement


Pakistan and Russia have finalised the BOOT (built, own, operate and transfer) agreement for laying down $2 billion North-South RLNG pipeline from Nawabshah to Lahore. The draft agreement has been handed over to respective legal teams for... More

Pak-Russia military drills begin


The Pakistan Army and the Russian military will be holding joint military drills in the mountains of Pakistan from Sunday to November 4. According to Vadim Astafyev, head of the press service of the Russian Southern Military District,... More

Pakistan confident of bypassing the Indian S-400 with Ababeel missiles


Pakistan warned that Indian purchase of Russian S-400 missile system could destabilise the region but simultaneously downplayed its effectiveness, noting that Pakistan had missiles that could bypass the S-400 Air Defence System. “The Indian purchase of S-400 missile... More

Pak-China armed drone deal and its implications for the region


As per the reports, Pakistan is buying 48 advanced armed drones, Wing Loong II, from China in the biggest ever sale of armed drones for China. The reports were confirmed by Global Times the State-operated news outlet... More

India rejects Pakistan demand for Chenab dams’ inspection


India has refused to permit Pakistan from inspecting controversial  water projects being built on the Chenab, Express News reported on Saturday. Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters Syed Mehr Ali Shah had telephoned his Indian counterpart PK Saxena on... More

Pakistan PM fears bankruptcy sans bailout in two months


As the opposition’s outcry over the Pakistan government’s decision to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a financial bailout rises to a crescendo, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan might have to file for bankruptcy... More

Pakistan: Migrant and nation


On Sunday, September 16, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that he would start “work immediately” on providing passports to the children of refugees born in Pakistan. He might soon have to eat his words because the opposition... More

PM Khan to attend investment conference in Saudi Arabia next week


Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Saudi Arabia to attend the Future Investment Initiative Conference (FIIC) on the "special invitation of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz", according to a Foreign Office (FO) statement issued on Friday. The premier... More

CPEC won’t be derailed by misleading reports


Not long ago, I did field research along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route and was very impressed by the progress of infrastructure construction. Here are just a few observations. First, the Gwadar Port is becoming Pakistan's most... More

Experts suggest steps for removing Pakistan from FATF grey list


A nine-member delegation of global experts on Thursday finalised a report envisaging a string of measures for de-listing Pakistan from the grey list of countries from September 2019. The visiting team of the Asia/Pacific Group (APG) suggested measures in its... More

Pakistan strongly reacts to Indian purchase of S-400 missiles


Pakistan said Friday the Indian purchase of S-400 missile system is a part of their efforts to acquire a Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System through multiple sources. The ministry of foreign affairs, in a statement said, "the purchase... More

PM Khan invites Malaysian counterpart to visit Pakistan


Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasised Pakistan's "close and cordial" relations with Malaysia in a phone call on Thursday with Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad. PM Khan, highlighting the "need of high-level bilateral exchanges" between the two countries,... More

Pakistan biggest importer of Chinese arms: report


Pakistan accounts for 42 per cent of China’s total arms sales over 2000-14, a report by RAND revealed recently. At the Dawn of Belt and Road: China in the Developing World examines the country’s economic, political and... More

Iran and the US confrontation: what can Pakistan do?


The EU, France, Germany, China, and Russia; signatories of the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the IAEA, which is responsible for carrying out the monitoring and inspections to ensure that Iran is abiding by... More

Pakistan has emerged stronger from “tribulations”: Army chief


Pakistan has emerged stronger from the "tribulations" though the fight against terrorism "is still on", Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has told Italian military leaders. Gen. Bajwa, who was in Rome on a visit, called on Italian... More

Pakistan likely to buy Chinese missile ‘better than’ Indo-Russian BrahMos: Report


Pakistan is likely among the potential buyers of a new Chinese supersonic missile tested successfully recently, which the state media said is better than the similar BrahMos rocket system developed by India and Russia. According to report in... More

Pakistan urges Russia to enhance defence ties


Pakistan has urged Russia to enhance the defence ties as the new partners prepare to hold joint military drills ‘Friendship 2018’ this month, officials said on Tuesday. Senior government officials told The Nation that Islamabad had made it... More

Pakistan’s first digital city to be established near Islamabad


The first ever digital city in Pakistan is being initiated by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in the nearby areas of Islamabad. Kamran Khan Bangash, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, announced the provincial government’s plan of launching... More

Pakistan Navy commissions indigenously built 17,000-tonne fleet tanker


Pakistan Navy on Tuesday commissioned an indigenously built 17,000-tonne fleet tanker named PNS Moawin to its fleet during a ceremony held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi, which was attended by President Dr Arif Alvi, Sindh Chief... More

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Redefine Act East thrust 

India's Act East policy has so far mainly focused on developing greater connectivity with Southeast Asia through the country's northeast. But economists and logistics experts have long concluded that India's Look East or Act East thrust will primarily remain a maritime phenomenon because it is much cheaper to connect to much of Southeast Asia by sea than through an under-developed region like Northeast India. It defies logic as to... More

Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?

Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants to be excluded. Instead of debate there is abuse. And then comes the counter and then some more...and the cycle goes on. Apart from the highly toxic level of antagonism, it also means that power has become precious and far too many people are trying to... More

India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... 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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