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SAUDI TO MAKE BIGGEST FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN PAKISTAN’S HISTORY: FINANCE MINISTER


"The ball is in our court. We have to get cabinet approval next week, after which an announcement will be made," he said, addressing an event in Islamabad. He added that he keeps getting messages from Saudi Crown... More

PAKISTAN’S POWER SECTOR CAUSES $18BN LOSS A YEAR: REPORT


Estimating about $18bn annual loss to Pakistan economy due to inefficient power sector, the World Bank has warned the government against increasing power rates as a tool to address fiscal challenges in the sector. In a report “In... More

Pakistan rejects ‘politically motivated’ listing as violator of religious freedoms by US


As Washington announced that Islamabad had been added to a list of violators of religious freedoms, Pakistan on Wednesday rejected the "unilateral and politically motivated pronouncement", and suggested the US introspect over the "exponential rise" of Islamophobia... More

Pakistan Navy inducts first upgraded ATR aircraft and Sea King helicopters


Pakistan Navy has inducted its 1st Marinized/ Upgraded ATR aircraft and Sea king Helicopters (Ex Mod UK) in its fleet to augment effectiveness and enhance its operational capability. An impressive induction ceremony was held at PNS MEHRAN. Chief... More

US-Pakistan relation: A paradigm shift


With the changing geo-strategic situation and after the Twitter blitz, Donald Trump turns to Pakistan to get rid of Afghan mess and seeking help from Islamabad to influence the Taliban by bringing them to the negotiating table.... More

Hajvairy Group partners with KIA Motors to propose LTV to Pakistan Army


Hajvairy Group, a private sector conglomerate, partnered with South Korea’s Kia Motors to propose the latter’s Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) to the Pakistan Army at the 2018 International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), which was held in... More

India holding SAARC hostage, says Tehmina Janjua


Pakistan’ foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua on Tuesday said that India has held the cooperative body South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) hostage. As per details, the foreign secretary was speaking at an international conference in the federal... More

‘South Asia to make no real progress until Pakistan, India rivalry prevails’


South Asia can make no real progress until rivalry and hatred prevails between Pakistan and India, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said on Tuesday. Addressing at an international conference 'Conflict and cooperation in South Asia: Role of major powers'... More

Pakistan inaugurates new maritime base


Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Monday inaugurated newly established Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) Base Keti Bandar. Upon arrival, Chief of the Naval Staff was received by Director General Pakistan Maritime Security Agency... More

India’s cooperation needed to resolve Afghan conflict: Pakistan FM


Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday that although Pakistan was committed to facilitate a negotiated end to the 17-year-old Afghan war, it could not do the task alone and that other regional countries, including... More

Pakistan and Ukraine to explore opportunities for defence collaboration


During the 2018 International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), which was held in Pakistan in 27-30 November, Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and Ukraine’s UkrOboronProm agreed to explore opportunities for defence collaboration on land, naval/sea and... More

Indian pressure on neighbouring countries


New Delhi pretends there are no problems in India’s relationship with its neighbours except Pakistan and China but the tensions, both above and beneath the surface, continue to deepen as far as Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan... More

Trump U-turn on Pakistan reflects failure of US Afghanistan policy


A letter from US President Donald Trump to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan sent shock waves around the world. First Trump expressed irritation with Pakistan on Twitter. Then a few days later, he spared no efforts in... More

Kartarpur corridor: Opening opportunities between India and Pakistan


With Pakistan and India making history with groundbreaking Ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor on both sides of International Boundary to facilitate the people by giving access to Sikhs of India to Baba Guru Nanak Gurdwara- the founder and... More

Pakistan wants political settlement of Afghan conflict: FM Qureshi


Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Sunday that Pakistan wants political settlement of Afghan conflict as it firmly believes that dialogue is the only way forward. Addressing the media in Multan, the foreign minister reiterated that “there... More

Pakistan and Ukraine to collaborate on precision munitions


During the 2018 International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) — which took place in 27-30 of last month in Karachi, Pakistan – officials from Ukraine and Pakistan officially agreed to bilaterally collaborate on the development of defence... More

China stands by Pakistan in Afghanistan reconciliation efforts


China stands by Pakistan in reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan, hoping that the US and other stakeholders will show their sincerity in achieving the desired results, an article published in China Daily. It is a good omen that the... More

Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan to create financial consortium for new railway


A meeting of the railway administrations' heads of Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan was held in Tashkent More

Sikh temple could build bridge between India and Pakistan


Rising above a placid stretch of rice paddies and wheat fields in southern Punjab province is a graceful white-domed temple. To followers of the Sikh religion, 21 million of whom live in next-door India, it is a... More

Chinese troops arrive in Pakistan for joint military drill ‘Warrior-VI’


A special forces contingent of People Liberation Army China arrived in Pakistan on Saturday to participate in Pak-China joint military exercise ‘Warrior –VI 2018’. Troops of Special Service Group from both armies will participate in the three-week long... More

US deploys hired contractors for espionage in Pakistan: report


The presence of underground American contractors in Pakistan drew little notice until lately when it was reported that 90 of them have been murdered in the country in recent years. These contractors also perform “intelligence duties” by... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... 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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