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Pakistan, China agree to trade in Rupee, Yuan instead of dollar


Pakistan and China have agreed to do trade in their own currencies instead of dollar, Jang has reported. According to report, the two countries agreed to do business in Pakistani rupee and Chinese currency Yuan during the visit... More

Pak, China Joint Statement speaks of expansion in ties, no mention of...


Ties between China and Pakistan will be significantly deepened across a range of areas, from economic and cultural cooperation to foreign policy in regional as well as global platforms, as per the Joint Statement issued on Sunday... More

Beijing won’t hesitate to aid Pakistan, but efficient use of funds is...


Although China has not yet announced the details of an economic aid package to Pakistan, saying more discussion is needed, there has been no change in China's attitude toward the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). China on Friday promised... More

After murder of Pakistan’s Sami ul-Haq, who can build bridges with the...


Students, teachers and staff are mourning the gruesome murder of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, a well-known cleric and chancellor of Pakistan’s Darul Uloom Haqqania, a seminary. Taliban chief Mullah Omar had received honorary doctorate from this seminary and it is... More

Pakistan to receive first tranche of $1bn from KSA by next week


Pakistan is likely to get $1 billion from Saudi Arabia as the first installment by next week, it has been learnt on Saturday. On October 23, Saudi Arabia had agreed to provide Pakistan $3 billion for one year to... More

China says willing to help Pakistan over fiscal crisis


Close ally China said Saturday it was willing to offer assistance to Pakistan to help it weather its current fiscal woes but that terms of such aid are still being discussed. That followed a meeting in Beijing between... More

What will Pakistan achieve from PM Khan’s visit to China?


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, on his first official visit to China, met the Chinese President Xi Jinping and lauded the way China has been able to eradicate corruption and alleviate poverty. He expressed his desire to... More

India ‘likely to allow’ dams inspection next month


India is likely to fulfill its commitment of getting its two hydropower projects -- 1,000MW Pakal Dul and 48MW Lower Kalnal — inspected by Pakistani experts next month after the local (Punchayat) elections in the held Kashmir... More

China, Pakistan Seeking CPEC Extension to Afghanistan


China and Pakistan say they are exploring the extension of their bilateral infrastructure development project to Afghanistan. During the past four years of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Beijing has provided Islamabad $19 billion in soft loans and... More

Pakistan Navy successfully demonstrates fire power at North Arabian Sea


In an impressive display, Pakistan Navy Destroyers demonstrated their fire power (Missile Firings) in North Arabian Sea. Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, as the Chief Guest witnessed Live Weapon Firing from PNS Moawin;... More

‘Pakistan wants to learn from China,’ PM Khan tells President Xi in...


Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday while on his first official visit to China, Radio Pakistan reported. In the meeting between Khan and Xi, the premier told the Chinese president about Pakistan's "very... More

Bus service between China Pakistan has nothing to do with territorial dispute:...


Commenting over bus service between China and Pakistan, a Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson Thursday said China had a clear cut position on Kashmir issue and all the cooperation between China and Pakistan had nothing to do with... More

Pakistan, Iran underscore the need to promote bilateral relations


Pakistan and Iran have underscored the need to promote bilateral relations in all areas including political, economic and defence cooperation. The understanding reached during a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif... More

Pakistan accepts India invite to SCO meet


India will host Pakistan and representatives of seven member countries that are part of the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on handling urban disaster this week. The National Disaster Response Force is hosting the preparatory meeting for the “Joint... More

At UN, Pakistan attacks growing arms sales to India


Pakistan has attacked growing arms sales to India by several countries, including the US and Russia, calling them "double standards" that jeopardise regional balances. "The policy of double standards towards South Asia, based on narrow strategic, political and... More

PM Imran Khan among world’s 50 Influential Muslim leaders


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is included in the list of World’s top 50 influential Muslim leaders 2019. Khan has bagged 29th position among the top 50 leaders. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed the top... More

Beijing offers Iran to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor


Top Chinese diplomat in Pakistan has underlined his country’s enthusiasm to cooperate with Iran and Afghanistan within the framework of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “China is interested in the partnership of the friendly states and neighbors of... More

President Xi to visit Pakistan pavilion at CIIE


Chinese President, Xi Jinping will visit pavilion being set up by Pakistan at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) which is scheduled to be held in Shanghai from November 5 to 10. “Pakistan, a country of honor, is... More

China consolidating its string of pearls


China’s growing naval build-up in the Indo-Pacific region is to overcome its ‘Malacca Dilemma’ as the narrow Malacca Strait is the conduit from where over 70 per cent of China’s energy needs get transported from West Asia.... More

China to give Pakistan ‘grant’ as UAE mulls $6B in aid


China plans to provide an unspecified financial "grant" to Pakistan while the United Arab Emirates is actively considering Islamabad's request for a fiscal relief package of up to $6 billion to help the country deal with a... More

Pakistan to attend Moscow meeting on Afghan peace


Pakistan will attend the upcoming meeting of the representatives of regional countries in Russia on peace in Afghanistan next month, officials said Saturday. Previously scheduled for September 4, the Moscow format consultations were postponed after Afghan government refused... More

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Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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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