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PAKISTAN

Uzbekistan stress to explore avenues in joint defence production


Furkat Sidikov, Uzbekistan’s envoy to Pakistan, called on Minister for Defence Production Zobaida Jalal in Rawalpindi Wednesday. During the meeting, the two sides stressed the need to explore avenues in the field of joint production ventures. It was further... More

China, Pakistan agree to open economic corridor to investment from other countries


China has moved to ease concerns about the strategic intent behind its vast infrastructure push by agreeing to invite third-country investors to be part of its US$60 billion economic corridor project with Pakistan. The agreement was reached during... More

US to support efforts for Pak-India talks


The United States will be “very supportive” if conditions are created for productive talks between India and Pakistan, says senior US diplomat Alice G. Wells. Ms Wells, who heads the bureau for South and Central Asian affairs at... More

Pakistan’s FM Qureshi to travel to Afghanistan this week


Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will visit Afghanistan on Saturday (September 15) for one-day trip on the invitation of his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani. It will be his first foreign trip since becoming foreign minister. US Secretary of... More

Pakistan introduces new dimensions to broaden CPEC


Pakistan‘s new government has agreed with China to formally invite third-country investors to be part of the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. After a lengthy four-hour meeting between the Planning, Development and Reforms Commission of Pakistan and... More

US-Pak ties strained by anti-terror accusations hard to thaw


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a brief visit to Pakistan on September 5, during which he met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the country's Army Chief General Qamar Javed... More

Pakistan, India join US-Egypt military exercise as observers


A team from Pakistan is attending the Egyptian-US joint military exercise known as the "Bright Star" at a military base in Alexandria, Egyptian media reported. The military exercises include land, naval and air forces from Egypt, the United... More

Saudi, Chinese ministers call on PM Imran Khan


The ministers of China and Saudi Arabia on Sunday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and discussed matters of mutual interest, PM office media wing in a press release said. Sate Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang... More

Sino-Pak agreement to upgrade strategic ties


Pakistan and China reiterated their resolve to take the traditional friendship and all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries to new heights while giving a thrust to key areas of economic, trade and defence. The two sides... More

Friendship with China has political, institutional & popular support: Pakistan


Addressing a joint news conference along with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Islamabad on Saturday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said,” Pak-China friendship has political, institutional and popular support in both countries”. The joint press conference... More

Pakistan govt ‘proposes’ Kartarpur border opening to India


The government on Friday said it had proposed to open the Kartarpur border crossing with India for Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib without visa. “There is a proposal to open Kartarpur border and after that the... More

Carec to enhance Pakistan’s exports to China: ADB


Asian Development Bank (ADB) sees opportunities for Pakistan in Carec program to expand and diversify its exports to China and central Asian states, underscoring a need for increasing ownership of the projects for regional connectivity and economic... More

Islamabad, Beijing renew commitment on CPEC, economic cooperation


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday assured his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will remain the top priority of the new government in Islamabad. After a detailed meeting, the Chinese foreign minister,... More

Quality security interaction with Pakistan to continue: US


A senior US official has said that the United States and Pakistan will continue to promote quality interactions in defence and security despite differences in other areas. Randall G. Schriver, the assistant defence secretary for the Department of... More

Pakistan has capacity to store water for 36 days


Pakistan being a water stressed country has the capacity of storing water for a maximum of 36 days, while the rest of the world can hold water for use for 130 days, the officials of Ministry of... More

Chinese envoy lauds PM Imran’s vision for South Asia


Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing, has lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision for peace and prosperity in South Asia, stating that the new government’s direction is clear and its resolve to play a positive role for... More

Pakistan could soon emerge as world’s 5th largest nuclear state


missile Pakistan currently has 140 to 150 nuclear warheads and the stockpile is expected to increase to 220 to 250 by 2025 if the current trend continues, according to a latest report by authors keeping a track... More

Pakistan seeks US help to ease tensions with India


Pakistan on Wednesday sought US help to ease tensions with India, saying it wanted peace on the eastern border in order to concentrate on the Western border with Afghanistan. "We want ease on the eastern border if we... More

Pompeo Visit: “Impasse in Pak-US relations broken”


Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi asserted that an impasse in Pakistan-US relations had been broken during talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who visited Pakistan on Wednesday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met new Pakistani... More

Chinese foreign minister due in Pakistan on three-day visit


China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi will reach Pakistan on Friday to hold talks with the country’s new leadership to consolidate cooperation and elevate the all-weather bilateral strategic partnership. This is the first high-level visit by a Chinese official... More

Pakistan, Indonesia reaffirms to strengthen Defence ties


Pakistan and Indonesia on Tuesday agreed to further promote their bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and all available forums would be utilized for the purpose. The agreement reached during a meeting between the Secretary Defence and... More

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Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

A matter of shame

That the wolves would soon be at the door should not have surprised anybody.What is surprising is that Imran Khan’s people were not better prepared to deal with the hungry pack left out in the political cold. Despite the losers’ calling for mass rejection of the alleged July 25 election rigging, they failed to mobilise the streets. Though Fazlur Rahman vociferously fulminated that the new National Assembly (NA) would... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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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