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Will Malaysia buy Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter Jet?


Pakistan and Malaysia are purportedly engaged in preliminary talks over the possible procurement of an unknown number of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 “Thunder” multirole fighter jets, a PAC official told IHS... More

Pak PM, Saudi king discuss security, regional issues


Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday (Apr 16) met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud during the closing ceremony of Gulf Shield-1 in the Saudi city of Dammam. The two... More

Pakistan’s watchdog condemns human rights record


Pakistan’s leading watchdog slammed the nation’s deteriorating human rights record in a report released on Monday, highlighting extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances across the turbulent country. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report noted... More

Pakistan in talks with Malaysia on JF-17


Pakistan and Malaysia are in preliminary discussions about the potential export of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, an official from PAC has confirmed to Jane’s . Speaking at... More

Border clashes threaten Pak-Afghan thaw


Pakistan and Afghanistan began efforts to defuse tensions after cross-border skirmishes on Sunday left at least 2 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers martyred and many others wounded. The incident – happened along the border with Afghanistan in... More

Pakistan test-fires upgraded Babur cruise missile


Pakistan on Saturday (Apr 14) conducted a successful test of an enhanced range version of the indigenously developed Babur cruise missile , said a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). Babur Weapon System-1... More

India, Pakistani Armies to fight side-by-side in Russia


For the first time ever, Indian and Pakistani soldiers will fight together, not against each other. In August, the two Armies will undertake joint mock operations in Russia to eliminate terrorists, neutralise terror networks... More

Pakistan Army chief backs India talks to resolve tangles, including Kashmir


The peaceful resolution of India-Pakistan disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir, can be found through comprehensive and meaningful dialogue, Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said. Gen. Bajwa’s remarks came during his... More

Iran eyes CPEC with growing interest after port visit


Iran’s Minister for Roads and Urbanisation Abbas Akhoundi expressed keen interest in exploring avenues available under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The minister is leading a high level Iranian delegation which visited Karachi Port Trust... More

China air force chief visits PAF academy


Commander of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)of China Ding Laihang has said that Pakistan and China enjoy friendly and brotherly relations and cooperated in various fields. “Pakistan and China are enjoying extremely good and... More

PML-N ‘accepts’ decision of top court to disqualify Nawaz: PM Abbasi


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Saturday (Apr 14) that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) has accepted the decision by the Supreme Court to disqualify former premier and PML-N supremo Nawaz... More

Pakistan inaugurates ‘strategic’ power plant in Azad Kahsmir


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday (Apr 13) inaugurated 242MW first unit of the of 969 MW Neelum Jehlum Hydropower Project (NJHPP) near Azad Jammu and Kahsmir’s (AJK) capital. As he was speaking... More

Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker completes first survey in the Indian Ocean


The Turkish defence contractor Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Tic. A.Ş. (STM) announced that the Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker (PNFT), which was constructed with STM’s support and material kits from Turkey at Karachi Shipyard &... More

Pakistan-Afghanistan new dialogue mechanism raises hope for tension-free ties


A recent decision by Pakistan and Afghanistan to operationalize a new mechanism for dialogue have raised hopes for bilateral comprehensive engagement on key issues including actions against irreconcilable elements in both countries. During Pakistani Prime... More

Pakistan shares ‘actionable intelligence’ with Afghanistan


Pakistan said that it has shared information about hideouts of the militants in the border regions, who routinely launch attacks on check posts, with neighbouring Afghanistan. “We have shared actionable intelligence with the Afghan side... More

‘Quetta to Kandahar rail service to start with China’s cooperation’


Pakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said on Thursday that Pakistan and Afghanistan are planning to start a railway service from Quetta to Kandahar with the cooperation of China. “A plan to... More

Babur-III tested; Pakistan becomes a Nuclear Triad


The successful test of Babur-III Cruise Missile completed the last leg of Pakistan’s nuclear triad. Developing nuclear triad capability is essential for stabilizing nuclear deterrence between the belligerent nuclear capable states. Therefore, addition of... More

CPEC can build bridges between India, Pakistan through economic cooperation


On the controversial topic of Beijing's strategic intent toward the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project in the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, those most qualified to evaluate the impact and realities of... More

Cross-border clashes in Kashmir reach highest levels in 15 years as Indo-Pakistan...


Cross-border clashes between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan in Kashmir have reached the highest levels in 15 years, figures from both sides show, with hundreds killed or wounded and no solution in... More

China on building spree of airports, ports in Pakistan


Islamabad’s new international airport, whose bill was reportedly partially footed by Beijing and which was built by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), is all set for operation after a smooth trial run... More

Pakistan begins receiving Mi-35M helicopters


Pakistan has begun receiving the Mi-35M helicopters it ordered from Russian Helicopters in 2015. Footage shows a Mi-35M in Pakistan Army Aviation (PAA) colours flying in Pakistan. In addition, Pakistani import-export logs show Rosoboronexport (Russia’s... More

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Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand...

When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making a meaningful statement about Pakistan’s importance in the region and the value Sri Lanka itself... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Subversion of democracy

The problem starts at a fundamental level. How does one define a sadhu? Tied to the meaning of this word, or character, is in a way the well-being of the world’s largest democracy. Most people would think of a sadhu as an ascetic or monk of some sort. Dictionaries,... More

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

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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