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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

Impasse in Pak-US ties broken in talks with Pompeo, says FM Qureshi


Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has claimed that an impasse in Pakistan-US relations has been broken during talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who visited Pakistan on Wednesday. Pompeo, along with Chairman US Joint Chief of... More

China-Pakistan should support each other ‘more staunchly’: Xi Jinping tells Arif Alvi


Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated Pakistan’s newly-elected President Arif Alvi, saying that the strategic significance of the bilateral ties is “more prominent under the current circumstances” and both sides should support each other “more staunchly.” Alvi was... More

Pakistan may approve club membership for Indian diplomats


For over 9 months, membership applications of Indian diplomats, including that of Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisaria, gathered dust at the prestigious Islamabad Club with Pakistan’s interior ministry choosing not to give its approval. But now, with... More

Whatever leverage US had on Pakistan is gone: Imtiaz gul


The US military has made a final decision to cancel hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan. Sputnik spoke with political commentator Imtiaz Gul to find out if this was justified and if this would... More

Russia’s deadly embrace of Pakistan will harm the US and India


In a far-reaching development for India’s strategic interests, Russia signed an agreement with Pakistan for naval cooperation this summer. That agreement comes on the heels of an accord between Moscow and Islamabad in April of this year... More

PM Imran, Army Chief discuss security matters


Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at the PM Office on Monday. Prime Minister Khan and Army Chief Bajwa discussed matters related to security. The Army Chief also met the prime... More

‘Pakistan differs with US on Indian role in Afghanistan’


Pakistan’s minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said that both Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa are on the same page with regard to the internal... More

Chinese media sees Gwadar’s outreach beyond Asia


Several countries in the Middle East and Africa have expressed their intentions of joining the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), demonstrating their confidence in the potential of Gwadar. A... More

What message is Trump sending Imran?


The surprise element in the Pentagon disclosure that a final decision has been taken on their July move to suspend $300 million military aid to Pakistan is that it came when there is just a couple of... More

China makes progress in economic ties with Pakistan


Substantial progress has been achieved in further promoting soci0-economic partnership with Pakistan, under the Belt and Road’s initiative (BRI), said said Ning Jizhe, chief of the National Bureau of Statistics. A large number of Belt and Road cooperation... More

Will Mike Pompeo pressure or please Pakistan’s Imran Khan?


The telephone call should have been a diplomatic formality between allies, centered on a message of congratulations for Imran Khan on his appointment as prime minister. Instead last month's communication from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set off... More

Can Pakistan afford confronting US for Iran?


At a time when Pakistan’s newly-elected government is striving to improve its foreign policy stance with the United States and Muslim countries, former ambassadors and analysts suggest exercising caution, especially in enhancing its relationship with Iran. “Pakistan needs... More

Pakistan closes consulate in Jalalabad over ‘interference’


Pakistan has temporarily closed its consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad over alleged interference by the provincial governor and a lack of security, its embassy in Kabul announced. In a letter sent to the Afghan foreign... More

Japan to extend over Rs 2.6 billion grant assistance to Pakistan 


Japan has agreed to extend over Rs 2.6 billion grant assistance to Pakistan for two projects, according to a media report on Saturday. The notes to this effect were signed and exchanged Friday during the visit of State... More

CPEC is expression of Pakistan’s geo-social relations with China: minister


Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an expression of Pakistan's geo-social relationship with China. Reaffirming the government's commitment to CPEC at a press briefing, the minister said, "This (relationship)... More

India invites Pak experts to visit 2 hydropower projects on Chenab


India has invited Pakistani experts to visit the sites of its two hydropower projects on the Chenab river next month to address its concerns, but hinted at continuation of the work on them despite Islamabad’s objections, a... More

Russia tilting towards Pakistan irks close friend India


The fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been warming up to Pakistan is an open secret. Observers believe that Putin, who is becoming increasingly upset with India’s growing proximity to the US, has reached out to... More

COLUMN

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

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

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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