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Pakistan bans Indian television channels amid water row


Pakistan's Supreme Court has re-imposed a ban on all Indian TV channels, overturning an earlier order from a lower court. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said the ban was justified as India was damming rivers that flow into Pakistan. Pakistan... More

Pakistan turns to nukes in response to superior Indian armed forces


India’s upcoming purchase of the state-of-the-art S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia has raised the hackles in Pakistan, with the Imran Khan government expressing confidence in its ability to address “threats from any kind of destabilising weapon... More

Don’t ‘underestimate’ China’s relations with Pakistan: Envoy


Days ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden trip to China, the message from Chinese officials is loud and clear: Beijing will do whatever it can to help Pakistan in difficult times and will work on increasing... More

Bitter rivals blast off as Pakistan enters space race with India


The rivalry between India and Pakistan seems to be extending into outer space. “The first Pakistani will be sent to space in 2022,” Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Thursday, the same year that India is planning its first... More

Indo-Russia S-400 deal: Implications for Pakistan


PUTIN-Modi signed a US$5b deal under which Russia will supply India S-400 missile system and that is major game changer in South Asian strategic environment. More so it is part of around multi billion dollar deal with... More

Pakistan eyes ‘integrated’ deal with China


Pakistan is seeking an integrated economic package from China envisaging financial support, increase in trade and investment and cooperation in agricultural research and will go ahead with an arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) among various... More

China not asked for military access to Gwadar, Pakistan admiral says


China has not asked for military access to Pakistan’s Chinese-funded, deepwater port of Gwadar, a senior Pakistani rear admiral said on Friday, amid persistent speculation in India and the United States it could become a Chinese naval... More

Pakistan to send their first human to space in 2022 with China’s...


Pakistan would send a human to space for the first time in 2022 with China's help, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced today, ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan's maiden visit to Beijing. Pakistan's first space mission has been... More

Pakistan PM to visit China next week


New Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China next week, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday (Oct 25), on a trip seen as vital to Islamabad's efforts to obtain fresh loans to prop up the economy. Khan,... More

China launches new rail, road cargo linking Lanzhou with Islamabad


China has launched a new rail and road cargo service linking Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu Province, with Islamabad in Pakistan, China Daily reported. The first train carrying 30 carriages of mechanical equipment, auto parts and daily... More

Mehbooba urges centre to resume dialogue with Pakistan


Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday appealed to the Centre for the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan to end the “present phase of acrimony and confrontation” between the... More

Pakistani minister presents potential strategic conflict resolution model for Kashmir


Pakistan’s Federal Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen M Mazari has stated that Pakistan needs to aggressively put forward concrete proposals for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute on the basis of the UN resolutions. Speaking at a seminar... More

Pakistan okays sale of JF-17 to Nigeria for $184.3m


The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has approved the issuance of a certificate of sovereign guarantee for the sale of three JF-17 aircraft to Nigerian Air Force against a sum of $184.3 million, to support... More

Why is India not willing to hold talks with Pakistan?


Pakistan’s Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has once again vowed to hold talks with India, country’s immediate neighbor, and traditional rival, after the general elections in the neighboring country. PM Khan was speaking at the Future... More

Pakistan tribal elders visit China


A Pakistani delegation comprising tribal elders belonging to Bajaur Agency, Khyber Agency, Kurram Agency, Mohmand Agency, Orakzai Agency, North Waziristan and South Waziristan have arrived in China on week-long visit to China The delegation, arrived in China on... More

Pakistan braces for a cold, hard economic downturn


Thank God for the glorious weather in Islamabad at the moment. For everything else seems shrouded in bleak despondency, especially the economy. There has been a sharp hike in fuel, electricity and gas prices, not to mention the... More

Pakistan army successfully ends anti-Taliban offensive in Swat valley


Pakistan army on Monday said it "successfully" wrapped up its decade-long anti-Taliban offensive in the restive northwestern valley of Swat. "Today is our victory day and we proudly announced that now there is no presence of any terrorist... More

Arms race in South Asia


Pakistan said on Friday that India’s decision to buy S-400 missile defence system from Russia will further destabilise the region and lead to renew the arms race. In a statement, the Foreign Office said the Indian purchase... More

The Afghanistan peace process requires a new regional consensus


In recent months, U.S. and Afghan officials have launched a concerted effort to initiate a dialogue with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan. A stalemate in the battlefield between the Taliban and the Afghan security... More

Pakistan condemns ‘new cycle’ of killing of Kashmiris by Indian forces


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday strongly condemned the recent killing of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. In a tweet, PM Khan decried the "new cycle of killings of innocent Kashmiris" and... More

Pakistan, Russia begin joint anti-terror military drills


Pakistan and Russia have begun annual joint military drills to boost counterterrorism cooperation to tackle the growing threat of Islamic State stemming from neighboring Afghanistan. Officials said the "Druzhba-III" (Friendship-III) drills went into action Monday at the National... 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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