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Afghan govt upbeat about resolving issues with Pakistan: Abdullah


In order to resolve the issues between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Afghanistan expects that all agreements and issues discussed during Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s recent trip to Kabul are implemented, the Chief Executive... More

Pakistan urges US to resume its balancing role in South Asia


Pakistan has asked the United States to resume the balancing role that it played in South Asia before it started to build a strategic partnership with India. “We are saying to the US administration that... More

Pakistani flotilla takes part in 24 countries military drills in Saudi Arabia


A Pakistani flotilla participated in the Joint Gulf Shied 1 drills concluded in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia. According to Arab News, Pakistan troops were joined by forces from 24 other countries including Bahrain,... More

Pakistan addresses Kashmir issue with UN Security Council President


Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue with UN Security Council President, saying the situation in the valley and the "escalation" of tension along the Line of Control (LoC) pose a threat to international peace... More

Pakistan in talks with Russia on buying air defence systems


Pakistan’s Defence minister Khurram Dastgir Khan confirmed to Sputnik that Islamabad was in talks with Moscow on the issue of purchasing air Defence systems, adding that Pakistan was interested in such weapons. "Air Defence system... More

Kashmir issue an unfinished agenda of Partition: Pakistan PM Abbasi


Pakistan’s top leadership on Friday expressed concern over what it described as rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and extended political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris’ demand for the right to self-determination. In a... More

Working with India, Pakistan to settle dam controversy, says World Bank


The World Bank confirmed that it had received Pakistan’s complaint on the completion of the Kishanganga hydropower plant by India and was working with Islamabad and New Delhi for an amicable resolution of the... More

Pak PM discusses regional security, connectivity with Afghan President


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani discussed the fight against militancy, the Afghan-led peace process, bilateral relations and regional connectivity as they met in Kabul on Friday. Earlier in the... More

Trump’s pick for NSA could push Pakistan closer to China, Russia and...


President Donald Trump's choice to tap John Bolton as national security advisor is widely expected to produce more hawkish U.S. foreign policy on rogue states such as North Korea and Iran. Pakistan, a country... More

IAF to conduct the biggest war game near Pakistan, China borders


An all-encompassing coordinated and composite exercise named Gaganshakti is being conducted by the IAF from April 8-22. The aim of this exercise is real-time coordination, deployment, and employment of Air Power in a short... More

US reaches out to Pakistan to foster diplomatic ties: sources


The United States has taken steps to restore diplomatic ties with Pakistan as an overture to dissipate ongoing tensions. Washington views the ongoing rift as a major stumbling block for its relations with Islamabad... More

What did the Pakistan Army Chief’s Brunei voyage achieve?


Late last month, Pakistan’s army chief paid his introductory visit to Brunei as part of a wider regional trip. Though much of the focus was unsurprisingly on the army chief himself and the other... More

‘Geo-strategic reasons’ bring Pakistan closer to Russia, says Islamabad


Pakistan and Russia have been able to "transcend" their history of mistrust and rivalry, leading to a rapid improvement and expansion in bilateral political, military and economic ties, says Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir. The minister,... More

Pakistan ready for talks with India: FO


Relations with India and brutalities in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) dominated the weekly Foreign Office (FO) briefing as spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal stated that Pakistan is ready for talks but the eastern neighbour continues to... More

Pakistan approaches WB after India builds Kishanganga on Neelum


Having confirmed that India has completed the controversial Kishanganga hydropower project, Pakistan has asked the World Bank to recognise its responsibility under the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 to address its concerns over two... More

Pakistan has established peace on its side of Pak-Afghan border: DG ISPR


The chief of the army’s media wing on Tuesday (Apr 4) asserted that Pakistan has established peace on its side of the border with Afghanistan. Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif... More

China to launch two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan in June


China is to launch two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan in June this year, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT) website on Tuesday Apr 3). It will be the first... More

Russia not keen to stop defence supplies to Pakistan


Russia’s former in-charge of India and Pakistan, Gleb Ivashentsov, has defended Moscow’s growing strategic ties with Islamabad, stating that “refusing dialogue with Pakistan would not be in the interest of Russia.” “We view Pakistan... More

Nuclearisation of Indian Ocean pushing Pakistan, India closer to war: report


The acquirement of nuclear-armed submarines by Pakistan and India has increased the chances of a destructive war between the two countries, reported Vox. Islamabad has publicly stated that the decision to arm Pakistan Navy with... More

Pak army chief, US envoy discuss regional security, stability


US’s Acting Assistant Secretary, South & Central Asia, Ambassador Alice G Wells called on Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on Monday (Apr 2). “Regional security environment and matters... More

India wary as Maldives, Pak discuss joint EEZ patrolling in Indian Ocean


Ringing alarm bells in India, Maldives and Pakistan have discussed the possibility of joint patrol of the vast exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the strategically-located Indian Ocean state during the visit of the Pakistan... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... 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

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

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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