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Justice Asif Saeed Khosa appointed new Chief Justice of Pakistan


Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has been appointed new Chief Justice of Pakistan with effect from January 18. The Ministry of Law has appointed Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan,... More

Is Pakistan-India ice silently breaking?


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan must have a good reason for believing so when he expressed the hope to The Washington Post recently that talks between the sullen neighbours could resume after the Indian elections in May... More

China to lend $2bn to Pakistan to boost foreign exchange reserves


China has agreed to lend at least $2 billion to Pakistan for helping it boost its dwindling foreign exchange and tanking currency, Financial Times reported. The report, quoting two senior Pakistan government officials, said the loan is aimed... More

Pakistan’s defence modernisation drive worries India


Pakistan's massive defence modernisation programme is worrying Indian experts in the backdrop of a recent increase in hostilities over the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. While Indian plans for modernising its defence forces including the... More

COAS Bajwa, Saudi Defence Minister discuss regional security


Saudi Arabia’s Assistant Minister of Defence Muhammad Bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh Monday called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters (GHQ). During the meeting matters of mutual interest, regional security and enhanced bilateral... More

Pakistan’s AMAN 2019: “Together for peace”


Pakistan Navy is organizing a multi-nation naval exercise in the North Arabian Sea in February 2019. This is the sixth exercise of the AMAN series, which have been held bi-annually since 2007. All previous naval exercises of... More

Won’t let India steal Pakistan’s water: CJP


Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar inquired on Sunday why India is stealing Pakistan’s water, saying that it will not be allowed to do so. The CJP was hearing a petition in the Lahore Supreme Court registry related... More

Pakistan procuring 600 tanks to strengthen capability along border with India


Pakistan has drawn up an ambitious plan to procure close to 600 battle tanks including T-90 tanks from Russia, primarily to bolster its military might along the border with India, intelligence sources said Sunday. Most of the tanks... More

Pakistan’s changing security doctrine


Last week, the chief of Pakistan’s Army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, delivered a speech at the passing out parade at Pakistan’s Naval Academy in Karachi. The speech was very important, for it helps in contextualizing the recent... More

‘Big news’ expected as Pakistan undertakes oil and gas exploration off Karachi


Prime Minister Imran Khan in his recent speeches also spoke of the natural resources Pakistan can explore in the coming days with the help of some international companies. Maritime Minster Ali Haider Zaidi on Friday shared pictures of... More

‘Trade with Pakistan to reach $800 million by year-end’


Trade Representative of Russia Yury Kozlov has said bilateral trade between Pakistan and Russia improved to $660 million during 10 months of the current calendar year, and is expected to reach around $750 to $800 million by... More

China and US play the great game in South Asia


In the Great Game being played across the Indian Ocean, the U.S. Navy has its eye on Sri Lanka's northeastern port of Trincomalee to serve as a logistics hub for South Asian waters churned by India, Japan... More

PTI’s 100 day and the CPEC


Presently the talk of the town is the 100 days agenda which the PTI gave a month before the general election 2018. Recently a couple of days back on 25th of November the first 100 days of... More

Pakistan Cabinet approves issuance of ‘Panda bonds’ in Chinese currency


Pakistan's cabinet has approved the issuance of first-ever renminbi-denominated bonds to raise loans from China's capital markets, as the country moved a step forward to give the Chinese currency a status at par with the US dollar. The... More

China’s new “aircraft carrier killer” missile could add teeth to Pakistan navy


To counter the US Navy’s aircraft carriers projecting power into the South China Sea, Beijing developed a formidable, “carrier killer” weapon: the Dong Feng-21D anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM), which can accurately strike warships 1,500 kilometres away. An... More

Pakistan to make presence at Vibrant Gujarat summit after 5-year gap


For the first time in the last five years, business delegations from neighbouring Pakistan are set to make their presence at the biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. The event is slated to take place from January 18-20,... More

COAS, US commander discuss Afghan peace process


The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan agreed with Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa that only an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led inclusive process can lead to peace in the war-torn country, said a statement... More

Pakistan says Kartarpur corridor ‘high point of diplomacy’ for Imran Khan govt


Pakistan on Thursday (Dec 27) described the Kartarpur corridor as the "high point of diplomacy" for the Imran Khan government while admitted that there was "no progress" on the contentious issues with India. Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal... More

Who gave Pakistan MIRV technology?


Multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle technology (MIRV) is key to regional peace and stability, especially in the context of India-Pakistan Missile race. MIRV allows a single missile to deliver multiple warheads that can be programmed to hit... More

Chabahar port: The end of Gwadar?


India, Iran, and Afghanistan have been laboring to establish a new transit route. The new transit route would link Afghanistan and Iran with India through Chabahar Port. The port would facilitate a landlocked Afghanistan and also open... More

Chinese AVIC exports 100 Wing Loong combat drones, PAF to procure 48


Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has completed exporting the 100th domestically-developed Wing Loong Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The state-run manufacturer started to export the Wing Loong series in 2010. The UAV is used in anti-terrorist operations, security patrols... More

COLUMN

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

US withdrawal from Afghanistan showcases India’s hollow Afghan policy

When Donald Trump recently mocked India for building a library in Afghanistan, it signified a lot more than the fact that India is not fighting the Taliban as a US ally; it showed the actual limited presence of India in Afghanistan, although the Indian government has, as of lately, been busy responding to Trump’s jibe by listing its many projects in Afghanistan worth billions of dollars. But there can... 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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