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Pak-China Shaheen-VI joint air exercise underway at China’s Korla Air Base


A Pak-China joint air exercise is in full swing at China's Korla Air Base, Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) media department said on Thursday. The contingents from both sides participating in the Shaheen-VI exercise consist of combat pilots, air... More

China, Iran, Turkey stand with Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan: Asif


Pak Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Wednesday said that China, Iran and Turkey have endorsed the stance of Pakistan regarding Afghanistan issue. Talking to media, the minister said that China, Iran and Turkey have acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifices... More

Khawaja Asif talks Afghanistan, regional security with Turkish leadership


Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif met with Turkish leadership in Ankara on Tuesday as part of his tour to regional powers in the aftermath of the United States' new policy announcement on Afghanistan and South Asia. Asif, in meetings... More

Pak army chief highlights regional security, Pakistan’s concerns on Australia visit


Pak Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday arrived in Australia on a two-day official visit, where he highlighted the regional security situation and Pakistan's concerns at meetings with the Australian leadership, according... More

Pakistan PM warns US against ‘starving Pakistan of funds’


Pak Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says it would be counter-productive for the United States to sanction Pakistani officials or further cut military assistance, warning that any such move would hurt both countries’ fight against militancy. US-Pakistan relations have... More

Pak President Mamnoon calls for unity in Muslim world at OIC summit...


Hussain is heading a Pakistani delegation at the two-day Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on Science and Technology in Astana, the Kazakh capital, where heads of state and government from over 20 Muslim countries have gathered. The... More

Silk ties: Will Chinese military aid replace US support for Pakistan?


After Washington's decision to suspend its 225-million-dollar military aid to Pakistan, Islamabad may turn to China in a bid to resolve the issue, Natalaya Zamarayeva of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences... More

Pakistan, India to hold water talks in Washington next week


As the dispute between India and Pakistan over the construction of two hydroelectric projects in Jammu and Kashmir remains unresolved, both the countries will hold another round of discussion in Washington next week (September 14-15) in presence... More

China, Pakistan air forces launch joint training exercise


The air forces of China and Pakistan began joint training exercises in China on Thursday. China has dispatched J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces including surface-to-air missile and radar troops, said Shen Jinke, spokesperson... More

Pak Summons Myanmar Envoy Over Violence Against Rohingyas


Pakistan today summoned the Myanmar envoy and lodged a strong protest over the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state, leading to the exodus of about 270,000 refugees to Bangladesh in the last two weeks. Foreign... More

China and Pakistan team up for swipe at Trump’s Afghanistan plans


The air forces of China and Pakistan teamed up for joint training exercises, state media reported on Friday as the foreign ministers from the two countries present a united front in Beijing against Washington’s new military policy... More

China pledges support for Pakistan’s war against terrorism


China on Friday pledged its support for Pakistan's efforts against terrorism as foreign ministers of both the countries discussed regional and international situation. Addressing a press conference along with his Pakistani counterpart, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said... More

Pakistan urges world to put pressure on Myanmar


Islamabad has urged the world to put pressure on Myanmar, where renewed violence has forced out tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims. Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says the Rohingyas' plight is “a challenge to the conscience” of... More

Pakistan tells US to respect territorial integrity


Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday stressed that the United States (US) should respect Pakistan's territorial integrity. Asif held a news conference following the conclusion of a three-day envoys conference and spoke on Pakistan's foreign policy, focusing... More

The folly of jeopardizing US-Pakistan ties


Taking his country back to Square 1, President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy offered nothing new except forsaking old frontline ally Pakistan and coercing new strategic ally India to deliver. Having spent US$1 trillion on the 16-year battle without... More

BRICS declaration signifies no change in policy towards Pakistan: Chinese ambassador


Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong on Wednesday assured Pakistan that nothing new has been demanded of it with respect to the recently-adopted BRICS declaration against terrorist groups. The leaders of the five emerging market powers — Brazil,... More

The world must do more against terrorism: COAS Gen Bajwa at 52nd...


Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa called on the world to "do more" against terrorism at a tribute to the martyrs of the 1965 war on Pakistan's 52nd Defence Day at General Headquarters... More

Pakistan rejects BRICS’ statement on militant groups


Pakistan on Tuesday rejected a statement by the five emerging-market BRICS powers that militant groups in Pakistan pose a regional security concern, with its defense minister saying no such group operates freely inside Pakistan. The minister’s response follows... More

Persecution of Rohingya, Kashmiris, Palestinians a failure of Muslim world: Asif


Pak Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has termed the persecution of Rohingya, Kashmiris, Palestinians and other Muslims minorities as collective failure of religious/political leadership of the Muslim world. The foreign minister, in a series of messages posted on Twitter... More

Pakistan will be defended, announces China


China on Thursday sent out a signal that it would defend Pakistan and would object to any discussion about Pakistan’s role in sheltering terrorists during the upcoming BRICS summit, which would be attended by Indian Prime Minister... More

Pakistani Foreign Minister to visit Iran amid fresh tensions with US


Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif is expected to embark on a four-nation tour of China, Russia, Iran and Turkey as tensions rise between Islamabad and Washington over the latter’s new strategy in Afghanistan. The tour will begin... 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

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

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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