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Pakistan orders Shell subsidiary to pay at least $2.75 million for deadly...


Pakistan’s oil and gas regulator on Friday ordered a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to pay about 257 million rupees (S$2.75 million) in damages and compensation for a tanker explosion that killed more than 200 people last month. The... More

Pakistan welcomes UNSC sanctions on Jamaatul Ahrar


The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) slapped sanctions on Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA), in a move welcomed by the Pakistani government on Friday, which had banned the group in November 2016. The Foreign Office (FO) in... More

Haqqani network operates from Afghanistan, not Pakistan: Foreign Office


The Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday reiterated that the Haqqani network, held responsible for numerous high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, operates from Afghanistan and not from Pakistani soil. The FO also added that the fact is evident as... More

Pakistan tests short-range Nasr missile


Pakistan on Wednesday successfully undertook a series of training launches and tests / trials during the current week for validation of new technical parameters of ‘Nasr’ with enhanced range from 60 kilomters to 70 kilomters and flight... More

Pakistan places orders with China to build nuclear power plants


Pakistan has placed orders with China to build nuclear power plants, said Wang Binghua, chairman of the State Power Investment Corp, while addressing here the 25th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering. China has been searching for buyers of its home-grown nuclear technology... More

John McCain-led US team visits South Waziristan, praises Pak Army’s efforts


A US delegation led by Senator John McCain visited South Waziristan on Monday and lauded the Pakistan Army’s efforts in dismantling terrorist networks and uplifting socioeconomic conditions there. “Pak Army’s efforts are a great success story and strong... More

Washington’s stance on Kashmir unchanged, assures McCain


Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz met on Sunday a five-member delegation of US senators led by Senator John McCain in Islamabad. During the meeting, Aziz said that the strategic partnership between Pakistan and the US is of utmost... More

Islamic State militants in Afghanistan carried out Parachinar attack: DG ISPR


The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) director general has said Islamic State militants operating from Afghanistan were responsible for the recent terrorist attack in Parachinar. “These militants were pushed out of Pakistan in a successful military operation but they found refuge in... More

Clear evidence of foreign hand in recent incidents, says Pak army chief


Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said that there is clear evidence of a foreign hand in recent incidents and assured locals that steps are being taken to make Parachinar a safe... More

London buses get a Pakistani makeover


If you're in London and you just saw a bus decked up in all things Pakistan, you're not daydreaming. The Pakistan High Commission (London) has started a four-week publicity campaign under the theme "Emerging Pakistan" to promote Pakistan’s... More

Provisional results of Pak census to be released by end of July


The government will release provisional results of the country's largest-ever population census by the end of July, Radio Pakistan reported. The information was shared by Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa during a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad... More

By naming Salahuddin, is Trump mediating in Kashmir?


It was like an Eid gift from US president Donald Trump to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. The Muslims of the sub-continent were celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on the night of June 26, when the US administration, in a surprise... More

CPEC going smoothly despite challenges: Ahsan Iqbal


Pakistan has been smoothly implementing an ambitious plan to build an economic corridor with China, despite experiencing some challenges, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday (28 June). China has promised $57 billion in... More

UN has a ‘responsibility’ to resolve Kashmir issue: Pakistan


Pakistan said on Thursday that the UN has a “responsibility” to resolve the Kashmir issue, days after UN chief Antonio Guterres stated that he is engaged in bringing about an Indo-Pak dialogue to resolve the matter. Foreign... More

RAW spy begs army chief for mercy


Indian navy officer turned spy Kulbhushan Jadhav – who was sentenced to death on charges of terrorism, espionage and sabotage – has filed a mercy petition to army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa while admitting his crimes... More

Pak army chief, Turkish president discuss regional security, mutual interest affairs


Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, and discussed with him matters of mutual interest and regional security, the Inter Services Public Relations said. The COAS... More

U.N. Secretary-General joins chorus on resuming India-Pakistan talks


U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been “in touch” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over tensions along the Line of Control (LoC). The U.N. chief said this in New York in comments... More

Pakistan starts fencing Afghanistan border


Pakistan has started the fencing work along the whole Pakistan-Afghanistan border or Durand Line. According to Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, DG, Inter-Service Public Relations and Pakistan Army spokesperson, the work is part of Operation Radd ul Fasaad,... More

PM’s adviser says Raheel Sharif cannot be recalled from Saudi Arabia


Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday told the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs that former chief of army staff Raheel Sharif had taken command of the 41-nation Saudi-led military coalition... More

Iranian drone allegedly on spying mission shot down ‘deep inside’ Balochistan


An unmanned Iranian drone allegedly on a spying mission was shot down by a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) JF-17 Thunder fighter jet in Balochistan's Panjgur area, official sources confirmed to DawnNews on Tuesday. The officials said the unmanned... More

We have to keep the door open for possibilities: Abdul Basit


Abdul Basit’s tenure as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India began in March 2014, a few months before the NDA government assumed office. The last three years have seen many low points in bilateral ties — from cancellation... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

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

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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