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PIA flight PK-661 crashes enroute to Islamabad, no survivors


Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 carrying 48 passengers and crew crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday at 4:42pm PST. The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed there are no survivors from the ill-fated flight. Forty... More

Justice Saqib Nisar to take oath as chief justice on Dec 31


President Mamnoon Hussain announced Wednesday the appointment of Justice Saqib Nisar as chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) starting Dec 31. Current CJP Anwar Zaheer Jamali is set to retire by the end of the year. Justice Jamali served... More

Sartaj Aziz not allowed to visit Golden Temple


Pakistan on Sunday claimed that its Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz was not allowed to visit the Golden Temple and speak to Pakistani media persons at the hotel where he was staying, even as India said... More

Heart of Asia


The Heart of Asia conference was not expected to yield any significant bilateral or multilateral breakthroughs. Among India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the former two countries have diplomatically and verbally attacked the latter a great deal in recent... More

Pakistan threatens cash tit-for-tat


The demonetization move of India created entirely a different kind of row with its arch rival Pakistan. The dispute has arisen over the payment of salaries of Pakistani mission officials in New Delhi. The concerned authority in... More

Pakistan not begging for talks with India, tells Basit


NEW DELHI: "Pakistan is not begging for dialogue, if India not ready," Pakistan High Commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit said Friday, noting that talks between the two nuclear-armed neighbours were 'inevitable'. Basit, in an interview to an... More

New railway tracks planned under CPEC


The government of Pakistan has planned major installation and upgradation of railway tracks under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, state-run website Radio Pakistan has reported. Under the plan, new railway tracks will be laid from Gwadar to Quetta and... More

Donald Trump Expresses Willingness To Solve Pakistan’s Outstanding Issue


US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday told Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he is willing to play any role that Islamabad wants to find solutions to its outstanding problems. Mr Trump made these remarks as PM Sharif... More

Pakistan ready to hold talks with India, says Abdul Basit


Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Monday, in an interview with Indian TV channel Aaj Tak, said that Pakistan is ready for a dialogue with India on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar... More

FIH halts Pakistan team’s  participation in Junior Hockey World Cup in...


International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday disallowed the Pakistan team to participate in Men's Hockey Junior World Cup 2016, which is being held in India from December 8 to 18, over Pakistan Hockey Federation's (PHF) inability to... More

General Javed Bajwa appointed as new Pak Army Chief


General Raheel Sharif is due to step down next week as Pakistan's COAS, or chief of army staff, when his three-year term expires on November 29. In his place, Lieutenant-General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed in a relatively uneventful... More

President Erdogan’s Visit: Implications for Pakistan


On a two-day visit to Pakistan last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a joint session of the Parliament for the first time since parts of the Turkish military unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow his government. The... More

Pakistan ready for talks but Kashmir must be included: Sartaj Aziz


Pakistan is ready for a dialogue with India on the condition that Kashmir dispute is part of it, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told Parliament on Friday, ahead of his visit to Amritsar for... More

New hope on Pakistan economy


Is the economy of Pakistan collapsing? Although, a report by International Monetary Fund (IMF) says, the country is emerging from crisis and stabilized its economy after completing a bailout program. However, speakers at an international seminar by... More

CPEC investment soars to $55bn after new Chinese loan


Pakistan government has secured an additional $8.5 billion of investment from Beijing as part of the countries' joint energy, transport and infrastructure plan, Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday. That is on top of the $46-billion China-Pakistan... More

UN adopts Pakistan`s resolution reaffirming peoples` self-determination right


A committee of the UN General Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a Pakistan sponsored resolution reaffirming that the universal realisation of the right of peoples to self determination was a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and... More

Iran mulls a strategic alliance with Pakistan


  Iran plans to form a strategic alliance with it neighbor Pakistan. A sense of easy relation has been growing between Tehran and Washington since the nuclear deal struck last year. However, the win of Donald Trump in... More

11 Indian soldiers killed on Nov 14, says Raheel Sharif


Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday said 11 Indian soldiers were killed on November 14 after Pakistan Army ‘responded to unprovoked firing’. The Pakistan Army suffered the loss of seven soldiers on the day, all... More

Balochistan shrine attacked and FIR against Modi


On18 September, 19 soldiers killed in terrorist attacks in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir, consequently, ‘the surgical strike’ by India (on 29 September) in the territory controlled by Pakistan. And 26 days later (on 25 October), terrorist stormed... More

 CPEC dreams come true as Gwadar port goes operational


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a grand opening ceremony at the Gwadar port on Sunday marked the operationalisation and opening of trade activities at the port, a key project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). PM Nawaz marks... More

Ties with Trump’s America


INTO the void of uncertainty that is the policy outlook of US president-elect Donald Trump, has stepped Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. In congratulating Mr Trump on his election victory, Mr Sharif has struck a sensible note: recognising the... More

COLUMN

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

China’s discreet headway into Afghanistan

While China continues officially to deny playing a leading role in managing conflict in Afghanistan, there is also no gainsaying that China continues to make a meaningful headway into Afghanistan, a development that would, even if Beijing denies, have a strong impact on which way the wind blows in Afghanistan in next few years. This week Pakistan’s Maulana Sami ul Haq, the cleric who is known as the ‘father of... 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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