ECO sets example of regional cooperation: PM

The 13th summit of Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) concluded on Wednesday with adoption of the Islamabad Declaration. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that it was high time for the member states of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)... More

Dalit sarpanch killed in Gujarat

The victim won the recent village panchayat elections and became a sarpanch in upper castes-dominated Varsada village. A 25-year-old Jaysukh Madhad, a Dalit Sarpanch in a village in Amreli district of Gujarat, was hacked to death by people... More

Afghanistan needs to abandon ‘anti-Pakistan lens’: ISPR

Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor in an interview with a private TV channel on Tuesday called for Afghanistan to abandon its 'anti-Pakistan lens' and devise policies with Pakistan through an 'Afghan... More

Taliban kill 12 Afghan police with silenced weapons

Taliban fighters in the southern Afghan province of Helmand attacked a checkpoint with silenced weapons and hand grenades early on Tuesday killing 12 policemen and stealing weapons and ammunition, officials said. But a provincial official said that it... More

Five sentenced to death for killing of Japanese citizen in Bangladesh

A Bangladesh court handed down the death sentence on Tuesday for five militants found guilty of killing a Japanese citizen, court officials said. Kunio Hoshi, 65, was gunned down in October 2015 by masked men on a motorcycle... More

Indian Military to Aim Pellet Guns at the Feet of Protesting Kashmiris

India's Central Reserve Police Force, responsible for handling protests in Kashmir, has said that a softer version of weapon would be used against protesters in Indian administered Kashmir. "The pellet guns are one of the many options that... More

Senior Taliban commander killed in northern Afghanistan air strike

After having been declared dead several times in the past, a senior Taliban commander has been killed in an air strike in northern Afghanistan, officials of the militant group confirmed on Monday. Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund, who commanded... More

No alternative to unity among parties to end deadlock: Ex-prez Yadav

Former Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav on Monday expressed his worry about the ongoing political deadlock in the country and said the only way to resolve the impasse is unity among the political parties. Inaugurating the 10th assembly... More

India fails to substantiate claim of Pakistan’s involvement in Uri attack

India’s National Investigative Agency (NIA) has decided to file a closure report after failing to find any evidence against two men from Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) whom it accused of facilitating the Uri army base attack. The... More

India’s top diplomat to visit Washington for talks

India's top diplomat will visit Washington this week for talks with the new US administration, an Indian foreign ministry official said Sunday. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is expected to discuss with American officials India's concerns over proposed US... More

Taliban leader urges Afghans to plant more trees in special message

The Taliban group in Afghanistan on Sunday used a rare public statement in the name of its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, to call on Afghans to plant more trees for worldly and other-worldly good. Official Taliban outlets released the... More

Bangladesh’s proposed hike in gas prices sparks protests

Bangladesh has announced plans to raise natural gas prices for the second time in under two years, meeting with immediate protests from political parties and industry groups, including the $28 billion garments industry, the country's economic mainstay. Gas... More

India approves 10.51 billion dollar missile deal with Israel

Ahead of a possible visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel later this year on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, India has made a significant deal with Israel... More

Tajikistan to join Pakistan road link bypassing Afghanistan

While Kabul is reluctant to finalise a transit trade agreement with Islamabad, Tajikistan is poised to join a separate initiative which will connect Pakistan to Central Asia, bypassing Afghanistan entirely. Officials told The Express Tribune that Tajikistan’s request... More

Arakanese Politicians Threaten to Boycott Panglong Peace Conference

Arakanese politicians say they will boycott the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference unless the government approves a national-level political dialogue for Arakan State. In early February, the government’s Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) decided not to... More

Pakistan Army kills two high profile JuA terrorists

Pakistan Army has achieved a major success in newly launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad as two high profile terrorists of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) were killed at Afghan border, security sources said. Pakistan Army announced on Wednesday to launch operation ‘Radd-ul-Fasaad’ against... More

Maharashtra civic polls: Shiv Sena on top in BMC, but BJP makes...

The Shiv Sena on Thursday emerged as the single largest party in the cash-rich BMC winning 84 seats, closely trailed by BJP which bagged 82 seats in a total of 227 seats. Congress received a huge setback... More

Meeting Minutes Reveal Insights Into Chinese Approach to Burma’s Peace Process

China will not “sit as a judge” regarding armed conflicts between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups, Sun Guoxiang, Chinese Special Envoy of Asian Affairs, has said. The Irrawaddy was able to read the meeting minutes of... More

Pakistan launches nationwide ‘Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad’

Pakistan on Wednesday launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad', which would include broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country. According to the Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing... More

Burden of proof not on us: India on China’s demand for solid...

Hitting out at China for demanding “solid evidence” for getting JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN, India said the extent of his actions were “well-documented” and the “burden of proof” was not on it. Talking... More

India- EU Trade Ties Face Rough Weather

India is not keen to extend its 31 March deadline to unilaterally terminate all existing investment treaties with partner countries even though the European Union is pressing to start negotiations for a stand-alone bilateral investment treaty (BIT). The... 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

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



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