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... 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... More

Pak army chief, Turkish president discuss regional security, mutual...

Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and discussed with him matters of... 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... 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... More

PM’s adviser says Raheel Sharif cannot be recalled from...

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... More

Iranian drone allegedly on spying mission shot down ‘deep...

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... More

We have to keep the door open for possibilities:...

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... More

2 Naval officers gunned down in Gwadar gun attack

Two Naval officers was martyred and four others injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on their vehicle in the Jiwani area of Gwadar district on... More

Army jawans respond with jubilation over Pakistan triumph

The historic Pakistan win in the Champions Trophy final has taken the entire nation by storm, be it citizens, politicians or our valiant soldiers. All... More

China lauds Pakistan’s support in fighting terrorism

China's top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng met with Pakistan's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Beijing Thursday. Hailing the traditional... More

China, Pakistan hold defense and security consultation in Beijing

The 12th China-Pakistan Defense and Security Consultation was held Wednesday in Beijing. General Fang Fenghui, member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and chief of... More

Jadhav case: ICJ rejects India’s request for six-month time...

International Court of Justice (ICJ) has rejected India's request to delay proceedings for Kubhushan Jadhav's case until December and ordered India to submit a response... More

SCO is not a platform to discuss bilateral tensions...

China on Thursday (June 15) dismissed apprehensions that the tensions between India and Pakistan could disrupt the unity of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, reported PTI. China... More

FATA reforms essential for enduring peace and stability, says...

Pak Army chief General Qamar Bajwa has reiterated that mainstreaming of the Federally Administered Tribal Agencies (FATA) is essential for long-lasting peace in the region. “Our... More

Are you with us or with Qatar, Saudis ask...

Pakistan has told Saudi Arabia it will not take sides in the brewing diplomatic crisis in the Middle East after Riyadh asked Islamabad “are you... More

India, Pakistan to gain from ‘Shanghai Spirit’

After being observers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for 12 years, India and Pakistan were admitted as full members to the bloc at the SCO... More

China, Pakistan to hold joint naval drill in Arabian...

A Chinese naval fleet, consisting of the guided-missile destroyerChangchun, guided-missile frigate Jinzhou and supply ship Chaohu, is paying a four-day friendly visit to Karachi, Pakistan.... More

GDP growth targeted at 6% for fiscal 2017-18: Ishaq...

Pak Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday said that target for GDP growth for fiscal 2017-18 has been set at 6 percent, adding that the... More

Middle East crisis: Pak PM meets Saudi king in...

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in the... More

IS killing won’t impact China-Pakistan ‘Iron brother’ ties

After an extremist organization announced it had killed the two Chinese citizens it kidnapped in Pakistan last week, speculation has been swirling among Indian and... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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