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Kashmir separatists aren’t terrorists, says Pak Army


Pakistan military on Monday said that India cannot label Kashmiri separatists as terrorists. Chief military spokesman major general Asif Ghafoor told a news conference here that India wanted to “label the ongoing... More

Operation Khyber-4 successfully completed: Pakistan Army


The Pakistan Army on Monday announced the successful completion of Operation Khyber-4 in the Rajgal area of Khyber Agency. In a press conference, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor... More

Operation ‘Radd-ul-Fasaad’: Pakistan’s resolve to fight terror from within


‘War on terror’ is a globally contested terminology, one that not only lacks a universal definition but also implies different things in different contexts; for, one man’s terrorist is usually another... More

US Centcom chief stresses sustained ties with Pakistan


Senior US commander Gen Joseph Votel on Saturday departed after his two-day visit to the country with “increased understanding of the counterterrorism and counter-insurgency efforts of the Pakistani government”. According to a... More

High level meeting between COAS and Centcom delegation; Afghan future at...


The still-evolving Afghan strategy is leading to consultative meetings between Afghan, US, and Pakistani officials. In order to discuss the Afghan imbroglio and the role of Pakistan in the region, a... More

Pakistan wants credit for terror fight, not money, Gen Qamar tells...


Amid relentless criticism of Pakistan from the Trump administration, Pak army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has told a top US military commander that Pakistan doesn’t need aid, all it wants... More

Spiral into chaos  


Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he is merely a functional... More

Pak Navy takes command of multi-national maritime security force


Pakistan Navy has been handed over the command of the multi-national naval maritime security and counter-terrorism coalition named Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) by the French Navy, read a statement issued... More

US decision to label Hizbul Mujahideen a terrorist group is saddening:...


The United States' decision to declare Hizbul Mujahideen a specially designated terrorist organisation led by an internationally recognised terrorist is "saddening", the Foreign Office said on Thursday. Addressing a weekly media briefing,... More

Pakistan ‘key partner’ in region, commanding general of US Army Central...


The Commanding General of United States Army Central Command, Lieutenant General Michael Garrett, wishes to continue the US’s “key partnership in the region” with Pakistan after his first-ever visit to Pakistan,... More

Considerable drop in militancy in Pakistan’s restive tribal areas


Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, beleaguered for years by terrorism and lawlessness, has seen a decline in militant activities during the past few months as the result of government counterinsurgency operations, a... More

The Kashmir question


Each year when Pakistan and India celebrate their independence, anxiety takes over the minds of many. It relates to the escalation of conflict in Kashmir that continues to be occupied by... More

India-Pakistan partition 70 years on: Wrenched apart by history


From barbed grins in a carefully synchronised daily flag ceremony to murderous exchanges across barbed wire in Kashmir, the India-Pakistan border is a 70-year-old scar that will not heal. Thousands will cheer... More

Will Pakistan find stability following its latest political shake-up?

Pakistan’s supreme court’s unanimous—if disputably reasoned—decision to remove Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, together with the Pakistan Muslim League’s easy management of leadership transition, has likely averted months of political turmoil.... More

Pak-China relationship attained new heights after CPEC: PM Abbasi


Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday affirmed Pakistan-China relationship to have attained new heights after CPEC initiative, Radio Pakistan reported. In a meeting with Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang in Islamabad, Abbasi... More

Qatar launches new direct sea route to Pakistan as Gulf blockade...


Qatar has launched a new direct route between the country's Hamad Port and Pakistan's port of Karachi, state news agency QNA reported on Monday. The new route was launched on Sunday and... More

Eight army men among 15 martyred in Quetta blast


As many as 15 people, including eight personnel of the Army and seven civilians, were martyred and 32 others sustained injuries when a powerful blast targeted a military vehicle in the... More

Message to enemy: Our will to fight is unbreakable, says Pak...


Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, vowing to defend the country despite all odds, has said “terrorists would run out their bullets before we run out of soldiers”. “We have made a... More

Wife of ousted Pakistani PM to seek his parliament seat


The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will contest a special election for the parliamentary seat he was forced to vacate after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding... More

India trying to convert held Kashmir into a Muslim minority state:...


At least 15 Kashmi­ris martyr­ed by Indian securi­ty forces in past week, says spokes­person Nafees Zakari­a The Foreign Office has condemned India for “increasingly violating the UN charter in held-Kashmir”. Speaking at the... More

Pakistan, Afghanistan JEC talks next month


Pakistan and Afghanistan have decided to resume high-level trade talks next month, the first such engagement between the two countries in nearly two years as Kabul wanted to involve India in... More

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Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during his YATRA along the GT Road. This confirmed that the 1998 PML(N) mob attack on... More

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Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More

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