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PAKISTAN

Pakistan off-limits to US forces: Centcom official


US troops in Afghanistan are targeting enemies inside Afghanistan and they do not have the authority to conduct any operations in neighbouring Pakistan, Brigadier General Lance Bunch, the director of the Future Operations at... More

US backs Russian investment in Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline


The United States supports infrastructure investment by Russia – an arch rival of America in global politics – in laying an offshore gas pipeline from Iran as it will give a boost to Pakistan’s... More

Pakistan directs its High Commission in Delhi to issue visas to Jadhav’s...


Pakistan on Thursday  (Dec 14) directed its High Commission in New Delhi to issue visas to the wife and mother of Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, official sources said. The directive was issued by... More

Pak FO denies China has halted payments for CPEC projects


Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday (Dec 14) rubbished reports that Beijing had halted payments on any of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in the country. FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, during a weekly... More

Trump signs a bill allocating $700 million under the coalition support fund


American President Donald Trump has signed a mammoth $700 billion defense bill to modernize and bolster US military might including the allocation of up to $700 million to reimburse Pakistan under the coalition support fund. The... More

At ICJ, Pakistan dismisses India’s plea for consular access to Jhadav


Pakistan has rejected India’s objection to denial of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), saying the provision of such access under the Vienna Convention does not extend to... More

China drive a hard bargain with Pakistan in CPEC talks


Pakistan appea­red to have been pushed hard by the Chinese side to give in more than it secured in return during the recently held 7th joint cooperation committee (JCC) meeting of the China-Pakistan Economic... More

Pakistan offers Saudi Arabia strategic pact


Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir has proposed an all-encompassing strategic pact between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia for deepening the defence ties between the two countries, an official handout said. The proposal from the minister came... More

Pakistan views Palestine issue at par with Kashmir issue: COAS


Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday (Dec. 12) reassured the Ambassador of the State of Palestine His Excellency Walid A.M. Abu Ali that Pakistan views the unresolved Palestine... More

Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Abbasi visits Turkey


Pakistan’s Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Tuesday (Dec. 12) arrived in Turkey of on an official visit. During the visit, the Naval Chief called on Commander Turkish Fleet, Vice Admiral... More

US, Pakistan engage in quiet diplomacy to improve ties


US- Pakistan talks for finding a common ground in Afghanistan have moved away from exchanging allegations into a phase of quiet diplomacy aimed at resolving differences, claim Pakistani and US officials. The officials confirmed that... More

India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate: Pak FO


India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies, which are utterly baseless and irresponsible, said Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal... More

Indian forces using ‘chemical weapons’ in held Kashmir: AJK president


Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan on Sunday (Dec. 10) claimed that Indian security forces are using "chemical weapons" against civilians in India-held Kashmir (IHK). The AJK president, delivering a speech in... More

CPEC carries no hidden agenda: Chinese envoy


Top Chinese diplomat in Islamabad Yao Jing has said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor neither carries any hidden agenda nor has it anything to hide. Security situation in Pakistan has improved as compared to that it... More

Pakistan, Russia to sign off-shore gas pipeline deal


Pakistan and Russia have reached an understanding to sign a multi-billion dollar offshore gas pipeline deal in a couple of weeks, ignoring pressure from the United States that has fiercely opposed the building of... More

Pakistan collaborating with China on next-gen fighter


In the inaugural session of AirTech ’17, a conference being held at Air University in Islamabad, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Sohail Aman stated that... More

Pakistan allows Indian spy Jadhav’s wife, mother to visit on Dec 25


Pakistan Foreign Office announced on Friday (Dec. 8) that the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav have been given permission to visit the Indian spy in Pakistan. During the weekly briefing at the FO, spokesperson... More

Pakistan has lost more lives, troops to terrorism than any other country:...


Acknowledging Pakistan's fight against terrorism, the Pentagon said that the country has lost more lives and troops to terrorism than any other country. Addressing a press conference on Thursday (Dec. 7), Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana... More

China warns of imminent attacks by ‘terrorists’ in Pakistan


China on Friday (Dec 8) warned its nationals in Pakistan of plans for a series of imminent"terrorist attacks" on Chinese targets there, an unusual alert as it pours funds into infrastructure projects into a... More

The benefits of joining Shanghai Cooperation Organization


Pakistan has been encountering devastating terrorism. The transnational terrorist organizations with the connivance of the neighbouring states intelligence agencies have been conducting sporadic terrorist activities inside the country. The terrorists are targeting the soft... More

Sheer size of CPEC portfolio appals IMF


As the overall size of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects grows to $60 billion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cautioned Pakistan on Wednesday to be mindful about the adverse implications of repayments of... More

COLUMN

Should India see Nepal polls as defeat!

Delhi's foreign policy mandarins could not conceal their glee when, in a tweet on 13 November, Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kamal Thapa announced the scrapping of the US$2.5 billion deal with China’s Gezhouba Group to build Budhi Gandaki Hydro Electric Project. The proposed project planned to build... More

De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Has anyone benefited from American interventionism?

For the first hundred years of American history, the United States was founded on the concept of a limited-government republic, one whose government did not intervene in the affairs of other nations, specifically in Europe and Asia. America’s non-interventionist philosophy was summed up by John... More

For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

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READER'S VIEW

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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More