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Defence Attaches of US, UK, France, China, Turkey visit LoC: Pak ISPR


Defence Attaches of United States, UK, France, China, Turkey and Indonesia visited Line of Control in Rawalakot Sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Inter Services Public Relations said. According to military’s media wing, the Defence... More

Russia agrees to ‘help’ Pakistan fight terrorism


Russia’s foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif, who is on an official visit to Moscow, agreed to work closely together on all Afghanistan-related processes. Discussing the Afghanistan situation, the two... More

Pakistan-Russia counter terrorism co-operation


Counter-terrorism cooperation has been an important aspect of Pakistan-Russia relations. During the visit of former President Pervez Musharraf to Russia in 2003, both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed... More

EU gives Pakistan favourable review for GSP+ status


BRUSSELS: The European Parliament took a strategic decision to grant Pakistan and six other recipients of the GSP+ scheme a favourable review during its final meeting held in Brussels. Pakistani faced tough opposition during the... More

No mention of Pakistan in FATF’s public announcements following plenary meeting


Despite multiple reports in international media to the contrary, Pakistan has, at least for now, not been included in a list of countries with 'strategic deficiencies' in countering money laundering and combating financing for... More

‘Eastern neighbor using Afghan soil to destabilise Pakistan’


Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday (Feb 22) said that Pakistan’s eastern neighbour was constantly using Afghan soil to destabilise Pakistan, thus hampering its endeavours to fight against terrorism. “The establishment of peace and... More

Pakistan-Malaysia military ties in the headlines with Navy chief visit


This week, Malaysia’s navy chief paid an official visit to Pakistan. The trip, which saw a long series of engagements and was widely covered in Pakistan media outlets, was indicative of longstanding efforts by... More

S Arabia, Turkey, China blocked US-led motion to put Pak on FATF...


Saudi Arabia joined Turkey and China in a move to block a US-led attempt this week to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list, top US daily WSJ reported Thursday (Feb 22). A US... More

China rejects reports of talks with Baloch rebels to protect CPEC investment


China has rejected a report claiming that it had been engaged in low-key dialogue with Baloch separatists for over five years in a bid to secure the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in... More

Pakistan spent over Rs297bn in war against terrorism in last 10 years


Pakistan’s Finance Minister Rana Afzal, while briefing the Senate on government expenditure on counter-terror efforts, said that over Rs297 billion has been spent in the war against terrorism in the last decade. A written reply... More

Pakistan adopts latest IAEA’s protocols on nuclear trade


Pakistan has conveyed to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) its intention to subscribe to the ‘Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources’. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, guidance... More

Pakistan prepares for inducting AH-1Z attack helicopters


The Pakistan Army’s Military Engineer Services (MES) branch released a tender calling for the construction of a hangar, connecting tarmacs and organizational and intermediate-level maintenance facilities for the Textron Bell Helicopter AH-1Z Viper. Tenders are... More

PAKISTAN GIVEN 3-MONTH REPRIEVE OVER TERRORIST FINANCING WATCHLIST


Pakistan has been given a three-month reprieve by a global watchdog over a U.S.-led motion to put the South Asian country on a terrorist financing watchlist, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said. Pakistan has been... More

Pakistan to hug Russia amid US snub


Pakistan has decided to hug Russia tightly as the United States continues its hostile policy towards the only nuclear armed Muslim-majority country, diplomatic sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that... More

China in talks with Baloch militants to secure CPEC projects


China has been quietly holding talks with Baloch militants for more than five years in an effort to protect the $60 billion worth of infrastructure projects it is financing as part of the China-Pakistan... More

Pakistan FM Asif off to Russia for talks with counterpart Lavrov


Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday (Feb 19) left for Russia on a four-day visit at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, state-owned broadcaster Radio Pakistan reported. Asif is expected to hold... More

Australia, US, India and Japan in talks to establish Belt and Road...


Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence,... More

Declaring Pakistan state sponsor of terrorism will not help: scholars


Declaring Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism will create a situation that will be difficult to reverse, will fail in forcing Islamabad to change its policies and will not help the US cause in... More

PAKISTAN’S IMRAN KHAN TIES KNOT IN THIRD MARRIAGE


Pakistani cricketer-turned-politican Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time, his party said on Sunday (Feb 18), confirming his marriage to a woman local media call a "faith healer". Khan, who captained the... More

Why the US wants to put Pakistan on global terror-financing ‘watch list’?


The US has presented a resolution seeking to place Pakistan on a global terror-financing ‘watch list’ which has been submitted to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Lamenting Pakistan for its inability to implement anti-money... More

Pak army chief urges US not to blame Pakistan for its failures


Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa on Saturday asked the US to stop blaming Pakistan for its problems in Afghanistan and instead search for the reasons for its failures. He was speaking at the Munich... More

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The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Bipin Rawat on Bangladesh: Part of a Sino-Pak proxy war against...

Indian army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s accusation on Indian NTV that Pakistan and China were conducting proxy war by facilitating immigrants from Bangladesh to Assam is both serious but also very embarrassing for the Sk. Hasina’s government. It makes the Awami League Government of Bangladesh look like a helpless... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More