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Pakistan is negotiating with Turkey to acquire T-129 attack helicopters: Pak PM


Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Turkish Defence production industry is one of the best in the world and second to none. He said this while talking to Pakistani and... More

Joint military operation out of question, Pakistan will tell Tillerson


Pakistani policymakers have put together their agenda for talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who will arrive in Islamabad on his maiden visit later this month to... More

Pakistan concerned over transfer of armaments in volatile South Asian regions


In a veiled reference to India, Pakistan has voiced concern over the growing transfer of conventional armaments in volatile regions, saying it has potential to jeopardise regional balance. This was... More

Let’s build a positive ‘transactional relationship’ with the US


U.S Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will visit Pakistan next week to discuss the US vision for the new South Asia Policy. The confirmation of the visit comes at... More

Attack on workers at key Pakistan port for Chinese project


Unidentified men threw a grenade into a labourers' hostel in the Pakistani port of Gwadar wounding 26 of them, police said on Friday (Oct 20), in an attack likely... More

One killed, 7 apprehended in IBOs in Pakistan’s Balochistan


Security forces, as part of the continuing Operation Raddul Fasaad, killed one and apprehended seven other terrorists in raids carried out in Balochistan on Friday, the Inter-Services Public Relations... More

Confront the challenges: Engage Afghanistan, protect CPEC


Two of Pakistan’s foreign policy core themes: CPEC and Afghanistan are passing through a critical moment and will soon become the most pressing challenges for the country’s strategic and... More

Pakistan builds Afghan border fence in bid to stem terrorist attacks


Pakistan’s military is installing a robust fence along its largely porous 2,600-kilometer border with Afghanistan and establishing new forts as well as outposts on mountain peaks. Officials hope the fortification... More

Pakistan, US have developed understanding: Pak FO


Pakistan and the United States have developed a better understanding and their cooperation is increasing as a result of recent ‘positive developments’, according to the Foreign Office. Foreign office spokesperson... More

India, Pakistan are both important to U.S. policy, says Tillerson


India and the U.S. are “two bookends of stability — on either side of the globe” and the “emerging Delhi-Washington strategic partnership” has the potential to anchor the rules-based... More

Lahore High Court orders release of Hafiz Saeed


A review board of the Lahore High Court on Thursday (October 19) ordered the Punjab government to free Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and four of his aides by... More

7 killed in blast targeting police vehicle in Pakistan’s Quetta


At least seven people, including six policemen, were killed and 24 others injured in an explosion targeting a truck carrying police officials in the Sariab Mill area of Quetta... More

US expects Pakistani govt’s ‘decisive action’ against militants: Tillerson


  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today said the US expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists and such a move will improve Islamabad's international standing as well as... More

Three drone strikes near Pak-Afghan border kill 31, Islamabad says ‘clear violation’


At least 31 people have died in three drone strikes targeting areas near the Pak-Afghan border in Afghanistan over 24 hours. At least 12 people were also injured in the... More

China speeds up work on $2 billion power project in Azad Kashmir


China is working to complete the Karot Hydropower Project in Azad Jammu and Kashmir ahead of schedule, and the sponsor of the China Three Gorges South Asia Investment project... More

Pakistan EC suspends 261 MPs for non-disclosure of financial statements


The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday suspended the membership of 261 lawmakers for failure to submit details of their finances under sub-section 42A of the Representation of... More

‘Pakistan paid heavy price for being US ally’


Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Sunday (Oct 15) that Pakistan bore the brunt in the fight against terrorism. “We have been cooperating with the US since many years.... More

India financing terror groups in Afghanistan: Pak Foreign Office


Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria has said that India has been committing ceasefire violations because it cannot digest Pakistan’s success in the war against terrorism. In an interview with... More

Pakistan govt drops terrorism charges against Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed


Pakistani authorities on Sunday withdrew terrorism charges against Hafiz Saeed and his group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). A Punjab government official told a review board of Supreme Court on Saturday that the... More

Tillerson to visit India, Pakistan, Afghanistan


US secretary of state Rex Tillerson is expected to visit India for the first time in his capacity as America’s top diplomat tentatively on October 24, as part of... More

US not to forget Pakistan’s help in rescue operation


The United States has said that it will not forget the critical assistance that Pakistan provided in rescuing a North American couple from the clutches of the Haqqani network. “I... More

COLUMN

Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... 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