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Pakistan opposes expansion of permanent seats in UNSC


Pakistan has voiced firm opposition to the creation of new permanent seats in any reformed Security Council in the United Nations, according to report by GEO TV. Speaking in the General Assembly on Security Council... More

Pakistani expert slams US drone attack plans in Niger


Talat Masood, considered Pakistan's topmost security expert, has warned that the use of drones by the US military in Niger would be unjustified, as it would cause civilian causalities. Masood's observations come amid media... More

Bank of China begins operations in Pakistan


Bank of China has formally launched its operations in Pakistan, with its first branch inaugurated in Karachi on Tuesday (Nov 7). Speaking to the inauguration ceremony in Islamabad, Bank of China Chairman Chen Siqing said... More

Pakistan not diplomatically isolated after Trump’s speech: Khawaja Asif


Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif claimed that Pakistan has neither been diplomatically isolated nor has its position weakened following US President Donald Trump's speech outlining the country's policy on South Asia. "We have neither been... More

US says no group will be allowed to attack Pakistan from Afghan...


Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Tuesday (Nov 7) informed the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs that the United States (US) had assured Pakistan that no group, including Indian spy agency Research and... More

War with India not an option, says Pakistan PM


Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that war is not an option with India and that only talks can resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir, reports The Hindu. Addressing a conference on ‘Future... More

Pakistan, Iran agree to deny exploitation of border by terrorists


To improve all mechanism to avoid cross-border terror activities, Pakistan and Iran have agreed to deny exploitation of their borders by terrorists, a statement issued by the military’s media wing said. The development came during... More

Pakistan welcomes US mediation in easing tension with India


Pakistan believes in regional peace and welcomes mediation by the United States in easing tension with India, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday (Nov 6). Addressing the fourth round of US-Pakistan Bilateral Dialogue in... More

Pakistan’s Engro eyes 2019 start for new LNG terminal in Karachi


Pakistani conglomerate Engro Corp expects to complete building its second liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in early 2019, a senior company official said, as Pakistan bets heavily on LNG imports to curb energy shortages. Engro... More

Anti-Pakistan ads on London cabs anger Islamabad


In a rare move, Pakistan on 3 November summoned the British high commissioner to lodge a protest over display of slogans on London cabs that the Foreign Office said directly attack the country’s territorial... More

Change of govt in Islamabad won’t affect CPEC: China


China said on 3 November development work on 19 of 50 projects related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was already under way. “It will not be affected by a change in government in Islamabad,”... More

Condolences pour in following Dina Wadia’s demise


Soon after news broke about the death of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's only daughter Dina Wadia on 2 November, messages of condolences started to pour in through social media. People from all walks of life, including politicians... More

Bin Laden had no help from state elements in Pakistan: CIA files


Since the 2011 raid that took out the al Qaeda head honcho, there had been much speculation in the Western world on whether Osama bin Laden had support from within the Pakistani security establishment... More

Pakistan plans to build several new nuclear reactors: official


Pakistan plans to build at least three to four big reactors as it targets nuclear power capacity of 8,800 megawatts (MW) by 2030, the country’s atomic energy commission chairman said. Pakistan has five small reactors... More

Pakistan’s top military brass review geo-strategic security environment


Pakistan’s top-level military officials in a Corps Commanders Conference at General Headquarters took stock of the geo-strategic security environment, with a special focus on recent interactions with Afghan and United States authorities, Inter-Services Public... More

Pakistan, Iran urge ‘credible’ Afghan peace process


Pakistan and Iran on Wednesday (Nov 1) called for the resumption of a ‘credible political process’ owned and led by Afghanistan to seek lasting solution of the lingering conflict in the war-torn country. The joint... More

Pakistan urges SCO role to settle Afghan conflict


Pakistan is keen for a regional solution to the Afghan issue and would utilise the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) forum for the purpose, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told the Senate on Wednesday (Nov 1). Winding... More

Pakistan trying to crack a fresh helicopter deal with the US!


Pakistan is trying to crack a new deal to reacquire an unspecified number of helicopters to carry out anti-narcotics operations in FATA and Balochistan. After returning four earlier this month, Pakistan on Monday returned... More

Chinese banks-led consortium to lend $1.5bln for power projects in Pakistan’s Balochistan


A Chinese banks-led consortium agreed to provide a financing of $1.5 billion to develop 1,320 megawatts of coal-fired power plants and a jetty in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. China Power Hub Generation Company Pvt. Ltd. (CPHGC)... More

Pakistan losing ground in Afghanistan


Resultantly, Pakistani items are being replaced with Indian and Iranian exports in the war-torn country. Afghanistan was Pakistan’s second-biggest export destination after the United States until 2011. Presently, China has acquired this position, followed by... More

Iranian envoy calls on Pakistan army chief


Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa here at the General Headquarters on Tuesday (Oct 31). According to an ISPR statement, focus of the discussion... More

COLUMN

Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... 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