Aziz sounds alarm over ‘nuclearisation’ of Indian Ocean

Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said on Saturday that Pakistan would go all out to counter growing threats to peace in the Indian Ocean, chiefly... More

Pakistan says India building ‘secret nuclear city’, MEA rejects...

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson said, “India is building a secret nuclear city…It has accumulated a stockpile of nuclear weapons which threatens to undermine the strategic... More

Pakistan rejects Group of Fours’ demand for permanent UNSC...

  Apparently with an eye on India, Pakistan envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi has rejected the attempts of countries to seek permanent chair in the... More

Corps Commanders observe Indian ceasefire violations as threat to...

A Corps Commanders' Conference, presided by Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Wednesday observed continued Indian ceasefire violations as threat to regional stability,... More

China blocks US move to designate Jaish chief Masood...

China on Tuesday blocked a proposal by the United States (US) to designate Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist. The US, supported by the... More

Pakistan, China will jointly prevent terrorism & extremism

Pakistan and China on Monday held high level discussions to prevent terrorism and separatism and agreed to work together. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM)... More

India not fulfilling responsibilities under Indus Waters Treaty, says...

India has not been fulfilling its responsibilities under the Indus Waters Treaty, Pakistan Foreign Advisor Sartaj Aziz said Monday, amid Pakistan concerns over construction of... More

Pakistan second in hosting most number of migrants

According to the statistics given by United Nation’s (UN) high commissioner for migrants, Pakistan is second in hosting the most number of migrants with 16... More

China-Pak businesses build ties on ‘Silk Road’

Chinese companies are in talks to snap up more businesses and land in Pakistan after sealing two major deals in recent months, a sign of... More

India diverting world’s attention from Kashmir atrocities: Gen. Bajwa

Pak Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that India was trying to divert world's attention from its atrocities against innocent Kashmiris in... More

Duty to one’s Country

Duty is what one is expected or required to do by moral or legal obligation. Recognizing a duty means a person theoretically commits himself to... More

Power of hope

A conflict ends when the people at its centre look over the precipice and recognise that compromise is a life-or-death imperative, said John Lyndon of... More

PM Nawaz Sharif, President Abbas inaugurate Palestinian embassy in...

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President of the State of Palestine Mah­­moud Abbas on Tuesday jointly inaugurate the newly constructed Palestine Embassy Complex in... More

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed placed under house arrest

Pakistan Authorities have placed Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Professor Hafiz Muhammad Saeed under house arrest. The provincial authorities on Monday issued orders to place Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief... More

Pakistan turns down India’s invite to Speakers’ Summit

Amidst chill in Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan has declined an invitation by Indian Parliament and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to attend South Asian Speakers’ Summit to be... More

Pakistan says US visa policy will harm anti-terror unity

Pakistan on Monday said the United States' policies under the new administration of President Donald Trump will affect international unity against terrorism. President Donald Trump on... More

Trump’s travel ban

THE decision to temporarily curb all manner of entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has evoked a fierce backlash in... More

Trump administration for aggressive policy on Pakistan?

The Trump administration is showing glimpses of a possible hardline policy against Pakistan. After Trump hinted at his stern attitude about Pakistan in a recent... More

Iran seeks strategic depth in Pakistan ties

The statement in Islamabad on Wednesday by Alaeddin Broujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s committee on foreign and security policies, while on a 3-day visit... More

FC recovers huge quantity of arms, ammunition from BLA...

The personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) with the assistance of intelligence agencies recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition hidden at the hideout of proscribed... More

Zero sum game is up

The United Arab Emirates, historically close to all South Asian countries, is the latest among many traditional friends trying to make Pakistan aware of the... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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