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The Moscow-Islamabad ties: A fling or a marriage?


Of late, Russia, Pakistan, and China have shown a willingness to establish a tripartite alliance based on mutual interests. Events of tactical significance over the past few years may... More

DG ISI quietly visits Kabul to discuss intelligence-related issues


The head of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency on Tuesday quietly visited Kabul as part of efforts by the two estranged neighbours to reset their ties particularly in the field... More

Indian proposal for bilateral talks on Kashmir no longer credible: Sartaj Aziz


India’s contention that Kashmir issue is, primarily, an issue of cross-border terrorism, is a claim that no one in the world is prepared to accept today, the Foreign Affairs... More

Pakistani, Indian DGMOs make hotline contact after soldiers killed across border


Local commanders of the Pakistani and Indian armies made hotline contact on Monday night in the Rawalakot-Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in the wake of Indian... More

Pak Army rubbishes India’s claim of mutilating soldiers’ bodies along LoC


  The Pakistan Army rubbished the allegations of mutilating Indian soldiers’ bodies, saying it would never disrespect a soldier’s body. “Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on the Line... More

Pakistan refuses ADB loan for railway as China becomes sole financier


Pakistan has refused part financing from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the $8 billion Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line (ML-1) after China said it wanted to fund the project single-handedly. “China... More

The house that still divides India and Pakistan


The very same edifice which bore witness to the many discussions between Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi that sealed the decision to partition India has the chance... More

Hamid Mir will return award given to his father by Sheikh Hasina


Hamid Mir, on April 27, announced that he will be returning an award given to his father, Waris Mir, in 2013, by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “Instead of improving... More

Former TTP, JuA spox claims terrorist organisations being ‘used’ by India, Afghanistan


The Army on Wednesday released the confessional statement of Liaquat Ali, infamously known as Ehsanullah Ehsan, a former spokesperson of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The video brought... More

Pak girl on a mission to read a book from every country


Aisha Esbhani is a 13-year-old on a mission, and what a mission indeed! About a year ago, Eshbani, a Karachi-based barely teenager, realised that most of the books in... More

No breach of bilateral pact on denying India consular access to Jadhav:...


Pakistan High Commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit on Monday rejected Indian claims about Pakistan violating a bilateral pact by not allowing India the consular access to its spy... More

WB to finance Peshawar-Kabul highway project


The World Bank has agreed in principle to finance the mega project of building a highway between Peshawar and Kabul. This was disclosed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after his... More

Raheel Sharif departs for Riyadh to lead military alliance after govt issues...


Retired Pak army chief Gen Raheel Sharif has left for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to head a 41-nation military alliance, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday. Media... More

Pakistan doesn’t want nuclear parity with India: Ambassador Zamir Akram


Pakistan is not seeking to achieve parity with India in terms of nuclear weapons, but is rather pursuing Full Spectrum Deterrence doctrine to ensure that there are no gaps... More

PML-N gets breather, but for how long?


To the relief of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the Supreme Court’s Panamagate verdict did not disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. At the same time, however, the split ruling... More

Panamagate case: SC orders JIT to investigate Sharif’s family involvement in corruption


The Supreme Court on Thursday gave a split judgement on the highly anticipated Panama Papers case, issuing an order for the formation of Joint Investigation Team to probe the... More

Pakistan, Iran work to heal Saudi alliance rift


Iran’s Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost on Wednesday met Pak army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for the second time in over a month in an apparent effort by the two... More

Help India, Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue: Pak PM Nawaz Sharif to...


US President Donald Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster met Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif and emphasised "the need to confront terrorism in all its forms" on Monday. "General McMaster... More

Names of three Indian nationals emerge in retired Army officer’s disappearance


Names of three Indian nationals emerged on Monday in connection with the mysterious disappearance of Lt Col Habib Zahir, a former Pakistan Army officer who went missing in Nepal... More

China delivers third maritime patrol ship to Pakistan


China has handed over to Pakistan a 600-tonne patrol ship, the third of its kind, to safeguard the country’s maritime interests at a time when both nations are pushing... More

Pakistan clarifies on Jadhav


A press statement issued by Pakistan on details of the trial of Kulbushan Jhadav has queried why he was using a fake identity impersonating as a Muslim if he... More

COLUMN

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

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... 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