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Pakistan: Loans for infrastructure on the rise


Borrowing for infrastructure increased significantly in 2016, according to a recent report by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The SBP classifies loans taken by the construction sector in two categories: building and infrastructure. Loans for... More

Pakistan’s new PM Abbasi forms cabinet with an eye to 2018 poll


Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday (Aug 4) formed a Cabinet filled with allies of toppled leader Nawaz Sharif, in a reshuffle that appears aimed at bolstering support ahead of general... More

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to boost cooperation for peace, stability


Peace and stability can best be achieved through complementary efforts and enhanced cooperation, agreed military officials of Pakistan and Afghanistan in a high level meeting on Friday. “A seven-member high-level Afghan military delegation led by... More

Military brought country back on track, civilians derailed it: Musharraf


"Military rule has always brought the country back on track, whereas civilian governments have always derailed it," former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf said in an interview with BBC Urdu on Wednesday, during which... More

Cabinet to take oath within a couple of days: PM Abbasi


Pak  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday  said the new federal cabinet would be inducted withing a couple of days once the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's   completes consultation process. Talking to media after a... More

Pakistan, India urged to resume talks for betterment of region


The two-day dialogue between opinion makers, influential persons of the society and government has concluded almost a thousand miles away from Pakistan and India’s media hype and public eye here in Dubai. Well-placed sources informed... More

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi elected as interim Pakistan PM


Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the former petroleum minister, has been elected as the country’s new prime minister. He secured 221 votes against Pakistan Peoples’ party’s Naveed Qamar’s 47 and Sheikh Rashid’s 33. “I... More

Gen. Bajwa felicitates Chinese Army on 90th Founding Day


Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Bajwa has felicitated Chinese Army on its 90th Founding Day Monday. The PLA observed the founding day Sunday with a powerful show displaying over 600 pieces of military hardware... More

Imran avoided UK taxes via offshore firm: Panama Papers journalist


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan avoided taxes by establishing an offshore company in the United Kingdom, claimed a journalist who together with his colleague initiated and coordinated the Panama Papers revealations last year. Frederik... More

World Bank assures ‘neutrality’ in Indo-Pak talks over IWT


The World Bank has assured its continued neutrality and impartiality in helping India and Pakistan find an "amicable way forward" during talks over issues related to two of India's hydroelectricity projects under Indus Waters... More

Imran Khan, strongest contender to lead Pakistan, is no shoo-in


In 1992, when Pakistan won its only Cricket World Cup, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was asked by a television host if the team captain, Imran Khan, a national heartthrob, would be right for his... More

The baton in Pakistan passes from Nawaz Sharif to Shahbaz


Nawaz Sharif is no more prime minister of Pakistan but he is still a kingmaker. The Supreme Court has disqualified and disgraced him in the Panama case but he still enjoys the full confidence... More

Nawaz vacates PM House, departs for Murree


Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif vacated the Prime Minister's House on Sunday and departed for Murree along with members of the Sharif family. The former premier, his wife Kulsum Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and... More

It’s official: Shehbaz to replace Nawaz


The Pakistan Muslim League -N’s parliamentary party on Saturday named Shehbaz Sharif as the successor of the ousted prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and nominated former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as an interim premier. The... More

‘China ready to continue working jointly on CPEC despite PM’s disqualification’


China on Friday said that the Nawaz Sharif's disqualification from public office would not affect Islamabad and Beijing's bilateral ties or the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang, while reacting to news of the... More

PM Nawaz resigns after SC order to disqualify him


Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday resigned from his post, his office said, hours after the Supreme Court disqualified him over corruption claims against his family. The apex court said Nawaz is not fit... More

Who could be Pakistan’s next PM?


Take a look at candidates mostly like to take over as prime minister. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted on Friday from office by the Supreme Court, but as the head of the ruling Pakistan... More

Panama Verdict: Where will it lead Pakistan to?


At 70, Pakistan seems to be a nation finally embarking on sound democratic process. At least, this is what Pakistan’s main opposition political parties seem to believe today when a popularly elected Prime Minister... More

Panama verdict: PM Nawaz disqualified


The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered on Friday to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Announcing their verdict in the Panama Papers case, all five judges ruled to send a reference... More

Indian brutality in occupied Kashmir on the rise: FO


Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday expressed concern over the increase in Indian brutality in the occupied valley of Kashmir. In his weekly media briefing at the Foreign Office, Zakaria noted that... More

Iran to Anchor China’s Global One Belt, One Road Ambitions


Tehran will be a key player in Beijing’s multibillion-dollar One Belt, One Road initiative to resurrect the ancient Silk Road with massive international land and sea trade and transit investments. Ground transportation infrastructure flanking Iran’s... More

COLUMN

The US’ ‘war on drugs’ wouldn’t weaken the Taliban

While this is not for the first time that the US has started to target poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, its significance has certainly changed in the current scenario when the Trump administration is looking to put extreme pressure on the Afghan Taliban to force them to the negotiating table.... More

Should India see Nepal polls as defeat!

Delhi's foreign policy mandarins could not conceal their glee when, in a tweet on 13 November, Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kamal Thapa announced the scrapping of the US$2.5 billion deal with China’s Gezhouba Group to build Budhi Gandaki Hydro Electric Project. The proposed project planned to build... More

De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Has anyone benefited from American interventionism?

For the first hundred years of American history, the United States was founded on the concept of a limited-government republic, one whose government did not intervene in the affairs of other nations, specifically in Europe and Asia. America’s non-interventionist philosophy was summed up by John... More

For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... 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