India has given in to extremism: Pak Army Chief COAS

Chief of Pak Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that India seemed to have given in to extremism to such an extent that it had become the new normal. "Hate... More

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiatives, then India gave us... More

China-Pakistan satellites sharing

After building the infrastructure needed to allow China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite (BDS) system to be fully used in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, one company involved in developing the system is now looking to... More

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to maintain ceasefire in border meeting

Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to maintain a ceasefire till a consensus is reached during a one-star border flag meeting between representatives of both countries at the Friendship Gate Chaman, ISPR said on Wednesday. The... More

Pak Army lodges protest with UNMOGIP against Indian ceasefire violations

Pakistan Army lodged on Wednesday a protest with the United Nations military observers against India’s recent aggression and firing on civilians from across the Line of Control. “United Nations Military Observers at UNMOGIP ... More

China’s new world order

China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference... More

CPEC envisages Sino-Pak security mechanism with country-wide surveillance 

A joint security mechanism against terrorism, including a pervasive country-wide surveillance system, is a key feature of the agreement between China and Pakistan on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Dawn reported in an... More

Dealing with the neighbours

Pakistan seems to be surrounded by hostility. Other than the ever-present problems with India, in recent weeks there has been a heightening of tensions with both Afghanistan and Iran. In the case of... More

Geo-economics must take precedence over geo-politics, Pak PM says in Beijing

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday addressed the plenary session of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation in Beijing, where he stressed that geo-economics should take precedence over geopolitics,... More

ICJ writ may not be applicable to Pakistan

Prominent commentators have expressed doubts over the ability of the International Court of Justice to enforce its order in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The case, which will come up for hearing on May... More

ICJ has not taken a position against Pakistan on Yadhav

Following India petitioning the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to move against the decision of the Pakistani Field General Court Martial which sentenced alleged Indian spy, Kulbashan Yadhav, to death on charges of... More

Dawn Leaks: Army withdraws tweet rejecting PM’s orders

The Pakistan Army on Wednesday withdrew an earlier tweet which had rejected a government notification regarding the Dawn Leaks, saying the issue had been settled after implementation of recommendations in the Inquiry Committee... More

Pak-Iran border commission formed to work on outstanding issues

The Pakistan prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on Wednesday said a Pak-Iran border commission has been formed and will hold its first meeting within a month. He said the commission will... More

Kashmir on the boil: Pakistan tells India to address ‘human rights issues’

Pakistan has made five recommendations aimed at addressing alleged human rights issues in India before the United Nations, reflecting the chill in ties between the two countries. In comments certain to irk New Delhi,... More

Iranian envoy summoned over cross-border attack threat

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday summoned the Iranian ambassador to record a formal protest against a recent statement of the Iranian military chief who threatened to conduct cross border raids inside Pakistan against militants... More

Pak., Afghanistan may use Google Maps to resolve border dispute

Pakistan and Afghanistan plan on using Google Maps to help resolve a border dispute that led to deadly clashes last week, a senior Pakistani security source said on Monday. At least eight civilians were... More

Pakistan, India spar over China’s One Belt One Road initiative

Pakistan and India sparred over China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) project at a panel discussion in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday, with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar rejecting Delhi’s objections and reaffirming unequivocal support... More

Returning the award

My friends in Bangladesh are insisting that I explain why I am returning the award bestowed upon my father Professor Waris Mir in 2013 by Sheikh Hasina Wazed. There have been many comments... More

Aizaz discusses Afghan peace, border stability with US NSA

Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry Friday called on US National Security Adviser Lt Gen H.R. McMaster and discussed affairs pertaining to restoration of peace in Afghanistan and tranquility at... More

Pakistan summons Afghan charge d’Affairs over border incident

Pakistan summoned on Friday the Afghan charge d'affairs to the country over a border incident that killed several Pakistani citizens, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement. According to Pakistani media reports, earlier on Friday, Afghan... More

Pak students return from India following Shiv Sena threats

The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday announced that it would take up the matter of the return of Pakistani students and teachers visiting India through diplomatic channels. A group of 50 Pakistani students and... More


A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More

Fuel crisis rocked India-Lanka relations

Even as inter-dependence is taken as given in the globalized world, it spawns problems for the interacting countries. Issues bedeviling energy ties between India and Sri Lanka and water sharing between India and Bangladesh are cases in... More

Indian military diplomacy picking up

Bangladesh and Myanmar seem to be the immediate focus of Indian military diplomacy in its immediate neighbourhood, that seems to be gathering some pace, especially after the 63-day standoff at Doklam in the high Himalayas with China. While... More

Who and what is on trial in Pakistan?

Along with himself, apparently it is the family of the recently ‘disqualified’ prime minister of Pakistan who are undergoing a trial for their now ‘proven’ and ‘well-established’ involvement in corruption and money-laundering. Or is it? History tells us... More


Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... More

Saudi – “Israeli” Leaks: Collusion or opportunism?

Saudi Arabia and “Israel” are very close with one another behind the scenes despite each actor’s public rhetoric to the contrary, and Riyadh might in all likelihood... More



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