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Middlemen capitalising on Rohingya misery


Law enforcers are struggling to stop the spread of Rohingyas from registered as well as temporary camps as middlemen and locals are helping the refugees to settle outside the camps. The middlemen are particularly targeting... More

AGP fears new US embassy will be used for surveillance of govt...


The Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) has raised objections over the new seven-storey building of the United States (US) Embassy in Islamabad's Diplomatic Enclave, saying that the top floor of the building can be... More

Pak-US ties get further tense after drone strike


The Pakistan-US relations have touched a new low and got further tense as Pakistan is considering changing the rules of protocol for American personalities. In this context, Minister for Defence Khurram Dastagir on Saturday refused... More

Trump’s ‘militaristic approach’ in Afghanistan represents failed policy, says Asif


Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday said the US President Donald Trump administration's “militaristic approach” in Afghanistan represented a failed policy, and called for talks with the Taliban to bring peace to the war-torn... More

Pakistani, Iranian army chiefs urge concerted action to end Rohingya’s plight


Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri expressed concern about the ongoing Rohingya Muslim crisis in Myanmar, calling... More

SCO members discuss deepening anti-terror cooperation


India along with Pakistan, China and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Sunday discussed plans to deepen practical cooperation on counter terrorism. Deputy National Security Adviser and Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat,... More

Pak,India secretary level talks on Indus Water Treaty end without agreement


Pakistan and India on Saturday failed to reach an agreement during the  latest round of talks on Indus Water Treaty. “While an agreement has not been reached at the conclusion of the meetings, the World... More

Pakistan, US need to collaborate for common objectives: PM


Pak Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi emphasised on Friday the importance of improving engagement between Pakistan and the United States. Abbasi said this while speaking to US Ambassador David Hale in Islamabad. The premier said that... More

Pakistan says India’s advanced military technology threatens regional stability


Pakistan on Thursday said that sale of advanced military technology and equipment by the United States to India would accentuate military imbalance and undermine strategic stability in South Asia. Responding to questions at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office... More

Pak-China Shaheen-VI joint air exercise underway at China’s Korla Air Base


A Pak-China joint air exercise is in full swing at China's Korla Air Base, Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) media department said on Thursday. The contingents from both sides participating in the Shaheen-VI exercise consist of... More

China, Iran, Turkey stand with Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan: Asif


Pak Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Wednesday said that China, Iran and Turkey have endorsed the stance of Pakistan regarding Afghanistan issue. Talking to media, the minister said that China, Iran and Turkey have... More

Khawaja Asif talks Afghanistan, regional security with Turkish leadership


Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif met with Turkish leadership in Ankara on Tuesday as part of his tour to regional powers in the aftermath of the United States' new policy announcement on Afghanistan and South... More

Pak army chief highlights regional security, Pakistan’s concerns on Australia visit


Pak Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday arrived in Australia on a two-day official visit, where he highlighted the regional security situation and Pakistan's concerns at meetings with the... More

Pakistan PM warns US against ‘starving Pakistan of funds’


Pak Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says it would be counter-productive for the United States to sanction Pakistani officials or further cut military assistance, warning that any such move would hurt both countries’ fight against... More

Pak President Mamnoon calls for unity in Muslim world at OIC summit...


Hussain is heading a Pakistani delegation at the two-day Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on Science and Technology in Astana, the Kazakh capital, where heads of state and government from over 20 Muslim... More

Silk ties: Will Chinese military aid replace US support for Pakistan?


After Washington's decision to suspend its 225-million-dollar military aid to Pakistan, Islamabad may turn to China in a bid to resolve the issue, Natalaya Zamarayeva of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian... More

Pakistan, India to hold water talks in Washington next week


As the dispute between India and Pakistan over the construction of two hydroelectric projects in Jammu and Kashmir remains unresolved, both the countries will hold another round of discussion in Washington next week (September... More

China, Pakistan air forces launch joint training exercise


The air forces of China and Pakistan began joint training exercises in China on Thursday. China has dispatched J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces including surface-to-air missile and radar troops, said... More

Pak Summons Myanmar Envoy Over Violence Against Rohingyas


Pakistan today summoned the Myanmar envoy and lodged a strong protest over the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state, leading to the exodus of about 270,000 refugees to Bangladesh in the... More

China and Pakistan team up for swipe at Trump’s Afghanistan plans


The air forces of China and Pakistan teamed up for joint training exercises, state media reported on Friday as the foreign ministers from the two countries present a united front in Beijing against Washington’s... More

China pledges support for Pakistan’s war against terrorism


China on Friday pledged its support for Pakistan's efforts against terrorism as foreign ministers of both the countries discussed regional and international situation. Addressing a press conference along with his Pakistani counterpart, Chinese Foreign Minister... More

COLUMN

Keeping Afghanistan unstable suits the US and the Afghan regime

While there appears to be a general consensus on the necessity of bringing peace back to Afghanistan, the discourse of peace is delusional as the very definition of peace continues to be the subject of controversy even after the elapse of 16 years of war in Afghanistan, giving air... More

Air Marshal Asghar Khan: A genuine Pakistani, a great man

As its youngest and first ever Pakistani Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) to head the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) from 1957 to 1965, Air Marshal Asghar Khan is eulogized not only for his professional acumen but also for the national significance he achieved. His vision and honesty, integrity and commitment to his... More

Myanmar’s peace process attracts increasing Western interest

Myanmar’s peace process is set to progress this year, with the next peace conference – dubbed the 21st Panglong – scheduled to convene at the end of this month. However increased fighting in Kachin and Shan state, violence and unrest in Karenni and Karen areas may yet cause the... More

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

How far will China go to achieve its military goals?

For those in India wondering how things would pan out with China, post-Doklam, the unmistakable message was given by President Xi Jinping himself: Military power will play a big role in China’s foreign policy. In a symbolic gesture, as is China’s wont, Xi, wearing military fatigues... More

US creates Afghan transit route with counter-narrative in Central Asia

The US President Donald Trump made a significant diplomatic breakthrough in the Afghan war by getting Kazakhstan President Nurusultan Nazarbayev to commit at their meeting in the White House on January 16 to pledge “to deepen bilateral defense and security relationships… (and) to conclude several... 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 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

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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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More