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Russian involvement giving Afghan conflict a new twist


 (Exclusive): With Russia repeatedly hosting conferences on Afghanistan and with the US, under the Trump administration, signaling its intentions to increase the current level of troops in Afghanistan, dynamics of conflict... More

India endorses Pakistan’s nomination for SAARC post


According to Pakistan Today report, in a major development to repair ties between Islamabad and New Delhi, India finally lifted its ‘objection’ to the nomination of Ambassador Amjad Hussain Sial as... More

Tajikistan to join Pakistan road link bypassing Afghanistan


While Kabul is reluctant to finalise a transit trade agreement with Islamabad, Tajikistan is poised to join a separate initiative which will connect Pakistan to Central Asia, bypassing Afghanistan entirely. Officials told... More

Operation “Raadul-Fasaad”: The Decisive Battle


Chairing a high-level security meeting in Lahore on Wednesday (22 February) attended by all the Corps Commanders in the Punjab, the COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa announced the launching of Raadul-Fasaad... More

Pakistan Army kills two high profile JuA terrorists


Pakistan Army has achieved a major success in newly launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad as two high profile terrorists of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) were killed at Afghan border, security sources said. Pakistan Army announced on... More

Pakistan launches nationwide ‘Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad’


Pakistan on Wednesday launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad', which would include broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country. According to the Director-General of... More

Pakistan, India extend nuclear safety agreement


Pakistan and India have agreed to extend their agreement on reducing the risk from accidents relating to nuclear weapons by next five years (2017-2022), the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a... More

With Afghan cooperation


AS the state struggles to contain and put an end to a continuing spell of violence, the military leadership has emphasised that Pakistan and Afghanistan must “fight common enemy, ie... More

Pak Army Chief says fully aware of Indian support to terrorism in Pakistan


Pak Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa while visiting the troops at Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday, COAS directed that unprovoked Indian Cease Fire Violations (CFVs) be... More

Pakistan begins hydro power projects ignoring India’s threat


Pakistan has started working on a $2.4 billion hydroelectric power project on river Jhelum in Pakistan administered Kashmir, ignoring threat from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop water flow from... More

China should ensure Pakistan doesn’t face financial crisis


While Pakistan's fast growing economy has made it a darling for foreign investment, the surge in the country's fiscal deficit and public debts has increasingly become a source of concern for... More

Pakistan, Afghanistan will fight terrorism ‘together’: Pak army chief


Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Monday that Pakistan and Afghanistan will fight their "common enemy" of terrorism together, a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)... More

Khawaja Asif slams term “Islamic terrorism” at Munich Security Conference


At the Munich Security Conference 2017, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif denounced the idea of associating terrorism with any religion. “Terrorism is not synonymous to any religion. Terrorists aren’t Christians or... More

Pakistan’s terror conundrum: What’s going wrong?


(Exclusive): At least five major terror attacks have taken place in Pakistan in past few days, leaving over one hundred dead and over three hundred injured, provoking Pakistan yet again into military... More

India’s Trump card


Donald Trump took oath as the 45th US president on January 20, 2017 after defeating Hillary Clinton by quite a thin margin. Trump received attention during his election campaign when he... More

Pakistan reiterates demand for action against Afghan terrorist sanctuaries


Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Friday held a telephonic conversation with US General John Nicholson, Commander of Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in Afghanistan, according to the... More

Sartaj Aziz discusses terror incidents with Afghan NSA


In a telephonic conversation with Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz underlined that the government and the people of Pakistan were... More

Coordination Not Confrontation


Promising whatever assistance is required by the civilian govt wherever it is needed in the best national interest, the COAS Gen Javed Qamar Bajwa has supported the govt’s efforts to “mainstream”... More

Pakistan accuses India of endangering regional peace


Pakistan on Thursday accused India of endangering regional peace through it military build-up. “Indian defence build-up is not in the interest of the region,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said. “It is... More

13th ECO summit to be held in Islamabad from 26-28 Feb


The 13th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member countries will be held in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad from 26 to 28 Feb this year. ‘Connectivity for Regional Prosperity’ is the theme... More

Pakistan parliamentary body approves Right to Information Bill


A Pakistani parliamentary body on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill to ensure citizens’ right to information. A Senate select committee gave nod to the Right to Information (RTI) Bill which will... More

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The Daughters of the East

Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries, both lost their fathers before they could get to run or had just about run... More

Pakistan mulls over new US policy for a...

A Times of India report of September 19 claimed that the US was “moving closer to designating Pakistan a terrorist state.” Reasons for this include, the report claimed, Pakistan’s non-cooperation in Afghanistan and its unwillingness to act against the... More

Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments  

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard...

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Dancing with Suu Kyi

New Delhi’s relationship with the de facto leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, seems to have snowballed into a diplomatic debacle following her recent address to... More

Reviving India’s economy

Given the Indian economy’s massive size and extensive global linkages, its growth slowdown is a source of serious concern not just domestically, but around the world. The... More

Suffering has a name

Suffering is universal and part of the human condition and life. In history however, suffering is quite specific. Suffering carries a name, sometimes of an individual and... More

Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out... 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... More