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US pressing India, Pakistan for dialogue


The United States is quietly pushing Pakistan and India to re-engage as the Trump administration seeks to defuse tensions between the nuclear-tipped neighbours in order to have a more focused approach on the... More

‘Foreign spy agency’ planning to kill Hafiz Saeed, fears Pakistan


In a veiled reference to India's intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Pakistani authorities responsible for countering terrorism have asked the home department of the Punjab province to beef up security for... More

Water terrorism: India blocks three rivers flowing into Pakistan


In bid to expedite water war, India has completely blocked flows of water from river Sutlej, Beas and Ravi into Pakistan while another 50000 cusec water of river Chenab has been cut short. As... More

Militants cross from Afghanistan, kill two Pakistani soldiers: army


Militants have crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and killed a Pakistani army officer and a soldier, the Pakistani military said on Monday (Nov 13). The uneasy neighbors, both of which are important U.S. allies,... More

Pakistan suspends licences of automatic weapons


Pakistan has suspended the licences of all prohibited bore weapons through which automatic weapons have been registered. A notification in this regard was issued earlier this week from the country’s home ministry. The decision... More

US Congress approves $700m in reimbursement aid to Pakistan


The United States Congress has approved a military aid package of $700 million USD to Pakistan for its activities carried out in support of US operations in Afghanistan, but the package needs the... More

Pakistan PM approves protection bunkers for civilian along LoC


Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi approved on 10 November funds to develop community protection bunkers for the safety of civilian population along the Line of Control (LoC). PM Abbasi and army chief General... More

Azad Kashmir belongs to Pakistan, says Farooq Abdullah


Former chief minister of India administrated  Jammu-Kashmir  Farooq Abdullah has said Azad Kashmir “rightfully belongs to Pakistan”, according to India’s Times Now. “I am telling the world clearly. The part which is with Pakistan... More

Pakistan Rangers, India’s BSF agree to ‘revive spirit of 2003 ceasefire agreement’


The leadership of Pakistan Rangers and India's Border Security Forces (BSF) agreed on Friday (Nov 10) that the "spirit" of a 2003 ceasefire agreement must be revived to protect innocent lives, an Inter-Services... More

Pakistan gives India tips on how to deal with smog problem


The stubble burning in Punjab is being considered as a major reason for pollution in northern India, including New Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to Captain Amarinder Singh about this,... More

Hopes diminish for former PM


Upon the indignity of disqualification has been heaped further humiliation. The detailed judgement dismissing the review petitions filed by Nawaz Sharif and his family makes for devastating reading. Not only has the court reiterated... More

US ambassador, Pak army chief discuss bilateral ties, regional security


United States Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on 9 November, the army’s media wing said. According to the... More

Saudi-led military alliance to formally shape up by end of next year


A two-phase strategy has been devised to formalise the alliance of Muslim militaries cobbled together by Saudi Arabia in December 2015 to fight the growing scourge of terrorism and extremism in the Muslim... More

Pakistan opposes expansion of permanent seats in UNSC


Pakistan has voiced firm opposition to the creation of new permanent seats in any reformed Security Council in the United Nations, according to report by GEO TV. Speaking in the General Assembly on Security... More

Pakistani expert slams US drone attack plans in Niger


Talat Masood, considered Pakistan's topmost security expert, has warned that the use of drones by the US military in Niger would be unjustified, as it would cause civilian causalities. Masood's observations come amid... More

Bank of China begins operations in Pakistan


Bank of China has formally launched its operations in Pakistan, with its first branch inaugurated in Karachi on Tuesday (Nov 7). Speaking to the inauguration ceremony in Islamabad, Bank of China Chairman Chen Siqing... More

Pakistan not diplomatically isolated after Trump’s speech: Khawaja Asif


Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif claimed that Pakistan has neither been diplomatically isolated nor has its position weakened following US President Donald Trump's speech outlining the country's policy on South Asia. "We have neither... More

US says no group will be allowed to attack Pakistan from Afghan...


Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Tuesday (Nov 7) informed the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs that the United States (US) had assured Pakistan that no group, including Indian spy agency Research... More

War with India not an option, says Pakistan PM


Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that war is not an option with India and that only talks can resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir, reports The Hindu. Addressing a conference on... More

Pakistan, Iran agree to deny exploitation of border by terrorists


To improve all mechanism to avoid cross-border terror activities, Pakistan and Iran have agreed to deny exploitation of their borders by terrorists, a statement issued by the military’s media wing said. The development came... More

Pakistan welcomes US mediation in easing tension with India


Pakistan believes in regional peace and welcomes mediation by the United States in easing tension with India, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday (Nov 6). Addressing the fourth round of US-Pakistan Bilateral Dialogue... More

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China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... 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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... 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

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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