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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... 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... 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... More

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


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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... More

Pakistan urges world to put pressure on Myanmar


Islamabad has urged the world to put pressure on Myanmar, where renewed violence has forced out tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims. Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says the Rohingyas' plight is... More

Pakistan tells US to respect territorial integrity


Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday stressed that the United States (US) should respect Pakistan's territorial integrity. Asif held a news conference following the conclusion of a three-day envoys conference and... More

The folly of jeopardizing US-Pakistan ties


Taking his country back to Square 1, President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy offered nothing new except forsaking old frontline ally Pakistan and coercing new strategic ally India to deliver. Having spent US$1... More

BRICS declaration signifies no change in policy towards Pakistan: Chinese ambassador


Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong on Wednesday assured Pakistan that nothing new has been demanded of it with respect to the recently-adopted BRICS declaration against terrorist groups. The leaders of the... More

The world must do more against terrorism: COAS Gen Bajwa at 52nd Defence...


Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa called on the world to "do more" against terrorism at a tribute to the martyrs of the 1965 war on Pakistan's... More

Pakistan rejects BRICS’ statement on militant groups


Pakistan on Tuesday rejected a statement by the five emerging-market BRICS powers that militant groups in Pakistan pose a regional security concern, with its defense minister saying no such group operates... More

Persecution of Rohingya, Kashmiris, Palestinians a failure of Muslim world: Asif


Pak Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has termed the persecution of Rohingya, Kashmiris, Palestinians and other Muslims minorities as collective failure of religious/political leadership of the Muslim world. The foreign minister, in a... More

Pakistan will be defended, announces China


China on Thursday sent out a signal that it would defend Pakistan and would object to any discussion about Pakistan’s role in sheltering terrorists during the upcoming BRICS summit, which would... More

Pakistani Foreign Minister to visit Iran amid fresh tensions with US


Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif is expected to embark on a four-nation tour of China, Russia, Iran and Turkey as tensions rise between Islamabad and Washington over the latter’s new... More

Veterans of Pakistan (VOP) call for peace 


The contribution of Pakistani nationals in contributing to peace in the South Asian region and also in many other countries through their participation in the UN peace force should be commended,... More

Pakistan warns India against unilateral plan to modify Indus Water Treaty


Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif warned India on Tuesday against devising a unilateral plan to modify the terms of the 1960 Indus Water Treaty between Islamabad and New Delhi. “Pakistan is fulfilling... More

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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

Pakistan at 70

Thanks to the untiring efforts of former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and a former Finance Minister of Pakistan Shahid Javed Burki, Research Professors at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) and the National University of... More

Bangladesh and Rohingyas: Caught unprepared once more

When members of the uniformed branch try to impress international media with field visits, it usually fails embarrassingly. The Myanmar army’s effort to convince the world that it was Muslim-Bengali Rohingyas who were responsible for the recent mayhem fared... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech too little, too late?

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech to the nation about the humanitarian plight of the Rohingya people is too little too late for those in the... More

Pakistan unites in the face of US threats

Pakistan has predictably taken serious umbrage following the announcement of the long-awaited American policy review on Afghanistan. Unveiled by United States President Donald Trump last month, the... 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