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First Pakistani woman from Hindu minority to become lawmaker


A Pakistani spokesman says the first woman from the country’s minority Hindu community is poised to become lawmaker next month after the country’s Opposition party nominated her for the Senate’s upcoming elections. Nasir Shah, the... More

Pakistan bans groups on UNSC terror list


The federal government has amended the Anti-Terrorism Act and the president of Pakistan has issued an ordinance for this amendment. The amendment has been brought to declare as terrorist the organisations that have been declared... More

Direct shipment of Pakistan seafood to Xinjiang a milestone in connectivity


The first shipment of about 1,150 kilograms of seafood imported directly from Pakistan has arrived in Urumqi, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Pakistani newspaper the Express Tribune said. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)... More

Pakistani human rights champion Asma Jahangir dies


Pakistani human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, who faced death threats by fighting for unpopular causes and was jailed in the 1980s for her pro-democracy work during military rule, died on Sunday (Feb 11) in... More

Success eludes second round of Pak-Afghan security talks


The second round of Pakistan-Afghanistan talks on an engagement plan on peace and security issues ended on Saturday (Feb 10) without making any headway on its key elements because the Afghan delegation felt that... More

Vital joint exercises between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia naval forces commence


The joint naval exercises between the Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), Naseem Al-Bahr-11 and Deraa Al Sahil-4, commenced on Sunday (Feb 11) in the Arabian Gulf at the East Fleet at... More

Pakistan for revival of structured talks with US


A Pakistani federal minister has urged the US leadership to treat Pakistan with respect and called for revival of structured dialogue between the two countries so that strained ties could be improved, the DawnNews... More

China denies reports it’s building military base in Pakistan


Unverified reports have surfaced claiming that China may be in the process of acquiring land in Pakistan to build its second-ever military base outside of its sovereign territory. Beijing has denied that they have... More

Pakistan seeks US funds for fence on Afghan border


Pakistan is pushing for the completion of a fence along its disputed border with Afghanistan -- and it wants the U.S. to help pay for it. Less than 10 percent of the fence planned along... More

US slaps more sanctions on ‘Pakistan-linked militants’ for ‘global terrorism’


The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on three individuals linked to Pakistan-based militant networks as it pushes Islamabad to crack down on perpetrators of attacks in Afghanistan. The Treasury Department designated the men as “global... More

India could be behind target killing of Chinese national in Karachi: Pakistan


Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal has said that India could be involved in the target killing of a Chinese national in Karachi. In an interview to BBC, the minister stressed that Indian spy... More

Corps Commanders Conference: Will respond effectively to any Indian misadventure


The top brass of Pakistan’s military on Wednesday (Feb 7) reiterated, during the Corps Commanders Conference, that any Indian misadventure shall be responded to effectively, said the ISPR. The forum, chaired by Chief of Army... More

Pakistan offers to connect CPEC with SCO approved routes


Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed his country's support for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) connectivity initiatives and offered to connect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with SCO's six approved routes, reports PTI. The... More

China may be involved in running Karachi-Peshawar railway


Pakistan will have to explore its options by involving China in management control of the Pakistan Railways in order to run modernised Mainline (ML-1) from Karachi to Peshawar on efficient basis after completion of... More

Pakistan seeks unilateral market concession from China


Pakistan has sought unilateral market concessions from China on cotton yarn, rice, nuts, plastic waste, leather, nuts edible fresh or dried, trousers, frozen fish and crabs on immediate basis before embarking on the second... More

Kashmir only reason for Indo-Pak animosity, says Pak FM


Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday (Feb 5) said that Kashmir is the only reason for the enmity between the two neighbors. Talking to media in Sialkot, he said that the Kashmiri struggle is... More

Iran to take legal action if Pakistan fails to develop gas pipeline:...


Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Sunday that Iran has held its end of the bargain by taking the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline to the Pakistani border, but Pakistan has not yet taken any... More

World must play role to resolve Kashmir issue: Pakistan


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said the people and government of Pakistan reaffirm their continued unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to the oppressed people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK)... More

Suicide bomber kills at least 11 soldiers in northern Pakistan


At least 11 soldiers were killed and 13 wounded on Saturday (Feb 3) in a suicide attack near an army base in northern Pakistan, officials said, in a region that was once controlled by... More

Pakistan vows to resist UN reforms serving interest of ‘a few countries’


Pakistan has criticised the aspirants for permanent seats in an expanded UN Security Council – India, Brazil, Germany and Japan – for opposing reform of the 15-member body based on the principles of democracy... More

Pakistan successfully test-fires BVR missile from JF-17 Thunder


It was a landmark occasion for Pakistan Air Force (PAF) as well as the whole nation, when the indigenously produced JF-17 Thunder shot down a slow speed target with BVR (Beyond Visual Range) and... More

COLUMN

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More

Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... 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 a Gorkhaland state is... More