Islamabad slams India for blocking Sikh pilgrims’ entry into...

Pakistan has slammed the Indian government for restricting hundreds of Sikh pilgrims from attending the Jorr Mela festival in Pakistan. "India has no respect for human... More

FO rejects news of deployment of Pakistani troops in...

The Pakistan Foreign Office denied on Sunday media reports claiming that Pakistan would send its troops to Qatar, in wake of the Gulf-Arab diplomatic fallout. According... More

Three Chinese naval ships arrive in Karachi

Three Chinese naval ships, Chang Chun, Jing Zhou and Chao Hu, arrived in Karachi on Saturday for a good-will and training visit. The convoy is being... More

No Indian ‘misadventure’ shall go without a ‘befitting’ response,...

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the troops deployed along the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday where they assured him... More

Pakistan to send soldiers to Qatar!

Pakistan government has decided to send the military contingent to Qatar after a similar decision was made by Turkey. According to a report by Middle East... More

Twelve Pakistanis make it to British parliament

Twelve of the 30 persons of Pakistani origin who contested the June 8 British parliamentary elections, have won. The winners include five women candidates. Nine belong... More

Pakistani, Indian counsels meet with ICJ president, discuss timelines

Pakistani and Indian delegations held a meeting on Thursday with the President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Ronny Abraham to discuss the timelines... More

India may be seeking conflict with Pakistan, warns FO

India could be seeking conflict with Pakistan, warned Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria at his weekly media briefing on Thursday. The spokesman’s statement has come amid... More

Nawaz, Modi exchange greetings in Kazakhstan ahead of SCO...

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi exchanged pleasantries in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday evening ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation... More

Tackling terrorism: China defends Pakistan ahead of SCO summit

China has defended Pakistan on the issue of terrorism ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, saying tackling the threat posed by terrorism was... More

Pakistan urges Kabul to ‘identify real issues’ instead of...

Pakistan's top military commanders on Tuesday urged the Afghan government to "look inward and identify the real issues", instead of blaming Islamabad for every terrorism... More

Hot line contact: Pak DGMO warns India against any...

A special hotline contact was established on Monday between top military commanders of Pakistan and India as tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours ratchet up... More

Pakistan will not cut ties with Qatar: FO

Pakistan has no immediate plans to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, Foreign Office spokesperson said on Monday. The country “has no such plans,” the spokesperson, Nafees... More

Pakistan Ulema Council issues decree against terrorist attacks in...

Pakistan Ulema Council while denouncing terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, Kabul and London said that enemies of ‘World Peace’ are manoeuvring conspiracies to create religion-based... More

China-Pak corridor a factor, 2-front war a reality: Northern...

The neutral role played by China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in previous wars between India and Pakistan can no longer be taken for granted since the China-Pakistan... More

Pakistan, Iran to boost level of cooperation in multiple...

National Security Adviser, Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Janjua Friday said Pakistan attaches great importance to ties with Iran and is committed to overcoming all obstacles... More

UN concerned over escalating India-Pakistan tensions

The United Nations has expressed concern over escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following unprovoked Indian firing across the Line of Control which claimed at... More

China hopes of better Pakistan, India ties after inclusion...

China has stated it hopes Pakistan and India will "improve their relations" after they are inducted as members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) later... More

As Lanka grapples with epidemic prevention, Pakistan medics offer...

Sixteen hospitals had to be closed due to floods and landslides in Sri Lanka even as the threat of water and vector-borne diseases mounted, the... More

Fatwa against terrorism

When violence is justified in the name of religion, it is best countered with the language of religion. Last Saturday, 31 prominent scholars from all... More

Pak national security body reviews CPEC projects

A meeting of Pakistan National Security Committee (NSC) reviewed the security of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and Chinese nationals based in the country. The... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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