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The baton in Pakistan passes from Nawaz Sharif to Shahbaz


Nawaz Sharif is no more prime minister of Pakistan but he is still a kingmaker. The Supreme Court has disqualified and disgraced him in the Panama case but he still enjoys the full confidence... More

Nawaz vacates PM House, departs for Murree


Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif vacated the Prime Minister's House on Sunday and departed for Murree along with members of the Sharif family. The former premier, his wife Kulsum Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and... More

It’s official: Shehbaz to replace Nawaz


The Pakistan Muslim League -N’s parliamentary party on Saturday named Shehbaz Sharif as the successor of the ousted prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and nominated former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as an interim premier. The... More

‘China ready to continue working jointly on CPEC despite PM’s disqualification’


China on Friday said that the Nawaz Sharif's disqualification from public office would not affect Islamabad and Beijing's bilateral ties or the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang, while reacting to news of the... More

PM Nawaz resigns after SC order to disqualify him


Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday resigned from his post, his office said, hours after the Supreme Court disqualified him over corruption claims against his family. The apex court said Nawaz is not fit... More

Who could be Pakistan’s next PM?


Take a look at candidates mostly like to take over as prime minister. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted on Friday from office by the Supreme Court, but as the head of the ruling Pakistan... More

Panama Verdict: Where will it lead Pakistan to?


At 70, Pakistan seems to be a nation finally embarking on sound democratic process. At least, this is what Pakistan’s main opposition political parties seem to believe today when a popularly elected Prime Minister... More

Panama verdict: PM Nawaz disqualified


The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered on Friday to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Announcing their verdict in the Panama Papers case, all five judges ruled to send a reference... More

Indian brutality in occupied Kashmir on the rise: FO


Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday expressed concern over the increase in Indian brutality in the occupied valley of Kashmir. In his weekly media briefing at the Foreign Office, Zakaria noted that... More

Iran to Anchor China’s Global One Belt, One Road Ambitions


Tehran will be a key player in Beijing’s multibillion-dollar One Belt, One Road initiative to resurrect the ancient Silk Road with massive international land and sea trade and transit investments. Ground transportation infrastructure flanking Iran’s... More

Pakistani diplomatic officials abducted in Afghanistan rescued in operation


Two Pakistani diplomatic officials abducted in Afghanistan last month were recovered in an operation conducted by Afghan security forces, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told Pakistani officials in Kabul on Wednesday. The two were members of... More

Navy hosts meeting of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium working group


The two-day Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) working group commenced its meetings in Islamabad on Tuesday under the auspices of the Pakistan Navy, according a press release. The theme of the ongoing working group... More

Regional actors, hostile agencies using terror as policy tool, says army chief


Pakistan Army Chief  General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday chaired a security meeting in Lahore and said regional actors and hostile agencies are fully involved in using terror as a policy tool. He also said... More

India-US strategic ties should not create disturbances, views Pakistan


Pakistan has expressed concerns that the growing strategic relationship between India and the US should not result in bringing instability in the South Asian region. It thinks that America should take into consideration the... More

Pak army chief to US general: Blame game hurting Pakistan’s terror fight


Pakistan has expressed concerns that some quarters in the United States and Afghanistan are trying to undermine its counter-terrorism efforts, but it would continue to act positively. This was the first official reaction from Pakistan... More

Pak army clears terrorist strongholds in Rajgal valley


The military's media wing on Sunday said that the army has cleared two strongholds of terrorists in the Rajgal valley during the ongoing Operation Khyber-IV. The Spinkai Top dominating Saprai Pass and Star Kille have... More

Is China turning up heat on Indian through Pakistan flank amid Doklam...


While Chinese and Indian troops face off near Bhutan, skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces along the disputed border in Kashmir have spiralled dangerously since May, threatening India with hostilities on two flanks. But even though... More

Pakistan urges world, UN to stop India from bloodshed in India-occupied Kashmir


Pakistan on Friday urged world fraternity and the United Nations (UN) to impress upon India to immediately stop bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris in India-occupied Kashmir (IoK), according to the Foreign Office of Pakistan (FO). In... More

Pakistan’s envoy Abdul Basit meets China and Bhutan ambassadors


A month into the border standoff between India and China at the tri-junction with Bhutan, Pakistan’s envoy Abdul Basit has waded into the Doklam row. The High Commissioner is learnt to have met the... More

‘No safe haven’: Pakistan rejects US report on Taliban, Haqqani network


Pakistan rejected on Thursday the US State Department’s annual assessment that it did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban or Haqqani network or limit their ability to threaten US interests in Afghanistan. “We... More

Pakistan Army kills 5 Indian soldiers in retaliatory fire


Pakistan Army on Wednesday killed five Indian soldiers in retaliatory fire after three people, including a Pakistani serviceman, were martyred in an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Indian troops along the Line of Control. The development... More

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The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

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

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