Durand Line, going beyond the controversy that never dies

(Exclusive): Every now and then Durand Line, the border which divides Pakistan and Afghanistan, turns into a controversy between both countries, leading sometimes to even closure of the border until tension subsides or something else... More

Pakistan and Sri Lanka reaffirm its military ties

Pakistan and Sri Lanka are renewing their military ties with a series of training activities planned between the navies of the two countries alongside the arrival of two naval ships from Pakistan. Pakistan Naval Ships... More

US disburses $550 million under CSF to Pakistan

The United States has disbursed $550 million under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) grant to Pakistan, rekindling Islamabad’s hopes for a better external account position that had come under stress due to delay in... More

History of FATA reforms

In November 2015, the PM set up a six-member Fata reforms Committee “to propose a concrete way forward for the political mainstreaming of Fata areas.” At its very first meeting on November 21, 2015,... More

CPEC becomes center-point of transit trade routes

With related major energy and infrastructure projects being in full swing, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become the center-point where transit trade routes converge linking Russia with Central Asia. Pakistan has also provided a special... More

India’s ‘diplomatic isolation’ of Pakistan hinders prospects for improved ties: US Centcom...

Commander of the United States Central Command (Centcom) General Joseph Votel on Thursday said India’s policy of 'diplomatic isolation' of Pakistan may be a hindrance to improved ties between the two countries. Testifying before the... More

Eco Gamechanger

Founded in 1955 by Turkey, Pakistan, Iraq, Great Britain and Iran, the Baghdad Pact was a pro-Western defensive organisation meant primarily to prevent the expansion of the Soviet Union in the Middle East. The... More

Experts denounce Indian attempts to hegemonise SAARC

Scholars at a roundtable discussion in Islamabad sharply certified India for their attempts to hegemonise SAARC by isolating Pakistan. This was the unanimous view of the experts at the one-day roundtable on “Regional Implications... More

Place names of blasphemers on Exit Control List, IHC orders govt

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the government to register cases against alleged blasphemers running social media pages and put their names on the Exit Control List (ECL). Petitioner Salman Shahid, through his counsel... More

Terrorism: a technique of war?

AFTER the cataclysmic events of September 2001, a war was declared on ‘terrorism’. Some feeble attempts were made to explain the nature of this beast but the frenzy was not conducive to a meaningful... More

Below the belt

Imran Khan’s latest tirade attacking the PSL and its foreign players whom he described as being of low class or low quality (the word ‘phateechar’ largely untranslatable) goes beyond almost every other ludicrous and... More

‘Kuwait lifts visa restrictions on Pakistanis after six years’

Authorities in Kuwait have decided to lift a six-year-old ban on visas for Pakistani citizens, the state-run APP news agency quoted a news channel as saying. The decision reportedly came after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif... More

Two soldiers and Five militants killed in Swabi

Five suspected terrorists were reportedly killed in an intelligence-based operation conducted by Pakistan Army in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi district on Tuesday. " five terrorists who were killed were planning to target educational institutions and... More

CPEC has created 13,000 jobs: Chinese Envoy in Pakistan

Projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are moving ahead of schedule and so far these schemes have generated 13,000 local jobs, China’s Ambassador to Islamabad Sun Weidong told participants at a forum organised... More

Fighting crime with data

Police in Punjab have reportedly tracked down over a 1,000 criminals from across the province using a software called Hotel Eye. At least 11 of them were fourth schedule suspects. While the number is... More

Dasu power project to provide more than 8,000 jobs

The Dasu hydroelectric power project in Pakistan would provide more than 8,000 jobs to local residents while helping the government modernise and expand the energy sector of the country, reported China Daily on Friday. The... More

Making Sense of China’s Role as a Crisis Manager in South Asia

While China’s growing alliance with Pakistan has raised alarm in relevant quarters in India, the situation might not be threatening to regional stability in South Asia. In fact, China might be the most well-placed... More

5 Pakistan Army soldiers killed as militants attack

Five Pakistan Army soldiers were killed in cross fire as militants from Afghanistan attacked three border posts in Mohmand Agency on Sunday night. The military’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations, said, “Last night terrorists... More

The Iran-India bromance lacks ‘enough’ strategic flavor

(Exclusive): Over the past few months, particularly in the post-sanctions era, Iran has emerged as one of the biggest suppliers of oil to India, behind only Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Selling about 19.8 million... More

The ECO summit

Some summits are more important to climb (and stage) than others, and the ECO moot in Islamabad is of particular significance for the hosts, Pakistan. There are ten members of the Economic Cooperation Organisation... More

National Flag Versus False–Flags

A bomb blast in May 2002 targetting the French naval technicians in a bus outside the Sheraton and Pearl Continental Hotels in Karachi where New Zealand’s cricket team was staying caused the Kiwis to... More


Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

Myanmar’s Censorship worries

A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the military era and provide the Burmese freedom of expression. The Memory film festival 2017 in November conducted a full blown debate on film censorship. ''This was no... More

Forging a positive alliance

It was a unique privilege (for many different reasons) to be invited along with a handful of senior media colleagues to attend the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) under the theme "Allied Against Terrorism" on Nov 26 in Riyadh. With the Ministers of Defence,... More


Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... More

Babri Masjid demolition was an attack on idea and promise enshrined...

From the vantage point of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, I can only marvel at the gargantuan shift in the fundamentals of the nation. Beginning from somewhere in the middle 1980s, I have seen the striking change in political developments significantly altering... More



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... More