Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi rejected U.S. accusations that the country provides sanctuary to militant groups and said attacks in the region were originating across the border in Afghanistan.
In an interview with the... More
A steep decline in US economic and military assistance to Pakistan, detailed in a Congressional report released on Nov 28, could also hurt Washington’s desire to prevent cross-border attacks into Afghanistan, statistics show.
The report... More
Pakistan highlighted its "successful counter-terrorism operations and the comprehensive National Action Plan" during the first meeting of the defence ministers of countries involved in the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) held on November... More
A high level Afghan military delegation is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan today (Nov 30) for talks on security issues, focusing on anti-terror cooperation, Afghan embassy in Islamabad said.
The Afghan embassy said the seven-member... More
The federal government will clarify its position regarding Hafiz Saeed’s release to the US during US Defence Secretary James Mattis’ visit to Pakistan in the first week of December.
The Daily Express reported that the... More
For three weeks people of Islamabad and Rawalpindi remained in a state of siege. The sit-in organised by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan literally paralysed the twin cities and botched attempts by the... More
Pakistan is giving final touches to its deal for acquisition of four warships from Turkish state-owned company MILGEM, sources said on 28 November.
Sources said that process was nearing completion and construction of the ships... More
Recently released Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has filed a petition in the United Nations (UN) for the delisting of his name from the UN’s list of designated terrorists.
In December 2008, Saeed was put... More
The US is working on a new approach with India and Pakistan for promoting stability and reconciliation in Afghanistan, the state department has said.
The state department’s annual report on its financial priorities for the... More
A Pakistani delegation visited Poland recently to discuss procurement of some 500,000-800,000 assault rifles in a requirement that could be worth US$2 billion.
The potential of the acquisition and transfer of technology related to the... More
Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh reviewed the ‘entire spectrum’ of their bilateral relations in addition to regional and international issues on Monday... More
Both Pakistan’s Gwadar port and Iran’s Chabahar port have unique geostrategic and geopolitical importance. These ports are located at the mouth of Strait of Hormuz in the Arabian Sea which lies at the cross... More
While every other institution in Pakistan, including the government, the army and the opposition parties, caved in the face of a challenge from three small Islamic radical organizations, the Islamabad High Court Judge, Shaukat... More
South Asian experts reject the nuclear pessimism in Western capitals about their region, noting that the West’s nuclear “sky is falling” in South Asia argument does not hold when seen in proper context.
This is... More
The White House has called Pakistan's release of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed a “step in the wrong direction” and said a refusal to re-arrest him would damage bilateral ties and Pakistan's reputation... More
Former Pakistan Army chief Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif, now the commander of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), said on November 26, that the alliance’s sole objective was to counter terrorism and... More
Amidst festering crises in the Middle East, the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) will formally be launched on Sunday (Nov 26) when the Defence Ministers of the 41 members will meet in Riyadh.
India and Pakistan will come face-to-face in Russia's Sochi next week for the SCO summit. Diplomatic sources from both countries said though that there was no proposal yet for any bilateral engagement on the... More
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday (Nov 24) confirmed that US Defence Secretary James Mattis would conduct a one-day visit to the country on December 3.
Mattis had earlier visited India in September and... More
Pakistan's top leadership including the prime minister, the army chief and the defense minister are likely to visit Saudi Arabia soon before a top Saudi dignitary visits Islamabad later on, said a report by... More
China has signed a deal to build a third large nuclear reactor in Pakistan, which wants to get a fifth of its electricity from nuclear by 2030, reports Reuters.
World Nuclear News, supported by industry... More
While this is not for the first time that the US has started to target poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, its significance has certainly changed in the current scenario when the Trump administration is looking to put extreme pressure on the Afghan Taliban to force them to the negotiating table.... More
Delhi's foreign policy mandarins could not conceal their glee when, in a tweet on 13 November, Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kamal Thapa announced the scrapping of the US$2.5 billion deal with China’s Gezhouba Group to build Budhi Gandaki Hydro Electric Project. The proposed project planned to build... More
Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More
Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More
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
For the first hundred years of American history, the United States was founded on the concept of a limited-government republic, one whose government did not intervene in the affairs of other nations, specifically in Europe and Asia. America’s non-interventionist philosophy was summed up by John... More
Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More
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
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
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