Aziz urges visiting OIC human rights commission to highlight Kashmiris’ plight

A high-level delegation of the Organisation of Islamic Countries' (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) called on Adviser... More

China Pakistan’s security concerns aligning up

China and Pakistan’s security concern in Asia & Pacific region is getting even more aligned with the recent developments.... More

Pakistan’s ties with China not a zero-sum game, says envoy

Pakistan’s historic ties with China and its efforts to forge closer relations with Russia will not have an adverse... More

How Pakistan Is Planning to Fight a Nuclear War

Sandwiched between Iran, China, India and Afghanistan, Pakistan lives in a complicated neighborhood with a variety of security issues.... More

Moscow meet on Afghanistan reflects new regional game

(Exclusive): With Russia now pushing itself into Afghanistan and establishing contacts with the Taliban, a new regional geo-political game... More

‘Pakistan will soon be among top tourist destinations of the world’

The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) is planning to develop a helipad at Rawal Lake viewpoint for launching an... More

Operation “Searchlight”

Despite the complex and demanding negotiations during the tumultuous days of March 1971, a positive outcome was possible and... More

Pak president offers dialogue to India

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain offered dialogue to neighboring India to peacefully resolve disputes including the Kashmir dispute which is... More

Pak president offers dialogue to India

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain offered dialogue to neighboring India to peacefully resolve disputes including the Kashmir dispute which is... More

China greets Mamnoon, Nawaz on National Day

Chinese President Xi Jingping and Premier Li Keqiang sent separate messages of greetings to their Pakistani counterparts on Pakistan... More

Pakistan is happier than India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh: UN report

Pakistan has left behind its neighbour India (again!) and other South Asian nations on the list of the world's... More

NA passes military courts’ extension bill

National Assembly of Pakistan on Tuesday passed the 28th Amendment Bill 2017, which pertains to the revival of military... More

Pak-Afghan border re-opens after PM’s order

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday ordered the reopening of the Pak-Afghan border with immediate effect, a month after... More

Indus Water Treaty: Indian Delegates in Pak to Resume talks Amid...

The two-day meeting of Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) between India and Pakistan will be held in Islamabad on Monday. A... More

Stent scandal

Some months after a massive scandal involving the use of substandard stents for heart patients undergoing angioplasty at both... More

With Mamnoon’s nod, Hindu Marriage Bill now law in Pakistan

President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday gave his approval to the Hindu Marriage Bill, 2017 on the advice of Prime... More

Nuclear war over water?

How does one react when confronted with more than one side of the same story? Ashfaq. Mahmood, an expert on... More

Pakistan hopes to host SAARC summit this year, says secretariat director

Pakistan expects to hold this year’s South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference in the country, a director... More


Writing in the New York Times (NYT), Amanda Taub and Max Fisher talked about shadowy networks within government bureaucracies,... More

Pakistan Navy successfully tests land-based, anti-ship missile

Pakistan Navy on Thursday conducted a successful test of a land-based, anti-ship missile. A press release from the Navy said... More

Parliamentary leaders agree on reviving military courts for two years

After much ado, parliamentary leaders agreed on Thursday to reestablish military courts for a period of two years. “We have... More


A golden opportunity

INFRASTRUCTURE projects all over the world have a tendency towards cost overruns and schedule delays. Pakistan’s implementation record has been relatively worse, irrespective of the form of government or party in power. It is characterised by sluggishness, frequent change of managers, passing on the buck and not... More

Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” -- likely to be named the “Shandong” -- will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to their impasse that has prevented it from making further headway. Now the next meeting of the Union... More

China’s Bengal foray

This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of  a success. Her government did not initially take much interest in the Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) that brings together many potential Chinese investors in their... More

The other side of the panama ruling

On not so historic a day, the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s ruling on Panama leaks just fell short of what it was meant to be: a clear-cut verdict. The order for further investigation by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has, therefore, prolonged a controversy that has already consumed more than a... More


India’s moral claim to Kashmir has never seemed more fragile

India has spent the past decade lying to itself about Kashmir. The Pakistan-sponsored insurgency of the 1980s was contained. Elections were being held in the valley. People were defying militants to vote in them.... More

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is travelling to India this... More

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval...

"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India," India's Economic Times reported recently. With concerns expressed by Indian media outlets about... More

Jinnah’s 2-nation theory triumphs in Kashmir

Kashmir: the jewel in the crown of India’s secularism. In 1947 when the Muslim-majority state acceded to India, it joined a brave homeland for all. India was not going to be a mirror image... 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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