World Bank assures ‘neutrality’ in Indo-Pak talks over IWT

The World Bank has assured its continued neutrality and impartiality in helping India and Pakistan find an "amicable way forward" during talks over issues related to two of India's hydroelectricity projects... More

Imran Khan, strongest contender to lead Pakistan, is no shoo-in

In 1992, when Pakistan won its only Cricket World Cup, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was asked by a television host if the team captain, Imran Khan, a national heartthrob, would be... More

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... More

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

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... 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... More

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

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... 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... More

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

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.... More

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

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... 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... More


The Lady takes aim at the UN

Myanmar’s restive western state of Rakhine is back in the news. And it is set to be a busy week for Rakhine matters. The military are consolidating their counter insurgency operations in Rakhine -- centered in the Mayu mountains... More

Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More


Trump’s Afghanistan policy

President Donald Trump's much touted Afghan strategy -- which is a U-turn on his original views -- is essentially a facelift of a tried, tested and failed... More

Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... 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... More

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