Pakistan draws redlines for joining Saudi alliance

Pakistan has decided to draw certain ‘redlines’ for becoming part of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism (IMAT) in an effort to avoid the... More

ICJ cannot release or acquit Kulbushan Jadhav: Khawar Qureshi

Khawar Qureshi, the lawyer representing Pakistan in the Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), remarked that ICJ will neither... More

Pakistan fears Indian influence in Afghanistan, say US spy...

The US intelligence community, in a rare acknowledgement of Pakistan’s concerns, has informed Congress that Islamabad does not want heavy Indian influence in Afghanistan and... More

Chinese footprint on the Pakistani budget

The Nawaz Sharif government’s last budget is more or less an extension of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative. It is an effort by the government to... More

Couple’s abduction exposes risks along CPEC: Chinese media

The kidnapping of a young Chinese couple teaching Mandarin in Balochistan, the centre of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has set off alarm bells in... More

Pakistan operationalises Naval Station in Balochistan

Pakistan Thursday operationalised a Naval Air Station which will provide the navy with the much needed depth, flexibility and reach to counter emerging challenges of... More

Pak government unveils Federal Budget 2017-18 with Rs4.75tr outlay

Lawmakers had gathered on Friday in the National Assembly in Islamabad ahead of the government's announcement of the Federal Budget 2017-18. The session was a turbulent... More

China vows maximum effort to recover kidnapped citizens in...

China said on Thursday it will do all it can to ensure the safe return of two citizens kidnapped in Quetta and it promised new... More

Pakistan captures Taliban leader blamed for three bombings in...

Pakistan has arrested a Taliban militant leader authorities describe as the "mastermind" behind three major attacks in Baluchistan, a spokesman for the government of the... More

Two Chinese nationals abducted from Quetta

Armed men pretending to be policemen kidnapped two Chinese language teachers from Jinnah town, an affluent residential area in Quetta on Wednesday. Anwarul Haq Kakar, a... More

Pakistan Air Force makes all forward bases operational

Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa had recently written to IAF officers, asking them to be prepared for operations at a very... More

India considering ‘punitive actions’ against Pakistan, claims US official

A senior intelligence official from the United States has warned that India is considering punitive actions against Pakistan. “India has sought and continues to move to... More

Pakistan would not let its soil be used against...

US Ambassador David Hale met with Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday, a US embassy press release said. According to the press release,... More

India wrongly claiming victory in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case: Khawar...

India cannot claim victory in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case at the International Court of Justice as the court has issued “just a procedural order”, the lawyer... More

Pakistan deeply committed to Muslim world’s unity : PM...

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said that Pakistan had a deep commitment to the Muslim world's unity and to promoting interfaith harmony and dialogue... More

Pervez Musharraf says Kulbhushan Jadhav is ‘a bigger terrorist...

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf believes that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav is a bigger terrorist than Ajmal Kasab. Musharraf told Pakistan's ARY News that Kasab, one... More

ICJ stays execution of Indian spy Jadhav pending final...

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until a final decision in the... More

India has given in to extremism: Pak Army Chief...

Chief of Pak Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that India seemed to have given in to extremism to such an... More

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt... More

China-Pakistan satellites sharing

After building the infrastructure needed to allow China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite (BDS) system to be fully used in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, one company involved... More

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to maintain ceasefire in border meeting

Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to maintain a ceasefire till a consensus is reached during a one-star border flag meeting between representatives of both countries at... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... 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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