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Pakistan hits back against US accusations in terror stalemate


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

Decline in US aid for Pakistan to hurt Afghan border monitoring


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 to support Saudi-led military alliance while maintaining close contact with Iran


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

Pakistan, Afghan military officials to hold key security talks


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

Action will be taken against JuD chief based on solid evidence: Pakistan


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

Pakistan’s unending crises


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 close to deal for four Turkish warships


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

Hafiz Saeed files petition to be removed from UN list of terrorists


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

US working on new approach with India, Pakistan over Afghanistan


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

Pakistan seeks Polish assault rifles


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

Pakistan PM, Saudi King discuss ‘entire spectrum’ of bilateral ties


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

Gwadar & Chabahar: Military, economic significance of 2 rival ports


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

Pakistani judge stands up against Islamic extremists as other cave in  


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

Experts rule out Pakistan-India nuclear war


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

US warns Pakistan of ‘damage to bilateral ties’ over Hafiz Saeed’s release


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

Saudi-led military alliance targeting terror, not a country or sect: Raheel Sharif


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

Pakistan walking on a tightrope: Who will be targeted by new Saudi...


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. The... More

Amid Jadhav row, India-Pak likely to come face-to-face at SCO summit next...


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

US defence secretary to visit Pakistan on Dec 3: Khawaja Asif


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

Islamabad, Riyadh to witness top-level visits soon


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 signs deal to build new nuclear reactor in Pakistan: WNN


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

COLUMN

The US’ ‘war on drugs’ wouldn’t weaken the Taliban

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

Should India see Nepal polls as defeat!

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

De-colonizing education in Pakistan

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

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

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

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Has anyone benefited from American interventionism?

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

For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

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

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

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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