Modi & Kashmir

WITH Narendra Modi back in the prime ministerial saddle, legitimate questions have arisen about how the Indian leadership is likely to handle the simmering discontent in India-held Kashmir. After all, Mr Modi’s previous stint in power witnessed a... More

Government merging existing infrastructure to establish CPEC secretariat

The government has launched a major project, marking the first major step towards establishing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) authority, by approving the merger of existing infrastructure with a new secretariat. On Friday, a senior official of the... More

470 cops complete training for CPEC special protection unit

As many as 470 police personnel of special protection unit (SPU) for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) completed their six-month training here in Police College Sihala on Saturday. During the training, the police officials learned special skills in... More

China, Pakistan militaries to organize joint exercise, training this year

China and Pakistan militaries will continue to maintain a good momentum of relations and high-level exchanges and actively conduct cooperation in different services this year, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday. “China and Pakistan are... More

Pakistan, China for disarmament through dialogue

Pakistan and China agreed that arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament issues should be addressed through dialogue and diplomacy to achieve global and regional peace. The understanding was expressed at the sixth round of Pakistan-China Bilateral Consultations on... More

‘Nuclear deterrence helped prevent escalation during Pulwama crisis’

Nuclear deterrence led to de-escalation during post-Pulwama military stand-off between India and Pakistan, said a senior official associated with the country’s nuclear programme on Friday. Brig Zahir Kazmi, Director General Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs at Strategic Plans... More

Afghan hand in Data Darbar blast

On May 8, ten people were killed, including five elite police force personnel, and many others were injured, in a suicide bomber attack outside the famous 11th century Sufi shrine of Data Darbar in Lahore. A young... More

Pakistan to buy Turkey’s anti-torpedo system for Agoste-class submarines

Turkish defense giant ASELSAN will meet the Pakistani Naval Forces' countermeasure system needs against torpedo missiles with its domestically developed system, making Pakistan the second country to import it. The Zargana Anti-Torpedo Countermeasure System for submarines was developed... More

China-Pakistan economic ties amid external threats

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has been progressively progressing. Both sides are cognizant to the economic and political significance of the development and operationalization of the Corridor. Therefore, despite various obstacles, they are determined to complete the corridor’s project... More

Two top ranking Pakistani army officers, a civilian sentenced on espionage charges

A top ranking Pakistani army officer has been sentenced to death while a Lt General has been handed over 14 years of rigorous imprisonment on charges of espionage and leaking sensitive information to foreign agencies. Pakistan Chief of... More

Pakistan extends ban on India using its airspace to 15 June

The Pakistani authorities have decided to prolong ban on India using its airspace for commercial flights until June 15. The ban was originally set to last until the end of May. In February, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority... More

Changing the dynamics of Pakistan-India relations

The landslide victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a clear reaffirmation that promotion of Hindu nationalist politics had worked. This factor seemed so overwhelming that the voters ignored the central plank of his 2014 elections that... More

Outgunned by Pak F-16s, IAF plans to re-arm its Sukhois with Israeli...

In two years from now, the Indian Air Force's frontline Sukhoi-30 fighters may be re-armed with Israeli Derby air-to-air missiles after the jet's Russian-made R-77 missiles were found wanting in air combat operations over the Line of... More

Islamabad explains why Pakistan PM Imran Khan not invited to Modi swearing-in

The Indian government's decision to not invite Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for the 30 May swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi in New Delhi has not surprised Islamabad. Playing down the Indian government's move, Pakistan's Foreign... More

Will Modi take U-turn for peace with Pakistan?

It is no big secret that the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is a damp squib. The impression becomes unavoidable that the decision to invite the little-known BIMSTEC leaders to PM... More

China seeks security guarantees for Pakistan B&R projects after terror attacks

Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan has urged Pakistan to bolster security for Beijing’s major development drive in the country, following the deadly terror attacks two weeks ago which appeared to target Chinese projects, including the strategic deep-sea port... More

India, Pakistan continue to test weapons systems amid tensions

A day after the leaders of India and Pakistan established their first communication as a friendly gesture towards peace since the escalation of tensions in February, the Indian military test fired a surface-to-air defence missile system —... More

PAF Chief outlines next procurement steps

In an interview with IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Mujahid Anwar Khan, laid-out the PAF’s upcoming procurement plans. These centers on the procurement of... More

CPEC gives economic, social development dimension to Pak-China relations: Pakistani FM

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has given an economic and social development dimension to Pak-China relations. Addressing the Friends of Silk Road Forum here, Qureshi said that the... More

Iran seeks help from Pakistan

As the situation escalates in the Persian Gulf, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has been visiting various countries to hold consultations and find a way to end the deadlock between Washington and Tehran. Bilateral ties with... More

Afghanistan reduces its dependence on Pakistan

As per a report released by Pentagon, the Afghan exports for the fiscal year 2018 were accounted to be $891 million whereas the import bill stands at a humongous $7 billion, nearly 36% of the entire Gross... More


Shame and defame: Using hybrid warfare against Chairman NAB

The major reason for the dismal economic situation of the country is corruption and the feudal-type nepotism that sustained it over decades has infested the state and its institutions. Making money from kickbacks by bureaucrats and politicians who are in a position of power, selling jobs and stealing public... More

Yangon’s smart metres: A step towards creating a smart city

Yangon city is introducing state of the art smart metres to control the electricity supply, monitor its usage and bill costumers in parts of the city – in one automated system. “It’s a step towards making Yangon a smart city and improving and extending e-government throughout Myanmar,” Myo Aung... More

India falls in line with others on Afghanistan

After swinging its Iran policy from ‘no dictate from the U.S.’ and compliance only with the U.N sanctions to completely ditching their purchase of oil from Iran and principally following the U.S. policy of isolating and crippling Iran’s economy, India has now also made a major change in its... More

Court ticks off Bangladesh Central Bank for being blatantly pro-rich

Bangladeshi farmers are facing a massive problem with their rice harvest facing low demand and a steep fall in prices. The distressing situation has led some farmers to burn their crops in anger. People are aghast that the agriculture sector can be in such a situation in what is billed... More

Effects of Saffron surge in West Bengal

Bengal and its poll outcome were clearly the sub-text to the 2019 Indian elections, if the main text was whether BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi could come back to power. The BJP is back in power in India and the country is set to witness another term of Modi. In... More



Exclusive Interview with Bhutan’s Prime Minister

“I will request PM Sheikh Hasina to support us with some (medical) specialists that will be an immediate help for Bhutan” Dr.Lotay Tshering Prime Minister of Bhutan Bhutan’s Prime Minister, Dr. Lotay Tshering, is set to visit Bangladesh on 12th... More