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Pakistan to raise Kashmir issue at UN meeting


When some 146 world leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, they are expected to discuss issues of international peace and security as several conflicts from Syria to Yemen rage on,... More

Pakistan Navy seeking new jet-powered maritime patrol aircraft


Pakistan Navy’s (PN) Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) – Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi – stated that the PN was seeking a new, jet-powered maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), according to a report by Dawn News. The new MPA is... More

Pakistan won’t abandon peace efforts despite India’s reluctance: FM Qureshi


India’s reluctance to hold talks with Pakistan will not stop Islamabad from closing doors on its efforts to promote peace in the region, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, days after New Delhi cancelled the foreign minister-level... More

Pakistan takes CPEC to Cairo


Federal ministers, senior government and defence officials, leaders of central banks and principal commercial entities, business and sectoral heads, investors, policymakers and opinion formers from Pakistan, Egypt, China and Europe have gathered in Cairo to discuss ways... More

Pakistan still willing to open Kartarpur crossing with India, says minister


Despite Indian government's refusal to engage in dialogue, Pakistani authorities are willing to open the Kartarpur border crossing so that Sikh pilgrims can visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib without a visa, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said in an... More

Pakistan is Russia’s new best friend


If Rudyard Kipling met Vladimir Putin, he’d have a stern word for that unsportsmanlike Russian chap. How dare he put his hands on Pakistan! Doesn’t he know the rules of the “Great Game” of the late nineteenth century,... More

Qureshi-Pompeo meeting for a “Reset” & Indian strategy


Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, arrived in Washington on Saturday night for a day-long stay before departing for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session to be held in New York. The FM will... More

Pakistan Naval chief attends Int’l Seapower Symposium in USA


Pakistan’s Naval chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visited USA to attend 23rd International Seapower Symposium-2018 (ISS) held from 18-21 Sep 18 at US Naval War College Newport. The event involved panel discussions on issues related to common maritime... More

Now US, Israel defence experts can visit border region near China, Pakistan


The India Ministry of Defence has permitted the military advisors (defence attaches) of foreign nations visit the sensitive border areas of India. Until now, they were not allowed to travel freely and could only visit selective locations... More

Idealistic proposal encounters realistic concerns in Pakistan over refugee’s identity


Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan recently said that his government mulled to give nationality to Pakistan-born children of Afghan and Bengali refugees who have been living in the country for decades. Some 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees live... More

Dialogue not war is course to peace, Pakistan army


Responding to Indian army chief’s provocative statement, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Saturday Pakistan is a nuclear power and its desire for peace should not be misconstrued as weakness. “If someone tests... More

Colt To Supply 10,000 M4, M4A1 Carbine Rifles To Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco


Colt's Manufacturing Co. has won $57.7 million contract to supply up to 10,000 additional M4 and M4A1 5.56mm carbine rifles to Jordan, Morocco, Afghanistan, Senegal, Tunisia and Pakistan. Work will be performed in West Hartford, Connecticut, with an... More

India cancels New York meeting with Pakistan, says PM Khan’s ‘true face...


New Delhi on Friday called off a meeting between the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, just a day after confirming the development. Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh... More

Pakistan crucial to South Asia strategy: US State dept


Pakistan is crucial to the success of United States’ South Asia strategy, read a US State Department publication released in September. The strategy emphasises Pakistan’s role in supporting regional security and recognises the country as a long-standing and... More

Sushma to meet Pakistan’s Foreign Minister in New York


India on Thursday accepted Pakistan’s proposal for talks between the Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the ongoing annual UN General Assembly session in New York. “On the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between External Affairs... More

Saudi Arabia invited to become third strategic partner in CPEC


Saudi Arabia is the first major country Pakistan has formally invited to become a partner in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhry said on Thursday. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad regarding Prime Minister... More

Future Pakistan-Turkish defense cooperation likely to be incremental, for now


Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey pledged this week to increase defense cooperation between the two countries to new levels, but after a string of recent deals, analysts believe further cooperation will be incremental. Speaking to Turkey’s Daily Sabah, Muhammad... More

‘Pakistan always stands by Saudi Arabia,’ Khan tells Arabiya TV


Pakistan ‘’always stands by Saudi Arabia,’’ Prime Minister Imran Khan told Arabiya TV on Wednesday, during a visit to the kingdom. ‘’Saudi Arabia helped Pakistan when Pakistan needed help,’’ he also said, according to tweets from the Saudi-based... More

China says military ties ‘backbone’ to relations with Pakistan


Military ties between China and Pakistan are the “backbone” of relations between the two countries, a senior Chinese general told Pakistan’s visiting army chief, days after a Pakistani minister stirred unease about Chinese Silk Road projects. General Qamar... More

China welcomes Pak-Afghan action plan for peace talks with Taliban


China on Tuesday welcomed Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's maiden visit to Afghanistan and expressed its backing for their action plan for peace and reconciliation talks with the Taliban. Qureshi visited Kabul on Saturday during which he... More

India starts smart fencing of border with Pakistan


Reducing dependence on physical border patrolling, India has started installing a Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) along the international border. On a pilot basis, two smart fencing projects, each covering a 5.5 km stretch along the... More

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Saudi investment in CPEC will deepen Pak ties with Riyadh and...

Pakistan has officially invited Saudi Arabia to not only invest in the geo-economically celebrated China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but also be a strategic partner, deepening considerable strategic convergence on economic as well as geo-political issues. The immediate reason for Saudi Arabia’s billion-dollar investment in CPEC is, as Pakistan’s own finance minister said, his country’s poor economic condition and the fast-depleting foreign exchange reserves, hampering its ability to continue and complete... More

India’s juvenile volte face

It was the “political survival instinct” of the rapidly weakening BJP which made the Indian government suddenly call off the foreign ministers-level talks with Pakistan which were to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York next week. India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart S M Qureshi were to meet and thrash out a range of issues bedeviling bilateral ties. The reasons for not... More

South Asian media: Inventing a region?

South Asia is a popular buzz word which is rarely defined properly. This lack of clarity suits many as people have no idea what it actually means and how one is supposed to respond to it. The result has been an overlap of ideas, projects and ultimately regional strategies that fail to produce a concept which everyone can buy into. South Asian media as it exists today is a... More

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Myanmar moves closer to China with increased bilateral trade and investment...

Myanmar and China are consolidating their bilateral trade and investment relationship. In fact, Beijing is fast becoming Myanmar’s strongest and most important ally, but this strengthened relationship has made many in the government nervous. Even the State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s civilian leader, is worried about the impression this increased dependence on China is having. She wants to allay the fears of both the United States and... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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