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Pakistan shares Kartarpur corridor draft agreement with India


Pakistan has invited India to urgently send a delegation to Islamabad to negotiate and finalize the draft agreement between Islamabad and New Delhi for facilitation of Sikh yatrees to visit Darbar Sahib Kartarpur. “In line with Prime Minister... More

Has Pakistan come out on top in the war in Afghanistan?


Afghanistan was on everyone’s lips when I visited Pakistan recently for the 2019 Lahore ThinkFest, a festival of ideas bringing together academics, writers and journalists from all over the world. Some Pakistanis told me triumphantly that their country... More

Peace in Afghanistan is vital for regional peace, Pak army chief tells...


A US delegation led by General Joseph L. Votel, Commander US CENTCOM called on Chief of Army Staff( COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday. According to a press release issued by the ISPR, media wing of Pakistan... More

No Indo-Pak dialogue but diplomatic engagement still on


There may not be any substantive dialogue between India and Pakistan at the moment but both governments are working to ensure there isn't a complete breakdown of diplomatic engagement between them. This past week saw Indian high... More

Pakistan to buy ammunitions for Howitzer guns from Italy


Pakistani army has decided to buy huge amounts of ammunition from abroad. Pakistan has inked a deal with Italy to purchase nearly one lakh shells for its Howitzer guns. According to Indian Intelligence Agency reports, Italy is... More

Pakistan Navy, Royal Navy of Oman conduct bilateral exercise


Pakistan Navy Task Group comprising Pakistan Navy Ship SHAHJAHAN, Pakistan Navy Submarine SAAD, two Fast Attack Craft (Missile) i.e. PNS QUWWAT and PNS AZMAT and a Maritime Patrol Aircraft on Friday visited Oman to participate in 9th... More

UN chief hopes for ‘meaningful dialogue’ between Pakistan and India


United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed the hope that Pakistan and India would be able to engage in a meaningful dialogue to resolve their disputes. Answering a question at a press conference , the UN chief... More

Induction of Pakistan A-100 MLRS and deterrence equation of South Asia


Pakistan inducted A-100 rocket in Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) into its arsenals, boosting the strength of Artillery Crop on January 4, 2019. The missile system was indigenously developed by Pakistani scientists and engineers. MLRS which comprise... More

Pakistan to host Taliban talks in Islamabad


Pakistan on Friday decided to host the next round of talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban in Islamabad during a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the visiting US Special Representative for... More

Ceasefire violations by India shows its military ambitions: Pakistan


Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday said that the continued violation of ceasefire agreement by Indian forces along the Line of Control shows military ambitions of India. Addressing weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday,... More

Russia ready to invest $2b in Pakistan’s energy projects


A state-run Russian firm, Inter RAO Engineering, has offered to invest $2 billion in Pakistan’s water and power sector projects, including Mohmand dam. Inter RAO Engineering is one of the largest Russian public energy companies that has joint... More

PAC Kamra exported 80 Mushshaq aircraft in 5 years


The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra has built and exported some 80 Mushshaq aircraft during last five years while some are in the final stage of completion. Similarly, work is going on to manufacture JF-17 Thunder aircraft, which... More

Pakistan trying to arrange US-Taliban meeting


Pakistan has intensified efforts to keep the U.S.-led dialogue with the Afghan Taliban on track by attempting to arrange a meeting between the visiting chief American negotiator and insurgent representatives, highly placed sources told VOA Thursday. These official... More

New Strategic Axis: Saudi Arabia-Pakistan-China triumvirate must be watched closely


The recent Saudi confirmation that Riyadh will be investing $10 billion to set up an oil refinery in Pakistan’s deepwater port of Gwadar, which is part of the marquee China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), is a big strategic... More

Cash-strapped Pakistan asks China to shelve US$2 billion coal plant


Pakistan has officially asked China to shelve a joint US$2 billion coal power project from the US$62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project, claiming it will be too expensive and should not be an immediate priority. The... More

Pakistan mediates between US and Taliban: Will the festering wound heal?


Pakistan is back on the negotiating table playing mediator between the United States and the Taliban. And that too at the request of President Donald Trump who wrote to Prime Minister Imran Khan after weeks of severe castigation... More

Saudi prince, Pak army chief discuss regional security


Governor of Tabuk of Saudi Arabia Prince Fahad bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz called on Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters, Rawalpindi a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said... More

Pakistani envoy unlawfully detained in India


An official of the Pakistan High Commission was arrested by the Indian authorities on Sunday, January 13, 2019, and was released after the matter was raised by Pakistan; local publications reported quoting sources in the Foreign Office. The... More

Saudi Arabia to build US$10 billion oil refinery at China-funded Gwadar Port...


Saudi Arabia plans to set up a US$10 billion oil refinery at Pakistan’s deep water port of Gwadar, which is being developed with the help of China, the Saudi energy minister said on Saturday. Pakistan wants to attract... More

‘No option for India but to talk to Pakistan’


Former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri said long-lasting peace between Pakistan and India is possible through people-to-people contact. “We have taken the Kartarpur initiative believing that no progress can be achieved regarding peace between the two countries without... More

Troubled by delays in Al Khalid II tank development, Pakistan to import...


Hit by constraints in manufacturing its indigenous Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), Pakistan has finally decided to buy engines and other parts of Al Khalid II tank from overseas. “Pakistan has been trying to make indigenous Al Khalid II... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

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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