Pakistan needs to make CPEC an engine of innovation

A recent research carried out by a team of economists at the Harvard Business School has summarised the future trajectory of innovation and business productivity for US firms. According to the arguments, businesses unite and evolve within geographical... More

Russia’s growing clout in Asia-Pacific

In their strategic calculus, major Asia-Pacific powers do not consider Russia to be a major military power in the region. Although these Asia-Pacific countries understand Russia’s military clout in Europe and the Middle East, they somehow fail... More

Pakistan increases contribution to help Palestinian refugees

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi handed over the country’s enhanced contribution for Palestinian refugees to the representative of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA), the branch of UN working to provide... More

Are S-400 in Indian hands a serious threat to Pakistan’s defense?

India’s weapons shopping spree, development of ballistic missile defense systems and continuous upgrading of nuclear arsenal negatively influence the regional strategic stability. Recently, India signed S-400 missiles deal with Russia and also celebrated the September 29, as... More

British Backpacker Society returns to Pakistan

The British Backpacker Society has announced that its members will be returning to Pakistan later this week to travel to northern areas to enjoy the natural beauty and its adventures. The British Backpacker Society had ranked Pakistan as... More

JF – 17 Thunder exhibits dazzling aerial performance at Zhuhai air show...

JF-17 Thunder exhibited its dazzling aerial performance in front of the delegations of various air forces and aviation industries on the third day of Zhuhai Air Show at China. The breathtaking aerial display by the seasoned aerobatics pilot... More

What are the cornerstones of Pakistan’s maritime security strategy?

Preservation and maintenance of stable maritime order, in the Indian Ocean particularly in the Arabian Sea, is one of the cornerstones of Pakistan’s maritime security strategy. This means that our adversaries, both conventional and unconventional, remain deterred... More

Pakistan, Russia to beef up naval cooperation

The Pakistan and Russian navies on Wednesday agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation to deal with challenges related to maritime security. According to Pakistan Navy’s media directorate, during their meeting at Saint Petersburg, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral... More

Pakistan voices concern over Indian nuclear submarine patrol

Pakistan has taken notice of a first "deterrence patrol” of an Indian nuclear submarine and subsequent “self-congratulatory messages in India”, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said during his weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday. "The development marks... More

Pak to host ‘IDEAS 2018’ in Karachi later this month

The 10th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) 2018 will be held in Pakistan's port city of Karachi later this month and will have local Sindhi culture and sports festival along with the exhibition of arms. The biennial... More

Pakistan’s MIRV technology can be effective against India’s BMD system

Both India and Pakistan have been developing a variety of missiles with varying capabilities and range to assert supremacy in the subcontinent. These missiles can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads, and are primarily aimed to serve... More

Pakistan to maintain strategic balance with India

Adviser to the National Command Authority (NCA) of Pakistan retired Lt Gen Khalid Kidwai on Tuesday (Nov 6)  said Pakistan would not follow India’s suit in developing a defence system against ballistic missiles because it found little... More

Pakistan begins talks with IMF to negotiate bailout

Pakistan begins nearly two weeks of talks with the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday over what would be the South Asian country’s 13th IMF bailout since the 1980s to help it end a spiralling current account crisis. Finance... More

Chandi Chowk to China: Pak-China bus service begins

The Pakistan-China bus service commenced its first trip Tuesday (Nov 6). The bus will take the passengers from Lahore, Pakistan to Kashgar, Xinjiang province, China. The bus service has been initiated under the ‘One belt One Road’... More

Pakistan’s immediate balance of payments crisis is over: finance minister

Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar on Tuesday claimed that Pakistan's "balance of payments crisis is over" and assured that China is committed to providing short-term relief to Pakistan as well — the modalities of which, he said,... More

Imran Khan’s China visit shows Narendra Modi government oversold Wuhan summit

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan left China without an immediate bailout promise he was seeking for his country’s teetering economy, but that’s hardly good news for India. Relief may yet come from Beijing, which said that in response... More

Alice Wells visits Pakistan Foreign Office, discusses progress in bilateral ties

Senior US diplomat Alice Wells on Tuesday held delegation-level discussions with senior officials of the Pakistan Foreign Office to review progress on bilateral relations. Wells, the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia,... More

US Ambassador Alice Wells to visit Islamabad on Tuesday

Pakistan’s foreign ministry on Monday announced that US Ambassador Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, will visit Pakistan on November 6 (Tuesday). According to a statement issued by FO Spokesperson... More

Pak-Russia joint training exercise will reinforce existing military ties: Gen Bajwa

The just-concluded joint military exercise between Pakistan and Russian armies has reinforced the existing relationship between the two militaries, according to Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Bajwa. The Pakistan and Russian armies concluded the third joint military drill... More

Pakistan, China agree to trade in Rupee, Yuan instead of dollar

Pakistan and China have agreed to do trade in their own currencies instead of dollar, Jang has reported. According to report, the two countries agreed to do business in Pakistani rupee and Chinese currency Yuan during the visit... More

Pak, China Joint Statement speaks of expansion in ties, no mention of...

Ties between China and Pakistan will be significantly deepened across a range of areas, from economic and cultural cooperation to foreign policy in regional as well as global platforms, as per the Joint Statement issued on Sunday... More


Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... More



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