Pakistan has been given a three-month reprieve by a global watchdog over a U.S.-led motion to put the South Asian country on a terrorist financing watchlist, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said. Pakistan has been... More

Pakistan to hug Russia amid US snub

Pakistan has decided to hug Russia tightly as the United States continues its hostile policy towards the only nuclear armed Muslim-majority country, diplomatic sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that... More

China in talks with Baloch militants to secure CPEC projects

China has been quietly holding talks with Baloch militants for more than five years in an effort to protect the $60 billion worth of infrastructure projects it is financing as part of the China-Pakistan... More

Pakistan FM Asif off to Russia for talks with counterpart Lavrov

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday (Feb 19) left for Russia on a four-day visit at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, state-owned broadcaster Radio Pakistan reported. Asif is expected to hold... More

Australia, US, India and Japan in talks to establish Belt and Road...

Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence,... More

Declaring Pakistan state sponsor of terrorism will not help: scholars

Declaring Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism will create a situation that will be difficult to reverse, will fail in forcing Islamabad to change its policies and will not help the US cause in... More


Pakistani cricketer-turned-politican Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time, his party said on Sunday (Feb 18), confirming his marriage to a woman local media call a "faith healer". Khan, who captained the... More

Why the US wants to put Pakistan on global terror-financing ‘watch list’?

The US has presented a resolution seeking to place Pakistan on a global terror-financing ‘watch list’ which has been submitted to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Lamenting Pakistan for its inability to implement anti-money... More

Pak army chief urges US not to blame Pakistan for its failures

Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa on Saturday asked the US to stop blaming Pakistan for its problems in Afghanistan and instead search for the reasons for its failures. He was speaking at the Munich... More

Pakistan’s Punjab govt moves to seize assets of JuD, its welfare wing

Acting swiftly on a notification issued by the federal government, Punjab has started taking over all the moveable and immovable assets of the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) operating in the... More

Pakistan to send troops to Saudi Arabia to train and advise

Pakistan is sending troops to ally Saudi Arabia on a “training and advise mission”, the military said, three years after it decided against sending soldiers to join the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The exact... More

US, UK joint efforts to put Pakistan on terror watchlist

Britain has joined the United States in calling on Pakistan to “tackle the threat from terrorist groups” or face being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with terrorist financing regulations by the... More

Pakistan slams US intelligence threat report, cites bias

Pakistan has criticized as "extremely unfortunate" a new U.S. report labeling the south Asian country's weapons a continued threat to regional American interests. The annual global threat assessment notes that Pakistan continues to produce and... More

Pakistan starts crackdown against Hafiz Saeed’s JuD, FIF

The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province on Wednesday (Feb 14) banned two charities linked to Hafiz Saeed, just days before a global watchdog is due to vote on a US-backed motion to put Islamabad... More

Any US effort to bully Pakistan will be counterproductive: Ahsan Iqbal

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that any unilateral action by the United States in Pakistan will not only bring the bilateral relations to an irreparable stage but also be counterproductive. During an interview... More

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia launch second stage of joint naval exercises

Joint naval training between the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) and the visiting Pakistani Navy continue in the Persian Gulf, the latest expression of the special relationship between the Kingdom and arguably its closest... More


Quetta, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban militants shot dead four paramilitary soldiers in Pakistan’s western city of Quetta, where last month seven security men were killed in a suicide attack, police and the Islamist... More

US budget requests include military funds for Pakistan

The US State Department on Monday (Feb 12) announced that its budget proposals for the fiscal year 2019, which begins in October this, include both economic and military funds for Pakistan. The military funds for... More

Indian aggression will not go unpunished: Pakistan

"Pakistan will pay India in its own coin in case of any misadventure," Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan warned on Tuesday (Feb 13), responding to his Indian counterpart's comments from a day earlier. Following... More

Path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan: Pak Army Chief

Pakistan has eliminated all militant sanctuaries from its territory and expects the same to be reciprocated by its neighbours, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa told the Chiefs of Defence Conference held... More

Pakistan developing new types of nuclear weapons: US

Pakistan is developing new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical ones, that bring more risks to the region, America's intelligence chief warned on Tuesday (Feb 13). Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' remarks came... More


On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More

Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More


Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More



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 a Gorkhaland state is... More