Friday, March 10, 2017



Experts denounce Indian attempts to hegemonise SAARC

Scholars at a roundtable discussion in Islamabad sharply certified India for their attempts to hegemonise SAARC by isolating Pakistan. This was the unanimous view of the experts at the one-day roundtable on “Regional Implications of Indian Hegemony in SAARC” organized by... More

Place names of blasphemers on Exit Control List, IHC orders govt

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the government to register cases against alleged blasphemers running social media pages and put their names on the Exit Control List (ECL). Petitioner Salman Shahid, through his counsel Tariq Asad, had approached the IHC saying... More

Terrorism: a technique of war?

AFTER the cataclysmic events of September 2001, a war was declared on ‘terrorism’. Some feeble attempts were made to explain the nature of this beast but the frenzy was not conducive to a meaningful dialogue. Now that Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, in... More

Below the belt

Imran Khan’s latest tirade attacking the PSL and its foreign players whom he described as being of low class or low quality (the word ‘phateechar’ largely untranslatable) goes beyond almost every other ludicrous and distasteful comment the former cricketer-turned-political leader has... More

‘Kuwait lifts visa restrictions on Pakistanis after six years’

Authorities in Kuwait have decided to lift a six-year-old ban on visas for Pakistani citizens, the state-run APP news agency quoted a news channel as saying. The decision reportedly came after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took up the matter of visa restrictions... More

Two soldiers and Five militants killed in Swabi

Five suspected terrorists were reportedly killed in an intelligence-based operation conducted by Pakistan Army in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi district on Tuesday. " five terrorists who were killed were planning to target educational institutions and judicial complexes," Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said... More

CPEC has created 13,000 jobs: Chinese Envoy in Pakistan

Projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are moving ahead of schedule and so far these schemes have generated 13,000 local jobs, China’s Ambassador to Islamabad Sun Weidong told participants at a forum organised by the Express Media Group on Monday... More

Fighting crime with data

Police in Punjab have reportedly tracked down over a 1,000 criminals from across the province using a software called Hotel Eye. At least 11 of them were fourth schedule suspects. While the number is surely commendable, what is more praiseworthy is... More

Making Sense of China’s Role as a Crisis Manager in South...

While China’s growing alliance with Pakistan has raised alarm in relevant quarters in India, the situation might not be threatening to regional stability in South Asia. In fact, China might be the most well-placed country to mitigate crisis situations in the... More

5 Pakistan Army soldiers killed as militants attack

Five Pakistan Army soldiers were killed in cross fire as militants from Afghanistan attacked three border posts in Mohmand Agency on Sunday night. The military’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations, said, “Last night terrorists from across the border attempted physical attack... More

The Iran-India bromance lacks ‘enough’ strategic flavor

(Exclusive): Over the past few months, particularly in the post-sanctions era, Iran has emerged as one of the biggest suppliers of oil to India, behind only Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Selling about 19.8 million tonne crude oil to India in the... More

The ECO summit

Some summits are more important to climb (and stage) than others, and the ECO moot in Islamabad is of particular significance for the hosts, Pakistan. There are ten members of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) and all of them potential or... More

National Flag Versus False-Flags

A bomb blast in May 2002 targetting the French naval technicians in a bus outside the Sheraton and Pearl Continental Hotels in Karachi where New Zealand’s cricket team was staying caused the Kiwis to terminate their tour. Five years later Benazir... More

Pak Federal cabinet approves recommendations to ‘mainstream’ Fata

The federal cabinet on Thursday approved the recommendations put forth by a reforms committee to bring the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) in the mainstream, Radio Pakistan reported. The cabinet had met in Islamabad with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair. Speaking... More

Nuclear arms race intensified in South Asia

The nuclear arms race has been intensified once again in South Asia with arch-rivals India and Pakistan carrying out tests of nuclear-capable missiles and making war threats against each other. Indian declaration about continued military strikes inside Pakistan has further contributed... More

India releases 39 Pak prisoners

India on Wednesday released 39 Pakistani prisoners, comprising 21 civil prisoners and 18 fishermen, after Pakistan confirmed their nationality. Announcing their release, the External Affairs Ministry said they are being repatriated to Pakistan via Attari/Wagah check post. “The Government of India attaches highest... More

ECO sets example of regional cooperation: PM

The 13th summit of Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) concluded on Wednesday with adoption of the Islamabad Declaration. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that it was high time for the member states of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) to make momentous advancement... More

Afghanistan needs to abandon ‘anti-Pakistan lens’: ISPR

Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor in an interview with a private TV channel on Tuesday called for Afghanistan to abandon its 'anti-Pakistan lens' and devise policies with Pakistan through an 'Afghan lens'. Ghafoor's statements come as... More

Abdul Sattar Edhi: Why Google honours him today

Abdul Sattar Edhi founded the world's largest volunteer ambulance network in Pakistan, the Edhi Foundation. Unlike wealthy individuals that fund charities in their names, Edhi dedicated his life to the poor from the age of 20, when he himself was penniless in... More

Russian involvement giving Afghan conflict a new twist

 (Exclusive): With Russia repeatedly hosting conferences on Afghanistan and with the US, under the Trump administration, signaling its intentions to increase the current level of troops in Afghanistan, dynamics of conflict are changing and are likely to leave a strong impact... More

India endorses Pakistan’s nomination for SAARC post

According to Pakistan Today report, in a major development to repair ties between Islamabad and New Delhi, India finally lifted its ‘objection’ to the nomination of Ambassador Amjad Hussain Sial as the new secretary-general of the South Asian Association for Regional... More


(Exclusive): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's move to grant citizenship to Hindus from Bangladesh... More

(Exclusive): China and Thailand have long yearned to find faster and more efficient... More

The Central Statistics Organisation (CSO) is an honourable institution. Dr Pronab Sen, the... More

(Exclusive): Over the past few months, particularly in the post-sanctions era, Iran has... More


AFTER the cataclysmic events of September 2001, a war was declared on ‘terrorism’.... More

This week’s gathering of the Indian Ocean leaders in Jakarta has drawn a... More

Afghans often proudly refer to their country as “the graveyard of empires”. Today,... More

While China’s growing alliance with Pakistan has raised alarm in relevant quarters in... More



This week people in Myanmar were forced to confront the kind of country... More

Myanmar is currently in the throes of a massive humanitarian crisis. Thousands of... More