PAKISTAN

PAKISTAN

Pak government unveils Federal Budget 2017-18 with Rs4.75tr outlay


Lawmakers had gathered on Friday in the National Assembly in Islamabad ahead of the government’s announcement of the Federal Budget 2017-18. The session was a turbulent… More

China vows maximum effort to recover kidnapped citizens in…


China said on Thursday it will do all it can to ensure the safe return of two citizens kidnapped in Quetta and it promised new… More

Pakistan captures Taliban leader blamed for three bombings in…


Pakistan has arrested a Taliban militant leader authorities describe as the "mastermind" behind three major attacks in Baluchistan, a spokesman for the government of the… More

Two Chinese nationals abducted from Quetta


Armed men pretending to be policemen kidnapped two Chinese language teachers from Jinnah town, an affluent residential area in Quetta on Wednesday. Anwarul Haq Kakar, a… More

Pakistan Air Force makes all forward bases operational


Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa had recently written to IAF officers, asking them to be prepared for operations at a very… More

India considering ‘punitive actions’ against Pakistan, claims US official


A senior intelligence official from the United States has warned that India is considering punitive actions against Pakistan. “India has sought and continues to move to… More

Pakistan would not let its soil be used against…


US Ambassador David Hale met with Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday, a US embassy press release said. According to the press release,… More

India wrongly claiming victory in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case: Khawar…


India cannot claim victory in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case at the International Court of Justice as the court has issued “just a procedural order”, the lawyer… More

Pakistan deeply committed to Muslim world’s unity : PM…


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said that Pakistan had a deep commitment to the Muslim world’s unity and to promoting interfaith harmony and dialogue… More

Pervez Musharraf says Kulbhushan Jadhav is ‘a bigger terrorist…


Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf believes that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav is a bigger terrorist than Ajmal Kasab. Musharraf told Pakistan’s ARY News that Kasab, one… More

ICJ stays execution of Indian spy Jadhav pending final…


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday ordered Pakistan to halt the execution of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until a final decision in the… More

India has given in to extremism: Pak Army Chief…


Chief of Pak Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that India seemed to have given in to extremism to such an… More

International-ising Jadhav


This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt… More

China-Pakistan satellites sharing


After building the infrastructure needed to allow China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite (BDS) system to be fully used in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, one company involved… More

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to maintain ceasefire in border meeting


Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to maintain a ceasefire till a consensus is reached during a one-star border flag meeting between representatives of both countries at… More

Pak Army lodges protest with UNMOGIP against Indian ceasefire…


Pakistan Army lodged on Wednesday a protest with the United Nations military observers against India’s recent aggression and firing on civilians from across the Line… More

China’s new world order


China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging… More

CPEC envisages Sino-Pak security mechanism with country-wide surveillance


A joint security mechanism against terrorism, including a pervasive country-wide surveillance system, is a key feature of the agreement between China and Pakistan on the… More

Dealing with the neighbours


Pakistan seems to be surrounded by hostility. Other than the ever-present problems with India, in recent weeks there has been a heightening of tensions with… More

Geo-economics must take precedence over geo-politics, Pak PM says…


Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday addressed the plenary session of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation in Beijing, where he… More

ICJ writ may not be applicable to Pakistan


Prominent commentators have expressed doubts over the ability of the International Court of Justice to enforce its order in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The case,… More

COLUMN

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor — remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known — has… More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency… More

Saving SCO from becoming SAARC

With the inclusion of India and Pakistan in Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO), the organization’s sphere of influence, as Russia’s Vladimir Putin said, has regionally expanded, a region that has, nonetheless, myriad challenging questions that have defied solution during the last 70 years or so. Needless to say,… More

Sultana Kamal and the legacy of Tikatuli-Tarabhagh

How influential is the neighbourhood in which one grows up? Advocate Sultana Kamal, comes from the para I grew up as well. It’s called Tikatuli and she was raised in a sub-para within it called Tarabagh. It was a neighbourhood of shared lives. It had a common value structure that continues on and perhaps provides… More

Misusing corporate responsibility

Accountability must target (but mostly doesn’t) politicians, public officials and government departments, the lower judiciary, etc, in Pakistan. The PM appearing before the JIT because of PanamaGate is symbolic of the Supreme Court’s (SC)’s determination to bring the rule of law into governance. Criminal misgovernance has been… More

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of… More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’…

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives… More

India and Pakistan membership a challenge for SCO

China has taken over the rotating presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and is scheduled to host the next summit in June 2018 in China. Earlier this month, the addition of India and… More

Is ‘go-it-alone Modi’ hurting India?

The social fabric is threatened, the economy is dragging and foreign ties are brittle. Modi’s personality is causing problems for India. In the second part of The Godfather trilogy, there is a scene where the… More

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David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article… More

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