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‘Bibi go home!’ Israelis demand Netanyahu resignation over looming corruption charges

Power, wealth monopoly immersing Saudi Arabia in poverty

Pakistani denounce Saudi Arabia, GCC countries for anti-Pakistan vote at FATF

Ahad Cheema’s arrest: NAB terms Punjab Govt allegations baseless

Over 700,000 Rohingya kids in Bangladeshi camps at risk: UNICEF

Western-Turkish conspiracy of use of chemical weapons in Afrin

Arrest of Ahad Cheema: The end game of Shahbaz Sharif

Is India going to attack on AJK?

Shoe thrown at Ahsan Iqbal during speech

Zardari defends government for sending Pakistani troops to Saudi Arabia

Pakistan could evict, rather than kill, militants: US official

Act now or face action in 90 days: FATF

At least 23 killed in multiple suicide bombings, attacks in Afghanistan

Pakistan: The royal playground for the Arabs

Can talks in Oman end the war in Yemen?

‘Don’t kill terrorists in Pakistan; get them into Afghanistan’

Saudi Arabia now opens doors of military jobs to women

Amnesty International demands Saudi Arabia to halt execution of 14 Shia activists

Israel suffers major setback in Syria

Another threat of surgical operations: Is India challenging China in the backdrop?

A weak denial: Is Pakistan hiding facts behind sending troops to Saudia?

Saudi regime faces certain defeat in Yemen

TAPI ceremony brings Pakistan and India closer despite LoC violations

Saudi enslavement of Pakistan

White Helmets Ready for False-Flag Chemical Attack in Syria

Did Nawaz seek Modi's help to rescue him?

Saudi Arabia using Israeli language against Iran, Senator Aitzaz says

Peshawar Zalmi take on Multan Sultans in PSL 2018 opening fixture

Democracy was harmed for saving a person: Imran Khan

Nawaz Sharif seeks confrontation in judiciary, Parliament: Bilawal

ECP dismisses PML-N plea, declares its Senate candidates Independent

48 million Americans suffer from hunger

South Africa to cut diplomatic ties with Israel

Is Shahbaz Sharif stabbing Nawaz in the back?

Ghouta residents ‘wait for death’ amid holocaust

Pakistan adopts latest IAEA’s protocols on nuclear trade

Pakistan Deploys 1,000 Troops to Saudi Arabia amid Yemen War: Reasons, Consequences

Religious scholars to assist IHC in election act case

Nawaz Sharif: A Victim of his own Dirty schemes and Avarice

Supreme Court bars disqualified Nawaz Sharif from heading PML-N

Nawaz Sharif disqualified from party leadership

Iran and Qatar launch joint chamber of commerce

Hindu temple opens in Abu Dhabi .. Why the UAE seeks to appease Hindus?

Sharif family is a master of lies, deceit and hypocrisy, says Bilawal Bhutto

Syria blames West support for terrorists in a letter to UN

US motion to put Pakistan on terror financing watchlist differed

Senator fears Pakistani troops could get pulled into Yemen conflict

Russia will continue to boost Pakistan’s counterterrorism capacity, says FM Lavrov

Why US not trustworthy ally for Turkey

We can’t fight war of others on our soil, says Khawaja Asif

Constitution more supreme to parliament, remarks CJP

China woos Baloch militants to secure CPEC projects

PSL 3 trophy unveiling ceremony held in Dubai

Pakistani troops in the kingdom: A sudden and unexplained missive

Imran Khan suggests direct Senate elections to avoid horse-trading

Does parliament need judges’ say to legislate, asks PM

Pakistan, Azerbaijan enjoy cordial relations: Afzal

Why does Maryam relate all thief references with Nawaz, wonders Aitzaz Ahsan

Interior ministry refuses to put Sharif family’s names on ECL

PSL 2018: All you need to know about leagues, players

Photo of four women playing board game at Khana-e-Kaaba goes viral

Details of troops' deployment in Saudi Arabia can't be revealed: Senate told

Australia, US, India and Japan in talks to counter China’s spreading influence

Khawaja Asif leaves for Russia on 4-day visit

The tourist, found her way in Mashhad

French Noha at Imam Khoi Culture Center on Shahadat of Lady Fatima (S.A)

Pakistan looks to China, Saudi Arabia for succour

Iraqi court sentences Turkish woman to death for joining Islamic State

Impending crisis stopped PM from banning JuD, FIF

Yemen war: Trial time for Saudi Arabia?

US Muslims raise funds to assist Florida terrorist attack victims, Families

People to take revenge of my disqualification in 2018 polls: Nawaz

Imran’s third wedding news confirmed, Pictures released

Sharifs assets worth Rs58m 18 years back, court told

Who will keep Asma’s flame burning?

Sunnis are assured of Imam Mahdi’s reappearance: Sunni cleric

Bahraini Regime Committed Some 1,000 Human Rights Abuses in 1 Month: Report

Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board dead, says airline

Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatima (S.A)

The Story of Hazrat Fatima (sa), daughter of the Holy Prophet (pbuh)

US meddles in foreign nations elections for 'democracy': Ex CIA director

Zardari retracts statement calling Rao Anwar ‘brave kid’

PM sanctioned troop deployment to Saudi Arabia for ‘advisory purpose’

Shoaib Akhtar appointed PCB brand ambassador

‘Bajwa Doctrine’ working well against American blackmail

No militant camps exist on Pakistani soil: COAS

DRINKING HOT TEA CAN INCREASE RISK OF ESOPHAGEAL CANCER

Cannot wait to lift PSL trophy in Karachi: Sammy

Are Young People Abandoning Facebook or Not?

What’s behind Iranian President’s India visit?

Abbasi decides to abolish Gilgit-Baltistan Council

Why Asif Zardari defended Rao Anwar?

Zainab’s murderer sentenced to death by hanging on four counts

The View of Islam on the People and the Government

Senate summons defence minister over sending troops to Saudi Arabia

Abbasi gives go-ahead to PIA, PSM privatisation

US security services express fear of Pakistan’s nuclear program

Myanmar ready to take back Rohingya refugees

Why Shia-Sunni Unity Is Necessary & Important? Ayatollah Khamenei's Opinion

Farooq Sattar backs down; withdraws from selection of Senate candidates

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Pakistani denounce Saudi Arabia, GCC countries for anti-Pakistan vote at FATF

1396/12/6 | 02:17
Pakistani nation is deeply shocked and stunned to know that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and allied-GCC countries also voted against Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that would place Pakistan on terror watch list or so-called grey list.   Former foreign minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri disclosed at a private news channel’s programme that Saudi Arabia also didn't support Pakistan due to US (pressure). Adviser to the Prime Minister Miftah Ismail told the anchorperson that US officials had exerted pressure on the GCC countries. ...

Zardari defends government for sending Pakistani troops to Saudi Arabia

1396/12/5 | 02:17
  Asif Ali Zardari, former president of Pakistan who now heads PPP Parliamentarians has defended rival party’s government decision to send troops to Saudi Arabia, contradicting his party's senators in doing so. Zardari’s stance over the issue has surprised many because Senator Farhatullah Babar of his party had opposed the government decision to send troops to Saudi Arabia and Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani who also opposed government decision, hails from Zardari’s party. Zardari also lauded Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s initiative ...

Pakistan: The royal playground for the Arabs

1396/12/5 | 02:17
  This is the season to be jolly, the bustards are coming. The small chicken-like birds migrate from Africa to Pakistan in the winter season to celebrate Christmas, and much like most African migrants in history, they are hunted for pleasure by rich people. Thankfully the birds are grey and brown, not white, so the world hardly cares about them. Pakistan must be lauded for its strong stance against the hunting of these poor defenceless birds. Pakistanis have no need to go hunting for birds. They already have their favourite sport: to hunt ...

Another threat of surgical operations: Is India challenging China in the backdrop?

1396/12/4 | 02:17
  Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, on Wednesday said Indian army will give Pakistan a reply “sooner rather than later” for the February 10 attack on a military camp allegedly by militants of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM). At least six Indian soldiers and a civilian were killed in the suicide attack in Sunjuwan. India believes Pakistan backed up the attackers, said defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Pakistan will pay for its ‘misadventure’, she added. “Pakistan thinks it is fighting a war that is paying them dividends but we ...

A weak denial: Is Pakistan hiding facts behind sending troops to Saudia?

1396/12/4 | 02:17
  Attempting to clear the air on Pakistani troops being sent to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that "training elements" rather than fighting forces are being sent to the Kingdom. "The reality is very different from the perception," the prime minister said in an interview aired on Thursday on Express News. "There is no deployment from here. No force is going to attack anyone over there." Last week, a press release by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) saying that a Pakistan Army contingent would be stationed ...

TAPI ceremony brings Pakistan and India closer despite LoC violations

1396/12/4 | 02:17
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on the invitation of presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, will pay an official visit to Turkmenistan and Afghanistan from February 22 to 23 to participate in the ground-breaking (link-up) ceremonies of Turkmenistan- Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, lines of electricity transmission and fibre optics.   India is part of this project and Indian official will also attend the ceremony. It is amazing that some quarters in Pakistan criticize Iran for its commercial relations ...

Saudi enslavement of Pakistan

1396/12/3 | 02:17
Pakistan succumbing to Saudi Arabia’s pressure to send in more troops to the kingdom comes as Riyadh continues its onslaught against Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Not only does this contradict the parliament’s April 2015 resolution calling for ‘neutrality’ in Yemen, it reaffirms Islamabad’s presence on the Shiaphobic Saudi side in the Middle East sectarian divisions, completely alienating neighbouring Iran. The army confirmed the move to agree to Saudi demands after Ambassador Nawaf Saeed Al-Maliki met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General ...

Pakistan adopts latest IAEA’s protocols on nuclear trade

1396/12/2 | 02:17
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has conveyed to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) its intention to subscribe to the ‘Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources’. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, guidance supplements the code of conduct on the safety and security of radioactive sources which although non-legally binding in nature, is an important component of the global nuclear safety and security regime. “Code of Conduct seeks to help countries ensure that radioactive sources are used in a manner ...

Senator fears Pakistani troops could get pulled into Yemen conflict

1396/12/2 | 02:17
Senator Farhatullah Babar on Tuesday once again expressed concerns about the decision to deploy additional troops to Saudi Arabia, saying there's a risk of Pakistani armed forces getting pulled into the Yemen conflict. Making a policy statement in the Senate on Monday, the defence minister had stunned senators by bluntly refusing to divulge the location of the deployment of troops being sent to Saudi Arabia even in an in-camera session. Babar said it should be placed on record whether Pakistani troops will be deployed on the Saudi border and ...

Russia will continue to boost Pakistan’s counterterrorism capacity, says FM Lavrov

1396/12/2 | 02:17
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia will continue to assist Pakistan to bolster its counterterrorism capabilities, and the two countries will also form a commission for military cooperation, TASS news agency reported. "We have confirmed Russia’s readiness to continue boosting Pakistan’s counterterrorism capacity, which is in the entire region’s interests," he said while addressing a press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif. Lavrov said fighting terrorism was a priority area of Russia-Pakistan ...

Pakistan, Azerbaijan enjoy cordial relations: Afzal

1396/12/1 | 02:17
NEWS DESK: Minister of State for Finance, Rana Mohammad Afzal, has said that Pakistan and Azerbaijan are enjoying cordial relations in all spheres, reported Radio Pakistan. Talking to his Azerbaijani counterpart Samir Sharifov in Islamabad on Monday, he emphasized the need to focus on expanding economic cooperation. He said that Pakistan wished to seek opportunities for export of technically trained personnel to Azerbaijan. Both the sides agreed that there is potential for enhancing bilateral trade and joint efforts must be made for increasing ...

Wooing Iran: Jandullah declared as banned outfit by Pakistan

1396/11/25 | 02:17
  The government of Pakistan on Tuesday has declared Jundullah as a banned organization.   The federal government declaring Jundullah as a ban organization put it in Schedule One under the Counter Terrorism Act.   The Ministry of Interior has also issued regular notification to declare Jundullah as a ban organization.   According to the notification issued by the federal government, Jundallah has been dismissed under the Counter-Terrorism Act 1997, in Schedule One under the Counter-Terrorist Act.   It was believed ...

Is Pakistan Shia Democrats Alliance formed under PSP agenda?

1396/11/25 | 02:17
Many isolated speakers (zakirs) have announced formation of Pakistan Shia Democrats Alliance amid allegations that Mustafa Kamal-led Pak Sarzameen Party assigned them the task to do so because the latter eyes Shia vote-bank to be wooed through this so-called alliance in 2018 Elections.     A number of religious speakers (Zakirs) had formed Jafaria Alliance two decades ago and that remains intact under the leadership of Allama Abbas Kumaili, ex-Senator of Pakistan. The new alliance, it seems, has been formed to counter that alliance.   It ...

Are non-state actors trying to incite war between India and Pakistan?

1396/11/25 | 02:17
  "Pakistan will pay [back] India in its own coin in case of any misadventure," Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan warned on Tuesday, responding to his Indian counterpart's comments from a day earlier.   Following a militant attack over the weekend on an Indian army camp in Sunjuwan in Jammu — which left 10 people dead, including five Indian soldiers and a civilian — the Indian Foreign Minister Nirmala Sitharaman directly blamed Pakistan for the attack, saying: "Pakistan will have to pay for Saturday’s militant attack [...] ...

US pushes motion to put Pakistan on global terrorist-financing watchlist

1396/11/25 | 02:17
The United States has put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watch-list with an anti-money laundering monitoring group, according to a senior Pakistani official. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avert being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure officials fear could hurt its economy. The United States has been threatening to get tough with Islamabad over its alleged ties with militants, and last ...

Afghan end game: How Pakistan pushed US in a closed street?

1396/11/24 | 02:17
  Pakistan is blamed for harboring terrorists and even supporting some of the militant groups. It is easier and less complicated for the US to blame us for their failures in Afghanistan.    How else would they justify the expenditure of billions of dollars over the past two decades? We have time and again pushed for a political solution in the Afghan conflict and yet the Americans have deafened their ears upon us. Instilling the anti-Pakistani rhetoric in the hearts of their people isn’t going to find them solace, the sort they ...

Pak-Afghan talks: Why a futile practice?

1396/11/24 | 02:17
  The second round of Pakistan-Afghanistan reached an impasse fuelling bilateral tensions.   For the most part Afghanistan’s allegations and stoicism gloms onto the current US vitriol against Pakistan. Where the US is using the trope of Pakistan’s terrorist havens as a bid to pander to conservative elements at home, Afghanistan is using the same trope to paint Pakistan as the source of instability across the border.   While Pakistan denies any links to the spate of attacks in the Afghan capital it has also offered to conduct ...

Islamic Revolution of Iran united Muslims around the world, says Allama Sajid Naqvi

1396/11/24 | 02:17
  Allama Syed Sajid Ali Naqvi, a senior Pakistani politician and religious leader  has said that Islamic Revolution of Iran was a unique revolution in the sense that it had taught lesson of unity and sacrifice to the world.   In an interview, Islami Tehreek Pakistan chief Allama Syed Sajid Ali Naqvi congratulated Iranian nation and the government of Iran on the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and National Day of Iran.   Shia Ulema Council (S.U.C) chief added that the Islamic Revolution did not come through force ...

Is Chief Justice of Pakistan clearing the way for Shahbaz Sharif?

1396/11/24 | 02:17
The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, remarked a day ago that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) must think over it seriously to make Shahbaz Sharif the prime minister of Pakistan. “Why are you after my job?” Shahbaz retorted amid laughter in the courtroom.   The chief justice, however, responded that “(not the court but) your own people are after you.” A three-member SC bench, headed by CJP Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a suo moto notice of drainage of effluent into rivers and canals and improper disposal ...

Attack on military base: India threatens to unleash attacks on Pakistan

1396/11/24 | 02:17
  Pakistan will have to pay for Saturday’s militant attack on an Indian army camp in Sunjuwan in Jammu, Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman warned on Monday, a day after Islamabad urged New Delhi not to whip up war hysteria. Ms Sitharaman alleged that the attack in Sunjuwan was carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed militants. She added that the perpetrators were assisted by Pakistan. Addressing a press conference over the security situation in Jammu, she said JeM chief Masood Azhar was the mastermind of the attack while there was also ...

The Politics of pipeline diplomacy

1396/11/23 | 02:17
  Attaining considerable influence in Afghanistan is tied to Pakistan’s economic interests in the region   Economics plays an essential role in defining the geopolitical pursuits of the nation-states. In recent years, the Central Asian abundant energy resources, largely untapped, have triggered a race amongst the big powers for gas and oil pipelines in and around the region. In Afghanistan the ‘new great game’ or sometimes called ‘pipeline diplomacy’ regarding the control of energy resources in Central Asia and its routes ...

Enforced disappearances: A pretext to pressurize Pakistan

1396/11/22 | 02:17
  The enforced disappearances of political activists in Pakistan surfaced in a US Congress subcommittee as lawmakers urged the Trump administration to raise this issue with Islamabad.     At this special hearing of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, lawmakers also accused Pakistan of continuing to allow Afghan extremists to destabilise the government in Kabul, a charge raised at a Senate hearing on Tuesday as well. The lawmakers also backed President Donald Trump’s Jan 4 decision to suspend security assistance ...

PTI legislators sign candidacy of Taliban's godfather for Senator of Pakistan

1396/11/22 | 02:17
    Chief of his own faction of the pro-Taliban Deobandi party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Samiul Haq, known as godfather of Taliban filed his nomination papers for the Senate elections after getting support of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-backed MPAs. Disgruntled MPAs Abdul Shakoor Khan of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Barrister Sultan Mehmood of the Qaumi Watan Party, who recently joined the PTI, became proposer and seconder of the elderly Maulana from Akora Khattak. Sami submitted his nomination papers to the returning officer at ...

The self-destructive mode of MQM

1396/11/22 | 02:17
The Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Rabita Committee has pulled back Farooq Sattar’s authority to hand out party tickets for the Senate elections.   Sources reveal that Rabita Committee dispatched a letter addressed to the Election Commission Pakistan (ECP), stating that Sattar will not be given the authority to extend party tickets for the upcoming Senate elections.   It notified ECP that the Rabita Committee reserves the rights to give party tickets to nominees.MQM’s divisions have led to practically all PPP spokespersons ...

India vs Pakistan: Would US take another policy U-turn?

1396/11/21 | 02:17
  Washington’s policymakers are aware of Pakistan’s strategic anxieties regarding India’s role in Afghanistan, they are not too pushed to do anything about it.    This is why the cost of losing aid is not so high for Islamabad. And recent moves are hardly going to affect a policy change within this country. Especially given that Chinese economic support is growing and the Russians have already embarked on defence cooperation with us. Furthermore, over the past decade overseas Pakistanis have been sending huge remittances that ...

Stashed abroad: A useless hunt to bring looted money back to Pakistan

1396/11/21 | 02:17
  The government has started negotiations with the UAE and Swiss governments to collect information regarding Pakistanis holding billions of dollars of offshore assets and bank accounts to bring these Pakistanis into the tax net.   “We have started negotiations with authorities in Dubai and Switzerland to get information about properties and other assets of Pakistanis,” said Minister of State for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal while talking to reporters after a meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice at the Parliament ...

Jamaat-e-Islami says Islamic Revolution of Iran a role model for Ummah

1396/11/20 | 02:17
Secretary General of Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Islami Liaquat Baloch has said that Islamic Revolution is a role model for entire Muslim world adding that success of the revolution lies in the sincerity of the Iranian nation with the Islamic Revolution.     In an interview), Liaquat Baloch extended his facilitations to the government and people of Iran on the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. He said that the revolution is the outcome of the struggle of the late Imam Khomeini against the western powers. Iranian people, despite ...

India’s plan B: Is China-Pakistan conflict possible?

1396/11/20 | 02:17
China on Tuesday urged Pakistan to rapidly bring perpetrators to justice after unidentified gunmen shot at two Chinese nationals in Karachi, killing one of them.   The two Chinese were in their car in an upmarket area on Monday when the attackers in another car opened fire on their vehicle, according to police, describing it as an apparent "targeted attack".   One of the Chinese suffered two bullet wounds to his head and later succumbed to his injuries, the head of the government hospital said.   "The consulate general of ...

Clashes as Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia jailed for 5-year over corruption

1396/11/19 | 02:17
  A Bangladesh judge convicted opposition leader Khaleda Zia of corruption and sentenced her to five years in jail on Thursday as police clashed with thousands of her supporters outside the court. The court found the two-time former premier guilty of embezzling money meant for an orphanage, a charge she had consistently dismissed as politically motivated. Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), is expected to appeal against the verdict, but it may affect her ability to stand in a general election slated for December. She ...

US should impose sanctions on Pakistani military, intel officials: Hamid Karzai

1396/11/19 | 02:17
Afghanistan’s former president has lashed out at both the United States and Pakistan, accusing them of using the Afghan war to further their own interests and calling on Washington to sanction Pakistani military and intelligence officials.   In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Hamid Karzai said his country is in “terrible shape” 16 years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban.   He said Washington wants to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan to better control the region, while Pakistan ...

Olive branch of aid: Would Pakistan accept US offer to fight her war in Afghanistan?

1396/11/19 | 02:17
The United States could consider ending a suspension of security assistance to Pakistan, if Islamabad takes “decisive and sustained” actions against alleged militant groups in the country, the State Department’s No. 2 official said on Tuesday.   “We may consider lifting the suspension when we see decisive and sustained actions to address our concerns, including targeting all terrorist groups operating within its territory, without distinction,” Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.   Sullivan, ...

Does Pakistan have any Afghan strategy?

1396/11/19 | 02:17
Afghanistan has handed “undeniable” evidence to Pakistan that it claims shows a recent spate of deadly attacks were planned on Pakistani soil, Afghan officials said on Thursday, amid growing public anger over their impotence to protect civilians.   Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, the head of Afghanistan's spy agency, told reporters it was clear that the attacks were “planned from across the border”.   “We asked Pakistan to hand over the culprits of the attacks in Afghanistan and we shared undeniable evidence that the attacks ...

Out of US pressure: Would Pakistan seek completion of Pak-Iran pipeline?

1396/11/18 | 02:17
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Sunday that Iran has held its end of the bargain by taking the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline to the Pakistani border, but Pakistan has not yet taken any action in this regard.   “If Pakistan doesn’t take necessary actions in this regard Iran has no choice but to take legal actions,” he added.   While one can consider the argument that the Pakistani political scene has been in crisis for a long time, first due to the rigging allegations and then the ousting of the former Prime Minister, ...

Pakistan played key role in pushing al Qaeda closer to defeat: US

1396/11/18 | 02:17
  The US intends to hold Pakistan accountable for its failure to deny sanctuary to militant proxies, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. In a Tuesday committee meeting on ‘The Administration’s South Asia Strategy on Afghanistan’, Sullivan informed that the South Asia strategy marks a change from status quo in US-Pakistan relations. “We also encourage restraint in Pakistan’s military nuclear and missile programmes, and seek continued, closer alignment of Pakistan’s non-proliferation ...

Four NDS members arrested during raid on Afghan refugee camp

1396/11/17 | 02:17
  Security forces have arrested 12 suspects, including four alleged members of Afghanistan’s secret agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) during a search operation conduced in Surkhab area of Pishin district, according to official sources.     They said here on Sunday that the search operation was conducted by Levies personnel in the Surkhab Afghan refugee camp and its adjacent areas on the night between Saturday and Sunday.   “We have arrested four suspected members of NDS and recovered Afghan passports ...

Trump’s tough talk may help Pakistan keep top talent

1396/11/17 | 02:17
   Although US President Donald Trump has never professed much love for Pakistan, recently his “Do More” has changed to “No More” with a single tweet. This is alarming for Pakistan’s national security and a lot of quarters feel that it will translate into economic trouble.   This assumption makes sense since that fateful tweet has led to the US starting preparations to cut aid to Pakistan. Although the government has been quick to try and assuage these financial fears, having any amount of money taken out of the system ...

Jadhav now facing trial on terrorism, sabotage charges

1396/11/17 | 02:17
  Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was last year convicted and sentenced to death by a military tribunal for spying, is now undergoing trial on terrorism and sabotage charges, an official told Dawn on Monday. The Pakistan government has, meanwhile, on a number of occasions sought access to 13 Indian officials to ascertain information in the Jadhav case — a fact that is supposedly also mentioned in the counter-memorial submitted at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by Pakistan. But New Delhi has remained stubbornly uncooperative. The ...

A herculean task: Can Pakistan resist US hegemony at UN?

1396/11/16 | 02:17
  Pakistan has criticised the aspirants for permanent seats in an expanded UN Security Council – India, Brazil, Germany and Japan – for opposing reform of the 15-member body based on the principles of democracy, and vowed to resist any move that serves the interests of a few countries to the detriment of the larger membership. “We will continue to uphold values of democracy, equal opportunity and non-discrimination for as long as it takes, but we will not be complicit in any exercise that places narrow self-serving interests of a ...

US ready to use nuclear weapons in case of non-nuclear attack

1396/11/15 | 02:17
The United States has announced it will adopt a more aggressive nuclear posture, including initiating nuclear strikes in response to non-nuclear threats.   A Trump administration Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) released Friday shows a greater willingness to use nuclear weapons first and calls for development of new nuclear weapons and capabilities to counter rivals such as Russia and China.   Washington’s new NPR states that the US would consider such an attack in the case of “extreme circumstances”, these could include “significant ...

Indian confession: The game on Kulbhoshan Jhadav

1396/11/15 | 02:17
One of the most respectable magazines of India, Frontline, has finally admitted India’s role in subversive activities against the interest of Pakistan in the region.    Before, another publicationThe Quint was forced to pull a report from its website that had exposed Jadhav as an agent of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).    A second report confirming Jadhav as Indian Naval officer involved in covert operations in Pakistan gives credence to Islamabad's position that India through one mean or other is trying to create chaos and ...

Is Pakistan a perfect escape-goat for US failure in Afghanistan?

1396/11/15 | 02:17
  While the US threats can further strain relations, the Afghan government’s gesture needs a positive response.   With the US authorising its commanders in Afghanistan to deny terrorists the safe haven they seek in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the prevailing tension between US and Pakistan has been further ratcheted up. Does this mean more air strikes inside Pakistan?   Or does this imply ground action by the US commanders? Whatever the implications of the new Trump policy, one thing is clear. Pakistan will henceforth have ...

Captain among 11 security personnel martyred in Swat suicide attack

1396/11/15 | 02:17
  At least 11 soldiers, including an army officer, have lost their lives and 13 others sustained injuries when an assailant detonated his explosive vest in Pakistan’s northern district of Swat, police say. “The soldiers were playing volleyball in the evening outside the military base... when a … bomber managed to blow himself up,” said a local security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, on Saturday, shortly after the terrorist attack was carried out in Kabal area. The outlawed militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan ...

No attack on Pakistan: US backtracks from Trump's threats to Pakistan

1396/11/14 | 02:17
  A senior US general has assured Islamabad that the United States is not planning to conduct military operations inside Pakistan. Another general said that despite differences Pakistan remains “absolutely critical” to America’s success in Afghanistan, while the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson urged Islamabad to join US efforts to defeat terrorists in the South Asian region. “We actually don’t contemplate military operations inside Pakistan,” US Joint Staff Director Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie said at a Pentagon news briefing ...

The weapon of Aid: What does drying US aid mean for Pakistan?

1396/11/14 | 02:17
  Some legislative changes in the US National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) this year will lead to withholding of $350 million American aid to Pakistan, says an official US report.   On Jan 4, the US State Department announced that Washington had suspended security assistance to Pakistan until Islamabad took decisive action against the Taliban and the Haqqani network.   So far, various figures have been quoted on how much aid has been suspended. But the report by the office of the US Special Inspector General Afghanistan ...

Fresh allegations: Has Afghanistan become Indian pawn against Pakistan?

1396/11/14 | 02:17
Afghanistan has handed “undeniable” evidence to Pakistan that it claims shows a recent spate of deadly attacks were planned on Pakistani soil, Afghan officials said on Thursday, amid growing public anger over their impotence to protect civilians.   Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, the head of Afghanistan's spy agency, told reporters it was clear that the attacks were “planned from across the border”.   “We asked Pakistan to hand over the culprits of the attacks in Afghanistan and we shared undeniable evidence that the attacks ...

Increased drone strikes in FATA under Trump’s new South Asia strategy

1396/11/13 | 02:17
The White House has said that he Trump administration’s South Asia strategy gives US commanders in the region the authority and resources they need to deal with “terrorist safe havens in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.       The strategy that President Donald Trump announced in August last year underlines the US determination to defeat the Taliban in the battlefield in order to force them to accept the current administrative set-up in Kabul. As part of this strategy, the Trump administration recently increased drone strikes ...

Jadhav may be serving naval officer, says Indian magazine

1396/11/13 | 02:17
  That India has unleashed a covert war against Pakistan and that convicted spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is a serving officer of Indian Navy is no longer news for Pakistanis because they already know that. But it’s surely news — big news — when a major Indian magazine, published by a reputable media house, finally comes around to admitting that. The magazine concerned is Frontline that is published by publishers of the well-known newspaper The Hindu, which has not only acknowledged that India is engaged in a covert war but also said ...

Pakistan handed over 27 Taliban, Haqqani Network militants to Afghanistan

1396/11/12 | 02:17
  Pakistan handed over 27 individuals suspected of having ties to the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network to Afghanistan last year, Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal revealed on Tuesday.   The suspected militants were handed over to Afghanistan in November 2017, he said. The revelation comes as Afghanistan reels from a series of assaults by Afghan Taliban and militant Islamic State (IS) extremists that have put security and intelligence failures in the spotlight. Faisal also mentioned that Pakistan has lost "75,000 ...

Pakistan issues special permit to Saudi prince for hunting houbara bustard

1396/11/12 | 02:17
    The federal government has issued a special permit to Saudi Arabian Prince Fahd bin Sultan Abdul Aziz Al Saud, governor of Tabuk, to hunt the internationally protected houbara bustard during the hunting season 2017-18.     Sources said Prince Fahd had caught the media attention a couple of years back when he, according to the wildlife department report, had hunted over 2,100 houbara bustards during his three-week long safari.   A resident of colder central Asian region, the houbara avoiding the harsh weather ...