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Report: Detained Saudi princes face prison if they do not give up their wealth

Local Afghan Leaders Protest Deadly US Strikes on ‘Heroin Labs’

Iran’s supreme leader is the 'new Hitler' of Middle East: Saudi crown prince

Lebanon army on alert for possible threat from Israel

Former Saudi minister says violence unacceptable even in Israel

Would India really allow US to act against TTP?

Is Pakistan under last transitional phase?

AIG Ashraf Noor martyred in Peshawar suicide blast

Google tracks users even with location services disabled

New Saudi counterterrorism law aims to silence critics: HRW

Islamabad siege: Did TLYR achieve the motives of dharna?

Israeli man's selfies at Masjid-e-Nabwi: A moment of shame for Saudia

At the brink of bankruptcy: Is Pakistan economy at the verge of destruction?

Saudi-Israel normalisation, a gift to Iran

Abbas ready for ‘historic’ peace deal under Trump

Ayatollah Khameni : Bringing US to its knees in region a miracle of Islamic revolution

Jolt to India: Why did Pakistan set Hafiz Saeed free?

MMA Again: The light in the end of tunnel for Fazal ur Rehman

North Korean media called Trump a “rabid dog” and sentenced him to death

Putin to talk with Saudi King Salman following Assad’s Russia meeting

Teenagers aged upto 12 sold for prostitution

Afghan Army Recruitment Dwindles Amid Taliban Threats

Gen. Soleimani’s message to Ayatollah Khamenei

Declared absconder : Is Ishaq Dar in a real fix?

India cancels $500m arms deal with Israel

Assad and Putin discuss end game in Syria

Arab League emergency meeting: Divisions fail decisions

Why Did Saudia summon COAS and Pakistan PM?

The difference between the Sunnis and the Takfiri Wahhabism!

Who conspired against Khatm.e.Nubuwwat (PBUH) law?

Dirty Politics: PTI’s blunder of making alliance with Taliban’s father

Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims ‘a dehumanising apartheid’: Amnesty report

Scientists warns of upsurge in major earthquakes in 2018

UNGA resolution: Is Pakistan on right track for Kashmir’s freedom?

Imran Khan paves way for father of Deobandi Taliban to his new Pakistan

Rana Sanaullah blames Intelligence Agencies for Shirazi kidnapping

Report: Saudi Arabia deficit reaches $32.4bn

Russia eyes active role in Afghanistan, breaking with three-decade restraint

While Saudi Arabia discusses Iran and Hezbollah in Cairo, its plans for Lebanon are backfiring

Afghanistan opium cultivation: A bigger threat than ISIS to Pakistan and Iran

Why Nawaz Sharif is hesitant to remove Ishaq Dar?

Can Islamabad protests lead into Military take over?

Iran: Saudi-drafted Arab League statement full of lies, worthless

Nasrallah: US did what it could to help Daesh in Syria's Bukamal

Interior Minister gets 48 hours to evict defiant Islamabad protesters

ABNA | Syrian civilian killed, material damaged in terrorist rocket attacks in Damascus

Pakistan nears its moment of truth

MERH | Study indicates discrimination against Shias in Bahrain

The Prophet, an ‘Ummi’..

Does Israel has secret ties with 'many' Arab, Muslim states?

Why Pentagon persuaded Congress to delink LeT from Haqqani network?

Security council appointed panel says no missiles sent to Houthis, refuting Saudi Arabia claim

The conditional release of Saad al-Hariri; Saudi Arabia kept his two children in Riyadh

How has Islamophobia changed over the past 20 years?

Saudi: Palestinian Abbas must endorse US’ plan or leave

Egyptian authorities crack down on televised fatwas

Saudi Arabia’s empty trumpeting for war against Iran

Replacing Finance minister: Is PML-N going to make Ishaq Dar a perfect scapegoat?

Faizabad sit in: Is another model town like action in the offing?

Is Shahbaz Sharif deliberately weakening PML-N?

Would Nawaz seek a presidential pardon?

Senior Iranian official warns Macron against meddling in Iran’s internal affairs

Palestine to freeze ties with US if Trump admin closes mission in Washington

The Martyrdom of Imam Hassan (AS)

Lebanese PM Accepts France Invite: Will This End Crisis?

Arab media: Baghdad not ready to host Saudi Crown Prince

Barzani seeking to mend ties with Iran, worrying US

The series of the arrogant prince

US troops told to ignore child abuse in Afghanistan

Shafaqna special: Did PML-N launch Tehrik.e.Labaik?

Balochistan mass murder:  A terrorist activity or human trafficking?

TTP in Afghanistan: How does Abdullah Abdullah’s confession shift burden from Pakistan to US?

Free Balochistan posters: A new game plan against CPEC

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi capital for France: Lebanese TV

Saudi siege of Yemen leaves three cities without clean water: Red Cross

Social Structure Founded by the Prophet (pbuh)

Death and Burial of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

How has Islamophobia changed over the past 20 years?

West Eyes Nuclear Deal-Style Missile Pact with Iran

Saudi Arabia’s Desperate Moves against Hezbollah

International conference on lovers of Ahlul Bayt (as) and the Takfiri issue

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

US Claims North Korea Behind FALLCHILL Malware

Saudi Arabia and Israel want to drag US into war against Iran: Former CIA officer

The story of a French woman who married four ISIS terrorists

'Saudi King Salman to step down next week'

Pakistan, US trade blame over cross-border terrorism

Delinking LeT from Haqqani network: Did US ditch India?

Is PTI backing Tehreek-e-Labbaik protests?

Israel ready to share intel on Iran with Saudi Arabia: Military chief

Saudi Arabia blackmailing detained princes to fill state coffers: Report

Netanyahu: Israel Will Act Alone to Force Iran Out of Syria

50,000 Yemeni children will die by end of the year, says Save the Children

Saudi storms home of detained cleric Salman Al-Ouda

Morsi tells lawyer of threats to his life

How Israel and Saudi Arabia Conspire to Seize Control of the Middle East?

How Trump’s CIA Used Bin Laden Files and a Neocon Think Tank to Escalate Tensions With Iran

Decline in terrorism: Has Pakistan won the proxy war led by Israel and India?

Is TTP returning to South Waziristan again?

Scapegoat: Is Supreme Court going to disqualify Jhangir Tareen?

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Would India really allow US to act against TTP?

1396/9/3 | 21:58
  Days before crucial talks with the US defence secretary, Pakistan has welcomed an American offer to take action against militants involved in cross-border raids from the Afghan soil, the Voice of America radio service reported on Wednesday.   The official US news outlet also reported that Pakistan believed the US offer “augurs well” for regional counterterrorism cooperation.   US Defence Secretary James Mattis is expected in Islamabad on Dec 3 for talks aimed at enlisting Pakistan’s support for implementing the new ...

Is Pakistan under last transitional phase?

1396/9/3 | 21:58
Keeping in view the volatile political situation and precarious internal environment, the Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has appealed to all the political forces and leadership to act with sagacity and take prudent steps to rid the country out of the quagmire posing threats to our peace, security and stability.       The PML-N government let banned outfits, operating under new names, collect funds, distribute poisonous literature and hold public meetings. It patronised religious leaders with extremist views, making one a ...

At the brink of bankruptcy: Is Pakistan economy at the verge of destruction?

1396/9/2 | 21:58
  After a little over a year, Pakistan will today (Wednesday) hold road shows in the Middle East and the United States as it looks to borrow up to $3 billion by floating Islamic and conventional bonds.   The country, currently suffering from declining foreign exchange reserves, wants to finalise the bond issue on November 29 in New York.   The government is trying to tap the international debt markets at a time when there is excess liquidity and the benchmark interest rates are not too high. However, there is more domestic ...

Islamabad siege: Did TLYR achieve the motives of dharna?

1396/9/2 | 21:58
  The latest wrinkle against the TLYR protests is  that the Supreme Court has taken suo-motu notice on the basis of Article 15 of the Constitution which allows and protects freedom of movement to the general public.    Contempt notices have been issued to a basket of high-ranking officials and the SC has given yet another deadline of 23rd November.     The issue which supposedly triggered the protests has long disappeared into the background. It was rectified swiftly once its sensitivity was recognised but the ‘protesters’ ...

Jolt to India: Why did Pakistan set Hafiz Saeed free?

1396/9/2 | 21:58
  The government of Pakistan could not provide any evidence as to why Saeed was kept under house arrest, after which the court decided to free him.     The review board under the chair of Justice Abdul Sami Khan passed these orders after a senior finance ministry official failed to convince the board that the release of Saeed would bring diplomatic and financial problems to the country.   The review board of the Lahore High Court asked the Punjab government to produce evidence against Hafiz Saeed for keeping him detained ...

MMA Again: The light in the end of tunnel for Fazal ur Rehman

1396/9/2 | 21:58
  Over the revival of six-party MMA after the lapse of 10 years, various political parties have given their reaction.   Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has described the restoration of MMA as a feat of the establishment. It has expressed fear about the MMA and said that it is an alliance of outlawed parties under the patronage of the establishment.     PPP Secretary General Senator Farhatullah Babar said that restoration of MMA is a part of the plan to covertly exploit Taliban.  He added that restoration of MMA and ...

Why Did Saudia summon COAS and Pakistan PM?

1396/9/1 | 21:58
  The PM and COAS were seemingly summoned to visit Riyadh through personalised diplomacy (so well-beloved of our disqualified PM) rather than cordially invited through formal Foreign Office channels and the surprise call has been well answered as they leave for Saudi Arabia.       The COAS’s recent three-day Iran visit was a welcome affair, its visible affability if actually translated into practice could well secure an increasingly troublesome border, despite apprehensions about Iran’s ties with India, its ambiguous policies ...

While Saudi Arabia discusses Iran and Hezbollah in Cairo, its plans for Lebanon are backfiring

1396/8/30 | 21:58
  Saudi Arabia has called a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo to discuss “Iran’s disruptive politics” in the region. This comes after the rather flimsy resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced that he was stepping down when he was in Riyadh, not Beirut.   What’s more, Yemeni officials have told Associated Press that Saudi Arabia has blocked Yemen’s President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, his sons, ministers and military officials, from going home for months now. Enmity between Hadi and the United ...

Afghanistan opium cultivation: A bigger threat than ISIS to Pakistan and Iran

1396/8/30 | 21:58
  A report by the United Nation’s Office on Drug Crime (UNODC) has found that the area used to cultivate opium in Afghanistan has increased by 63 percent since 2016. Back then, 201,000 hectares of land were being used towards this end.     Today, this stands at 328,000. Poppies are now grown in 24 out of 34 provinces in that country. And it is estimated that 9,000 tonnes of opium will be produced in Afghanistan in 2017, with an estimated value of $1.4 billion.   There is no easy fix to this problem. Opium makes up ...

UNGA resolution: Is Pakistan on right track for Kashmir’s freedom?

1396/8/30 | 21:58
  The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously passed a Pakistan-sponsored resolution, reaffirming the universal realisation of the right to self-determination for people.   The resolution, co-sponsored by 75 countries adopted in the third committee session, says that the right to self-determination to the people is a fundamental condition for effective guarantee and observance of human rights.   Pakistan’s UN representative Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told reporters that the adoption of the resolution reaffirms ...

Pakistan nears its moment of truth

1396/8/29 | 21:58
  The government already had its hands full dealing with internal problems including the ongoing Islamabad sit-in by religious groups, and now it has to decide on a tricky foreign policy matter that will have both domestic and external repercussions. Pakistan needs to finalise the extent of its participation in the Saudi-led coalition of Muslim countries later this month when the defence ministers of member countries meet in Riyadh. The defence ministers from Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) are due to meet in the ...

Pakistan, US trade blame over cross-border terrorism

1396/8/26 | 21:58
  Top Pakistani and US military commanders blamed each other on Thursday for not doing enough to stop cross-border terrorism. The two-day visit of United States Central Command (Centcom) Commander Gen Joseph Votel, in which he held a series of meetings with senior Pakistani military commanders, including Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa, reinforced the perception that Pakistan and the US had not been able to narrow their trust deficit despite a series of high-level meetings. Gen Votel’s trip, which was his fourth to Islamabad, is believed ...

Delinking LeT from Haqqani network: Did US ditch India?

1396/8/26 | 21:58
    The US Congress has removed a provision from the National Defence Authorisation Act 2018 that would have required the US Secretary of Defence to certify that Pakistan has taken steps to “significantly disrupt” the activities of both Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani network.     The new version has confined this requirement to the Haqqani network only, indicating a desire in Washington to focus entirely on Afghanistan as long as it takes to subdue the Taliban insurgency there.       It can ...

Decline in terrorism: Has Pakistan won the proxy war led by Israel and India?

1396/8/25 | 21:58
    At least 956 people were killed in 736 terror attacks in Pakistan in 2016, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) released on Wednesday, a significant decline in terror fatalities as compared to 2015.   Afghanistan and Syria displayed a similar trend, as four of the five countries most impacted by terrorism saw a 33 per cent decrease in terror fatalities.   Although the total number of people killed in terror attacks worldwide fell for the second successive year, more countries were victims of terror in 2016, ...

Is TTP returning to South Waziristan again?

1396/8/25 | 21:58
  A faction of the Taliban has apparently made a comeback to Wana, South Waziristan Agency, under the guise of a peace committee and placed a ban on cultural and social activities and put restrictions on movement of women outside their homes without male members of their family.   The so-called peace committee has issued tough guidelines through pamphlets in Wana town and warned local people to abide by these rules otherwise violators would face repercussions, according to sources.    The so called peace committee is, reportedly, ...

Why Pakistan wants Afghanistan to join CPEC?

1396/8/24 | 21:58
     Pakistan is anxiously awaiting Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani amid tension with the war-ravaged neighbour while Kabul rejoices Iran and India-sponsored Chabahar port.   Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan had nothing against the Chabahar port but was very much concerned over the tension along the border with Afghanistan.   “We are expecting the Afghan president to visit Pakistan so that we can find out a solution to the militants’ hideouts on the Afghan side. There have ...

Shafaqna Insight: Why India cannot sabotage CPEC?

1396/8/24 | 21:58
   India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) had established a cell in 2015 dedicated to sabotaging China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in Pakistan.   RAW established a new cell with a special allocation of over $500 million in 2015 to sabotage CPEC projects [in Pakistan]."   India's indirect interference in Pakistan is manifested in sponsoring Tehreek-i-Taliban-Pakistan, Baloch and other sub-nationalist outfits and many other terrorist groups     India has set up a Balochistan operational cell ...

Don’t get ‘too close’ to Iran: US warning to Pakistan

1396/8/23 | 21:58
  The United States has asked Pakistan to avoid getting “too close” to Iran as Washington and Islamabad struggle to build the confidence level, The Nation has learnt.   Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Washington was not happy with the growing ties between Pakistan and Iran and had asked Islamabad to “stay within limits”.   “The recent positive contacts between Pakistan and Iran have not been welcomed by the US . They believe we [Pakistan] should stay away from Iran as much as possible. ...

Shafaqna analysis: Why Pakistan cannot bring Altaf Hussain back?

1396/8/23 | 21:58
    Pakistan has provided fresh ‘damning evidence’ to British authorities against alleged involvement of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London supremo on laundering billions as well as his contact with Indian spy agency-RAW, seeking London’s help for a ‘conclusive headway’ into an ongoing investigation against the leaders of MQM-London, MQM-Pakistan and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).     The ‘fresh damning evidence’ carried over fresh record of around a dozen bank accounts, which were once being used by leaders of ...

Mounting debt: Would Nawaz Govt leave a huge economic crisis behind?

1396/8/22 | 21:58
  In a shocking development, the federal government has added another Rs1 trillion to its growing debt pile in just two months, which swelled at an alarming rate of Rs16.4 billion a day, indicating that the finance ministry cannot ensure fiscal discipline any more.   The federal government’s debt has increased to Rs21.8 trillion till the end of August 2017, which was Rs1.003 trillion higher than the level witnessed in June 2017, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The federal government’s debt of Rs21.8 trillion is ...

Wooing Pakistan back: The fodder of CSF for Pakistan

1396/8/21 | 21:58
  The Ame­rican Congress has authorised up to $700 million in Coalition Support Fund (CSF) to reimburse Pakistan for activities carried out in support of US operations in Afghanistan.   The authorisation is included in the reconciled text of the House and Senate versions of the 2018 National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA-2018), which was released on Thursday.   The reconciled version makes $350m of $700m available to Pakistan under the CSF contingent upon certification from the secretary of defence that Pakistan is taking ...

Trump’s Afghan gamble

1396/8/20 | 21:58
  Trump’s Afghan policy has alienated Pakistan while it continues to bring  more suffering to Afghanistan. Among other drawbacks it  links Afghanistan with Washington’s  South Asia policy  introducing India as a major player. It has thus deepened regional tensions.   Afghanistan has suffered the most from the flawed US policy. With a  larger  involvement of US Air Force in anti-terrorism operations, civilian casualties have increased leading to protests.  The attacks by Afghan Taliban and ISIS  have meanwhile  multiplied. ...

If convicted, will Nawaz get a presidential pardon?

1396/8/19 | 21:58
   If Nawaz Sharif is formally convicted in the Panama corruption References, chances of which are bright after his indictment Wednesday, the disqualified former Pakistani Prime Minister's loyalists might be hoping against hope that President Mamnoon Hussain comes to their leader's rescue by exercising his "discretionary powers" to pardon him.     All over the world, including Pakistan, it is not unusual for Presidents to ultimately use their powers to grant clemency to people convicted in a wide range of crimes.   Let ...

Why does US want to re-engage Pakistan?

1396/8/19 | 21:58
  United States Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on Thursday, the army’s media wing said.   According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), bilateral and regional security issues were discussed in the meeting.   The meeting came days after Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif categorically ruled out any possibility of Pakistan-US joint operations in the areas bordering Afghanistan.     The United States should ...

Sources: Saudi prince’s helicopter was targeted by Bin Salman

1396/8/19 | 21:58
  The helicopter carrying Saudi Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin and seven other people was deliberately targeted by state forces because it is believed Bin Muqrin opposed Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s succession to the throne, informed sources told the New Khaleej. According to the sources, Bin Muqrin had recently sent a letter to some 1,000 princes urging them to step away from support for Bin Salman’s succession to the throne, pointing out that the youth must take action. The sources claim the attack sends a clear message to others ...

Detailed judgment:  A befitting reply to “ Mujhe Qn Nikala”

1396/8/18 | 21:58
  The Supreme Court concluded that denying an asset or defending a trust deed — supposedly written in 2005 in a font that became commercially available in 2007 — was below the dignity and decorum of the office of the prime minister.   The court could not have shut its eyes when an asset, arising out of “Iqama” (work permit), surfaced during the investigation of the Panama Papers case, especially since a much higher level of integrity was expected from the holder of the highest elected office in the land, the apex court said, ...

Ending honeymoon with Taliban: Pakistan’s paradigm shift in Afghan Policy

1396/8/18 | 21:58
  The United States has admitted to having witnessed disruption in cross-border movement of Afghan Taliban.     The Americans have told us that they could see early signs of Taliban experiencing temporary disruption in movements across the border. They have seen that happen,” Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said while briefing the committee’s members on recent interactions with the US officials.   It is a rare acknowledgement that Pakistan’s counterterrorism actions and border control measures along the border ...

Washington’s reservations over CPEC

1396/8/18 | 21:58
      Of late, the US has raised objections on the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Washington’s basis of objections on CPEC is that some part of the project runs through the internationally disputed territory of Kashmir.   While no part of CPEC runs through the Indian-occupied or the Pakistan-administered Kashmir but the US, like India, considers Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan as part of the greater Kashmir region. Therefore, any project in a disputed territory by a third country or ...

Tehran rendezvous: Bajwa’s quiet diplomacy

1396/8/18 | 21:58
  On Sunday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Tehran for a three day official visit.    His visit to Tehran was announced by military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor. However, no official statements have been given yet as to what the nature of the visit is.    Since the announcement of USA’s policy for the region, both the neighbours have been extremely cautious and believe that improvement of bilateral ties between the brotherly states is the way forward.     Whether ...

Can the Sharif brothers maintain their united front going into the 2018 polls?

1396/8/17 | 21:58
  Nawaz has reportedly agreed that Shahbaz will be his candidate for prime minister in 2018. This is the party’s only manageable option, but it isn’t a done deal.   Those who know Nawaz’s politics say the real plan may still be to fast-track Maryam’s grooming process. This would be a disaster and could bring Nawaz-Shahbaz relations to a head to the party’s detriment.   It would make 2018 a do-or-die scenario for Shahbaz. He would somehow have to make prime minister or else accept that he and Hamza will continue ...

Paradise leaks: Another story of mega loot

1396/8/17 | 21:58
  Names of several Pakistanis, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz among them, have surfaced in the new database of documents, Paradise Papers, released by the International Consortium of Journalists Sunday night.   The Paradise Papers reveal data of over 25,000 companies spanning 180 countries, from 1950 to 2016.   Around 381 investigative journalists from 67 countries worked extensively to bring facts about the Paradise Papers before the people. Senior News reporter and ICIJ member Umar Cheema was also part of the team which ...

Security or smog: Why did West Indies cancel its tour to Pakistan?

1396/8/17 | 21:58
  West Indies’ eagerly anticipated tour of Pakistan has been postponed until at least next year as smog in Lahore makes conditions impossible for cricket, with other issues also coming to the fore.   The mega city, home to the iconic Gaddafi Stadium, has been facing smog issues that have severely affected visibility for a week and is expected to stay for some time to come.   “The West Indies series has been postponed until next year for a number of reasons,” a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told The Express Tribune.   “The ...

Killing of diplomat: Did RAW and NDS gave a message to Pakistan?

1396/8/17 | 21:58
    Pakistan on Tuesday strongly condemned the killing of its diplomatic official serving at the Consulate General of Pakistan in Afghanistan.   Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua summoned the Afghan Charge d’Affaires to the foreign office to lodge a strong protest, demanding justice be served.   Denouncing the violent act,  Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif urged the Afghan government to apprehend the assailants and ensure security of Pakistan’s diplomatic personnel and their missions in Afghanistan.     The ...

US, Israel biggest supporters of terrorism in Middle East: Iran Def. Min.

1396/8/17 | 21:58
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel are the biggest supporters of terrorism in the Middle East region. Speaking in a meeting with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa in Tehran on Tuesday, Hatami pointed to threadbare plots hatched by the United States and Israel, saying that they were the biggest source of support for terrorist groups wreaking havoc on a number of countries in the region.   The Iranian minister said US-nurtured extremism and the fight ...

Melting Ice: Can Iran and Pakistan devour US in the region?

1396/8/16 | 21:58
  Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Tehran on Sunday on a three-day official visit, the first by a Pakistani army chief in over two decades.   His arrival in Tehran was announced by military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor through a tweet. No formal statement was, however, issued revealing the caution with which the two sides are dealing with the visit that is seen by many as a major development in bilateral relations.   “COAS arrived Tehran, Iran on official visit. Scheduled to meet Iranian civilian and military leadership,” ...

Would model town case be a game changer of Pakistan politics?

1396/8/16 | 21:58
  The Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the Punjab government on to submit the judicial inquiry report into the 2014 Model Town incident which left 14 Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers dead.   A full-member bench of the LHC headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh was hearing the government’s petition against making the report public..   The government’s counsel, Khawaja Harris, contended that the inquiry report was not part of judicial records and could not be used a evidence.   In September, Justice Sayyed Mazahar ...

Is US really wants to mediate between Pakistan and India?

1396/8/16 | 21:58
  Pakistan believes in regional peace and welcomes mediation by the United States in easing tension with India, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday.   Asif said Pakistan has always preferred a comprehensive dialogue with its South Asian neighbour that could contribute to peace in the region, Radio Pakistan reported.   The dialogue, titled 'Convergence amid Divergence: Identifying Pathways to Cooperation in a Challenging Environment', was called to deliberate on ways to ease the strain in bilateral Pak-US ties.     Commenting ...

Are the Pakistani universities breeding ground for terrorism?

1396/8/16 | 21:58
Universities are a breeding ground for terrorists; therefore, we need to take serious actions to resolve this issue. This is the argument that is being bombarded by the state institutions towards the academia.     If the varsities are to be blamed for the actions of some student they did well after leaving their institutions, then why not also talk about their schools, colleges, locality, mosques and everything else around them?       if universities are somehow facilitating radicalisation, then we must go through ...

Pakistani consulate staffer killed in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

1396/8/16 | 21:58
Unidentified assailants have shot dead an employee of the Pakistan consulate in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, officials say. The incident occurred in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, when two gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on Nayyar Iqbl Rana who had gone shopping without a security detail. "When he went to the hospital he was pronounced dead," said Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan, Zahid Nasrullah, adding that he had "absolutely no idea" why Rana had been targeted. The Pakistani diplomat worked in the visa section ...

The burning Parachinar: An Untold story of Shiite oppression

1396/8/15 | 21:58
  Parachinar was once paradise on earth but it has been burning in the fires of terrorism for years. The havoc wreaked by Takfiri terrorists have turned this piece of heave into valley of death and blood.   A geographic area with dense population of Toori and Bangash Tribes, who mainly follow the Shitte School of thought, has become a main target of terrorists due to ideological and religious differences.   Due to its strategic importance and geopolitical location, Parachinar has become a prime target of international powers ...

Has Pakistan reined in sectarian terrorism?

1396/8/15 | 21:58
  Pakistan has witnessed a visible decline in sectarian terrorism with only two such incidents reported during this year as compared to 185 in 2012.   During last seven years, total 676 incidents of sectarian terrorism were reported, of which 70 were recorded during 2011, 185 in 2012, 127 in 2013, 176 in 2014, 79 in 2015, 37 during 2016 and two such incidents in 2017.   Statistics issued by Interior Division regarding implementation status of National Action Plan (NAP) till August this year on Sunday revealed that 937 Uniform ...

Pakistan and Osama Secrets: CIA’s half truth?

1396/8/14 | 21:58
  The Americans were led to Bin Laden, according to the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. Meaning that there was no tip-off borne of their own hard work.   But, rather, according to Hersh, it was a former ISI official who directly handed them the Al Qaeda chief’s head on a plate. US officials, at least partially, have corroborated this account. So we would call on the Pakistani political apparatus to un-gently point out to Washington that its drone programme, which has been targeting this country ...

Saving the princes: Why Ch.Nisar is trying to save Maryam Nawaz?

1396/8/14 | 21:58
  Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that decisions taken by courts should be followed fully and politics of opposition should come to a halt.     He also went on to say that there should be “no confrontation between state institutions”. “To avoid any conflict or misunderstanding within the party, such decisions should be taken with consensus,” he added.   He then went on to say that the Dawn Leaks report should be made public and that it does not contain any allegations against Maryam Nawaz. ...

Chahbhar port: India’s endgame

1396/8/13 | 21:58
  India on Sunday sent its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar port in Iran, seen as a "landmark" move to operationalise the new strategic transit route, bypassing Pakistan.     The shipment was flagged off from the Kandla port in Gujarat with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani joining the ceremony through video conferencing.     "The shipment of wheat is a landmark moment as it will pave the way for operationalisation of the Chabahar ...

Why no accountability for Judiciary and Military?

1396/8/13 | 21:58
  The Parliamentary Committee on National Accountability Laws unanimously agreed on Wednesday that members of the judiciary and military need not be held accountable under the new proposed accountability law, said Law Minister Zahid Hamid.     Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Shireen Mazari said all parties had agreed on the move as both institutions had their own systems for dispensing justice to their members.       The accountability law aimed at leaving no ‘sacred cows’ untouched ─ that has ...

Will India's new representative in Kashmir be able to bring 'normalcy' to the disputed region?

1396/8/13 | 21:58
  India’s federal government has appointed Dineshwar Sharma, a former intelligence chief familiar with the region, as its new representative to engage with Kashmiri groups from across the political spectrum.   As reported by Voice of America, his task will undoubtedly be an uphill struggle. One of his predecessors, Radha Kumar, has called his job “hugely daunting”, adding, “We are at a point of alienation I could not have even dreamed of 15 years ago.” However, she was hopeful that it would be a step in the right direction, ...

New terms of engagement: How US asked Pakistan to do more again?

1396/8/13 | 21:58
  Secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said Pakistan will be given an opportunity to prove that it will act on information provided by the US about terrorist groups operating on its soil.   The US has stepped up pressure on Pakistan to crack down on terror groups as part of President Donald Trump’s new South Asia and Afghanistan policy, and Tillerson had told Pakistan’s civil and military leadership to step up efforts to eradicate terrorists during his visit to Islamabad last month.   During a Senate Foreign Relations ...

Malicious anti-Pakistan slogans: Who is behind the smear campaign?

1396/8/13 | 21:58
  Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua summoned the British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew on Friday over slogans being displayed on London cabs "that directly attack Pakistan's territorial integrity and sovereignty."     According to a statement released by the Foreign Office, "the high commissioner was informed that Pakistan, in line with the UN Charter, rejects actions and advertisements with malicious content that impinge on our sovereignty and territorial integrity."   It said that the "issue was also being ...

Hazaras: The Rohingyas of Pakistan?

1396/8/12 | 21:58
  Last week, when I was planning a trip to Quetta for training, Mujeeb Hashmi, a friend from work, asked me to wear shalwar kameez, not only to the airport but also whenever I went out and about in the city.   Hashmi, being a veteran filmmaker, has been to almost every habitable area of Pakistan – so I had to pay heed. He also warned me to be wary of certain localities within the city such as Hazara Town and Alamdar Road, given the violence witnessed by the city in the past.   He was right.   Quetta made a great ...