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Is Pakistan trying to get rid of Islamic military alliance?

US bombers fly off N Korea coast, Pyongyang calls war 'inevitable'

Saudis exporting ‘extremely radical' Wahhabism worldwide, Sanders says

South Korea Unexpectedly Approves Aid to North Korea

Tragic story of infant drowned as his family fleeing Myanmar Regime’s Genocide

Why is the Sharif family being allowed to skip accountability proceedings?

The secret behind Tunisians and Moroccans eating donkey meat

Syrian activist and daughter ‘assassinated’ in Turkey

Is Ch.Nisar still cosying up banned terrorist outfits ?

How Kim has Cornered the US

Taking the bull by horns: Pakistan refuses to fight so-called US war on terror

Uniting the adversaries : What if Saudia and Iran join CPEC?

German company bans gun sales to ‘corrupt’ Israel

Iran successfully test-fires new ballistic missile

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: Not so Sovereign

Britain to stop military cooperation with Burma army

From terrorism to politics: Can Tehreek-e-Labaik and Milli Muslim league become a political threat for Political parties?

US Might Not Even be Able to Shoot Down North Korean Rockets

Muharram Security Challenge: How to foil Takfiri’s nefarious designs?

Pakistan-Turkey-Iran against military solution to Afghanistan

Is Abbas ready to end his punishment of Gaza?

Kuwait ready to commence Yemen peace talks

Donald Trump : A president or a goon?

Abbasi shakes UN by bold address: Pakistan won't be a 'scapegoat' in Afghan war

Show of poor diplomacy: A wrong message to US

Collapse of Iran deal would send a 'terrible signal': Germany

Egypt’s Sisi urges Palestinians to unite, co-exist with Israelis

UAE and Saudi Arabia to normalize their secret relations with Israel

Dodging accountability courts: Did establishment give a safe passage to Nawaz Sharif?

Netanyahu Says Trump Promised to ‘Fix’ Iran Deal

Free Balochistan: An insider to heavily funded Indian campaign against Pakistan

95,000 patients waiting for unknown fate from the continued closure of Sanaa airport

Brutal lynching: Can Pakistan courts provide Justice to Mashal Khan?

Hamza bin Laden: the heir to al Qaeda?

Why has a UK team genetically edited human embryos?

How Russia came to Pakistan’s help?

Defying Courts: What is next for Nawaz Sharif?

Such TV | Rouhani censures Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric

President Trump calls for a holocaust on the floor of the United Nations

Iran infiltrated US military, obtained proof of ISIS collusion

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

United States supplying weapons worth $2.2B to Syrian terrorists organization

LUBP | How dishonest “Social Justice Warriors” work to curb the religious freedoms of targeted groups

“Go Nawaz Go” Makes it to Speed Test Server!

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

Saudi Arabia's king-in-waiting cements grip on power with charm and crackdowns

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

Free Balochistan: A joint venture of RAW and CIA to burry CPEC

Confidential U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of killing hundreds of Yemeni kids

Pakistani teenager develops anti-BlueWhale app

UAE’s ambassador to the U.S considers Saudi Arabia responsible for the ruining of the UAE’s good name

Rabbani seeks official response on anti-Pakistan posters in Switzerland

Nawaz Sharif must not appear before NAB court: Maryam

Trump says if threatened, US will 'totally destroy' North Korea

EXCLUSIVE – Interview with Dr. S.M. Kazem Mesbah Mousavi, Imam Ali Centre Canada

More than 800 Shia pilgrims have to stay at Taftan border for a week

Five eminent Shia scholars banned from entering Gilgit under unjust policy of balance

57 accused charge-sheeted in Mashal Khan lynching case

Nisar lashes out at Khaqan Abbasi, Asif for statements on ‘internal matters’

Pakistan team kicks off training, ahead of Sri Lanka series in UAE

Bank of China permitted to start operations in Pakistan

Pakistan protests with Switzerland over ‘Free Balochistan’ posters

Nawaz Sharif, children fail to appear in court; summons reissued

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

Was NA-120 election rigged?

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

Saudi Arabia's king-in-waiting cements grip on power with charm and crackdowns

Confidential U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of killing hundreds of Yemeni kids

Pakistani teenager develops anti-BlueWhale app

US’ Black Hawk Down in Yemen

Outrage in Egypt over Israeli Flag in educational book

Russo-Saudi closeness: What are two sides’ goals?

Arrest warrants: Should Imran Khan present himself before ECP?

Is Establishment pulling NAB’s strings?

How CIA and Raw are funding Pakistani separatists: An Inside story

An old desire: Is Gov trying to place ISI under civilian control?

Certain Western states still back terror groups in Syria: Assad

Iran, Pakistan army chiefs urge Muslim world action to end Rohingya plight

Iraq vice president: Baghdad won't tolerate creation of ‘second Israel’

Myanmar says US official barred from Rohingya conflict zone

Iraq’s Nujaba Movement condemns terrorist attacks in Nasiriyah

Unofficial results show PML-N’s Kulsoom set to win NA-120 by-election

Is China using North Korea to break US's Super power's myth?

US Plan for New Afghan Force Poses Threat to Civilians

UK arms sales benefiting most from Middle East wars

UAE: Saudi Arabia was going to launch military attack on Qatar

US policy shift: Would Pakistan turn into another Iran for US?

Has Trump become a leader of Arab nationalism?

Is Gwadar a toll plaza?

Would a defeat in NA-120 would end PML-N's politics from Punjab?

Rohingyas of Karachi struggle to deal with identity crisis

Guilt of war crimes: Suicide among US war veterans highest in west

Saudi Crown Prince Calls Off Visit to Paris for Fear of Popular Uprising

Iqna | Georgian Muslim Cleric Urges Boycotting Myanmar to End Massacre of Rohingya

Mehr News | ‘Saudi Arabia, Taliban like brothers’

Such TV | JUIF rejects hiring educated imams in KP mosques

Why US is not happy with Deir Ez-Zor’s recapture from ISIS?

The United States and Russia rejected the request of Israel to keep Iran far from the Syrian border

Netanyahu is the Israeli Trump

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Is Pakistan trying to get rid of Islamic military alliance?

1396/7/2 | 13:47
Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir informed Senate on Friday that the 41-nation Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) will not take part in unrelated military operations.     In a written reply submitted to the upper house, Dastgir said that the alliance has been formed to fight terrorism across the world and while the terms of reference (ToRs) for the alliance are yet to be finalised, it has been said that "it will not take part in unrelated military operations"     Dastagir's reply was in accordance with Foreign ...

Why is the Sharif family being allowed to skip accountability proceedings?

1396/7/1 | 13:47
Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, along with his family, has fled to London. Now, this isn’t surprising news, because everyone’s safe haven seems to be London.   But you see, the Sharif family was discovered to be knee-deep in corruption and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has three corruption cases filed against them. The references filed are related to the Sharif family’s property in London and their two steel mills in Saudi Arabia. Since the filing has been completed, NAB can frame charges of corruption ...

Uniting the adversaries : What if Saudia and Iran join CPEC?

1396/7/1 | 13:47
  Saudi Arabia will "soon" undertake investments at Gwadar Port and join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), The News has reported quoting Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Malkiy, in a story published on Friday.     During an interview with Jang Group publications, the ambassador said Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are taking measures to strengthen "fraternal and trade ties".     The ambassador added that bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would be further strengthened through ...

Abbasi shakes UN by bold address: Pakistan won't be a 'scapegoat' in Afghan war

1396/6/31 | 13:47
  Pakistan refuses to be a “scapegoat” for Afghanistan's bloodshed or to fight wars for others, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the United Nations on Thursday. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Abbasi did not explicitly criticise US President Donald Trump's new strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia but made clear his displeasure with the renewed onus on Pakistan. “Having suffered and sacrificed so much due to our role in the global counterterrorism campaign, it is especially galling for Pakistan to be blamed for the ...

Show of poor diplomacy: A wrong message to US

1396/6/31 | 13:47
  Pakistan's relationship with the United States is 70-year strong and it is not defined by the conflict in Afghanistan alone, said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while speaking at Washington's Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) think tank on Wednesday.     Abbasi said that Pakistan intends to remain engaged and partner with the US in order to defeat terror in the region and find lasting peace in Afghanistan.     Abbasi had met US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday ...

Free Balochistan: An insider to heavily funded Indian campaign against Pakistan

1396/6/30 | 13:47
   Diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Switzerland are at the knife-edge over an expensive multi-faceted campaign in Geneva - targeting Pakistan.   Geo News witnessed and filmed the campaign blitz that’s being run on billboards, trams, buses, rickshaws, websites and an army of paid volunteers who are dedicating to running this campaign to malign Pakistan at a time when 36th session of the UNHRC is underway.     An investigation by this reporter establishes that Indian mission in Geneva is controlling anti-Pakistan ...

How Russia came to Pakistan’s help?

1396/6/30 | 13:47
Authorities sitting in the corridors of power in both Islamabad and Rawalpindi already knew that the Afghan strategy the Trump administration was crafting would target Pakistan. However, even they were not expecting Trump to single out and threaten Pakistan.   The unprecedented broadside launched by President Donald Trump in his August 21 speech left Pakistan reeling and compelled it to approach its allies in order to punch back.       One of the first countries that came to Pakistan’s aid was Russia, which expressed ...

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

1396/6/29 | 13:47
  News reports of a tripartite (Pakistan-Afghanistan-US) meeting in Kabul ‘to eliminate IS’ is just another example of the paradoxical, one-step-forward-two-steps-back approach that has typified this war effort.    Just the other day Trump all but dumped Pakistan as an ally and heaped criticism on Islamabad, prompting a possible strategy reset spearheaded by Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif, for allegedly harbouring American, and Afghan, enemies. Perhaps they had this round (of talks) because Trump did not mention IS in the speech?     So ...

Pakistani teenager develops anti-BlueWhale app

1396/6/29 | 13:47
  An 18-year-old Pakistani boy has developed an app completely opposite to suicidal Blue Whale Challenge Game. Waseem Gul created this app to help people in realising how important their life is. However, the app appears just like BlueWhale, but its tasks are different. This app also includes 50 tasks but all the tasks are designed to bring positivity in one’s life. Gul has uploaded his app on Media Fire. The game has the Anti-BlueWhale game has the following tasks: > Do 10 Pushups > Wake up at 6:00 am > When you ...

An old desire: Is Gov trying to place ISI under civilian control?

1396/6/27 | 13:47
  The Pakis­tan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has increased the civilian share in the senior hierarchy of the country’s premier intelligence agency — Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).     Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sep­t 15, 2017 approved a proposal to increase the number of directors general (DGs) — the highest civilian post in the agency — from one to four.   The post of civilian DG in the ISI is a grade 21 position, equivalent to a serving major general of the armed forces .Previously, ...

Is Establishment pulling NAB’s strings?

1396/6/27 | 13:47
  The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) appears perturbed over the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) decision to file an appeal in the Supreme Court to reopen the Hudaibya Paper Mills case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother and wants the Supreme Court to find out “who had pressurised the anti-graft body to do so”.     Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal made thinly veiled references to the establishment as he spoke about the ruling party’s unease ...

Iran, Pakistan army chiefs urge Muslim world action to end Rohingya plight

1396/6/27 | 13:47
The military chiefs of Iran and Pakistan have called on the Muslim world to take more concrete actions to end the violence against the persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. In a telephone conversation on Sunday, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri and Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa discussed cooperation between the two countries' armed forces to maintain security along border areas and also talked about the ongoing inhumane situation of Rohingya Muslims. They ...

Is Gwadar a toll plaza?

1396/6/26 | 13:47
  The advocates of CPEC refer it as a game-changer for Pakistan and this region.   In contrast, opponents including some of the leading economists remain sceptical about the impenetrability of projects under CPEC and in specific the terms and conditions of loans Pakistan is acquiring from China under this project.   In my view, the government considers CPEC to be soothing for Pakistan economy, whereas for the experts and some economists, it is another form of “East India Company”.   If CPEC is viewed from objective perspective ...

Would a defeat in NA-120 would end PML-N's politics from Punjab?

1396/6/26 | 13:47
  As political fortresses go, there are few in the country as impregnable for the Pakistan Muslim League-N opponents as the Lahore constituency which is titled as NA-120.     This constituency has thrice elected Nawaz Sharif as the country’s prime minister since 1990. Before that Mr Sharif had won the National Assembly (NA) seat from the area in 1985 but had chosen to vacate it since he wanted, and easily secured for himself, the office of the Punjab chief minister.    Since then in the elections the PML-N leader couldn’t ...

Rohingyas of Karachi struggle to deal with identity crisis

1396/6/26 | 13:47
Ali Akbar Shah Goth and 100-Quarters in Arakanabad are the biggest dwellings of Rohingya Muslims in Pakistan though few will admit they are originally from Myanmar.     Since they all first crossed over to Bangladesh, in different times, to reach Pakistan, they prefer to call themselves Bengalis.     Gathered with other community elders at a tea stall in the market area of Ali Akbar Shah Goth, Nur Ahmed said he along with other Bengalis had come to Karachi even before the separation of East Pakistan, as “this country ...

Paradiagm shift: Pakistan’s big ‘No” to US aid

1396/6/25 | 13:47
  Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan will not beg for the American aid.   "We do not need American aid but Pakistan's sacrifices against terrorism being recognized," the foreign minister said and referred to the losses of Pakistani military officers during fight against armed groups and financial losses the country has suffered. "Pakistan have fought anti-terror war with own resources," he said in an interview with a news channel.     He was talking about US President Donald Trump's remarks that the US ...

Kulbhoshan Yadav’s case: Why ICJ will not give decision in favor of Pakistan?

1396/6/25 | 13:47
  Pakistan will demolish India’s “mischievous designs and motive”. India presented a memorial (petition) before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday, through which it is trying to divert the international community’s attention from the real issue, while trying to bring out the ‘humanitarian’ aspect in the case of its alleged spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has confessed to carrying out subversive and terrorist activities inside Pakistan.     The government also found fault with Washington’s ...

Did PML-N verbal attacks on Judiciary affected the Panama review appeal?

1396/6/25 | 13:47
  The Chief Justice  ended his silence since the Panama decision and responded to the constant criticism the court has been the target of from Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N).    Addressing the opening ceremony of New Judicial Year 2017-18, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar reminded the public that the judges do not write judgments to settle scores but hand them out as an aspirational symbol of justice. These statements come after a month of increased verbal attacks on the judiciary and the Supreme Court, especially by PMLN and ...

Who is pressurising NAB to file appeal in Hudaibiya case?

1396/6/24 | 13:47
The National Accountability Bureau is under tremendous pressure to file an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the Sharifs in Hudaibiya Paper Mills case.     A credible source confided to this correspondent that early this week a meeting was held in an office in Islamabad where a few senior officials of NAB were invited. They were reprimanded as to why NAB has not yet prepared the appeal in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against the Sharifs in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Venue and other details of the meeting including ...

A dangerous tactics: Why Daesh is targeting IT experts from Pakistan universities?

1396/6/24 | 13:47
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has already lost hundreds of youngsters to the ‘charm’ of the various Taliban groups and factions. Now, it appears the Khorasan franchise of the ultra-extremist group Islamic State (IS) has moved in to tap into this recruitment pool, security officials told Daily Express.     Muhammad is 22. He went to the country’s most prestigious boys’ school – Aitchison College in Lahore. He eventually got a scholarship to study in the United States.     Then, two-and-a-half years into his degree ...

Pakistan Still Hasn’t Received Trump’s Demand List

1396/6/24 | 13:47
Speaking to reporters today, Pakistani Prime Minister Khaqan Abbasi said his country remains interested in joint operations with the US to resolve disputes over the Afghan War. President Trump, however, has not sent any list of demands on the matter.   In his August 21 speech on the Afghan War, President Trump singled out Pakistan for criticism, accusing them of providing safe zones for terrorism, and that they aren’t doing enough to support America’s war. The implication seemed to be that the US was demanding Pakistan take certain ...

Pakistan is Among Bottom 5 Countries for Education & Skills Development

1396/6/23 | 13:47
According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Human Capital Report 2017 report, Pakistan clearly isn’t the best country for acquiring education and skills development.   In fact, it is ranked 125th out of a total of 130 countries according to the report. The rankings were based on the country’s educational infrastructure and how well they perform when it comes to learning and skill development. The Grading Schema The grading schema for the countries comprised of four sub-indexes namely: capacity, deployment, development and know-how. ...

Diplomacy of visits: Can Pakistan pursue US to review new Afghan policy?

1396/6/23 | 13:47
  Khawja Asif has embarked on visit of China’ Russia’ Iran and Turkey. In his  meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif ended with agreement that the war in Afghanistan can only be ended through a negotiated conflict and such problems are better addressed by regional countries who have a much bigger stake in Afghanistan’s stability.    This is essentially the position Pakistan has long held, and after securing China’s support, Pakistan now has Iran on board. In the last few years, ...

Pakistan’s cost on war on terror: The story of Sticks with few carrots

1396/6/23 | 13:47
   Pakistan has received $67 billion from all multilateral and bilateral creditors in the shape of total loans and grants since 9/11, 2001 but Islamabad had to bear the cost of over $123 billion after becoming a US ally its war against terrorism.   A major chunk of dollar inflows were provided to Pakistan as loans which the Pakistani nation would have to pay back with interest rate while only $10 billion were provided as grants during the last 17 years. At a time when US President Donald Trump was threatening Pakistan, there was ...

Saudi Arabia’s role in removing Nawaz Sharif revealed

1396/6/23 | 13:47
  Media sources announced the Saudi government has played a key role in recent Pakistani political developments especially in dismissal of its prime minister.   Saudi Arabia planned to replace Sharif with one of his ministers temporarily and then, his brother Shahbaz Sharif to be his successor. According to media reports, Sharif who was once “the number one man in the kingdom” is now not trusted by the Saudis. Because he proved that he has no use, any more.   Saudi Arabia asked for help from Pakistan in a number of vital ...

Did China hold back Pakistan to take stand on Rohingya’s genocide?

1396/6/23 | 13:47
  International divisions emerged on Tuesday ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on a worsening refugee crisis in Myanmar, with China voicing support for a military crackdown that has been criticised by the US, slammed as “ethnic cleansing” and forced 370,000 Rohingya to flee the violence.     Beijing's intervention appears aimed at heading off any attempt to censure Myanmar at the council when it convenes on Wednesday.China was one of the few foreign friends of Myanmar's former junta.     Beijing has tightened ...

Independence Cup: Perera leads the charge as World XI clinch a nail-biter

1396/6/22 | 13:47
The World XI won the second T20 while just one ball was remaining. Perera hit a massive six to close the game while one ball was left Faf du Plessis was caught off Nawaz's bowling right after he hit a six. He scored 20 runs off 14 balls with two sixes under his belt. Wicket-keeper Tim Paine was bowled by Imad Wasim for 10, bringing skipper Faf du Plessis on the pitch. Shoaib Malik took a brilliant catch to send Tamim back to the pavilion off Sohail Khan's bowling. He scored 23 runs in 19 balls with the help of two fours and a six. The World ...

Challenging CPEC: Is US agreed to fund Chabhar port secretly?

1396/6/22 | 13:47
  Afghanistan's foreign minister asked India on Monday to expedite development of a strategic port in Iran to bolster a trade route for land-locked Central Asian countries that would bypass Pakistan.     The port would allow India to transport goods to Afghanistan by sea. Pakistan currently does not allow India to transport through its territory to Afghanistan.Last year, India committed up to $500 million for the development of the Chabahar port along with associated roads and rail lines.     Indian External Affairs ...

Rise of extremism at NUML university

1396/6/21 | 13:47
  The revelations that students and teachers of Pakistani universities have been involved in incidents of terrorism occurring in Pakistan over the past few years have startled the nation.   Whether it is the attack on MQM leader Khwaja Izharul Hasan, the terrorist incident in Safoora Goth, or the horrific murder of Mardan University student Mashal Khan, the involvement of university professors and students in these incidents is deeply disconcerting.     In any society, a university is like an island where students and ...

Why most Pakistanis dislike US?

1396/6/21 | 13:47
  Pakistan's new foreign and national security policy apparently would now be based on 'No More’, when it comes to 'Do More’, though we know what we have to do for ourselves. One of the reasons why most Pakistanis dislike the US is merely because of its repeated betrayal and distrust.     There is a history of almost 60 years of disappointment in Pakistan from the US. What it needs to understand is the fact that Pakistan is not part of the problem, but a solution to the problem. The problem came as a result of the US policies ...

Placating Pakistan: Why Washington’s U-turn could stun Afghanistan?

1396/6/20 | 13:47
  The Uni­ted States needs to condition its aid to Afghanistan on the recognition of the Durand Line as Kabul’s refusal to recognise it unsettles Pakis­tan, a US lawmaker told a House Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs.     This apparently is the first time a lawmaker, California Democrat Brad Sherman, has suggested conditioning US aid to Afghanistan to the recognition of Durand Line.     Mr Sherman, who usually is harsh on Pakistan, put forth this suggestion at a House subcommittee hearing on “Maintaining US influence ...

Diplomatic protest: Why Pakistan doesn’t close Myanmar’s embassy?

1396/6/19 | 13:47
  Foreign Secretary Tahmina Janjua summoned Myanmar's ambassador U. Win Myint to the Foreign Office on Saturday to register Pakistan's "strong protest" at the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar's Rakhine State.     Janjua demanded that the Myanmar government takes "effective measures to prevent the recurrence of such violence" and ensures that the rights of the Rohingya population are upheld. The foreign secretary also emphasised that in order to reach a "durable settlement of the problem", the recommendations ...

Paradigm shift: Is US out in Pakistan’s new foreign policy?

1396/6/18 | 13:47
  Pakistan on Thursday hinted at bringing a ‘paradigm shift’ in its foreign policy in view of the fast-changing situation on regional and international fronts, particularly after the new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia.       Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, while speaking at a news conference, said the change was necessitated by recent developments “which are perhaps the biggest since the World War II”.   While he said Islamabad was not seeking confrontation with the US, he made it clear that ...

Jeremy Corbyn’s support: An emphatic victory of Pakistan’s diplomacy

1396/6/18 | 13:47
  The chief of Britain’s main opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, has come out in support of Pakistan and urged the world to respect the country.   In an interview to BBC Urdu, Mr Corbyn said it was not the responsibility of Pakistan alone to fight terrorism because the world as a whole needed to beat off the “collective challenge”.   Asked to comment on Donald Trump’s recent allegations that Pakistan offered safe havens to “agents of chaos”, the top leader of the Labour Party seemed to differ with the US president. ...

The two-front war: Is India going to commit a grave blunder of history?

1396/6/18 | 13:47
  The Indian army chief’s controversial remarks of ‘two-front war’ with China and Pakistan have triggered a new controversy to which Beijing reacted sharply and now the state media issues a stern warning to New Dehli.   Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat statement came just a little over a week after China and India ended their two-month long border standoff in the Doklam area. In it’s editorial Global Times said, “while many people believe it is time to leave the episode of the border standoff behind, Rawat has sent ...

Will the BRICS declaration prompt a rethink in Pakistan's corridors of power?

1396/6/17 | 13:47
  Most recently, when the BRICS countries pointed to three specific groups in Pakistan and labelled them as terrorist entities, they were only echoing what the UN Security Council had done more than a decade and a half ago.     Still the line came up that ‘these groups are already proscribed in Pakistan’, as a rationale or soft justification for the fact that the groups not only exist, but operate freely and openly, propagate their literature in society, operate giant administrative operations, and in some cases, are ...

BRICS and the ‘Muslim terrorism’

1396/6/17 | 13:47
      On Monday, Chinese president Xi Jinping opened the 2017 summit meeting of BRICS leaders in China’s Fujian province. It was attended by Brazil’s president Michel Temer, Russian president Vladimir Putin, Chinese president Xi Jinping South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.     In a 43-page joint statement the leaders agreed to strengthen co-operation against terror groups which pose threat to BRICS members.   “We condemn terrorism in all its forms and ...

Backdoor diplomacy: Why China backed off BRICS declaration?

1396/6/17 | 13:47
  Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong has assured Pakistan that nothing new has been demanded of it with respect to the recently-adopted BRICS declaration against terrorist groups.     The leaders of the five emerging market powers — Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa — named militant groups allegedly based in Pakistan, including the Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-i-Taiba, as a regional security concern for the first time on Monday and called for their patrons to be held to account.     "The ...

Analysis: Conundrum posed by returning militants

1396/6/16 | 13:47
  When the then Taliban spokesperson, Ehsanullah Ehsan, made initial contact in spring last year to suggest the terms of his surrender to Pakistani authorities, the offer — though significant given that it was coming from a senior militant figure — nonetheless triggered a long, animated discussion within Pakistan’s security apparatus on whether it had the mandate to accept those conditions.       The discussions took nearly a year, with back and forth communications initially through three different channels: an Islamabad-based ...

Blue Whale Challenge is not a game, its suicide

1396/6/15 | 13:47
Technology, where on one hand has made our lives a lot easier than ancient times, at the same time has brought some serious setbacks.   Internet has conquered our lives and we have taken it more serious than it is. Pakistan is one of those countries where technological revolution is on its peak nowadays.   However, the misfortune is that we Pakistanis spend most of our time in discussing politics and lose track of some of the important and considerable happenings occurring around the world. And because of this lack of knowledge, ...

Why US refuses to send F-16 trainers to Turkey, blocks Pakistan’s help

1396/6/15 | 13:47
  Commenting on the recent US refusal to heed Ankara’s request for F-16 training pilots to help replace airmen dismissed after last year’s military coup attempt and Washington’s move to prevent Pakistan from assisting Turkey, retired Turkish Lt-Gen Erdogan Karakus explained to Sputnik Turkiye what might be the reasons for this decision.        The US has rejected Ankara’s request to send F-16 training pilots to prepare new airmen in the wake of an array of dismissals following after last year’s military coup ...

Are Pakistani universities turning into incubators of fanatical minds?

1396/6/15 | 13:47
  Sindh MPA Khawaja Izharul Hassan, a senior leader of a faction of the MQM, survived the audacious attempt on his life on Saturday, but the alleged mastermind escaped the scene of the attack.   Believed to have been injured in the attack, the militant belonging to a new outfit, Ansarul Sharia Pakistan, was quickly identified by the Sindh police: Abdul Karim Sarosh Siddiqui, a former student of the University of Karachi.     The involvement in militancy of young individuals from the mainstream-education system is not a new ...

BRICS joint declaration: Did China play from Indian side?

1396/6/14 | 13:47
Leaders of the five emerging economic powers have for the first time named militant groups as a security concern in the South Asia region while urging the United Nations to develop a “genuinely broad international counter-terrorism coalition” to combat militancy.   The move came in a declaration passed by heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) at a summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen on Monday. The group called for an immediate end to violence in Afghanistan. “We, in this regard, express concern on ...

‘Next generation of militants may emerge from academic institutes’

1396/6/13 | 13:47
  Leading academicians have called for a coordinated and strong policy to check extremism that they believe is no more limited to conventional madressahs (seminaries) but can now be found in reputed public and private educational institutions, negating the ‘myth’ that radicalisation is linked with poverty and illiteracy. They expressed these views at a seminar titled ‘Growing radicalisation in educational institutions’, which was organised by the Sindh police’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) at the Central Police Office on ...

Pakistan will be defended: China’s message to whom?

1396/6/13 | 13:47
  China on Thursday sent out a signal that it would defend Pakistan and would object to any discussion about Pakistan’s role in sheltering terrorists during the upcoming BRICS summit, which would be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, foreign media reported.     China is worried Modi may raise the issue at the meeting because he did so at the Goa summit of BRICS last year while describing Pakistan as the “mother-ship of terrorism”. “We also noticed that India, when it comes to Pakistan’s counter-terrorism, ...

‘The Silk Roads’ and the Jews

1396/6/12 | 13:47
  A few weeks ago, I posted an article, entitled, China, Silk Road and spread of Islam. Several books have been written on this subject by revisionist historians, anti-Muslim ‘Zionist experts on Islam’ and anti-China political analysts.     In 1989, Syrian-American playwright Jamil Khoury even produced a play Precious Stones based on Silk Road to show the history of Jewish communities living in peace in most parts of the Muslim world.     Today, I came across a book review of senior Oxford University ...

As Ties Worsen, Pakistan Foreign Office Says No High-Level Contact With US

1396/6/11 | 13:47
US-Pakistan relations have been trending downward since President Trump’s speech on Afghanistan, in which he blamed Pakistan for giving “safe havens” to terrorists. This has fueled an angry back and forth, and some anti-US protests within Pakistan.   Despite these mounting concerns, Pakistan’s Foreign Office says there has been no high-level contact between the Pakistani government and the US government regarding their differences on the Afghan War, with the only real talks between the US Ambassador to Pakistan and the Pakistani ...

Eid-ul-Azha to be celebrated in Pakistan today with due fervour

1396/6/11 | 13:47
 Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated all around Pakistan with due religious fervour on Saturday, with prayers for the special occasion to be offered at hundreds of mosques, Imambargahs, and other places in the metropolis. Later, Muslims observing the Eid will perform the sacred ritual of slaughtering sacrificial animals in commemoration of Hazrat Ibrahim's (AS) sacrifice. People around the country continued to throng livestock markets — many of which had popped up on the outskirts of various major cities — to purchase their sacrificial animals. On ...