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Why are Russia and Iran avoiding a war with Israel?

Dismayed Fazal-ur-Rehman: NA passes bill approving FATA's merger with K-P

‘More than 3,000 Hazaras killed since Sept 11, 2011’

Alaska jail sued for feeding Muslims pork, starving them in Ramadan

Tel Aviv will be bombarded if Israeli aggression on Gaza continues: Islamic Jihad

Ex-ISI Chief's revelations: How Musharraf played double game on Kargil

Pakistan's threat to annihilate Israel and secrete plan to destroy Pakistan's nukes: An Inside Story

Can Pakistan really unearth Israel in 12 minutes: Facts and Figures

Bashing military: Would Nawaz Sharif's election campaign work?

Sunni-Shia unity witnessed at MWM’s Iftar party in Lahore

Pakistan Can Destroy Israel In less than 12 Minutes: General Zubair Mahmood Hayat

Fasting in Ramazan is dangerous for all of us: Danish Minister

Arms smuggling to Yemen Houthis by Pak firm not proved

Empty Chairs: The dark days for PML-N

Clash of interests: Why Imran Khan would be in hot waters?

Venezuela kicks out top ranking US officials

Saudi royal urges coup to depose King Salman, protect kingdom from harm

US seeking regime change with 12 demands on Iran, experts say

100 Day plan: Is Imran Khan sure to win the next election?

Sunni party chief lambastes banned Deobandi parties alliance under Sami-ul-Haq

A laughing Stock: Why UN should be abolished?

Muslims forced to drink alcohol and eat pork in Chinese detention camps, claims former inmate

Is a drone attack possible on Football World Cup?

Desperate Nawaz Sharif on suicide mission

PTM denial and TTP support: What is the Inside story?

Iran denies accusations of aiding Taliban in Afghanistan

‘Ramadan of Aleppo more beautiful’ event revitalizes old city

Palestinians in Jerusalem reject Ramadan meals provided by UAE

Deadly heatwave: At least 65 dead from heatstroke in Karachi

The spineless Arab world

How did Imam Khamenei predict the failure of JCPOA?

Are religious parties going to reign in Pakistan in 2018 polls?

Shia Friday prayer leader asks PML-N to desist from anti-Army Narrative

Parting ways with Govt: Opportunist Fazal-Ur-Rehman jumps out of sinking PML-N ship

Dirty politics: Is Nawaz putting country's security in danger?

Iran rejects report about proposal for new agreement with major powers

UK royal wedding just another public deception: Academic

Turkish intelligence receives information about an attempt to assassinate Erdogan

The New ‘Axis of Evil’ Forms Up Against Iran

Is Nawaz Sharif campaigning for his downfall?

Trump’s sanctions on Iran threaten plans for Chabahar port

The Last gamble: What is Nawaz Sharif's long term game?

China Lands Nuclear Bombers on Disputed Islands in warning to US

Abbas Town bombing, Nishtar Park carnage cases to be tried by military courts

Quetta Operations: Pakistan COAS takes the fight of Hazaras

Netanyahu dines with Emiratis as Palestinians boycott their iftars

Russia unveils world’s first floating nuclear power station

EU Blocks US Sanctions Against Iran

EU too weak to challenge US hegemony: Prof. Entessar

Who are the People of Ali?

Pakistan raises issue of Israeli terrorism in Gaza at UN General Assembly

Afghan cricket stadium attack leaves 8 dead, 45 wounded

Sabika Sheikh profile: Pakistani student who got killed in Texas school shooting

Rohingya rape victims: A time of retrospection for Muslims

Nawaz Sharif's self centered approach: Is PML-S in the offing?

Avenfield Case: Is Adiala Jail ready to receive Nawaz Sharif?

China tries to brainwash Muslims in internment camps

Cuban airliner with 113 on board crashes after takeoff from Havana

At least 8 students killed as gunman opens fire at Texas school, US media reports

Gunman storms into Trump golf course ranting about president before exchanging fire with police

Cat is out of Bag: US comes out to Nawaz Sharif's rescue

Defence Attache Col Joseph Hall will face trial in the US, FO claims

Where is Mohammad bin Salman? Media speculates about possible death of Saudi Crown Prince

Who pushed Nawaz Sharif into this mess? An Inside story

Shrouding mystery: Why is international world interested in volume 10?

Conditions for talks: What is Zardari's new game plan against PML-N?

Nawaz Sharif's rhetoric: Is Nawaz deliberately pushing PML-N to the end?

'One Belt-One Road' may be Iran, China gateway to becoming soft-power giants

Why Arab Muslim states are silent on Gaza Massacre?

The Holy Month of Ramadan: The Month of Glory, Forbearance, Patience and Brotherhood

Selective Outrage on Gaza exposes Salafi Supremacists of the Muslim World

Fallout of Nawaz Sharif’s statement

Saudi crown prince goes into hiding since last month's attack on royal palace

'Monday massacre a day of shame for Muslims'

US, Israel flags burned at pro-Palestine rally in Pakistan

Saudi referee handed lifetime ban for match-fixing

A sigh of relief for Hazaras: LeJ Balochistan chief along two fellows killed.,

Pak-Afghan thaw: Can China bring neighbors close?

Ramazan moon sighted, holy month to begin from Tomorrow

Massacre of Palestinians: Is two state solution over forever?

Pakistan, Turkey to raise voice against Israeli atrocities at world forums

How will Europe act towards Palestine now?

Spilling the beans: Nawaz Sharif to unveil names behind 2014 Sit ins?

Nawaz Sharif on a suicide mission?

Mysterious departure: Why Pakistan allowed killer US diplomat to fly away?

US closely monitoring Iranian forces in Persian Gulf: Navy chief

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump meeting

Turkey asks Israeli envoy to leave country

Tribal elders, political leaders in Bajaur back security forces against PTM

South Africa withdraws its ambassador to Israel “with immediate effect”

Arabic press review: Tunisian union may block US ships to protest embassy move

Would opening of embassy in Jerusalem give new impetus to Al-Qaeda?

MH370 Captain Crashed Plane in Murder-suicide: Experts

The last selfie: How technology has become a menace for millennials

Refusal to retract remarks: Is Nawaz Sharif looking for Martial Law?

World's criminal silence: Another blood bath Gaza

Succumbed to US pressure: Killer US diplomat allowed to leave

28 Palestinians martyred in clashes ahead of US Jerusalem embassy opening

Nawaz's new Narrative: Is it an attempt to appease India?

Nawaz's comments in 'best interest' of Pakistan, says Maryam

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‘More than 3,000 Hazaras killed since Sept 11, 2011’

1397/3/3 | 08:22
More than 3,000 members of the Hazara community have been killed since Sept 11, 2011 according to official figures while unofficial reports say 4,000 Hazaras have been killed in the same time, most of whom are men. Briefing the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on Wednesday lawyer and human rights activist Jalila Haider said the committee should look into the plight of the Hazara community where 10,000 plus women and children are living in abject conditions with restricted rights of freedom of expression and movement. The committee ...

Pakistan's threat to annihilate Israel and secrete plan to destroy Pakistan's nukes: An Inside Story

1397/3/3 | 08:22
In what appears to be another ‘unfounded’ conspiracy revolving around Pakistan’s strategic interests, it has come to light that the United States of America has given a go-ahead to Isreal for attacking the nuclear installations of Pakistan. The claim was made by Nazar Muhammad Chohan, who is living in self-exile in the USA and asserts being close to the Trump administration and several think tanks. Though Chohan is not assuming any office in USA, however, he tried to bolster his claims by stating that reports about Israel’s aggression ...

Can Pakistan really unearth Israel in 12 minutes: Facts and Figures

1397/3/3 | 08:22
Yesterday, a Top Pakistani General claimed that Pakistan can annihilate Israel in less than 12 minutes, the question is that can Pakistan really do this? The distance between Taftan, Balochistan, Pakistan and Tel Aviv is approximately 2500 km. Pakistan has about 100 warheads and the farthest range of a Pakistani IRBM is 2750 Km. If the missile moves at around mach 18, around (21600 km/h) , it would reach Tel Aviv in under 12 minutes. Here’s what 5 detonations of 45 kt (the largest of Pakistani nuke warheads look like)   The thermal ...

Pakistan Can Destroy Israel In less than 12 Minutes: General Zubair Mahmood Hayat

1397/3/2 | 08:22
A Pakistani senior army commander has said that Pakistan is capable of destroying Israel in 12 minutes. General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said, "If Israel tries to invade our land, we will raze the Zionist regime in less than 12 minutes." Hayat states that he is not anti-semantic and that it was natural enough for him to admit and acknowledge that there is a need for Pakistan to change and go to the first rather than thinking about what other countries thought of it. While speaking about the Palestinian ...

Arms smuggling to Yemen Houthis by Pak firm not proved

1397/3/2 | 08:22
An inquiry into the alleged arms export to Yemen Houthis by a Pakistani arms firm has been closed as no evidence could be found into the matter. The inquiry which was launched on the complaint of the United States has been closed on the condition that if any reliable evidence came on record later, the matter would be investigated again. Sources, privy to the developments, told The News that in March 2017 the US accused a Pakistani arms firm located in Lahore of exporting weapons to Yemeni rebels. During his meeting with the officials of Ministry ...

Iran denies accusations of aiding Taliban in Afghanistan

1397/2/31 | 08:22
[caption id="attachment_61839" align="alignnone" width="840"] Image processed by CodeCarvings Piczard ### FREE Community Edition ### on 2018-01-08 12:58:46Z | |[/caption] Tehran has dismissed accusations that it has been helping a Taliban push in an Afghan province bordering Iran, saying the claim is instigated by US commanders who try to divert public opinion from the real cause of the flare-up in violence. Fighting has continued in Farah Province on the border with Iran where the insurgents came close to overrunning the provincial capital, ...

Shia Friday prayer leader asks PML-N to desist from anti-Army Narrative

1397/2/31 | 08:22
Senior religious scholar and Friday prayer leader of Skardu Allama Shaikh Mohammad Hassan Jafari has urged the PML-N leaders and supporters to stop malicious propaganda against the Pakistan Army who is fighting a war against terrorists and has lost Colonel Sohail Abid that was the latest sacrifice from this institution for the sake of the country and nation. Addressing thousands of people at Skardu Jamey Masjid, he said, Pak Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Quetta and gave assurance to the families of Shia Hazara who have ...

Dirty politics: Is Nawaz putting country's security in danger?

1397/2/31 | 08:22
Nawaz’s latest statement came in the backdrop of a campaign he and his daughter Maryam Nawaz have been running against his ouster in the Panama Papers case. During public rallies held across the country, the father and daughter duo have consistently called for civilian supremacy.   It is a fact that Nawaz shares responsibility for not having fixed the imbalance of elected and unelected institutions during his time in office. He neither showed any will to rid the constitution of excrements introduced by dictators in the past nor tried ...

Trump’s sanctions on Iran threaten plans for Chabahar port

1397/2/30 | 08:22
US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on Tehran threatens to derail a project to help build Afghanistan’s economy, endangering a key goal of the US strategy to end America’s longest war. The Indian-backed Chabahar port complex in Iran is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for land-locked Afghanistan that could potentially open the way for millions of dollars in trade and cut its dependence on Pakistan, its sometimes-hostile neighbor. Building Afghanistan’s ...

Pakistan raises issue of Israeli terrorism in Gaza at UN General Assembly

1397/2/29 | 08:22
    Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi called for an independent inquiry into Israeli “state terrorism” in Gaza.   “I raised the issue of the massacre of Palestinians due to Israeli state terrorism in Gaza,” Lodhi said while speaking to the media after her address at the UN General Assembly during the Sixth Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. “Pakistan condemns the massacre of Palestinians and calls on the United Nations to conduct an independent investigation into the ...

Cat is out of Bag: US comes out to Nawaz Sharif's rescue

1397/2/28 | 08:22
  Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Dana White during the regular briefing at the Pentagon on Friday said that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s statements regarding the 26/11 Mumbai attacks is an “inflection point” for Pakistan. She said that US expects more from Pakistan and hopes it will play a major role in maintaining peace. The Pentagon spokesman further said that Pakistan can do more with respect to the security of Afghanistan. She expressed hope that Pakistan will be a partner in safeguarding ...

Fallout of Nawaz Sharif’s statement

1397/2/27 | 08:22
  Disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has dropped a bombshell without realising where he has dropped and its possible fallout, internally and externally. Besides, timing of the statement on 2008 Mumbai attack, and the controversy which has emerged as a result of reaction and counter-reaction has further complicated the situation. Just 24 hours after the National Security Committee (NSC), comprising top civil and military leadership, completely rejected his statement as misleading, the former premier in a rare counter-reaction rejected ...

Pak-Afghan thaw: Can China bring neighbors close?

1397/2/27 | 08:22
  China has proposed hosting a new round of three-way talks with Pakistan and Afghanistan this month to continue with its diplomatic push in helping the two neighboring countries improve their strained bilateral ties. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing told an unofficial conference of government representatives and experts from the three countries in Islamabad on Tuesday that Beijing had initiated the trilateral vice foreign ministers-level dialogue in 2015.   He said that since then, several rounds of talks have taken place, ...

Ramazan moon sighted, holy month to begin from Tomorrow

1397/2/26 | 08:22
The moon marking the beginning of the holy month of Ramazan has been sighted, Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Munibur Rehman announced on Wednesday. The holy month will begin from May 17, Thursday. Mufti Muneeb was addressing a press conference in Karachi after the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee concluded its meeting. Meetings of the zonal committees were also held in provincial capitals. ...

Pakistan, Turkey to raise voice against Israeli atrocities at world forums

1397/2/26 | 08:22
  The governments of Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to raise the issue of Palestinians’ massacre at the hands of Israeli forces at all international forums, including the United Nation. The move came after Israeli troops killed at least 60 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem on Monday – the conflict’s bloodiest day in years. On Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made a phone call to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and invited him to attend an ...

Nawaz Sharif on a suicide mission?

1397/2/26 | 08:22
  Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s scandalous statement has pushed the PML-N in complete disarray at a time when the general elections are just round the corner. Generally considered as endorsement of Indian stance and negation of Pakistan’s policy on the issue of Mumbai attacks, the statement is being clarified and even denied to some degree by top leaders of the PML-N, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. However, Nawaz Sharif not only owns the statement, but also insists that ...

Mysterious departure: Why Pakistan allowed killer US diplomat to fly away?

1397/2/26 | 08:22
    Tensions between Pakistan and the US have simmered down after Col Joseph, the US military attache responsible for the death of a young Pakistani man by running a red traffic light was able to leave the country following a ‘settlement’. American authorities, insiders added, have reassured their Pakistani counterparts that they want good relations with Pakistan. The Trump administration has sped efforts up on a diplomatic level to address Pakistan’s reservations, with some high level officials due to visit the country soon. It ...

Succumbed to US pressure: Killer US diplomat allowed to leave

1397/2/25 | 08:22
  US defence attaché Col Joseph Emanuel Hall, who was earlier barred from flying out on an American military aircraft by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), was reportedly allowed by the government to leave on Monday, DawnNewsTV reported quoting diplomatic sources. The government reportedly took the decision after the US government assured that Col Hall will be tried under US laws, the sources added. The diplomat has since left for Afghanistan on a special flight. Diplomatic sources further confirmed that Col Hall was a US diplomat ...

The first bullet

1397/2/24 | 08:22
We have lost two prime ministers and quite a few political leaders to assassins’ bombs and bullets. The bullet that hit Ahsan Iqbal was a different kind of projectile, marking the beginning of a new era of extremism in Pakistan.   There are reasons to believe that this new face of extremism can be scarier than anything we have seen so far. Sectarianism and the Afghan jihad were closely linked because of the Saudi support and the nature of militant organisations. All jihadi outfits were organised along sectarian lines. It was due to ...

Senator irked by US sanctions on Iran as it will affect Pakistan trade

1397/2/23 | 08:22
  Senator Rehman Malik has criticised the ministry of foreign affairs for playing the role of a silent spectator on the US sanctions against Iran because the sanctions will badly affect the bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran.   “United States decision will adversely affect Pakistan’s trade. Foreign Office should brief the Senate about it,” he urged, speaking on a point of order. Pakistanis detest US administration because of its policies against Muslims, Arabs and the third world countries, its unjustifiable support ...

Abbotabad like operation: Pakistan foils US attempt to take killer diplomat out of Pakistan

1397/2/23 | 08:22
  US defe­nce attaché Col Joseph Hall involved in a fatal road accident was on Saturday stopped from flying out on an American military aircraft by the Federal Inves­tigation Agency (FIA). Col Hall had reached Nur Khan Air Base for boarding the aircraft that had come to take him but was not allowed to leave, an official said. The US Air Force C-130 flew into Islamabad at 11.15am from Bagram airbase in Afghanistan. Col Hall accompanied by around eight people from the embassy reached the air base around five minutes later for boarding ...

Pakistan Court rules that US diplomat doesn't have absolute immunity

1397/2/22 | 08:22
  The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday ruled that a United States diplomat, who was involved in a traffic accident that led to the death of a youth in the capital, does not have absolute immunity.   On April 7, US Defence and Air Attaché Col Joseph Emanuel Hall jumped a red light at Daman-i-Koh Chowk and hit a motorcycle. As a result, two riders of the bike suffered injuries and one of them, 22-year-old Ateeq Baig, later died. Col Hall had escaped arrest because of diplomatic immunity but a first information report (FIR) regarding ...

Blocking move on Khorsani: An open US proxy war against Pakistan

1397/2/22 | 08:22
  Seeking to add Abdul Wali, aka Umer Khorasani, leader of the Jamaatul Ahrar faction of the banned TTP, to a UN sanctions committee list was a sensible move by Pakistan. Blocking the Pakistani move, as the US has done, is insensible. The JuA as an organisation was added to the UN sanctions committee list in mid-2017, while in October, a US drone is believed to have targeted Khorasani, who was initially reported to have been killed in the attack but survived. The decision to block the listing of Khorasani in the UN sanctions committee ...

Mighty Mullah: Why Govt cannot arrest Khadim Hussain Rizvi?

1397/2/22 | 08:22
  Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Friday said the government can not arrest Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi because of the Faizabad agreement, which had contained a provision for the withdrawal of all cases against TLP leaders. "The government is not backing off, but there is an agreement carrying the signatures of the guarantor [an intelligence chief] and [representatives of] the government and we have to abide by it," Sanaullah said while speaking to the media. Rizvi, along with other leaders who participated ...

A state without a nation

1397/2/21 | 08:22
  The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings”; thus Cassius spoke to Brutus in Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’. This truth has held through the ages.   When Ahsan Iqbal, minister for interior – responsible for internal security, safety of life and property of the people, and general law and order, as indeed Pakistan’s integrity as a state and a nation – was grievously injured in an assassination attempt while addressing his home constituency, his prime area of focus and functional ...

Tearing up Iran deal: Pakistan counts the cost of Trump move

1397/2/21 | 08:22
  Pakistan joined other countries  to question US President Donald Trump’s controversial move to pull out from the Iranian nuclear deal. “Pakistan believes that International treaties and agreements concluded through painstaking negotiations are sacrosanct,” said a statement issued here by the foreign office. The statement suggests that Pakistan was upset with the Trump administration’s unilateral move. “Arbitrarily rescinding such agreements will undermine confidence in the value of dialogue and diplomacy in the conduct of ...

Tit-for-Tat: All US diplomats in Pakistan to face restrictions

1397/2/21 | 08:22
  In a tit-for-tat move, the Foreign Office on Thursday announced that all the US diplomats in Pakistan would be facing restrictions from today under which they won’t be able to roam around without seeking permission from the authorities concerned. The US restrictions on the Pakistani diplomats will come into effect today. Under the Trump administration’s decision, the officials of the Pakistan Embassy and four consulates are required to get permission from the State Department five days before going beyond the set limits. Meanwhile, ...

US embassy chief security officer arrested for assaulting police cops

1397/2/20 | 08:22
  The chief security officer (CSO) of the US embassy in Islamabad was arrested for threatening and assaulting the police officials besides trying to help a US diplomat escape from police custody after a fatal traffic accident.   The Kohsar police arrested him from the parking area of the district and sessions court Islamabad, an official said. On April 8, US Defence and Air Attaché Col Joseph Emanuel jumped the red light on Margalla Road and hit two young men riding a motorcycle. One of them died and his pillion rider was injured. ...

General Bajwa makes it to Forbes' 'Most Powerful People of 2018' list

1397/2/20 | 08:22
  Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been ranked 68 on Forbes‘ 2018 list of ‘The World’s Most Powerful People’. According to the magazine, four factors were taken into account to select each individual: how many people over whom they have power; the financial resources they control; if they have influence in more than one sphere; and how actively they wield their power to change the world. 75 people “who make the world turn” are featured in the 2018 list. General Bajwa is a newcomer to the list along with Saudia ...

An open secrete: How is US backing Pakistani terrorist group Jamat-ul-Ahrar

1397/2/20 | 08:22
  The United States is believed to have blocked a Pakistani request with the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee for listing of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) leader Abdul Wali, commonly known as Umer Khalid Khurasani. Although Pakistan has still not been notified about the development by the sanctions committee, the Foreign Office has informally learnt that the process has been held up because of an objection by the United States, a senior diplomatic source revealed. Take a look: Afghanistan-based terrorists behind Swat attack, Kabul ...

Pakistan backs Iran: US withdrawal would complicate the situation

1397/2/19 | 08:22
  The Foreign Office (FO) on Wednesday expressed concern on the United States' (US) withdrawal from the so-called Iran deal, saying that the decision will affect the world community's efforts to solve the "conflict" with Iran. In a media statement, the FO said that the US's withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) would weaken the dialogue process that was meant to find a solution to the conflict. Still, Pakistan hopes that the remaining five signatories — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — will ...

Pakistan's pivot to Russia

1397/2/18 | 08:22
  In August last year, US President Trump unveiled his much-awaited strategy for Afghanistan and the wider South Asian region. Trump singled out Pakistan for not doing enough to curb terrorism and threatened to halt security assistance if it continued to play a “double game.” The diatribe and visibly more hostile approach by the Trump administration created ripples in Pakistan. Authorities were concerned about the possible fallout of shift in the US approach towards Islamabad. At the time it looked as if Pakistan was isolated. One ...

The defence budget

1397/2/16 | 08:22
  Myth number 1: Pakistan has a large military. Not true. There are at least 64 countries in the world that have more military personnel on a per capita basis than does Pakistan.   They are: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Libya, Kuwait, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Israel, Estonia, Vietnam, Slovenia, Botswana, Mongolia, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Mauritania, Croatia, Chile, Somalia, Albania, Sao tome and Principe, Namibia, Angola, Cambodia, Uruguay, Bolivia, ...

Another 200 Pakistanis deported from Saudi Arabia

1397/2/15 | 08:22
  More than 200 Pakistanis were deported from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) after completion of their jail term as punishment in Saudi kingdom.   Saudi monarchy punished the friendly country Pakistan’s nationals after the kafeels of such Pakistani workers turned against them. Pakistanis refused to accept the illegal orders of Saudi kafeels who also detained and harassed them. And then Saudi authorities accused that they were living KSA without any legal documents. Pakistanis who were deported by the Saudi authorities after ...

Currency swap agreement of Iran and Pakistan

1397/2/15 | 08:22
  Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoust announced that a currency swap agreement and resumption of banking channels between Tehran and Islamabad is under process. “Bilateral trade would be promoted and the Iranian banks would open branches in the country once the currency swap agreement is reached,” Honardoust said. The Iranian ambassador said that Iran and Pakistan have multi-functional and multi-aspect relations, adding that both countries should adopt a new approach and move forward; though trade between the two countries ...

Three killed, 13 serious injured in Attock suicide blast targeting security vehicle

1397/2/13 | 08:22
  At least three people were martyred while several others were injured in a suicide blast near the vehicle of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) in Attock Today. Initial reports suggest a man riding a motorcycle first opened fire at the bus carrying civilian personnel of the agency before setting off the explosives, in the Dhok Gama area of the city. Security forces have cordoned off the area and initiated an investigation. Those wounded in the incident have been shifted to the district headquarter hospital. The attacker was killed ...

NZ mulls, Australia refuses to play in Pakistan

1397/2/13 | 08:22
  NZC is weighing up a request from the PCB to play in Pakistan later this year. Pakistan are currently scheduled to "host" New Zealand for a full tour of the UAE, comprising most likely of three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is, in October-November. But Cricket Australia (CA) has indicated it won't consider allowing any matches to be moved to Pakistan for their tour later this year to the United Arab Emirates. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) officials confirmed on Wednesday they had been approached by Pakistani authorities to move Twenty20 ...

Memogate scandal: Can Pakistan refuse US request for handover of oath violator?

1397/2/13 | 08:22
  The Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) revealed on Wednesday in the Supreme Court during the Memogate case hearing that he took up the matter of Husain Haqqani’s repatriation but they said that Pakistan also had one of their people in custody. The DG FIA submitted before the court that he had discussed the case of Husain Haqqani with the Americans but they said they also had one of their people in custody. Bashir Memon told the court that he had showed the Americans the red warrants for Haqqani. "Did the US ...

Shia Muslims may expand Quetta protest against genocide to entire Pakistan

1397/2/11 | 08:22
  After having been dismayed and discouraged by the inaction against the terrorists involved in Shia genocide, Shia parties leaderships and religious scholars have come under immense pressure from people to give a call for countrywide sit-in campaign to expand the Quetta protest to entire Pakistan.   Leading Shia party Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen has setup three sit-in camps in Quetta including one outside provincial legislature where an incumbent minister belonging to the MWM himself leads the protesters. They are registering protest ...

The myth of diplomatic immunity: Would US diplomats walk free in Pakistan?

1397/2/11 | 08:22
  Pakistan can persuade the two US diplomats involved in traffic accidents in Islamabad to cooperate with the investigation but it cannot detain them, diplomatic observers say. Recently one after another incident has happened. In the first incident a diplomat was caught on camera running a red light and hitting a motorcycle — which had right of way. One of the riders is seen to be thrown in the air. One of the riders died of his injuries at the scene and the other is recovering. The driver has claimed diplomatic immunity as is his right. ...

Who Cares for Hazaras?

1397/2/10 | 08:22
  When the minorities of a multi-ethnic nation state are routinely persecuted by ruthless coercion and violence in the face of a callous establishment that perpetuates the status quo by remaining silent on the issue, not only has the state failed in protecting its citizens, it has become complicit in the persecution by not addressing the matter.   The latest attack on the Hazara community in Quetta comes third in the series of horrifying attacks this month on the persecuted minority in which two members of the Shia Hazara community ...

Diplomatic restrictions: Did Pakistan push US on backfoot?

1397/2/10 | 08:22
  The United States has delayed its decision to restrict the movement of Pakistani diplomats in America as both countries try to resolve the differences that have strained their relations. Last week, a spokesman for Pakis­tan’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs confirmed that the United States planned to impose new restrictions on its diplomats. Recent reports in the Pakistani media suggest that the US government has already alerted Pakistani authorities of its plan to do so. According to a notification sent to the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, ...

Would Pakistan release the Doctor who traced Osama Bin Laden?

1397/2/9 | 08:22
  Dr Shakil Afridi’s transfer to an undisclosed location has sparked rumours of his possible imminent release. The initial sentence handed down to him back in 2012 meant that he faced a total of 33 years in prison. Yet two years ago this was slashed to 10; ostensibly to prevent Washington from pulling the plug on aid flows. Though nothing is clear. Indeed, another explanation is that Dr Afridi is being relocated to safeguard him against Taliban inmates. Nevertheless, now might be the time for some clarity. Beginning with the fact he ...

Is a Russia-Pakistan corridor in the making?

1397/2/9 | 08:22
  Over the past decade, Pakistan and Russia have been repairing a relationship that was badly damaged during the Cold War. State-to-state ties are not grounded in emotion but based on shared interests. No two countries can remain friend or foes forever; the convergence or divergence of mutual interests decides the nature of ties between two states. Though relations between Russia and Pakistan have remained turbulent over the years, they have been warming up over the last decade, with top political, diplomatic and recent military engagements. ...

Joint economic project with India: Is China back-stabbing Pakistan?

1397/2/9 | 08:22
In a move that could upset Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to undertake a joint India-China economic project in Afghanistan at their first informal summit here, official sources said. The understanding was reached between the two leaders during the two-day informal summit which concluded today, they said. As per the understanding, officials of both sides will identify the project in following up discussions and work out modalities ..   This will be a first such project in the war-torn ...

Pak-Indian militaries to conduct first-ever drills together

1397/2/6 | 08:22
  Pakistani and Indian forces, for the first time, will conduct drills together as both the countries have announced to participate in a multi-nation military exercise to be held in in Russia’s Ural Mountains in August this year. The exercise , “Peace Mission 2018”, a part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), will focus on counter-terrorism operations in which eight countries, including Pakistan, India, China, Russia will participate. Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has reportedly made an official announcement ...

The bull in China shop: Is Chief Justice over-stepping his authority?

1397/2/5 | 08:22
While Nawaz Sharif resorts to hyperbole when he says Pakistan today is the ‘worst kind of dictatorship’, one would have readily agreed with him if he had said that there is a visible and continuous curtailment of democracy in the country.   While the CJ maintains that the whole SC would resign if a Martial Law was imposed, the court prefers to look the other way as acts that curtail basic democratic rights take place. A media channel has been forced to go offline in several cities including areas of Lahore, newspapers receive tweets ...

Growing defence ties with Russia: Is Pakistan killing two birds with one stone

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  Pakistan and Russia on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to intensify bilateral military cooperation during meetings between the top military and security leadership of the two countries. The resolve to expand existing bilateral military cooperation was expressed when Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa opened his visit to Moscow with a meeting with Commander Russian Federation Ground Forces Col Gen Oleg Salyukov soon after National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Janjua-led delegation discussed key security ...

Pakistan’s help sought to trace threats to Trump: FIA

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  The Unit­ed States has sought Islamabad’s help in tracing threats to US President Donald Trump originating from Pakistan, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) informed the National Assembly Standing Commit­tee on Government Assura­nces on Monday, regretting that it was hard to track down people who posted blasphemous material on social media. FIA Cyber Crimes direc­tor retired Capt Muhammad Shoaib told the lawmakers that it was hard to identify the culprits behind the posts depicting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran ...

At the lowest ebb: Is Pakistan looking for a smooth departure from US bloc?

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  Another round of Pakistan-United States talks aimed at getting Islamabad to fulfil Washing­ton’s expectations, envisioned in its South Asia and Afghanistan policy, ended  without any breakthrough or breakdown, but new issues have been added to the already heavy and complicated agenda. A senior official of the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells visited Islamabad on Monday on a daylong trip for continuing her talks with Pakistani officials on the US list of expectations. Ambassador ...