South Asia

North Korea’s rapid progress in missile technology is alarming

Peter Hayes | North Korea said this week it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile. The test came more...

Is the Pakistani Army working overtime to make democracy sustainable?

Promising whatever assistance is required by the civilian govt wherever it is needed in the best national interest, the COAS Gen Javed Qamar Bajwa...

Pakistan: Terrorism at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine; What does it mean?

Moeed Pirzada | A suicide bomber struck inside the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in the city of Sehwan Sharif, in Pakistani province of Sindh,...

Will a NATO rethink on Afghanistan achieve more?

Imtiaz Gul| Are we seeing a US-led NATO rethink on Afghanistan and Pakistan underway? With the Indian policy of “isolating” Pakistan having outlived its shelf...

2018 Elections will be pointless: without “major electoral reforms”

Farid Malik| If the next elections are held without major electoral reforms, it will be as futile an exercise as the ten elections held after...

Will Pakistan muddle through or will CPEC allow it to control its destiny?

Adnan Qaiser | Indeed history keeps repeating itself. The 19th century’s Great Game – associated with the historic Silk Road – has since been reincarnated...

India launches 104 satellites simultaneously surpassing Russia

New Dehli: Indian PSLV-C37 carrier rocket successfully launched 104 satellites, five times more than the 20 launched into space in June 2016, the Indian...

Trump: Awaited Angel or feared Devil for Afghanistan?

Dr. Shahbaz Gill | Past one year, of uncertainty, has seen people riding on emotional roller coasters all around the world. Pendulum could have move...

What kind of politics is being played to stop FATA being integrated into Pakistan?

Haris Khurshid | Pakistan’s Tribal areas remained in the global media headlines soon after the initiation of War on Terror in Afghanistan post 9/11 attacks....

Regional rivals India and China now compete for another title

India's air quality now rivals China's as the world's deadliest, according to a new study published on Tuesday amid warnings that efforts to curb...

No Work on CPEC’s Western Route? This is propaganda: Chief Secretary Balochistan

QUETTA, February 14, 2017: The Chief Secretary of Balochistan, Saif Ullah Chattha, has refuted a news item attributed to him that not a single...

Kabul blames Russia for “playing with fire”: New Scapegoat?

Imdad Hussain | The Afghan officials and parliamentarians have, for long, blamed its neighbours, especially Pakistan, for the current mess in the country. For a...
Lahore

Lahore Bleeds: Is India Taking Revenge?

Moeed Pirzada | After Feb 13th attack on protesting chemists outside Punjab Assembly, the predominant view in Pakistan has been that India is responsible for...
Pakistan’s Defense budget: Majestic Myths & Humble Reality?

Pakistan’s Defense budget: Majestic Myths & Humble Reality?

News Analysis Defense budget outlays of different nation states reveal a picture altogether different from perceptions commonly held by public- even aware citizenry. For instance...

Corruption: From Panama leaks to PSL?

Pakistan Cricket Board vows that an investigation is underway against the cricketers allegedly involved in match fixing and if found guilty they may face...

Lahore terrorism: abject failure of Pakistani intelligence & policing institutions

Moeed Pirzada | At least 10 people including Traffic DIG Ahmed Mobin were killed and more than 80 others were injured on Monday, Feb 13,...

Should Indian movies be banned in Pakistani cinema! Why?

Ban Bollywood or screen its product, the subject is debatable and reactions form a broad range of opinions. Everyone has the right to hold...

Army will support mainstreaming of FATA, says Gen Bajwa

Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, during his visit to South Waziristan Agency on Sunday, said that military will continue its support...

Valentine’s Day against Islam: Islamabad High Court

Islamabad High Court on Monday issued an order barring Valentine's Day celebrations at public places. The order has an immediate effect in the country. During...

Will Warlords & their new militias provide stability to Afghanistan?

The opponents of the Kabul regime believe that the government has failed on almost all accounts. In this context, mention is often made of:...

Is Trump under pressure to adopt tougher approach towards Pakistan?

James M. Dorsey | Pressure on the Trump administration is mounting to adopt a tougher position towards Pakistani support of militants in Afghanistan as well...

Marriage is a consequence, not a plan, says Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan

Sneha Mahadevan | Hrithik Roshan’s last release Kaabil fared well at the box office and Hrithik, understandably, is on cloud nine. Even as he was...

The Khan’s take their first picture together in 25 years: Shah Rukh & Amir

In the selfie both the actors are dressed in white and Aamir, 51, is seen sporting his 'Thugs of Hindostan' look. The two biggest Khans...

Coming Soon: Free Wifi at Mount Everest!

Free WiFi will soon be made available at the Lukla-Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp, along with Everest. This is not the first WiFi...

World is Changing: Chinese celebrating New Year in Islamabad

Islamabad: Chinese community in the Capital organized an event celebrating the New Year. Cultural dances, Chinese traditional music, and epic gymnastic performances left audience amazed. Pakistan...

Has NATO led to “indifference and inaction” by Afghan Government?

Recent, Russian announcement of a moot to be held in mid-February along with General Nicolson's comments last week bring up the question whether a...

Why can’t Hindu widows wear red? Protests on social media

Red is a color that's associated with energy, strength, power, determination, passion, desire and love. In Hindu culture, a woman wearing a red tika (bindi) means she...

Arrests of “Mossack Fonseca” Founders: World Wide Implications?

News Analysis The arrests of the founders and key officials of the controversial law firm, Mossack Fonseca, on Thursday is yet another reminder that the...

Afghan NUG government needs bolstering from Trump Administration

In Washington, the silence is deafening. Ever since U.S. combat forces left Afghanistan at the end of 2014, relatively little has been heard about America’s...

Should FATA merge with KP or become an independent province?

The committee created by PM Nawaz Sharif in Nov 2015, headed by trusted lieutenant, Sartaj Aziz, after several months of work was clear that...

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