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Afghan anti-corruption efforts struggle US watchdog

AFP | Afghanistan's security forces are failing to increase control in the war-torn country and Kabul remains apathetic to clamping down on rampant corruption, a...

Islamabad nominated to conduct arbitration in US-Afghanistan table talk

News Analysis | Following an explosion in Northern Afghanistan killing 14 civilians on 19th July 2018, the United States’ General Joseph Votel highlighted his interest...

Pakistan election rally suicide bomb toll climbs to 20

AFP | The death toll in a suicide bombing at an election rally in northwestern Pakistan rose to 20 Wednesday as Taliban militants claimed responsibility,...

“US-China: A new hyphenation driving US-Pak Relations?”

Sameer Lalwani and Hamza Shad | A Brief History Since Pakistan’s independence in 1947, it has had a mixed relationship with the United States, encompassing several...

Two killed as activists clash with militants in Pakistan tribal area

AFP | A clash between Pashtun activists and local militants on Sunday killed two people and wounded 25 others in a restive Pakistani tribal region...

Six dead after militants attack Pakistan border posts

AFP | Six militants have been killed after a thwarted attack on Pakistan army posts along the country's border with Afghanistan, the military said Sunday. Five...

Taliban ‘retreat’ as US, Afghan forces hold western city

AFP | Afghan commandos and the US air force have driven the Taliban to the outskirts of Farah, officials said Wednesday, after a day-long battle...

Pakistan economy set to record fastest growth in 13 years

AFP | Pakistan's economy is set to record its fastest growth since 2005 during the current fiscal year, authorities said Thursday. But the projected 5.8 percent...

Pakistan’s Qawwali music in decline after singer’s death

AFP | Nearly two years after Pakistan's foremost qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was gunned down in Karachi, the devotional music of Islam's Sufi mystical sect is...

Indo-Russia military ties face strains due to New Delhi’s attitude

News Analysis | India is reducing its dependence on Russia for critical defense programs, with the joint venture BrahMos missile set to be guided by...

Imran Khan and Malala Yousafzai: The “World’s Most Popular”

News Desk | Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's Chairman, Imran Khan, and youngest noble laureate Malala Yousafzai have made it to the top 20 list of most popular...

US expects India to engage Pakistan in Kashmir talks

M K Bhadrakumar | The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs in the US State Department Alice Wells is visiting India...

Intriguing media silence over air strike killing Madrassa children in Afghanistan

News Analysis | As par the scanty reports, more than 100 people are reported dead so far after a religious ceremony in a Madrassa in...

Malala visits Swat amidst mixed feelings

News Analysis |   Malala Yousafzai has visited her home town in Swat for the first time following the Taliban attack on her in 2012. Malala...

Why so many in Pakistan are scared of “Brand Malala”?

Saeed Afridi | Malala, the name has become a symbol of so much more than just a little girl. Malala also has become a one-word...

International Community needs to unite to end Afghan war

Asia Maqsood | A declaration calling for an ‘Afghan-led and Afghan-owned’ peace process has been adopted in two-day mega international meeting on March 26-27, 2018...

Pakistan seeks political solution to Afghan conflict: Khawaja Asif

News Analysis | A renewed effort to establish peace in the war-torn nation of Afghanistan is taking shape. A two day peace conference began in...

US sanctions Pakistani companies to set stage for NSG Meeting in...

US has, this week, added 7 Pakistani companies to the “Entity List” maintained by its Department of Commerce, in an action that is widely...

Best way to end Afghan war!

News Analysis | Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, the Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States hoped for the peaceful settlement of the war in Afghanistan while...

Is Russia supplying weapons to Afghan Taliban?

News Analysis | General John Nicholson, US Chief commander in Afghanistan has blamed Russia for supplying arms to Afghan Taliban. While not clearly stating about...

Yet another attack in heavily militarized Kabul kills 26 people

News Analysis | A group of teenagers walking out of Karte Sakhi shrine, where Afghans gather every year to mark Nauroz, became the victim of...

Taliban claims deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

AFP | A suicide attacker blew up a bomb-laden vehicle in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least two civilians and wounding several others, an Afghan...

America’s “Game Changer” approach for victory in Afghanistan

News Analysis | The US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, stated “victory in Afghanistan is still possible — not necessarily on the battlefield but in facilitating...

Have Americans learned nothing from Soviets?

News Analysis | The Afghan Taliban have captured another key district, according to US media reports. The Andardarah distict in the province of Farah was...

‘Internal Security’ being provided by Pakistani troops in KSA: Khawaja Asif

News Analysis | The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, on Friday, told MNAs that Pakistani troops stationed in Saudi Arabia are only there for ‘internal security’...

Indo-Iran ties and implications for Pakistan

News Analysis | The Iranian foreign minister, Javed Zarif, is all set to visit Pakistan for a three-day tour beginning from Sunday, the Iranian ambassador...

U.S drone strike killed 20 militants linked with TTP

News Analysis | In the eastern province of Kunar, Afghanistan, a US drone strike targeted a training camp of militants who are believed to be...

US lights up pathway to Afghan peace

M K Bhadrakumar |  The Principal Assistant Secretary of State in the US state department’s Bureau of South & Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells gave...

Car Bomb explodes near Australian convoy in Kabul

News Desk | A car bomb exploded close to a passing Australian embassy staff as they traveled through the Afghan capital, Kabul on March 2,...

China supports Ghani’s peace initiative

News Desk | China expressed its full support to the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent initiative to hold unconditional talks with the Taliban. China’s Foreign...

Pakistan and the US: Together adrift

Salman Bashir | A raft of acerbic public messages has created uncertainty about the course of US-Pakistan relations. Strategic circles in Washington have unleashed a...

German ‘military advisor’ to Taliban arrested in Afghanistan: official

AFP | A German national believed to be a military advisor to the Taliban in Afghanistan has been arrested in the insurgency-racked province of Helmand,...

Can Bilawal end Pakistan’s international isolation?

News Desk | Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has claimed that PPP is the only party that can take Pakistan out of...

Ghani offers peace negotiations to Taliban without any conditions

News Desk | Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has taken a major U-turn in his stance against the Taliban and offered them peace negotiations without any...

Will PTI’s decision to grant funds to Darul Uloom Haqqania backfire?

News Analysis | In a seemingly controversial move, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government is expected to release Rs. 227 million for Maulana...

Suicide bomber in Kabul kills one, injures six

AFP | At least three people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in multiple suicide bombings in Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, the...

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