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No positive response from Pakistan on South Asia strategy: Afghan NSA

WASHINGTON: There has been no positive response from Pakistan on the South Asia strategy of Trump administration, which has a significant impact on the reduction of violence and capabilities of the terrorists in this war-torn country, a top Afghan official said today. Welcoming the South AsiaStrategy announced by President Donald Trump last August, …

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Pakistan could become like ‘Iran or North Korea on steroids’: New US NSA

NEW DELHI: The US’s new National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton, known for being an extreme hawk in diplomatic circles, may not be as hard on Pakistan as his President Donald Trump wants him to be. Media interviews with Bolton – named NSA yesterday – from the recent past suggest that while he believes Pakistan does need …

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‘CPEC offers great economic potential’: Report

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and several other international development agencies have observed that the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) offers enormous economic potential for Pakistan. The participant agencies — Britain’s Department for International Development and the Japan International Cooperation Agency — have discussed several economic …

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Pakistan asked India to review short-sighted approach to CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has asked India to benefit from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, instead of criticising it. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, he advised New Delhi to review its short-sighted approach towards the project. He said the “CPEC is purely an …

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Paradoxes of an ‘abnormal state’

Imtiaz Alam Pakistan is not a ‘normal country’ due to its paradoxes and fault-lines, particularly when an impression to this effect comes from defenders of our frontiers, at a time when everything is imploding – from the balance of payments to the balance of the constitutional division of power. Conflicts …

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Provincial autonomy in Pakistan and the army

Khurram Husain   THE recent remarks attributed to the army chief in a widely read newspaper report saying that the 18th Amendment presents a serious problem bigger than the six points of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman deserve some reflection. The remarks were never officially disowned by the army itself, attesting to their authenticity. Many …

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5,000 years old skeletons from Balochistan displayed in Mashhad

The 5,000 years old skeletons and items found alongside them in the Burnt City, Shahr e Sokhta, in northern Balochistan are displayed in Mashhad, director general of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Razavi Khorasan Province, northeastern Iran. “Three skeletons were transported to a museum to be on …

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Pakistan attempts to allay concerns over Chinese influence

REUTERS ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expects net foreign direct investment (FDI) to jump about 60 percent in 2017/2018, the chairman of Pakistan’s Board of Investment said, but some Western investors appear to be put off by China’s growing influence in the South Asian nation. Chinese companies are building roads, power stations and …

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US won’t resume security aid to Pakistan till it allays concerns on terror safe havens

WASHINGTON: The US will not resume security aid to Pakistan until it addresses America’s concerns on terrorist safe havens, the Pentagon said, underlining that Islamabad’s action against militants would not only help Afghanistan but also protect India and the entire region. The US in January suspended more than $1.15 billion security assistance …

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Is it the chief’s ‘doctrine’?

Zahid Hussain MYTHS are often woven around men in power. Now we hear about a ‘Bajwa doctrine’ — a term used by some media circles and, indeed, by the ISPR chief himself in an interview with a TV channel. Going by this so-called doctrine, it would seem that the army chief has a grand …

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