Pakistan wants to renew engagement, but can it deliver?

Maroof Raza Consulting Editor (Strategic Affairs) In reality, what irks Pakistan the most is to be ignored by India – as was the case following the attack on the IAF’s Pathankot airbase. References to Pakistan and how to deal with it seems to be as much a part of the …

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AFTER U.S. SANCTIONS, IRAN’S PETROCHEMICAL EXPORTS DECLINE

The United States have started to enforce sanctions in the second half of 2018 after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran’s ports of petrochemical products during the last fiscal year stood at 20 million tons, compared to the 22.4 million that the country exported during the previous year, according …

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We need to be honest, Pakistan is not an easy country to travel in: travel blogger Alex

Alex, American traveller behind the travel blog Lost With Purpose, was invited to speak at the Pakistan Tourism Summit last month. However, she says her talk was cancelled last minute as the organisers said it was too critical and didn’t fit the agenda of the summit. After being “silenced”, she decided to …

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Pakistan watchdog decries forced conversions, curbs on media

ISLAMABAD – An independent watchdog has expressed concerns over incidents of forced conversions and marriages of girls from Pakistan’s minority Hindu community to Muslim men. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says effective legislation is needed to stop the practice. Its appeal came at the release of an annual report on …

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India called Pakistan’s bluff with air strikes: Modi

India has called nuclear-armed Pakistan’s bluff with its air strikes on terror camps in that country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, adding that one country cannot have two Prime Ministers. Referring to the air strikes by the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Balakot, Modi told an election rally here: “Pakistan and its supporters have been threatening us for …

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Abdullah Says Won’t Attend Afghanistan’s Planned Peace Loya Jirga

KABUL — Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says he will boycott a planned meeting of nearly 2,500 Afghan politicians and tribal, ethnic, and religious leaders aimed at discussing negotiations with the Taliban. Abdullah made the announcement on April 14, about two weeks before the gathering, known as a consultative Loya …

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FATF asks Pakistan to document, track all gold purchases

ISLAMABAD: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has asked Pakistan to implement a new set of constraints in the country’s crackdown against terror financing, including documenting and regulating all gold markets (Sarafa Bazaars).  The finance ministry has reportedly received a new list of recommendations from the watchdog which requires documentation …

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285 new cases of dengue reported in Balochistan’s Turbat

QUETTA: The provincial government has apparently failed to control the spread of dengue virus as 285 new cases emerged in Balochistan’s Turbat city in last two weeks, ARY News reported on Sunday. District Health Officer (DHO) told ARY News that overall 528 cases have been reported in the last 3.5 …

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دہشتگرد حکومت سے زیادہ طاقتور ہیں ،ہزارہ ، بلوچ ، پشتون و آباد کا رسمیت کسی کابھی خون ب ہےبرداشت نہیں کریں گے ، اختر مینگل

کوئٹہ: بلوچستان نیشنل پارٹی کے سربراہ رکن قومی اسمبلی سردار اختر مینگل کا کہنا ہے کہ دہشتگردی کے واقعات میں ملوث عناصر حکومت سے زیادہ طاقتور ہیں اس لئے بلوچستان میں امن کا قیام حکومت کے بس کی بات نہیں۔ برسر اقتدار لوگوں کے پاس بولنے کیلئے بہت کچھ مگر …

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Hazaras continue Quetta sit-in for third day; CTD team set up to investigate Hazarganji attack

A probe team comprising senior Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials has been set up to investigate the Hazarganji blast as Quetta’s Hazara community continued protesting the suicide attack for a third consecutive day. The protesters did not budge from their positions and continued to stage a sit-in well into Sunday evening, …

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