Category: America

US drone attack on Pakistan soil violation of sovereignty: PM Nawaz Sharif

  Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif slammed the drone strike carried out by the United States in Balochistan a day earlier, saying that a strong protest had been lodged with the US over the attack. According to Dawn, Sharif described the air strike in the Dalbandin area of Balochistan as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.…

US Senate passes bill to allow 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia; Obama to veto it

The United States Senate on Tuesday reportedly voted unanimously in favour of a bill that would allow the families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon to sue Saudi Arabia, believed to be involved in the terror plot. The bill has always been opposed by…

US, China spar over India NSG bid

India’s attempt to gain membership to the powerful Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has become the latest battleground in international politics in the past 24 hours between the United States and China, with the US backing India’s candidature and China opposing it, ostensibly to use Pakistan as a shield to curtail Indian influence in the global…

Pakistan a ‘duplicitous, dangerous’ partner for US: NYT editorial

WASHINGTON: Underlining that Pakistan's "double game" has long frustrated US officials, a leading American daily today said the country remains a "duplicitous and dangerous" partner for the US and it was time to "put the squeeze" on it. "Pakistan's double game has long frustrated American officials, and it has grown worse. There are now efforts…

India-US Defence Co-op Act awaits approval

  With an aim to boost bilateral ties between India and the US, two American senators have proposed a legislative bill to the Congress. The bill bears the potential to upgrade the status of Indo-US ties and put India on par with America’s close defence allies like Israel-NATO. The legislation ‘US India Defence Technology and…

Is India Now a US Ally? Aligned against Russia and China?

India’s recent moves are putting India’s multipolar commitment in doubt and raise questions about whether India has defected to the US’s unipolar system. India used to be universally acclaimed for being a multipolar pillar in the emerging world order. The country played a pivotal role in BRICS and in the larger globally transformative processes that…

After blocking F-16 sale, US Congress moves to block all Financial Aid to Pakistan

The US Congress has initiated a move to block $450 million in aid to Pakistan for failing to "demonstrate its commitment" and taking action against the Haqqani terror network. The provision in the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2017, if passed by the Congress, would not allow the US government to…

Pakistan threatens to buy Russian or Chinese jets in spat with US

Pakistan has threatened to buy advanced Russian or Chinese combat jets after Washington withdrew financing for a US arms purchase amid a weakening of its strategic relationship with Islamabad. “If funding is arranged, Pakistan will get the F16,” said Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs adviser to Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani prime minister. “Otherwise, we will opt…

Wary of China’s Indian Ocean activities, U.S., India discuss Anti-Submarine warfare

India and the United States are in talks to help each other track submarines in the Indian Ocean, military officials say, a move that could further tighten defense ties between New Delhi and Washington as China steps up its undersea activities. Both the United States and India are growing concerned at the reach and ambition…

India’s focus should be peace with China, not US military ties linked to sea row

  The military partnership that India has embarked upon with the US has special focus on South China Sea. Their ‘dangerous handshake’ has sent a powerful message to China with which India has a long-standing border dispute. The move not only violates India’s non-aligned policy but also may face stiff resistance from parties. Since coming…

India And China Learn To Love Nuclear Power As America Falls Behind

As American reactors continue to age, India is accelerating its shift towards nuclear power by building several nuclear power plants in the country’s northern region, according to comments by a government official Wednesday. China and India are both preparing to build new nuclear reactors and have rapidly growing nuclear programs, while America’s new reactors have…

India a potential counterweight to China: US Congressman

Asserting that India is a potential "counterweight" to China's growing regional influence in Asia, a top US lawmaker has urged the Obama administration to strengthen its ties with New Delhi. "From a strategic perspective India is a potential counterweight to China's growing regional influence in Asia. They've become increasingly vocal on issues like freedom of…