Category: World News

Raheel Sharif: The army chief who ruled without a coup

Days before he hangs up his spurs and retires on 29 November, Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif stands at the height of his popularity. His massive portraits adorn the backs of lorries, posters depict him as saviour of the nation and he continues to inspire devotional social media hashtags. Indeed when it was announced…

Japan and India’s nuclear accord can counter China’s hegemonic ambitions

The highly-anticipated civil nuclear agreement between India and Japan was the most important outcome of the November 11 Shinzo Abe-Narendra Modi summit. Even with Abe favouring a nuclear accord with India, building a national consensus within Japan around it has taken time. The December 2015 India-Japan summit saw progress in reaching understandings on the text…

Donald Trump lays out agenda for first 100 days: US to leave TPP, investigate visa program abuses

President-elect Donald Trump on Monday released a video spelling out his agenda for the first 100 days when he assumes office on January 20. Sticking to the themes he had outlined during his Presidential campaign, Trump laid out plans for trade, energy, regulations, national security, immigration, and ethics. Trump, whose campaign motto was ‘Make American…

Don’t let Trumps America shun Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tasks his diplomats in Washington

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked his diplomatic corps to make sure the United States does not shun Pakistan after Donald Trump takes over as president in January, The Nation has learnt. Senior officials at the Foreign Ministry said that Pakistan was aiming to win enough confidence of the new US president that keeps Pakistan…

Only the first 40 F-16 fighters sold by US to Pakistan are Nuclear-Enabled :: Scientist

A study of Google satellite images and information from other intelligence sources by US nuclear scientists Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris released earlier this week contains startling revelations: contrary to the conditions laid down by the US when it sold Pakistan F-16 fighters, the US jets, along with the Pak air force’s French Mirages, are…

Why Pakistan’s Gwadar port is important for China

The first consignment of Chinese goods passed on November 13 through the Gwadar port in Pakistan on to ports in West Asia and Africa. The port is the showpiece of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, which Beijing sees as a crucial link that will help it in its drive to become a world power. 1.The…

China’s JF-17 and FC-31 Export Prospects Remain Uncertain

The non-appearance of the Shenyang FC-31 fighter at the recent Zhuhai Air Show is another indication that the type is failing to fulfill both technical and sales expectations. However, the aircraft’s Russian Klimov/Sarkisov RD-93 engine was shown for the first time. This led some observers to believe that this was part of a joint Russian-Chinese…

Call bluff, but watch the nuclear rogue

In the face of the continual firing and shelling by Pakistani troops across the borders in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian defence forces have struck an offensive defence posture, giving them back more than adequately. The Pakistani army had obviously been feeling humiliated by the pre-dawn surgical strikes by Indian troops across the border into…

Russia Turns Down Pak Request For Su-35 jet Buy; Russian Media

Russia has turned down a request from Pakistan to purchase the Su-35 fighter jet, an aircraft it has sold to Islamabad’s closest ally, China. A report in Russian publication, Sputnik quoted Russian Foreign Ministry’s director of the Second Asian Department , Zamir Kabulov as saying that, “Moscow is not engaged in negotiations on Su-35 fighter…

Trump and Modi will be ‘best friends’: adviser to U.S. president-elect

The U.S. president-elect will be "best friends" with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an adviser to Donald Trump told Reuters in a telephone interview. Shalabh Kumar, an Indian émigré businessman, is Trump's point person for outreach to Indian-American voters. The Chicago-based Kumar emigrated from India in 1969 and founded the Republican Hindu Coalition, a political…

Balochistan blast raises security alarm for China Pakistan Economic Corridor, says Chinese media

The recent bomb attack in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province, a day ahead of the launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) from Gwadar port, has raised a ‘security alarm’ for the USD 46 billion project, state-run Chinese media said on Tuesday. “With the departure of a Chinese ship from the renovated port of Gwadar in…

Trump, Putin and a nervous NATO

As Donald Trump takes up residence in the White House next January, one of the most powerful NATO forces in years will be preparing to move into Eastern Europe. The Alliance is sending four armored battle groups as part of its strategy to bolster defenses against Russia. Led by Britain, Canada, Germany and the United…

Pakistan says seven of its troops killed in Indian fire at LoC

SEVEN PAKISTANI soldiers were reported killed in fighting with Indian troops on Sunday night after they were caught in the open during a brief exchange of mortar and machine-gun fire near Sunderbani in J&K’s Rajouri district, military sources told The Indian Express. ”Suspecting an effort by terrorists to penetrate the LoC, troops opened fire to…

Donald Trump committed to US alliances, says Barack Obama

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Monday abandoned his dire warnings and dark predictions about his newly elected successor and urged Americans to give President-elect Donald Trump time to rise to the daunting responsibilities of the office, breaking sharply from his Democratic allies who have quickly condemned Trump's first major decisions. In his first extended remarks…

Israel president Reuven Rivlin leaves for six-day visit to India

Terming India as a “close friend”, Israel President Reuven Rivlin has left for New Delhi on a six-day visit to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries that he said were places of “innovation and inspiration”. Rivlin, who is arriving with a large delegation of businessmen and academics, will join President Pranab Mukherjee in…

Donald Trump to deport 3 million undocumented immigrants ‘immediately’

US President-elect Donald Trump has said that he will deport three million undocumented immigrants “immediately” after assuming office. In a television interview to CBS, his first after being elected President, he said that he will assort people by their criminal records. “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and…