Category: Paksitan

Zardari rules out Nuclear War between Pakistan and India

Former president Asif Ali Zardari has ruled out a nuclear war between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue, saying both sides wouldn’t risk using an atomic bomb as a “weapon of aggression”. “You can develop it, you can have it, you can display a photograph of it but nuclear weapons are no joke,” Zardari…

Making Pakistan a ‘Second North Korea’ :: Pakistani Perspective

Zalmay Khalilzad, a US diplomat of Afghan-origin, who played the key role in America’s policy towards Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has advised the US government to adopt a policy of “total isolation” against Pakistan and send Islamabad a strong signal to face the prospect of becoming a “second North Korea”…

Pak teaches children ‘national identity is to hate someone’: Hina Rabbani Khar

Pakistan cannot “conquer Kashmir through war” and the issue can only be handled in an environment of mutual trust with India, former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said. Khar, who was foreign minister during 2011-13, said Pakistani children had been taught for six decades that “our national identity is to hate someone” and this…

India must help Afghanistan build its military might to counter bullying Pakistan

A new phenomenon is becoming the norm in Asia. Militarily strong nations like China and Pakistan have taken to bullying weaker neighbours, usually over disputed border/territorial claims on land and sea. China has been constantly bullying Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia over islands in the South China sea. Pakistan has joined the club by being…

US-Paksitan Relations: The Good, The Bad, The Weird

Undoubtedly, the Pak-U.S. relations are prolonged and significant however they revolve around four facets that are demonstrative, unpredictable, passionate — and deeply flawed. It is very fascinating to lookout with a mixture of inquisitiveness and apprehension, when the United States and Pakistan have trade-off mutual expressions of affection, followed by allegations of betrayal. Recent F-16s…

India always tried to maintain ‘hegemony’ in South Asia: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: India always tried to maintain its "hegemony" in the South Asia region and Pakistan has rejected this while "effectively" protecting its interests, prime minister's adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has claimed. Answering a question about Indo-Pak ties in an interview to Samaa TV, Aziz said India has always tried to maintain its hegemony…

The end of Pakistan’s double-games in Afghanistan

Julian Huxley once wrote that "a nation is a society united by a common error as to its origins and a common aversion to its neighbours". If there is any truth to Huxley's remark, the recent bloody border clashes between the Afghan and Pakistani military forces illustrate the common aversion of the Afghans towards their…

US promises aid to Pakistan in $602 bn defence bill but with strings attached

The Senate voted decisively on Tuesday to approve a defense policy bill that authorizes $602 billion in military spending, of which $800 million have been kept aside for Pakistan. However there are strings attached. Of the promised aid $300 million dollars will be given to Pakistan if it launches an operation against the Haqqani network.…

Pakistan moves to hire Washington lobbyists amid strained US ties

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is looking to hire lobbying firms in Washington after a gap of nearly eight years, seeking to refurbish its image in the United States at a time of deteriorating relations between the allies, two government officials said on Tuesday. Ties have been particularly strained following a US unmanned aircraft strike that killed top…

India’s NSG Membership Will Touch ‘Raw Nerve’ With Pak: Chinese Media

BEIJING: Vehemently opposing India's bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group or NSG, China's official media said today that New Delhi's membership will not only touch a "raw nerve" in Pakistan and increase a nuclear arms race, but also "jeopardise" Beijing's national interests. An op-ed commentary in state-run Global Times titled "India mustn't let nuclear ambitions…

China Pakistan Economic Corridor: A Chinese Nightmare

  The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a $46 billion mega-project which aims to connect Gwadar Port in South-western Pakistan to China’s North-western autonomous region of Xinjiang, via a network of highways, railways, oil & gas pipelines, and an optical fiber link. The CPEC’s main locus lies in Kashagar, Xinjiang, and the western Autonomous Region…

Pakistan’s credentials stronger than India for NSG membership: Satraj Aziz

Pakistan’s top Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz said Islamabad’s credentials for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) are stronger than India’s if the 48-nation cartel agrees to form a uniform criteria for non-Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) states. In an exclusive interview with Dawn News on Sunday, Aziz said Pakistan has diplomatically engaged numerous countries…