Category: Paksitan

US to PAK :: Present case before all NSG members, don’t seek individual endorsements

United States has told Pakistan to put its case of joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) before the 48-member countries rather than seeking individual endorsements for joining it. Islamabad had earlier this week, sent letters to American officials and lawmakers, urging them to support its bid for joining the 48-member club that controls access to…

India’s NSG bid: Pakistan rattled; seeks Russia, South Korea and New Zealand backing for Nuclear Suppliers’ Group

India’s bid to bag membership in the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) seems to have rattled Pakistan badly. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has had a telephonic conversation with the foreign ministers of Russia, South Korea and New Zealand in order to gain support for the country’s application for NSG membership,…

Amid NSG rivalry, Pakistan says it wants cordial ties with India

Even as Pakistan was lobbying hard to scuttle India’s bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the country’s top foreign affairs advisor on Thursday said that Islamabad was willing to have cordial relations with other countries, including neighbour India. At a press conference here, the Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz maintained that Pakistan aims…

India and Iran: Changing the Great Game

"The historic pact between India and Iran recently to build Chabahar port in Iran has the potential to alter the dynamics of “The Great Game” for good. The pact, which will kick off a transport-and-trade corridor linking India to Afghanistan via Iran, dramatically adds new players to the game, constructs a compelling economic dimension, and has the potential…

Pakistan to buy AgustaWestland choppers

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has signed a contract for an undisclosed number of AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters with Italian multinational aerospace company Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The contract was signed here in presence of the Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo, said a statement published on the company's website. The AW139 choppers, which cost over $10 million each,…

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.…

Pakistan’s Tactical Nuke Weapons At Heart Of Global Concerns

Amid growing global concern over safety of Pakistan's nuclear arsenals, India on Thursday said battlefield atomic weapons of that country were at the heart of such apprehensions. "There have been international concerns about Pakistan's present nuclear policy. Tactical nuclear weapons are at the heart of such concerns...," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. He…

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…

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…

India’s S-400 missiles checkmate Pakistan Airforce: Pakistani Media

  The S-400, a Russian integrated air defense system, is the forthcoming state-of-the-art augmentation of the Indian military arsenal. Last December, India’s premier Narendra Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin finalised the milestone deal. Dialogue on modalities led India to revise its need from 12 battalions or units to five at an undisclosed cost running…