Afghanistan, Headline, Pak Army, PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

[23 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD – The foreign ministry has proposed setting up of a new force for manning the porous Pak-Afghan border to check illegal crossing of people and goods, and introduction of visa system for Afghan travellers.
The country, which has been facing the problem of terrorism for long, is already fencing the border and adopting other measures to check militant infiltration.
The draft, submitted to the interior ministry, has been prepared with input from Adviser to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Lt-Gen (r) Nasser Khan Janjua – who in fact is …

China, Headline »

[23 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Peter Guy in South China Morning Post, Oct 23, 2017
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible, ” said Frank Zappa. The American rock activist’s work was characterised by nonconformity and free-form improvisation.
His thought can just as easily apply to the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s contrarian, ambitious and some suggest authoritarian vision that he laid out at the Communist Party’s 19th congress last week.
But, it is only contrarian to foreign observers.
“Socialism with Chinese characteristics” necessarily means a pragmatic and selective rejection of Western values. It increases the dominance …

Bangladesh, Featured »

[23 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Senior Correspondent in, Oct 22, 2017 at 23.54hrs
Bangladesh has proposed new regional connectivity initiatives to India at the fourth Joint Consultative Commission meeting led by two foreign ministers.
After the meeting on Sunday, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali in his statement said India agreed to “positively consider” these proposals.
He praised India as the “most important, trusted and friendly” neighbour.
His Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj said both countries achieved “a great deal, only because of the friendship between us and our understanding that neighbours must help each other.”
“India is …

Headline, Pak Army, Pakistan »

[23 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The News, Oct 23, 2017
ISTANBUL: Pakistan army is evaluating the Turkish T-129 attack helicopter for its defence needs and negotiating the contract and terms, the prime minister said at the end of his Turkey visit.
In a rare gesture, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sunday took a test-flight of T-129, Turkish attack helicopter and appreciated it as an “impressive and good machine.”
Talking to Pakistani and Turkish media after the test-flight, the prime minister said Turkish Defence production industry was one of the best in the world and second to …

Bangladesh, Rohingyas »

[20 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Adil Sakhawat in Dhaka Tribune, Oct 20, 2017
(This is the third in a five-part series on the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) for which Dhaka Tribune’s Adil Sakhawat interviewed almost 20 ARSA members, including top leaders of the organisation)
In postwar Burma, now known as Myanmar, the rule of law has always been in flux. From democratic governments to autocratic military dictators to military-industrial oligarchies, the regime has always been rigid in its views on what it means to be Burmese.
Persecution of non-Bamar (majority) or non-Buddhists was always a constant. …