Pakistan, China Air Forces Hold ‘Shaheen VII’ Joint Drills

ISLAMABAD (Dec 2, 2018) — Joint International Air Drill of Pakistan and China dubbed Shaheen VII has started at an operational airbase in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported. It is the seventh air exercise in the series of joint air drills with Chinese Air force. Shaheen VI was held at a Chinese airbase last year. According […]

U.S.-Turkey Diplomatic Row Delays Delivery of 30 ATAK Helicopters to Pakistan

The withheld engines were believed to be part of Washington’s punishment of Ankara for its refusal to back out of its $2 billion S-400 air defense system deal with Moscow. ISLAMABAD (Dec 1, 2018) — Ankara’s sale of 30 Turkish-made T129 ATAK helicopter gunships to Pakistan will be delayed by at least six months due […]

Saudi Performer Sings Pakistani Song ‘Hey Jazba Janoon’ in Riyadh Concert (Video)

RIYADH (Nov 30, 2018): A Saudi Performer Ahmed Sultan drew admiration from Riyadh music lovers at the live concert of renowned Sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (RFAK) when he said, “I love Pakistan, Do you love Pakistan’. The young Saudi singer then sang Pakistani song “Hey Jazba Janoon, to Himmat Na Har” with amazing […]

Turkish Defense Industry to Dominate Pakistan’s IDEAS 2018 Expo

The “Turkish National Pavilion” will cover over 1,750 square meters, one of the largest at the Karachi Expo KARACHI (Nov 25, 2018) — A total of 25 Turkish firms are set to take part in the 10th International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) in a strong showing for Turkey’s growing defense industry and its collaboration […]

Why Did the Passenger Bridge Overturn at Islamabad Intl. Airport

ISLAMABAD (Nov 24, 2018) — A parliamentary committee was told this week that design flaw in passenger boarding bridges led to the collapse of one of them at the newly built Islamabad International airport last month. The bridge had been connected to Gulf Airline flight GF771 and was being removed by an operator. The flight […]

Firebrand Cleric Khadim Rizvi Taken Into Protective Custody; Crackdown Against TLP

ISLAMABAD (Nov 23, 2018): Firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi who heads the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) religio-political party has been taken into “protective custody” by police from Lahore days before his call for protest and sit-in at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi on Sunday, November 25. “Khadim Hussain Rizvi has been taken into protective custody by police […]

PM Khan’s Application to Regularize His Banigala Residence Runs Into Snag

CDA seeks engineer-certified structural design & drawings of the residence, sewage disposal plan details, etc. It also seeks to verify if the residence is zoned away and above the high watermark level of the Rawal Dam. ISLAMABAD (Nov 23, 2018) — The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has stopped the process to regularize Prime Minister Imran […]

Attacks Targeting Pak-China ‘All-Weather’ Friendship Won’t Succeed: PM Khan

Days earlier, the Pakistan Army Chief while reiterating the country was confronting hybrid warfare (5th generation war) called for a comprehensive national response. ISLAMABAD (Nov 23, 2018): The Chinese consulate in Karachi’s posh Clifton neighborhood witnessed a foiled terror attack Friday afternoon, as another attack earlier in the day in Orakzai tribal district’s Hangu district […]

Two Pakistanis Held After $15m Hong Kong Hotel-Room Robbery

HONG KONG, (Nov 22, 2018): Two Pakistanis were arrested yesterday in connection with a HK$15 million armed robbery at a Sha Tin hotel in Hong Kong Wednesday night. Police recovered some HK$150,000 in cash. They had been hunting for other South Asian men who fled from the hotel with bags full of cash, reported The […]

NAB Recovers Rs2.58B From the Corrupt, Signs MOU With China On Anti-Corruption

The anti-corruption body has signed a number of memorandum of understandings with China for cooperation in ending corruption ISLAMABAD (Nov 22, 2018): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has deposited a record Rs2.58 billion (nearly 20 million dollars) in the national exchequer after recovering it from the corrupt during the tenure of its existing chairman Justice […]

Floating Solar Panels For Karachi Could Be a Splash

It’s not a crazy big idea and definitely not as provocative as ‘China cutting’ and ‘land-grabbing’ are. Karachi, the capital of Sindh and the country’s financial hub could monetize its stranded asset–the sea. IRSHAD SALIM (Nov 22, 2018): Floating solar panel technology has been gaining traction as a favorable and cost-effective alternative to land-based photovoltaic […]

‘Malaysia Exports $220B With 30M Population, Pakistan Does $24B With 201M People’

ISLAMABAD (Nov 22, 2018): With a population of 30 million people, Malaysia exports $220 billion worth of goods and services, while Pakistan with a population of 201 million exported $24 billion. “There’s clearly something we are doing wrong”, said PM Khan in Kuala Lumpur. Also, the combined value of Malaysia’s exports and imports equals 128 […]

Malaysia Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Prime Minister Imran Khan

Besides having one-on-one meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, PM Khan would also be visiting the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters ISLAMABAD (Nov 21, 2018): Back in 2006 and before PTI surged out of political obscurity, Mahathir Mohamad had come to Pakistan to attend a conference “A clash of civilizations or A clash […]

“Islamabad Critical Partner to So. Asia Strategy”, Says Pentagon After Trump-Khan Twitter Spat

NEW YORK/ISLAMABAD (Nov 20, 2018): The Pentagon says Islamabad is a critical partner to its South Asian strategy a day after President Trump sparked off a Twitter spat with Prime Minister Imran Khan when he reiterated the allegations he had levelled against Pakistan in a Fox News interview on Sunday. The US president had repeated […]

Pakistan Confronting ‘Hybrid War’, Army Chief Calls For Comprehensive National Response

“Failing to coerce politically and militarily, India has been working on hybrid warfare techniques to bleed Pakistan” ISLAMABAD (Nov 19, 2018): “We are now confronting [a] hybrid conflict where focus is shifting to subversion on religious, sectarian, ethnic and social issues”, the chief of army staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Monday. “This needs […]

Pakistan Receives $1 Billion from Saudi Arabia to Stabilize Foreign Currency Reserves

KARACHI (Nov 19, 2018): Pakistan has received US$1 billion from Saudi Arabia as part of the US$3 billion pledged by the kingdom to Islamabad for balance of payment support, a spokesperson from the State Bank of Bank (SBP) confirmed on Monday. The much-needed inflow comes at a time when Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund […]

Chief Justice Orders Anwar Majeed, his Son and Lawai Shifted to Islamabad

ISLAMABAD (Nov 17, 2018): The Supreme Court on Saturday ordered that Omni Group chairperson Anwar Majeed , his son Abdul Ghani Majeed and former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairman Hussain Lawai who are under arrest in connection with a mega money laundering case be shifted to Islamabad. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe the […]

China-Led ‘World Bank of Asia’ Keen to Invest $1B in Pakistan’s Water, Wastewater, Transport Projects

ISLAMABAD (Nov 16, 2018): The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has expressed willingness to invest $1 billion in several non-CPEC projects which Pakistan is keen to jump start in its major cities Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindia/Islamabad. The announcement comes as AIIB President Jin Liqun met Prime Minister Imran Khan during his recent (first) visit […]

Some Elements Working to Destabilize Pakistan; Military Hints at Broader Involvement in Dawar’s Murder

ISLAMABAD (Nov 15, 2018): Some elements were making attempts to destabilize and polarize Pakistan, State Minister for Interior Shehryar Afridi told the Senate on Thursday. The minister was speaking with reference to killing of of a senior police officer in the capital here. SP Islamabad Tahir Khan Dawar’s tortured body was later found from Afghanistan […]

Pakistan Launches Initiative To Seek ‘Brain Gain’ From Its Expat Notables, Professionals

IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad, Nov 14, 2018): The newly-formed government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan has operationalized a web portal to attract overseas Pakistani professionals and distinguished individuals willing to provide advisory and related services to the country. Dubbed ‘Naya Pakistan Calling’, the web portal has been launched under Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), and seeks […]