International

No free press, no democracy

By: Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN London : A few short days ago, here in Britain we marked Armistice Day. I am sure such ceremonies happen in many other parts of the world, too, but somehow Great Britain seems the fitting place to honor service, sacrifice, and how “the little country that could” gathered its friends in a mighty coalition to ...

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Disseminating Arms Race in South Asia

By: Mohammad Ishaq Nasar While nuclear arms race in South Asia is widely regarded as the most serious and deeply-entrenched problem which tattered the stability of entire region. The incessant security competition between India and Pakistan has created environment immensely conducive for nuclear arms race in the volatile region of South Asia. The nuclear arms competition between both perennial hostile ...

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Car Bomb Kills Panama Papers Journalist Daphne Galizia

Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who exposed her island nation’s links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed on Monday in a bomb explosion in her car, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. Ms. Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a town outside Malta’s capital of Valletta, when the bomb ...

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Iran Deputy FM Confers with Pakistan’s Baluchistan Speaker

TEHRAN: Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi met and conferred with the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Baluchistan Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani on issues of mutual interest. In a meeting held on Saturday, Durrani and Sarmadi discussed border security, visa regime, export of natural gas and electricity as well as establishment of Quetta-Zahedan flight line. They also explored avenues ...

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How Iran tries to control news coverage by foreign-based journalists

How do the Iranian intelligence services pressure Iranian journalists who are working abroad? BBC World Service director Francesca Unsworth shed some light on this when she reported on 15 August that the assets of more than 150 BBC Persian staff, former staff and contributors have been frozen in Iran, preventing them from conducting financial transactions there. This is one of ...

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Thousands of Rohingyas Fleeing Violence Are Stranded on the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border

By :Rezwan Violence between an insurgent group and Myanmar’s security forces during the last week of August 2017 drove thousands of Rohingya Muslims to enter Bangladesh in search of refuge. The surge led Bangladesh to begin to restrict crossings, meaning many others were turned away and left to wait on the border. Members of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) staged a major coordinated attack on around ...

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UNODC for improving criminal justice services in Balochistan

QUETTA: Netherlands Ambassador in Pakistan Jeannette Seppen and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Representative Cesar Guedes visit Quetta and met Balochistan Inspector General Police (IGP) Ahsan Mehboob to discuss UNODC’s important initiative to reinforce Balochistan’s criminal justice System, with the support of the Netherlands government. Ambassador Jeannette Seppen said, : “Pakistan faces a complex crime situation ...

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Pakistan ranks at 70 among 144 countries for recognizing role of Women in Political Empowerment

PRAGUE: Pakistan ranks at 70 among 144 countries for identifying Women Participation in Political arena of Pakistan. In recognizing the role of Women in Political Empowerment, Centre for Career Education (ECCE) invited Farzana Yaqoob, President Asia Institute of Public Policy at Czech Republic to deliver an exclusive guest note on the state of gender parity in Pakistan. ECCE is a ...

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Saudi-Qatar Rift

By: Maqbool Reki Recently, Saudi Arab accused the government of Qatar for sponsoring terrorism under the umbrella of ISIS in the vicinity of Persian Gulf states. Such an accusation resulted a boycott on 5th June from Saudi allies namely Egypt, Libya, UAE and Bahrain. They have cut ties and imposed a land, sea and air blockade. However, this issue came ...

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“Trump in Afghan Quagmire”

By: Shahjahan Baloch  The controversial Donald Trump is handling the world, in general, and US, in particular, with unfamiliar, messy, and perplexing policies. In the case of Afghanistan as well, Trump’s policies are incalculable. The new US policy on Afghanistan is yet to come but the surge in military troops, more boots on ground without a possible exit plan, is ...

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