China says Pakistan ‘most reliable friend’

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif’s visit to China has opened new doors of cooperation between the two countries. The army chief held important meetings with the Chinese leadership, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted. Meng Jianzhu, member of Politburo — Communist Party’s second highest council — termed […]

Attack sinks Pakistan into darkness

Lahore: Militants in Pakistan early Sunday attacked a transmission tower in the southwestern Baluchistan province causing a massive blackout leaving almost 80 percent of the country without electricity.  Millions of homes have plunged into darkness following what is being described as the worst blackouts in the history of Pakistan as officials rushed to restore the […]

Iraqi forces liberate Diyala Province from ISIL

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s armed forces backed by volunteers have completely liberated the eastern province of Diyala from the occupation of ISIL rebels, a senior military officer says. Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Zaidi announced the liberation of Diyala from the ISIL militants on Monday and said the Iraqi forces had managed to retake all populated areas from […]

Kurds take full control of Kobani

Syrian Kurdish fighters have managed to take full control of the northern border town of Kobani from the ISIL  following more than four months of fighting. Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have driven out all the ISIL militants from the embattled Syrian town, known in Arabic as Ain al-Arab, Rami Abdel Rahman, […]

Iran mulls ‘special retaliation’ over Israel

TEHRAN: A senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Israel should brace for “a special retaliation” for killing six members of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, and an Iranian general in the Syria’s Golan Heights. “…We will certainly consider a special retaliation for this issue,” IRGC’s second-in-command, Brigadier General Hossein Salami told […]

Obama meets Manmohan, Sonia at ITC Maurya

NEW DELHI: US President Barack Obama met former prime minister Manmohan Singh, party president Sonia Gandhi and several other senior Congress leaders at ITC Maurya where Obamas are  staying, sources said. Obama met Congress party delegation after witnessing the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath. Manmohan Singh was prime minister when President Obama visited India […]

Pakistan Air Force plane lands at Lucknow

LUCKNOW: A Pakistan Air Force aircraft, with five military personnel on board, was allowed to land at the airport here for refuelling last afternoon, official sources said on Monday. The aircraft, which had taken off from Rawalpindi, was allowed by the Indian Air Force to land at the Chowdhury Charan Singh Airport here for refuelling, […]

Resurgence Of Hindu Mahasabha

BY THE TIME this column is published, India of all faiths and political hues will be celebrating 66th Republic day. On this day in 1950 Government of India Act 1935 was replaced by the Constitution of India. Indians will be felicitated at home and from abroad by even non-Indians. As a British Kashmiri Muslim (State […]

Obama’s India visit

Even before US President Barack Obama arrives in India — he is expected to arrive late this morning — Pakistan has already featured in the conversation. In an international norm for such high-profile visits, Mr Obama gave an interview to a local publication (in this case, India Today) prior to his arrival on a state […]

Storm in a Kahwa Cup

Universities are supposed to be the centers of free inquiry, speech and expression. However, in the recent months universities and other democratic spaces have been under attack from right wing fascist elements across India. University authorities under the influence of right wing forces have increased surveillance on sections of students and have started to monitor […]