By Dr Maqsudul Hasan Nuri
Some writers have questioned the need for soft power in Pakistan and advocated reliance on hard power only. What is less understood is the fact that non-traditional security has become more salient after the cold war.
Multiple existential issues such as stagnating economies, climate change, energy crises, repressive governments, cronyism . . . → Read More: Soft Power: Pakistan needs it!
Oil prices were mixed in Asia today following the return of disrupted Libyan production to an already well-stocked global market and as dealers await the latest US inventory report.
US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for November delivery rose 18 cents to $91.74 while Brent crude for November fell six cents to $96.79.
Prices had headed . . . → Read More: Oil prices rise and fall with return of Libyan production
PESHAWAR: Six suspected foreigners were killed in a pre-dawn drone attack in Dattakhel, about 35km west of Miramshah, regional headquarters of North Waziristan, on Thursday.
This is the first drone strike since the army launched the operation Zarb-i-Azb in the restive tribal region on June 15.
According to a . . . → Read More: Uzbek and Afghan terrorists killed in drone strike
Pakistan has carried out air raids in the Tirah Valley area of the northwestern Khyber tribal district, killing at least 15 people, according to a statement by the military.
The statement, released early on Tuesday, said “nine terrorist hideouts were destroyed” in the raids, which came a day after an armed assault at Karachi’s international . . . → Read More: Pakistan destroys terrorist hideouts
(By Syed Mohammad Ali) For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities due to multiple waves of Afghans crossing over the porous international border to flee repeated bouts of escalating conflict within their war-ravaged country.
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan had unleashed the first wave of . . . → Read More: Afghan refugees by the millions
My word, are we showcasing some guts in the Iran-Pakistan pipeline episode! Hina Rabbani Khar’s riposte to Hillary Clinton’s ‘threats’ over the IP project was not only valiant she even made it sound realistic. Last week the US hierarchy – in a class ROFL moment – labeled the IP pipeline as a “bad idea”. And . . . → Read More: US, Pakistan and pipeline politics
Dear Mr. Taylor,
This refers to the piece on the so-called ‘Pakistan Problem’ by Chris Mason in the Globe & Mail of December 22. It is small wonder the US policies are in such a mess in Afghanistan and Pakistan when people with so little knowledge and understanding are at work in Washington. After making . . . → Read More: Finding a solution to Baluchistan’s instability
Pakistanis should be pardoned if they are seeing too much in recent events. The dots they are connecting to make a picture are far too big to ignore and it would be moronic to consider them as coincidences. There was Admiral Mullen’s extraordinary statement blaming the government of Pakistan for the killing of journalist Saleem . . . → Read More: PICTURE PERFECT
A group of ageing musicians from Lahore has pulled off the unlikely feat of racing up jazz charts in the US, thanks to an album of standards and bossa nova classics blended with Hindustani music recorded by a Pakistani philanthropist.
. . . → Read More: Pakistani band Sachal tops US music charts
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US: In a first, a San Francisco native has apparently been cured of the deadly HIV virus.
Timothy Ray Brown, 45, had tested positive for HIV, the virus symptomatic of AIDs , back in 1995. However, he has managed to eliminate the virus from his body with what doctors describe as a . . . → Read More: World’s first man ‘functionally cured’ of HIV