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Headline-2, Opinion

Let Kashmir breathe

It is the 100 day anniversary of India’s moves in Kashmir.

Culture and society, Current affairs, Opinion

Ayodhya verdict is silent on why Muslims must prove exclusive possession of site

The Indian court has deprived Muslims of the disputed plot because they couldn’t show exclusive possession before 1857.

Diplomacy

Pakistan rejects ‘incorrect, legally untenable’ political maps issued by India

Pakistan has made many diplomatic overtures after recent moves over Kashmir by India.

Current affairs, News

73 killed in Tezgam train inferno in Pakistan

Fire was caused by a cylinder blast according to government officials.

Diplomacy, Politics

UN body demands full restoration of human rights in India-occupied Kashmir

India has been making international overtures regarding its Kashmir decisions but will see this as a sharp rebuke.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

US looking for fresh start in ties with Pakistan

Ties have been at historic lows during the Trump administration.

Diplomacy

‘All of Pakistan stands by you,’ PM Imran tells Kashmiris on Black Day

It is the anniversary of India’s annexation of the territory.

Diplomacy, Headline-1

New Delhi slams Islamabad for unilaterally stopping postal services

Prasad further said that Pakistan ‘without any prior notice or information has stopped sending postal department’s letter to India’.

Diplomacy, Politics

Border clash with India leaves 7 dead in Pakistan

Kashmir is becoming an untenable boiling point.

Diplomacy, Headline-1

We will never abandon people of occupied Kashmir, says Army chief during LoC visit

The army chief said that the Pakistan army will fulfil its role no matter the cost.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

Prince William pays tribute to Pakistanis who lost their lives to terror

The future King has met the current Pakistan Prime Minister when he was a boy.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

Welcome peace gesture by Pakistan, says President Rouhani alongside PM Imran

Khan will be making visits to both Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Politics

Wish I could follow President Xi’s example and put 500 corrupt people in Pakistan in jail: Imran Khan

Speaking in Beijing, Pakistan’s Prime Minister said that one thing he had learned from China was how the country’s leadership tackled corruption.

Diplomacy, Economics

Illicit financial flows devastating developing countries, PM Imran tells UN event

It is worst for the developing countries Imran said.

Current affairs, Environment

23 dead, more than 300 injured as 5.6-magnitude quake rocks northern Pakistan

Emergency response units are trying to determine the scale of damage.

Diplomacy

Trump says ready to mediate on Kashmir if both Pakistan, India want

The President has said in the fast he would excel in his role as mediator.

Diplomacy

PM Imran expresses Pakistan’s resolve to stand with Saudi Arabia in face of threat to security

Saudi Arabia say they were attacked by Iranian drones.

Diplomacy

Pakistan denies India’s request for use of airspace by Modi for flight to Germany

The latest in a series of escalating diplomatic tit-for-tats.

Culture and society, Environment

What happens when the Indus doesn’t reach the sea?

The Indus Delta was once prosperous, today, it is home to suffering, despondency and death.

Diplomacy

Pakistan strongly condemns India’s remarks about ‘having control’ of AJK one day

The remarks were made by India’s foreign minister.

Diplomacy, Environment

Pakistan and India face common threats, climate change is the biggest one

Collective action may just be what is needed to secure the lives and livelihoods of future generations.

Diplomacy, Politics

Iran rejects US claim it was behind Saudi oil strikes, says ready for war

All sides in the Middle East have stepped up their rhetoric in recent days.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

India irked over reference to occupied Kashmir in Pak-China joint statement

Pakistan has been on a diplomatic offensive against India’s moves in Kashmir.

Diplomacy

PM Imran urges UN to probe human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir

Imran has been on a media blitz over Kashmir in recent weeks.

Diplomacy, Politics

Imran appeals to international community over Kashmir issue

Is the international community’s humanity dead when Muslims are being persecuted, the premier asked.

Diplomacy, Headline-2, Politics

Thousands march to Indian High Commission in London as occupied Kashmir lockdown enters 30th day

The Kashmir crisis has struck a chord with the Pakistan diaspora around the world.

Analysis, Opinion

Is Twitter aiding India’s quest to silence Kashmiris?

The prospect of internet censorship looms.

Diplomacy, Politics

PM Imran calls on Pakistanis to partake in Kashmir Hour

The event is happening later today to send message of solidarity.

Diplomacy, Politics

Kashmir represents a new opportunity for Pakistani politics

Will Islamabad seize the opportunity.

Diplomacy, Headline-1, Politics

Options virtually exhausted with India: Pakistan says

War not our choice, but will fight till the end if it is imposed: Fawad Chaudhry.

Diplomacy

France presses India to opt for dialogue on occupied Kashmir issue

Macron and Modi met before the G7 summit.

Diplomacy

EDITORIAL: Trump’s efforts needed in Kashmir mediation

The nuclear powers are act loggerheads and the threat of violence is very real.

Diplomacy, Headline-1, Opinion

Modi’s next move

Moeed Yusuf, the author of Brokering Peace in Nuclear Environments: US Crisis Management in South Asia, writes for Dawn newspaper.

Analysis

The rise of the militant Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan

Is ISIS on the comeback and rising in Afghanistan.

Diplomacy

Pakistan questions India’s nuclear arsenal

‘World must seriously consider safety, security of India’s nuclear arsenal in control of fascist Modi’.

Analysis, Environment

Why did Karachi sink in the rain?

The city’s topography has been altered without any regard to the overall form of the megapolis.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

PM Imran warns Modi against action in AJK

‘Every brick will be countered with a stone’.

Diplomacy, Headline-2, Politics

Pakistan to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day on August 14

Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit the border town of Muzaffarabad.

Culture and society, Diplomacy, Headline-2

Pakistan dedicates Eid to occupied Kashmir

The move of solidarity came after India strips region of special status.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

Pakistan asks international community to monitor Kashmir situation

Imran Khan wonders if intl community will find the moral courage to prevent ‘genocide’ in occupied Kashmir.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

Pakistan expels Indian envoy, suspends trade ties with India

This is the first concrete measure by Pakistan since Kashmir was incorporated into India proper.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

Pakistan vows to fight BJP’s ‘racist ideology’

Govt resolves to take up ‘annexation’ of Kashmir on international forums.

Diplomacy, Politics

Kashmir politicians warn against India’s move

Mufti, Abdullah condemn revocation of Article 370.

Diplomacy

Pakistan says it will exercise all possible options to counter ‘illegal steps’ taken by India in IoK

Possible unrest on the horizon as both sides gear up from ramification.

Diplomacy

‘Pakistan to respond to any misadventure, aggression by Indian forces’

The statement was made by Pakistan’s National Security Council.

Current affairs, Politics

News TV blackouts in Pakistan draw fresh accusations of censorship

The prime minister denies censoring the media and described such accusations as “a joke” during a visit to Washington.

Diplomacy

More clashes on India – Pakistan border

2 killed, at least 19 injured due to ‘carpet bombing’ by Indian troops along LoC, says Pakistan.

News

Afghan forces, Nato killed most Afghan civilians in 2019

The following is a special report by the Associated Press.

Culture and society

George Forster and his journey home from India

A British merchant’s journey from Madras to England that gives a glimpse into early days of colonialism.

Diplomacy, Headline-1, Opinion

Trump on Afghanistan

Trump’s latest misstep on Afghanistan puts the country once again in the headlines.

Diplomacy, Politics

Aid has been one of the biggest curses for Pakistan: PM Imran

“Countries rise because of self respect and self esteem.

Diplomacy

Relations with Pakistan much better today than in years past: US President Trump says

The relationship between the two leaders had been in question after the US have accused Pakistan of not doing enough on terrorism.

Diplomacy, Politics

The Afghan prism in Pakistan – US relations

Despite their best efforts, the Afghan question still clouds US – Pakistan relations.

Diplomacy

Trump hails arrest of Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan

Both US and India say Saeed played key role in Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Current affairs, Headline-2, News

ANN Network editor wins press freedom award

Committee to Protect Journalists honours Editor Dawn Zaffar Abbas with press freedom award.

Culture and society

What South Asian sci-fi can tell us about our world

Dismissing sci-fi and fantasy as low-brow or trashy isn’t just a desi stance, although it might be more pronounced.

Analysis, Opinion

The counter-terrorism challenge in West Asia

A action plan must be hatched and implemented in Pakistan and its surrounding countries.

Culture and society

Why Pakistan must stop hanging juvenile offenders

Despite the prohibition, cases of juvenile offenders’ executions are far from the exception.

Diplomacy, Opinion

Pakistan’s relations with the US are important but their scope is limited

The leaders of the United States and Pakistan are due to meet later this month.

Diplomacy, Opinion

OPINION: China on maps

Why is China destroying its old maps.

Culture and society, Diplomacy

Malala’s meeting with Quebec minister garners backlash online

Muslim women cannot wear a head scarf to teach in Canadian schools under a new push.

Culture and society, Current affairs

Curry from the colonies

Written for those still living in India, or missing it, these books help understand daily life in colonial times.

Politics

Sharif family approached two countries to intervene on their behalf: PM Imran Khan

The former prime minister is in jail for a variety of charges.

Culture and society

The damning state of Pakistan’s women

Pakistani women are undereducated, physically and mentally abused and lack access to information and financial services.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

Pakistan’s Iran conundrum

It’s hard to identify any country that benefits from relentless US efforts to tighten the screws on Iran.

Diplomacy, Economics

Pakistan to get $3bn in deposits, direct investments from Qatar

Pakistan has recently received loans from the World Bank and investments from the Saudis.

Diplomacy, Opinion

OPINION: Electoral dangers

Israel, India and United States have all become dangerous democracies.

Economics

World Bank, Pakistan reach massive loan deal

Pakistan on Tuesday signed three loan agreements worth a total of $918 million with the World Bank.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

China acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts in ‘combating terrorism, extremism’

The foreign ministers of both countries made the statement after a bilateral visit.

Culture and society, Opinion

Pakistan’s healthcare system is not ready for coming epidemics

Naseem Salahuddin, an infectious disease specialist, looks at the bigger picture in Pakistan.

Economics, Headline-1

Pakistan not hitting economic growth targets.

Agricultural, industrial growth registers sharp slowdown in Pakistan.

News

Pakistan refutes BBC story on rights abuses

BBC story on ‘Pakistan’s secret human rights abuses’ a pack of lies: ISPR.

Politics

‘Imran unfit to govern’

Daughter of former Premier Nawaz hits out at Pakistan President Imran Khan.

Business, Economics

Pakistan economic team reviews budget proposals

The country is under pressure from both the IMF and private sector.

Diplomacy

PM Imran congratulates Modi

The Pakistan premier says he ‘looks forward to working for peace’ in the region.

Analysis, Headline-2, Politics

10 challenges India will face after elections

Regardless of who wins, many challenges awaits the victory of India’s mammoth elections.

Culture and society, Politics

Five reasons why many Indians voted for Modi’s BJP

A analysis piece in Dawn by Supriya Sharma looks at why Indian voters chose Modi, again.

Diplomacy

Can Pakistan play a role in Iran-US tensions

An editorial in Dawn newspaper looks at the role that Pakistan might play in the ongoing tensions.

Economics, Headline-1, Politics

Pakistan reaches agreement with IMF

The country will receive $6 billion over 3 years.

Analysis, Current affairs

An ongoing war

Muhammad Amir Rana examines what is necessary to combat the growing terrorism problem.

Current affairs

Families of fallen journalists await justice in Pakistan

More than 72 media personnel have been killed since 2002.

Diplomacy, Headline-1, Politics

PM Imran’s statement in Iran comes under intense opposition attack

Khan said in Tehran that Pakistan has been used as a staging area for attacks in Iran.

Diplomacy, Headline-1

Iran, Pakistan pledge to combat terrorism

Prime Minister Imran Khan met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Presidential Palace in Tehran on Monday.

Business, Economics

IMF to visit Pakistan in April

IMF says its mission will visit Pakistan ‘before end of April to continue constructive discussions’.

Economics, Opinion

Managing Pakistan’s slowing economy

The government will find it challenging to keep Pakistan afloat.

Diplomacy

India planning ‘military action’ against Pakistan this month

Pakistan says that election season in India could spell violence on the India-Pakistan border.

Culture and society, Politics

A leaf from history: The prime minister is hanged

In the evening of April 3, a team of four officers entered Rawalpindi Jail to end a chapter in Pakistan’s history.

Business, Politics

Facebook takes sweeping action against networks in Pakistan, India

Facebook has removed 712 accounts and 390 pages in India and Pakistan because of “inauthentic behaviour” and spamming, it said on Monday.

Culture and society

Systemic change necessary to protect women from violence in Pakistan

Amnesty explains the topic of violence against women in Pakistan.

Analysis, Current affairs

What’s wrong with development in Pakistan?

Pakistan doesn’t suffer from a lack of development, but from flaws in the model of its pursuit.

Diplomacy, Politics

How competing masculinities inform Pak-India escalation

Devaluing the other in gender hierarchies often takes place through feminisation.

Culture and society, Current affairs

The Pakistani victims of the New Zealand terror attacks

Remembering the Pakistani victims of the terror attacks.

Diplomacy, Opinion

Dialogue important after India-Pakistan crisis

As India and Pakistan wake up to the real possibilities of war, it is time to give dialogue another chance.

Diplomacy

US – Pakistan discuss regional security post-Pulwama attack

The foreign minister informed US national security adviser John Bolton about de-escalatory measures taken by Pakistan.

Diplomacy, Headline-2

“Kashmir is an internal matter,” says India

New Delhi rejects an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation joint resolution over Kashmir.

Diplomacy, Politics

Pakistan will respond: Politicians react to India’s attack

Opposition, government condemn breach, say armed forces are prepared to protect the nation.

Diplomacy, Opinion

Opinion: War rhetoric & reality

A war between India and Pakistan will have devastating consequences for all In the aftermath of the Pulwama incident, shrill lobbies on both sides of the border have started beating the drums of war.

Diplomacy, Headline-2, Opinion

Two terrorist attacks, one in India and one in Iran, has Pakistan reeling

Due to an unfortunate series of events, Pakistan finds itself in a tricky position.

Current affairs, Diplomacy

Imran Khan responds to Indian accusations after attack

Pakistan will address actionable evidence if shared by Delhi, PM Khan tells India after Pulwama attack.

Diplomacy, Economics

Saudi Arabia signs 20 billion USD in agreements with Pakistan

‘Pakistan will be a very important country in coming future,’ says Saudi crown prince.

Diplomacy, Economics

Saudi prince arrives in Pakistan to start Asia tour

The crown prince will follow up his visit to Pakistan with trips to India and China.

Current affairs, Diplomacy, Headline-2

Pakistan says India reaction to Kashmir attack is knee-jerk

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua told foreign diplomats that India’s reaction to a deadly bombing in Kashmir is knee-jerk.

Diplomacy, Opinion

Attempts to isolate

Would a re-elected Modi rethink his Pakistan policies.

Analysis, Environment

Smog over Pakistan near Punjab not India’s fault

Poor fuel quality, not crop burning in India, is the villain in the battle for clean air.

Politics

Editorial: Modi’s visit underscores atrocities in Kashmir

An editorial at Dawn takes a look at India Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Kashmir.

Analysis, Current affairs

Pakistan upholds Aasia Bibi’s acquittal

Aasia Bibi’s final legal hurdle comes to an end as SC upholds her acquittal.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Can lasting peace be achieved in Pakistan?

All sides, the government, the Taliban and the US must come together to ensure lasting peace.

Opinion, Politics

Stifling the press in Pakistan

Huma Yusuf looks at the deteriorating press situation in Pakistan.

Analysis, Current affairs

Endgame in Afghanistan

Expectations of an end to America’s long military adventure in Afghanistan have unleashed multiple moves to shape the country’s future.

Diplomacy, Economics, Headline-1

Pakistan seals financial assistance from UAE

$3 billion financial assistance sealed as Abu Dhabi Crown Prince meets Imran Khan in Islamabad.

Analysis, Curiosity

Afghan war helped Pakistan keep nuclear option: US papers

US backing for anti-Soviet fighters in Afghanistan may have enabled the Pakistan bomb.

Culture and society

Educating girls in Pakistan

What is keeping Pakistan’s girls out of school.

Business, Headline-2

British Airways to resume flights to Pakistan after 10 years

Flights were halted due to security concerns.

Diplomacy, Economics

The Saudi Heir, the US President and some other crude realities

Oil will play a key role in any relationship between the United States and its erstwhile Middle Eastern ally.

Diplomacy

Khan fires back after Trump tweets

The Pakistan prime minister fires back after Trump tweets about the Bin Laden raid.

Politics

Pakistan says Asia Bibi’s rights will be respected

Imran Khan on Tuesday reaffirmed his government’s resolve to respect the Supreme Court’s judgement in the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently freed from prison after her blasphemy conviction was overturned.

Curiosity, Politics

Woman accused of blasphemy freed in Pakistan

Asia Bibi was initially found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to death.

Diplomacy, Economics

Pakistan-China meeting hints at reinforced ties

Pakistan – China Joint Statement speaks of expansion in ties, no mention of immediate support.

Curiosity, Politics

Imran Khan delivers warning to religious groups

Pakistan premier Imran Khan warns off religious group after supreme court rules on high profile blasphemy case.

Economics

$6bn bailout package is a big breather for Pakistan

Saudi Arabia’s bailout package is much needed relief for the country’s ailing economy.

Curiosity

Top Pakistan court reinstates ban on airing of Indian content on TV channels

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday reinstated a ban on the transmission of Indian content on local television channels.

Economics, Politics

Imran addresses corruption, economy in national address

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the nation on Wednesday promising to crack down on corruption and detailing loans he secured from Saudi Arabia.

Diplomacy, Politics

Imran’s Saudi visit questioned after journalist murdered

A Dawn editorial asks if Imran’s visit to Saudi Arabia is in Pakistan’s best interest.

Analysis, Politics

Bangladesh approves new digital security act

Bangladesh has signed the Digital Security Bill into law amid widespread criticism that it curbs freedom of speech and expression and media freedom.

Economics

Pakistan may need to borrow from IMF, says PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan might need to return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to address its mounting balance of payments crisis.

Diplomacy, Opinion

Pakistan has a Saudi Arabia question it needs to answer

Pakistan needs Saudi money but not its geopolitics.

Diplomacy, Opinion

Dialogue is only way to resolve Kashmir issue

The only way to end an ongoing, bloody conflict in Kashmir is for both sides to come to the table.

Diplomacy, Economics

India – Pakistan trade potential valued at $37 billion

India and Pakistan have merely scratched the surface of their bilateral trade potential,  a World Bank report said.

Politics

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif released from jail

Nawaz Sharif and his family were released from Adiala jail on Wednesday after the Islamabad High Court suspended their respective prison sentences in the Avenfield corruption case earlier in the day.

Diplomacy, Politics

US suspension of aid not a ‘life or death situation’ for Pakistan, says navy chief

Pakistan’s navy chief said though the decision by US to suspend security assistance to Pakistan was not a favourable one, it was not a life or death situation.

Diplomacy

Imran Khan’s opportunity with America

At first blush, it’s easy to dismiss any notion of a struggling US-Pakistan relationship improving under a government led by Imran Khan.

News

Muslim countries have failed to tackle matter of blasphemous content: Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says absence of an international policy against generation of blasphemous content is a “collective failure” on part of Muslim countries.

Diplomacy

Khan says dialogue key to resolving India, Pakistan issues

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tweeted once again invite India to dialogue and pursue peace, terming it the “best way to alleviate poverty and uplift the people of the subcontinent.

Politics

Imran Khan: Creating the biggest political storm of the year

Imran Khan has created a political firestorm in Pakistan, with the country divided on how they view the leader.

Analysis, Politics

Is Afghanistan another ‘Vietnam’ scenario for the US

Dawn takes a closer look at the comparisons between Vietnam and the US involvement in Afghanistan.

Diplomacy, Politics

US questions fairness of Pakistan’s elections

The United States has questioned the fairness of Wednesday’s elections in Pakistan adding that it shared the concerns expressed by the 

News

Pakistan’s PTI leads in much-delayed poll results

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has obtained a clear edge over other parties in the 11th general elections.

Politics

Returning to fulfil my promise to honour the vote, Nawaz says

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that he is returning to Pakistan from London to fulfil his pledge to “honour the vote.

Opinion, Politics

Children of war

An entire generation of Syrian children faces psychological damage, ever-increasing danger and death.

Economics, Opinion

CPEC 2018 Summit: Cashing in on the Renminbi

The internationalisation of the Renminbi will be key to furthering trade with China, writes Shahzad Dada.

Opinion, Politics

Pakistan’s caretaker government takes over

One hopes the caretakers and their successors in the years ahead will strengthen democratic conduct.

Opinion

Two steps forward?

Armenia and Malaysia share one common similarity, could they be on the cusp of change?.

Opinion

Israeli brutality and US apathy on view

Even by Israeli standards, the level of brutality unleashed on Monday was almost unprecedented, as snipers took shots at Palestinian protesters.

Opinion, Politics

Elections and violent conflict in Pakistan

Barring the 1970 election, which witnessed a brutal civil war in its aftermath, the 2013 poll remains one of the most violent in Pakistan’s history.

Analysis, Opinion

Before breaking into song

Kathua rape: BJP is not the only party using rape as a political tool.

Diplomacy, Opinion

Saudi-Israel thaw?

Today’s Arab governments are willing to put Palestine issue on the back burner to establish ties with Israel.

Opinion

Malala validates activists in Pakistan

Being an activist in Pakistan is hard but when I met Malala my work seemed validated, says Sarah Belal in an editorial.

Curiosity

Malala returns to Pakistan for first time since attack

Malala Yousafzai arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, more than five years after she survived a Taliban attack.

Opinion

Removing hate speech from sermons

An editorial in Dawn newspaper asks how we can remove hate speech from inflammatory sermons.