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Report of Lecture by Iranian Scholar Dr Sadollah Zarei on ‘Prospects of Pak-Iran Cooperation for Regional Peace and Security’

On November 5, 2017 Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI) hosted a lecture by Dr Sadollah Zarei, President Andishe Sazan-e Noor on ‘Prospects of Pakistan-Iran Cooperation for Regional Peace and Security’. Prof. Syed Sajjad Shabbir, Executive Director IPI, chaired the event, while Chairman National Assembly’s Standing...

OIC needs to take strong line on Trump’s Jerusalem move

Hussain Abid “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It's something that has to be done. … I've judged this course of...

Terms of re-engagement

PAKISTAN-US relations have entered a new and tense phase following President Donald Trump’s harsh allegations and threats against Pakistan in August and Islamabad’s angry response. Both sides, however, appear inclined to re-engage with each other. The nature of the future relationship will be determined by...

Pakistan tells Afghan Taliban to ‘prepare’ for political dialogue

Pakistan has told the Afghan Taliban leadership to prepare a team for peace negotiations, a Taliban leader familiar with the development confirmed to Daily Times on Sunday. Pakistani officials conveyed the message to the Taliban leaders in a recent interaction. However, the Taliban leaders have...

Rahul taunts Modi on U.S. U-turn on Pakistan

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi over President Donald Trump’s U-turn regarding Pakistan and seemed to question the Modi government’s earlier claims of a “new phase in Indo-US relationship.” Tagging the U.S. President’s official twitter handle, Mr. Gandhi...

Putin Plans to Stay Long in Middle East

By Hussain Abid Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is proving himself to be a crafty and shrewd statesman. His two-decade rule has brought Russia not only internal stability, ridding it of petty squabbles, but has made it to reemerge as a major power in global politics....

US Opposition to China-led Development Initiatives

Faisal Ahmed In a surprise development Trump administration, through U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis, first time commented on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and China-led connectivity initiatives. Addressing questions on role of China at the U.S. Senate’s Armed Services Committee hearing on ‘Political and Security Situation in...

US-Turkey row escalates with tit-for-tat travel and visa restrictions

The US and Turkey have imposed travel restrictions on each other’s citizens in an escalating diplomatic spat that highlights worsening relations between Ankara and its western allies. Washington said late on Sunday it was suspending the processing of all non-immigrant visas in Turkey due to “recent events”...

North Korean Leader Hails Nuclear Arsenal as ‘Powerful Deterrent’

he North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has vowed to build up his country’s nuclear arsenal as a “powerful deterrent” to the United States, state media reported, hours after President Trump said that “only one thing will work” in dealing with the isolated country. Mr. Kim...

Kurdish Referendum in Iraq

Iraqi Kurds voted in a very controversial non-binding referendum to split from Baghdad on 25 September. 72 percent out of the 8.4 million strong Kurdish population partook in the referendum and 92.7 percent voted ‘yes’. Iraqi central government under Haider al-Abadi has refused to...
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