Monday, April 6, 2015 - 06:46
The United States' secret talks with Iran, which first led to the interim accord and now to a preliminary nuclear deal, has had wider consequences in the region beyond the simple nuclear file. This accord has angered many US regional allies, and particularly Saudi Arabia, which considers Iran an arch-enemy - partly due to an old Sunni-Shia schism in Islam. The sectarian difference has been manipulated by both Saudi Arabia and Iran in their strategic competition for greater influence in the Middle East, which has undermined the stability of the entire region.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 07:08
Pakistan, the world's only Muslim nation with nuclear weapons, is also the sole non-Arab country that has officially indicated to support the Saudi-led strikes against the Houthi fighters in Yemen. Pakistan is not in the Middle East nor is the conflagrations of this conflict capable of immediately crossing into its borders simply because Pakistan shares no borders with Saudi Arabia or Yemen. In spite of this, Pakistan's response to the Saudi call for military assistance has been even faster than what was seen after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 when the United States demanded that Islamabad should either join the war on terror or, in case of noncompliance, prepare to be bombed back to the stone age.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 07:12
Pakistan said Thursday it was considering a request from Saudi Arabia to participate in the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen. It remains unclear what military assistance the Saudis have asked for, though media reports suggest that Riyadh wants Pakistani participation in both airstrikes and ground operations. Pakistan has long been a close ally of Saudi Arabia, though in recent years, Islamabad has also improved its ties with neighboring Iran, a rival to Saudi Arabia.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 06:45
The strikes are part of Operation 'Khyber One' and 'Khyber Two', launched by security forces and aimed at targeting militants in Khyber Agency, particularly the Tirah Valley of Bara which borders Nazyan province of Afghanistan.
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 07:51
The black flag of Isis has replaced the white ones of the Talibs in a swathe of areas including in Helmand where UK forces spent eight years at a cost of more than 450 lives trying to defeat Mullah Omar's fighters.
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 07:07
Three militant groups in Pakistan say they have joined forces, potentially giving that country’s Taliban insurgents more heft to resist a military campaign by the government and stepping up the general threat from extremist organizations.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:15
The U.S. government, under the cover of the Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF since Sept 14, 2001) in the last five years has managed to kill two TTP emirs (Baitullah Mehsud in 2009 and Hakeemullah Mehsud in 2013). Pakistani and Afghan forces have captured Faqir Mohammad and Latif Mehsud. The vacuum thus created is being filled by a younger, more brutal and ruthless generation of jihadis. They are more lethal as they are equipped with newer approaches for planning and executing terrorist attacks.
Monday, February 23, 2015 - 07:44
A week ago, the former president of the Maldives warned that the island nation was on a “dangerous and precarious slide” towards authoritarianism and called on the international community to consider introducing sanctions against its leadership.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 06:28
Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency has handed over an alleged leader of a banned Islamic group to Tajikistan.
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 07:12
Dozens were wounded in the attack after Friday prayers in Shikarpur district of Sindh province, and the death toll is expected to rise.