• India-Pakistan 2018-09-23 10:06

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Major blow to peace efforts: India cancels FM-level talks with Pakistan

    TEHRAN - The recent peace overtures between New Delhi and Islamabad, since the formation of new Pakistani government led by Imran Khan, had briefly rekindled hopes of peace and reconciliation between the two estranged neighbors. But the thaw didn’t last too long. The hopes have been dashed again.

  • Uighurs 2018-09-23 09:55

    Pakistan urges China to protect Uighurs

    TEHRAN - In a significant development, Pakistan has urged its all-weather ally China to relax restrictions on Chinese Muslims living in Xinjiang province, after reports about human rights violations in the province.

  • pakistan 2018-09-22 09:41

    Pakistan seeks good relations with Iran: Imran Khan

    TEHRAN - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his country seeks to have good relations with its neighbors, especially Iran.

  • Afghan refugees 2018-09-18 09:44

    Afghan refugees born in Pakistan to get nationality

    TEHRAN - The newly-elected Pakistan government led by Imran Khan has announced that it will grant nationality to all Pakistan-born refugees of Afghan and Bangladeshi origin, ending months of suspense and speculation.

  • India-Pakistan-Bangladesh 2018-09-16 04:10

    India above Bangladesh, Pakistan in HDI

    TEHRAN - India jumped one place to 130 among 189 countries in the latest human development index (HDI) released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Friday. India's human development index value is above the average of 0.638 for the South Asia region, with Bangladesh and Pakistan ranked 136 and 150 respectively.

  • Pakistan 2018-09-16 03:10

    Pakistan’s FM visits Kabul, holds talks

    TEHRAN - In a bid to improve bilateral ties, Pakistan’s newly-elected foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday arrived in Kabul on his first foreign visit. Qureshi-led delegation held talks with senior Afghan officials in the first bilateral engagement between the two estranged neighbors since December 2015. The relations between Kabul and Islamabad have frayed in recent years, with Kabul accusing Pakistan of sheltering militant groups that launch attacks on Afghanistan. Pakistan has rejected the accusations.

  • India-Pakistan 2018/09/16

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    U.S. is roadblock to peace between India, Pakistan

    TEHRAN - The inaugural 2+2 ministerial dialogue between India and the U.S. held in New Delhi last week has again threatened to jeopardize recent efforts made by New Delhi and Islamabad to bury the hatchet and open a new chapter in their bilateral ties. The joint statement issued at the summit has drawn sharp reaction from Islamabad, making it amply clear that the Americans don’t want India and Pakistan to be friends and they don’t want peace and stability to prevail in this region.

  • Pakistan Defense Day commemorated in Tehran 2018-09-13 21:16

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Pakistan Defense Day commemorated in Tehran

    TEHRAN – A host of international envoys and military personnel marked the 53rd Pakistan Defense Day in a ceremony held on Wednesday evening at the Pakistan ambassador’s residence in Tehran.

  • India-Pakistan 2018-09-13 02:30

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘U.S. focus in South Asia gradually shifting from Pakistan to India’

    TEHRAN - After the recent turn of events, regional alliances have changed and a paradigm shift has been witnessed in the foreign policy priorities of countries in South Asia. The U.S. has lost an important ally and is now wooing another regional bulwark for a potential ‘marriage of inconvenience’.

  • Pakistan dam 2018-09-13 02:24

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    To tackle water scarcity, Pakistanis crowdsourcing a mammoth dam project

    TEHRAN - According to a recent report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Pakistan ranks among the top three countries with acute water scarcity. UN agencies like United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) have also sounded alarm bells that Pakistan, which has the world’s fourth-largest rate of water usage, might run entirely dry by 2025.

  • Defense minister urges closer ties with Pakistan 2018-09-12 20:56

    Defense minister urges closer ties with Pakistan

    TEHRAN – Defense Minister Amir Hatami on Wednesday called for closer defense cooperation with Pakistan, expressing the hope that during the rule of the new Pakistani prime minister Iran and Pakistan would be able to make up for the past shortcomings in ties, Mehr reported.

  • Pakistsan-India 2018-09-11 04:45

    Pakistan's new govt. rekindles hope in India

    TEHRAN - India and Pakistan, the two estranged South Asian neighbors, have shown inclination to bury the hatchet and open a new chapter in their relationship since the change of guard in Islamabad.

  • Pakistan-China 2018-09-10 22:43

    Pakistan PM says China is cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy

    TEHRAN - The new all-weather allies, Pakistan and China, took another big leap to strengthen their bilateral ties during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's first official visit to Islamabad since the formation of new government in Pakistan.

  • Jan Achakzai 2018-09-10 22:37

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘With declining U.S. influence and ascending Chinese power, a new EuroAsia is emerging’

    TEHRAN - The new government in Pakistan led by Imran Khan faces challenges on multiple fronts, in combating corruption, rebuilding institutions, fighting extremism and reshaping foreign policy. Khan has in first few weeks reaffirmed his commitment to bring economic reforms on domestic front, and bolster ties with neighboring countries, notably India, China and Iran. His government has charted a new course for itself, in which Pakistan will be less dependent on U.S.

  • Atif Mian 2018-09-09 06:46

    Under pressure, Pakistan PM sacks advisor

    TEHRAN - The newly-elected Pakistan government, succumbing to the pressure from far-right groups, has asked a leading academic to resign as an economic adviser to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

  • China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi 2018-09-09 06:42

    China’s FM visits Pakistan; holds talks

    TEHRAN - China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is on a three-day official visit to Pakistan, which started on Friday. It is the first official visit by a senior Chinese official since the formation of a new government in Pakistan.

  • Ambassador calls for closer Tehran-Islamabad ties 2018-09-08 10:01

    Ambassador calls for closer Tehran-Islamabad ties

    TEHRAN – Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost said on Wednesday that Iran and Pakistan as two important neighbors in the region should make more efforts to enhance mutual cooperation.

  • Arif Alvi 2018-09-06 00:36

    Dr. Arif Alvi elected new President of Pakistan

    TEHRAN - Less than a fortnight after Imran Khan took over as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, senior Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (PTI) leader Dr. Arif Alvi was elected as the country’s new President on Tuesday.

  • Pakistan- Iran 2018-09-04 10:47

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Pakistan continues to rebuff U.S., supports Iran’s stand on JCPOA

    TEHRAN - Much to the chagrin of hawks in Washington and Riyadh, neighbors Iran and Pakistan have reaffirmed their commitment to bolster bilateral ties and open a new chapter in their relationship.

  • Pakistan 2018-09-04 10:39

    U.S. announces cancellation of aid to Pakistan

    TEHRAN - After a lot of speculation, the U.S. military finally announced that it will be cancelling $300 million aid to Pakistan as warned by President Donald Trump earlier. The funds have been suspended owing to Islamabad's perceived failure to take action against militants, an allegation Pakistan has rejected.

  • India-Pakistan 2018-09-02 10:37

    Despite recent peace overtures, India, Pakistan trade barbs over Kashmir at UN

    TEHRAN - Despite recent peace overtures and rekindled hopes, the fragile relationship between India and Pakistan, the two South Asian estranged neighbors, was again on display at the United Nations this week. The representatives of the two countries traded barbs over Kashmir during the world body’s session on the ‘merits of mediation’.

  • Pakistan's economy 2018-09-02 09:44

    Pakistan needs $9 billion to run economy

    TEHRNA -The flailing economy and weakened institutions are the biggest challenges for the new Pakistani government led by Imran Khan. The newly-elected Finance Minister Asad Umar said the country needs $9 billion to run the economic affairs.

  • zarif 2018-08-31 21:07

    Zarif meets Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Islamabad

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Friday.

  • India-Pakistan 2018-08-28 09:53

    India, Pakistan to resume talks on Indus Water Treaty

    TEHRAN - With the political transition in Islamabad and the new government in place, Pakistan and India are expected to resume their talks on various aspects of the Indus Waters Treaty in Lahore on Wednesday.

  • Asif Ali Zardari 2018-08-28 09:03

    Former Pakistan president summoned in money laundering case

    TEHRAN - Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister in a Rs 35 billion money laundering and fake bank accounts case.

  • Pakistan--U.S. 2018-08-26 10:20

    Pakistan slams U.S. over ‘incorrect’ statement

    TEHRAN - The standoff between Pakistan and the U.S., two former allies, continues after Islamabad hit back at Washington for issuing a 'factually incorrect' statement regarding the telephonic conversation between Pakistan's newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan and the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

  • Shah Mahmood Qureshi 2018-08-26 10:18

    Pakistan no longer ‘darling’ of West, new Foreign Minister asserts

    TEHRAN - Bearing testimony to the deteriorating ties between the U.S. and Pakistan and the changing regional dynamics, Pakistan's new government led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has made it amply clear that the country will no longer crawl or crouch before the Western powers.

  • Raghib Hussain 2018/08/26

    By: Raghib Hussain

    Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline only panacea to Pakistan's energy crisis

    TAHRAN - Last week, Imran Khan was sworn in as the new premier of Pakistan. In his first televised address to the nation, the cricketer-turned-politician outlined his vision for Pakistan and vowed to build the foundation of Naya Pakistan (New Pakistan), which was the dream of country's founding fathers Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Sir Mohammad Iqbal.

  • Shafeek Seddiq 2018-08-26 10:06

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘Peace talks with Taliban are not feasible without Afghan government leading it’

    The security situation continues to worsen in war-ravaged Afghanistan with a spate of terror attacks in recent months. The Afghan government and the Taliban observed an unprecedented three-day ceasefire on Eid al Fitr but it turned out to be a lull before the storm. This week, to mark Eid al Azha, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who has been under tremendous pressure, again announced conditional ceasefire but the Taliban has not responded to it.

  • power 2018-08-26 09:33

    Iran resumes electricity exports to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan

    TEHRAN- Iran’s Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian announced on Saturday that after resolving domestic power outage problems, Iran has resumed exports of electricity to its neighbor countries Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, IRNA reported.