January 2018(EDITION 01, Volume 55)
Written By: Maria Khalid
The year 2017 saw Pakistan’s continuing efforts for internal, regional and global peace through successfully combating the forces of terrorism and extremism. Operation Sherdil, Rah-e-Raast, Rah-e-Nijat, Khyber IV, Zarb-e-Azb, Radd-ul-Fasaad and many ....Read full article
Written By: Amir Zia
Out of this much touted figure of USD 33 billion, which Mr. Trump claims that the U.S. gave to Pakistan, USD 14.6 billion were on account of the Coalition Support Fund (CSF). The.....Read full article
Written By: AVM Shahzad Aslam Chaudhry (R)
2017 was a mixed year. Pakistan failed to climb out of its difficulties and created some more. The positives were few and far between. If the economy signaled some hope it soon got dashed when the chimera of development was seen to be based on massive borrowings.....Read full article
Written By: Ambassador Zamir Akram (R)
On the issue of Taliban safe havens in Pakistan which has strongly been denied, the logical answer would be to effectively monitor the Pakistan-Afghan International Border and deny Taliban the use of Afghan....Read full article
Written By: Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal
The Trump administration released new “National Security Strategy of the United States of America” on December 18, 2017. It provides an important window into the thinking of Trump administration’s means, ways and ends. It underlines ....Read full article
Written By: Dr. Kamal Monnoo
World economy faced uncertainties and pessimism in 2017 over a series of “black swan” moments like Brexit and Donald Trump’s election in 2016 on a protectionist agenda. Mr. Trump’s recent move of pulling USA out of the .....Read full article
Written By: Hussain H. Zaidi
The South Asian portion of the NSS is thus a continuation of Trump’s Afghan strategy announced in August 2017, which at that time represented a flip-flop on his previous opposition to America’s costly involvement in foreign wars.....Read full article
Written By: Nadeem F. Paracha
In India the theory which became the basis of partition of India in 1947 (the Two-Nation Theory), is repeatedly castigated for being communal. The theory explained that the Muslims and Hindus of India were distinct communities who needed their own geographical......Read full article
Written By: M. Tahir Mushtaq
Recently, an article in Outlook India with headlines “Noida to Islamabad” has created lot of positive sound in the digital world regarding Pakistan’s emerging potential in the field of information technology. This article suggested with evidence that.....Read full article
Written By: Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmed
His Highness Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III GCSI GCMG GCIE GCVO PC was the 48th Imam of Ismaili Shia Muslims. He was the first President of the All-India Muslim League. He was born in Karachi on November 2, 1877, but passed away in Versoix, Switzerland.....Read full article
Written By: Wing Commander Bahroni
On December 2, 2017, a grand ceremony was held at PAF Base Nur Khan to celebrate the 75th anniversary of No. 6 Air Transport Support Squadron. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman NI(M), Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, who was the chief guest....Read full article
Special Report: Hilal Desk
The seminar, Human Resource Development for the Youth of Balochistan – Opportunities and Challenges, was held in Quetta on December 7, 2017. Renowned speakers from academia, civil society, media and political sphere addressed a large number of audience including youth....Read full article
Report By: Major Badar
A remarkable Medal Parade Ceremony was hosted by PEC-9 at El-Geneina on November 20-21, 2017 incorporating participants of PFH-9. The event was a blend of fine display of military drill and cultural shows depicting and enhancing progressive, strong but soft image of Pakistan in a multinational.....Read full article
Written By: Ali Shehzad
I had just returned to my dormitory after attending an exhibition held by the different clubs in my university. Had I not been exhausted from the guitar I played alongside my crew, I would have loved to spend the whole day over there. It was a jolly good day filled with memories.....Read full article
Written By: Dr. Gulfaraz Ahmed
I read with envy that the most beneficial investment is when done on one’s own professional capacity and enriching experiences of new places, sights, cultures, explorations, discoveries and adventures etc. I took this pearl of wisdom internally and analyzed my own state of mind.....Read full article
Written By: Muhammad Azam Khan
Back in 2014, a UK based seafarer organization undertook a maritime awareness survey on sea commerce. This organization has continued to advance welfare interests of local seafarer community and alongside raised maritime awareness for over 90 years. The survey was instructive and it found.....Read full article
Written By: Omair Alavi
2017 was not a kind year to the Pakistani film industry – not only did the number of releases was less than last year, the quality of most of the films was bad as well. Only a couple of films – Punjab Nahi Jaungi and Na Maloom Afraad 2 turned out .....Read full article
Written By: Tahir Mehmood
That tall brown-skinned man was sitting on a mountain top. Lost in deep thoughts his eyes were fixed on the city below where millions lived on the bosom-land of their ancestors. An all-time wanderer, that man once began his journey in search of truth, beauty and ‘life’ itself.....Read full article
His Excellency Mr. S. Babur Girgin, Ambassador of Turkey, made a farewell call on General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi on December 4, 2017. The Chairman JCSC thanked the ambassador for his valuable contributions.....Read full article
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Bahawalpur on December 20, 2017, to witness winter collective training exercise of mechanised formation. Commander Bahawalpur Corps Lieutenant General Sher Afgun briefed COAS about training of the corps for assigned operational tasks.....Read full article
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa joined the Christian community at Christ Church, Rawalpindi to take part in Christmas celebrations. The congregation welcomed COAS and thanked him for sharing the festivity. COAS wished Merry Christmas to the entire Christian community.....Read full article

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Army Marksmanship Firing Ranges near Jhelum on December 16, 2017. He was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of 37th.........Read full article
On December 5, 2017, a delegation comprising members of Standing Committee on Defence from both houses of the Parliament visited Chakothi and Nezapir sectors on Line of Control (LOC). The delegation was briefed about situation along the LOC, Cease Fire Violations ......Read full article
23rd meeting of the National Command Authority (NCA) was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on December 21, 2017. The meeting was attended by the Federal Ministers of Defence and Interior, Chairman JSC, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air......Read full article
The inauguration ceremony of Shooter Squadron was held at PAF Base M.M. Alam (Mianwali) on December 11, 2017. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air.....Read full article
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has recently visited Turkey and met with Turkish higher echelons including Minister of National Defence of Turkey, Commander Turkish General Staff and Commander Turkish Naval Forces......Read full article
Commander Royal Navy of Oman, Rear Admiral Abdullah Bin Khamis Bin Abdullah Al Raisi visited Naval Headquarters Islamabad and called on Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood....Read full article
Pakistan Navy Ship Saif (FFG-253) participated in 5th PN-PLA(N) Bilateral Exercise held at Shanghai, China. Upon arrival, the ship was received at sea by Chinese Navy (PLA (N)) Frigate Jingzhou off port Wusong, Shanghai.......Read full article
Pak-Saudi Special Forces joint counter-terrorism exercise ‘Al-Shehab-2’ took place at Prince Naif Security City, Riyadh. The two weeks long exercise started on November 25 and continued till December 10. “Al-Shehab 1” was held last year....Read full article
Commander Karachi Corps Lieutenant General Shahid Baig Mirza visited Exercise Area Kotri. He witnessed the Bridge Crossing Exercise by the armour elements and was briefed about the modern technical equipment and engineering machinery being used by Pakistan Army’s Corps of Engineers. Corps.....Read full article
Pakistan Army cricket team toured Australia to play a bilateral cricket series against their counterpart and other services teams. Though primary objective of the tour was to further cement good relations between the two armies, which remained a focus for all team members....Read full article
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