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  • India calls satellite 'gift to South Asia', Pakistan says no thanks

    India launched a communications satellite on Friday for its smaller neighbours to share, part of its efforts to build goodwill in the region and counter Chinese influence, but arch-rival Pakistan said it would stay away from the project...

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who came to office promising to strengthen ties with neighbours such as Sri Lanka, Nepal and even Pakistan, has called the satellite a gift to south Asia...

  • Pakistan Stock Exchange becomes first self-listed stock market in South Asia

    The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Friday announced that it had became the first self-listed capital market in South Asia...

    Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq Hijazi in a statement read out over video link said he was proud of the PSX for acquiring the status of the first self-listed stock market in the region...

  • ‘Pakistan to be the first country in South Asia to test 5G services’

    RAWALPINDI: Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman on Tuesday said Pakistan would be the first country in South Asia to test 5th generation cellular services for fast connectivity...

    Speaking at the In­for­ma­tion Communication Tech­no­­logy (ICT) awards ceremony, organised by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), Ms Rehman said: “Pakistan recently won the GSMA award and ranked third in the list...

  • Pakistan pledges to work for easing tension in South Asia

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan remains committed to lessening the risk of an armed conflict in South Asia, says a joint statement issued after the US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue...

    “Pakistan affirmed that it remains committed to pursuing measures aimed at building confidence and lessening the risk of armed conflict,” said the statement issued on Tuesday evening, a day after the talks concluded...

  • Pakistan’s education spending lowest in South Asia

    ISLAMABAD: Despite an increase in the 2015-16 education budget Pakistan’s current expenditure on education is the lowest in South Asia...

    “Pakistan has a literacy rate of 58pc, which has improved from 35pc in 1990-91, but still way behind the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target of 88pc, which was to be achieved by the end of 2015,” a report launched on Wednesday stated...

  • ‘Pakistan lags behind South Asia in education’

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is lagging behind other South Asian countries in education and has a poor Adjudged Net Enrolment Rate (ANER) and a high school dropout rate, said Nasir Amin, the in-charge of National Education Management Information System (NIMS)...

    He said that Pakistan has a 72pc ANER rate, 69pc of students in the country remain is schools and that the effective transition ratio from class five to six is 81pc, which, he said, is...

  • Pakistan neither wants, nor engaged in arms race in South Asia: envoy

    In a veiled reference to India, Pakistan voiced concern over the growing transfer of conventional armaments in volatile regions, saying it has every potential of fuelling instability and jeopardising the delicate regional balance...

    “South Asia is a sensitive region where one state's military spending grossly and vastly outshadows all others,” Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, the permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in...

  • ‘Pakistan, India, China, US part of South Asia’s N-puzzle’

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s security threat comes from India, which has moved to a new strategy of conducting surgical strikes inside Pakistan, says a new study which also warns that despite nuclearisation, the possibility of another war in the region cannot be ruled out...

    The 15-month study project by a Washington think-tank, the Brookings Institution, focuses on the “strategic chain” linking Pakistan, India, China and the US...

  • Pakistan urges US to resume its balancing role in South Asia

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan has asked the United States to resume the balancing role that it played in South Asia before it started to build a strategic partnership with India...

    “We are saying to the US administration that the United States always brought a balance in SA, but this recent tilt has created an imbalance,” said Pakistan Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary...

  • ‘Pakistan’s role vital for prosperity in South Asia’

    ISLAMABAD: South Asia has tremendous trade potential which needs to be tapped for greater economic integration, however core trade issues must be addressed and Pakistan’s role in this regard would be vital as prosperity is not possible without restoring peace in the region, Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Ruwan Ediri­singhe said on Saturday...

    “Saarc should be more active to address major challenges faced by the...

  • South Asia Pakistan Terminal to add two more berths

    KARACHI: The South Asia Pakistan Terminal (SAPT), in the second phase of development, plans to invest $240 million to expand existing facilities with two more berths of 700 metres in length and state of the art equipments, official sources said on Wednesday...

    Rashid Jamil told Dawn that there had been a drop of seven per cent in handling of Twenty Feet Equivalent Units (TEUs) in all four terminals of the country up to October, but...

  • Pakistan calls for joint efforts to fight virus menace in South Asia

    ISLAMABAD: Stating that no nation and no region on earth can afford to be unresponsive to the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan on Sunday called for fighting “the most serious global health emergency in the last 100 years” with collective efforts and suggested that a “regional mechanism” be developed by member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) for sharing “disease surveillance data, prevalence and incidence...

  • Pakistan first to get G4 rank in South Asia

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been ranked as a 4th Generation Regulator (G4) by the International Tele­communication Union (ITU), becoming the only country in South Asia to have achieved the status...

    Out of the 38 economies in Asia-Pacific, only eight per cent states have managed to achieve G4 status...

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