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French foreign trade advisers take tentative steps in Islamabad span >
In a bid to revive a bilateral relationship that has all but come to a standstill, French business representatives in Pakistan are trying to build a new business channel between both countries. Paris, so far, has not lent the initiative much support. [...]
Credence Security expands foothold in forensics tech-hungry Pakistan span >
The Dubai cyber and forensic equipment distributor has been building its base in Pakistan, where the federal police is developing a network of laboratories in need of these technologies, driven by its Western partners wanting to push ahead in the fight against terrorism. [...]
Army chief Qamer Javed Bajwa wants more time to improve relations with Saudi Arabia span >
A key figure in the Pakistani state hierarchy, chief of the army staff Qamer Javad Bajwa wants his tenure extended so that he can continue to work on improving Pakistan's relations with Saudi Arabia and deal with pressing security issues, like the growing influence of the Pakistani Taliban movement. [...]
Bristol Engineering Service, the Pakistani deep state's Emirati relay span >
The Dubai-based company led by businessman Majjid Bashir Ahmed serves as one of the Pakistani deep state's offshore tools. It helps connect Islamabad's defence industry with foreign buyers and contributes to the country's stock of foreign military equipment. [...]
Afghan Taliban fail to broker a deal between their Pakistani branch and Islamabad span >
Pakistan, which is looking to negotiate a lasting truce with the Pakistani Taliban, has asked their Afghan counterparts to act as mediators in the talks. The lack of agreement is essentially due to the Pakistani intelligence chiefs. [...]
Emirati bankers extra-vigilant in Islamabad after fall of Imran Khan span >
In the space of just 10 days, Pakistan saw the deadline for repayment of a $2bn loan from the Emirates extended, Prime Minister Imran Khan brought down and Shebhaz Sharif appointed in his place. In this unstable period, the Emirati business community is keeping a close eye on its key assets in the country. [...]
Islamabad seeks Saudi funds to finance military industry span >
Pakistan is strengthening its intelligence cooperation with Saudi Arabia and is also keen to see more Saudi investment in its defence industry, which was discussed at the first edition of the World Defense Show in Riyadh earlier this month. [...]
ISI worries about protecting Chinese investments in troubled Balochistan span >
With the presence of secessionist factions, the Pakistani Taliban branch and the local affiliate of Islamic State, the province of Balochistan, where China is carrying out a number of major projects, has become increasingly unstable. [...]
Islamabad tries to force Pakistani Talibans back to the border following truce breakdown span >
Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence believed that it could bring the country's Talibans back into line by organising a truce. Now that the truce has been broken, however, spy chiefs are concentrating on securing Pakistan's border with Afghanistan at the risk of alienating their allies in Kabul. [...]
Riyadh renews contact with Taliban via Pakistani intelligence span >
Saudi Arabia, which is keen to find a new role for itself in Afghanistan, has contacted Pakistan's omnipresent Inter-Services Intelligence, which is already engaged in helping rebuild the Taliban army. Riyadh sees Afghanistan as offering a new opportunity to counter the activities of its rival, Iran, which is watching the new Saudi-Pakistani partnership uneasily. [...]
Afghan Taliban mediate between their Pakistani counterparts and the government in Islamabad span >
Faced with a resurgence in the activities of the Taliban Pakistani branch, Tehrik-i-Taliban, the Pakistani intelligence services have opted for dialogue rather than armed repression. They asked the new rulers in Afghanistan to negotiate a truce, which was finally concluded on 9 November. [...]
Imran Khan and military chief disagree over ISI chief nominee span >
Monopolised by the situation in Afghanistan, particularly the threat from Islamic State in Khorasan, Pakistan's intelligence service is also caught in a power struggle between the prime minister and the head of the armed forces while it awaits the appointment of a new chief. [...]
Pakistani intelligence service's activity in Europe invigorated by its victory in Afghanistan span >
Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, which played a key role in the victory of the Talibans in Kabul, remains highly active in Europe, particularly in Germany, which is a favourite target for its technology sourcing activities. [...]
ISI concerned about alliance between Islamic State in Khorasan and Pakistan's Taliban span >
Despite the proximity between Islamabad's intelligence community and Kabul's new rulers, the strengthening of the Pakistani component of the Taliban, allied with Islamic State in Khorasan, is not to the liking of Pakistan's ISI spymasters. [...]