About: Pakistan

Global Europe 11-04-2022

Political change in Pakistan as Shehbaz Sharif seeks to become PM

Opposition politician Shehbaz Sharif submitted his nomination to be Pakistan's next prime minister to the legislature on Sunday (10 April), his party said, after incumbent Imran Khan lost a no-confidence vote in parliament after nearly four years in power.
Global Europe 04-04-2022

Fresh turmoil in Pakistan – what it means for rest of the world

Pakistan's political turmoil deepened on Sunday (3 April), when Prime Minister Imran Khan avoided an attempt to oust him and sought fresh elections after dissolving parliament, a move the opposition called treasonous and vowed to fight.
Global Europe 28-03-2022

Chinese minister seeks normal India ties, Delhi says ease border tension first

India said ties with China could not be normal until their troops pulled back from each other on the disputed border, but Beijing struck a conciliatory note during a meeting of their foreign ministers in New Delhi on Friday.
EU-India 21-12-2021

India woos Central Asian countries in geopolitical race for influence

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries in New Delhi on Monday (20 December) in what appears to be an effort to compete with the influence of other geopolitical players in the region: Russia, China, and Pakistan.
Global Europe 08-10-2021

On EU initiative, UN rights council creates Afghanistan rapporteur

The European Union on Thursday (7 October) won its battle at the UN Human Rights Council to create a new special rapporteur on Afghanistan, despite opposition from China, Russia and Pakistan.
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Central Asia 27-07-2021

Connectivity at the core of a more stable Afghanistan

At a time when Taliban is likely to take over Afghanistan, the stakes could not have been higher for Uzbekistan’s reformist President Mirziyoyev who hosted the 15-16 July Central-South Asia Connectivity Conference in Tashkent.
Central Asia 22-07-2021

Tashkent conference: Connectivity and the need for a stable Afghanistan

EURACTIV republishes the latest blogpost by EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell who takes stock from his participation to the Central-South Asia Connectivity Conference held in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, on 15-16 July.
Global Europe 17-06-2021

Time running out for Afghan peace process, EU envoy warns

The European Union's envoy for Afghanistan said on Wednesday (16 June) time was running out for Afghan peace negotiations and more needed to be done to boost the discussions as international forces withdraw from the war-torn nation.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2021

Steam rises as India and Pakistan take basmati battle to EU

From biryani to pilau, Pakistan and India's shared culinary landscape is defined by basmati, a distinctive long-grain rice now at the centre of the latest tussle between the bitter nuclear rivals.
Global Europe 15-09-2020

Pakistani Prime Minister suggests chemical castration for rapists

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday (14 September) he would like convicted rapists to be publicly executed or chemically castrated.
Global Europe 18-02-2020

Indian FM defends citizenship law as he promotes EU ties

India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Monday (17 February) defended his country's controversial new citizenship law and crackdown in Kashmir, as he came to Brussels to promote what he hopes will be closer strategic ties to the European Union.
Freedom of thought 12-11-2018

Pakistan, democracy and the demise of the independent press

Pakistan's new military-supported government is targeting independent media and poses a grave threat to the country's democracy, writes Shada Islam.
Development Policy 31-10-2018

Pakistan charity crackdown spreads uncertainty among aid groups

Foreign aid groups are being forced out of Pakistan, where the need for their services remains immense, in a move analysts say is fuelled by suspicions of foreign spying.
Freedom of thought 31-08-2018

Geert Wilders wins, Muslims lose in latest Prophet Mohammed cartoon furore

Geert Wilders is back in the headlines, thanks to a controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition, which has caused a furore in Pakistan. But the race for Europe's toughest anti-Muslim politician has several other contestants, writes Shada Islam.
Development Policy 19-02-2018

Are geopolitics, trade and human rights compatible enemies?

Europe cannot turn a blind eye to the Human Rights abuses occurring in third countries, unless we rewrite the mandates of the functioning of the EU institutions and the Treaty, writes MEP Tomáš  Zdechovský.
Defence policy 01-02-2018

Pakistan’s counter-terrorism needs to be aligned with EU

If the EU wishes to defend human rights, and comply with its own counter-terrorism pledges, Pakistan’s incoherent counter-terrorism strategies should be at the top of every joint commission and negotiation, writes Charles Tannock.
Global Europe 27-01-2017

Pakistani minister: We want a ‘GSP-Plus’ trade deal with Brexit Britain

EXCLUSIVE / Pakistani Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan told EURACTIV.com that the UK leaving the EU was a “tremendous loss” for Pakistan’s dealings with Brussels, and that he would like a GSP-Plus deal with post-Brexit Britain.
Trade & Society 08-11-2016

Is the EU abandoning freedom of speech in its trade deals?

The EU has in recent years used trade agreements as a venue for promoting human rights, notably freedom of speech. Yet, as trade negotiators seek to wrap up the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), the EU seems to have abandoned this objective, write Jodie Ginsberg and Christian Borggreen.

Global Europe 24-10-2016

Refugees attack EU asylum offices on Lesvos

Asylum-seekers attacked the premises of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) on the island of Lesbos on Monday (24 October), protesting against delays in dealing with asylum claims, Greek and EU authorities said.
Climate change 17-10-2016

HFC deal big step in fighting climate change

They went to Kigali, Rwanda, to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and take 0.5C out of future global warming, and the 170 countries that successfully negotiated an amendment to the Montreal protocol treaty agreed to get rid of 90% of them. Not bad for four days and three long nights of hard work.
Global Europe 05-10-2016

Afghan refugees return to uncertain future in alien homeland

Mohammad Anwar arrived in Pakistan as a child more than 35 years ago but is leaving as a father, his family among the thousands of uprooted Afghan refugees "returning" to a war-torn homeland many of them have never seen.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

The EU must hold Pakistan to account for violence against women

Honour killings and domestic violence are constant worries for the women of Pakistan. The EU must use its influence to push the deep change Pakistani society desperately needs, writes Barbara Matera.

Towards compassion and a ‘compact’ on refugees

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appeals to European leaders meeting in Brussels today (28 June) to contribute for a new Global Compact on Responsibility-sharing for Refugees, as well as a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
Health 09-06-2016

EU should lead the final push to eradicate polio

A polio-free world is within reach. With continued support and funding, the EU can help wipe out this devastating disease, writes Stefan Rebmann.