Security Balochistan residents reiterate calls to stop Gwadar port fencing 2021-01-26 Plans to fence off a large area around Gwadar have outraged residents who say the government is prioritising Chinese interests at the expense of locals' livelihoods. Crime & Justice 2021-01-25 Documentary spotlights Putin's billion-dollar Black Sea 'bribery' palace Putin's property is 39 times the size of Monaco and features a casino inside a 17,691-square-metre mansion, along with an ice rink and vineyards. Health 2021-01-22 China's 'triumph' over COVID-19 marred by new outbreaks, lockdowns One year after the Wuhan lockdown, Beijing is eager to promote its narrative of how it contained the pandemic, but history tells another story. Analysis 2021-01-21 Peaceful transfer of power underscores resilience of US democracy The United States continued its over 200-year-old tradition of handing over presidential power peacefully, as the US military remains steadfast in its commitments to allies around the world. Energy 2021-01-18 China's pivot to clean energy is more talk than action, say analysts Beijing's pitch to be the global leader for climate change is undermined by its heavy investment in coal, and is the latest example of the regime's tactics in the global information war. Health 2021-01-15 International probe reaches Wuhan, but what evidence will it find? Beijing's history of secrecy, disinformation and delays raises concerns that the team of World Health Organisation specialists will find a cold trail more than a year after COVID-19 first emerged. Which country has provided the most humanitarian aid to Pakistan during the pandemic? China Saudi Arabia UAE United States Iran I don't know View Results SPOTLIGHT Peaceful transfer of power underscores resilience of US democracy The United States continued its over 200-year-old tradition of handing over presidential power peacefully, as the US military remains steadfast in its commitments to allies around the world. Politics 2021-01-13 IRGC missile base unveiling adds to fears of conflict in the Gulf The IRGC has a long history of boasting about its weaponry, and a track record of deficient missile and radar systems. Human Rights 2021-01-12 China spins population drop in Xinjiang to fit counter-extremism narrative Muslim women in Xinjiang are 'no longer baby-making machines' thanks to the eradication of extremism, Chinese diplomats say. Forced sterilisation is at play, reply independent researchers. Health 2021-01-08 China blocks entry of international probe investigating origins of COVID-19 Beijing barred WHO specialists from entering China at the last minute, highlighting the regime's continuing cover-up and attempts to whitewash the origin of the novel coronavirus. Connect with Us Subscribe to the Pakistan Forward newsletter Subscribe We send updates twice a week with the latest news and features Human Rights 2021-01-07 Russia, China spin election strife in US to justify domestic oppression The regimes eagerly jumped on the news of electoral problems in the United States, but their reactions and attempted manipulations further exposed their human rights failures. Human Rights 2021-01-06 China builds more than 100 new detention facilities for Muslims in Xinjiang Factory buildings inside detention camps in the northwestern region indicate forced labour on a 'vast scale' is taking place, a new report finds. Analysis 2021-01-04 Tehran continues to pose threat to region a year after Soleimani killing Any further Iranian miscalculation or provocation could have devastating consequences, US military sources say, as the one-year anniversary of Qassem Soleimani's killing passes. Crime & Justice 2021-01-02 A year on, Iran yet to hold anyone accountable for downing of Ukrainian airliner One year after a Ukrainian airliner was shot down by Iranian forces, killing all onboard, Tehran continues to obfuscate the details of what happened and shield culpable, top commanders. Analysis 2021-01-01 Soleimani's legacy to Iran: diverting citizens' money to costly proxy wars While the Iranian people grapple with a worsening economic crisis, the Iranian regime continues to pursue Soleimani's failed legacy of spreading 'revolution' throughout the region. Health 2020-12-30 Chinese vaccine only '79% effective' against COVID-19, Beijing admits Hundreds of millions of doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which have a 95% and 94% efficacy rates respectively, are rolling out worldwide. Politics 2020-12-29 Soleimani's legacy to Lebanon: insecurity, instability and infighting Many Lebanese say that Hizbullah, whose chief, Hassan Nasrallah, was subordinate to Soleimani, is at the root of the country's problems. Analysis 2020-12-28 Syrian regime's campaign of torture, abuse tied to Iran-backed militias Militias formed and directed by slain Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani enabled Damascus to persecute and torture tens of thousands of civilians throughout the Syrian war Security 2020-12-27 The heavy price of Soleimani's dream of making Yemen a proxy war playground Qassem Soleimani and Iran's Revolutionary Guards have fuelled a long, bitter proxy war in Yemen for years, bringing the country to the brink of economic and political collapse. Security 2020-12-26 US military on alert as tensions rise over Iranian miscalculations Iran-backed militias have continued to launch attacks on US interests in Iraq and the region ahead of the anniversary of Qassem Soleimani's killing. Security 2020-12-25 Soleimani's ghost still haunts Afghan youth lured into Iranian militias The Fatemiyoun militia, founded by the slain Iranian commander, still recruits impoverished Afghan immigrants, many of whom die fighting while others face the reality of Tehran's broken promises. Analysis 2020-12-23 Chronicling Qassem Soleimani's trail of bloodshed across the region and beyond Under the Iranian commander's leadership for over 20 years, the Quds Force exported terrorism, fuelled sectarianism, undermined governments, and was responsible for thousands of deaths. Human Rights 2020-12-22 Chinese tech giants caught helping Beijing track Muslims in Xinjiang Alibaba, Huawei and other Chinese firms are attempting to distance themselves from Beijing's oppression of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities -- but the evidence of complicity is damning. Health 2020-12-18 China attempts to repair reputation in last-ditch push for COVID-19 vaccine Beijing is on a global charm offensive, analysts say, but its 'vaccine diplomacy' is not without conditions. Security 2020-12-17 Kremlin uses uptick in Taliban violence to scare countries bordering Afghanistan Russian officials are using fear mongering to badger the leaders of Turkmenistan and other countries bordering Afghanistan to coalesce more closely around Russia. Human Rights 2020-12-16 China caught helping authoritarian regimes silence domestic dissent The China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) offers a commercialised version of Beijing's 'Great Firewall' that scrubs out politically sensitive material from the internet. Economy 2020-12-15 Produce smuggled from Iran causing massive losses for Pakistani vendors Smugglers are avoiding the apple tax by disguising Iranian imports as Afghan by sending them through Afghanistan first, and Iranian authorities are doing nothing about it. Health 2020-12-14 Chinese vaccine trials halted: volunteer unable to move arms At least one volunteer in trials for the vaccine made by Chinese drug giant Sinopharm presented neurological symptoms corresponding to a condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome. Security 2020-12-14 KP upgrades, equips police force in tribal districts The provincial government is establishing more police stations and providing the latest weapons to counter terrorism. Science & Technology 2020-12-11 China's repression of Muslims in Xinjiang 'turbocharged' by technology Local authorities determined whom to detain by tracking behaviours such as phoning a relative overseas, reading a Koran without state permission or using 'suspicious' smartphone apps. Women's Rights 2020-12-10 KP launches project to foster women's entrepreneurship in tribal belt Economically empowered tribal women will help guarantee peace and stifle terrorism, activists say.