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The Pulwama Attack and India’s rhetoric


The Attack which occurred in the Pulwama District of Jammu and Kasmir was indeed a horrific event. The attack took place on India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The suicide bomber triggered the car bomb while 78... More

Hasina’s Rohingya dilemma growing, Delhi must help Dhaka resolve crisis


Bilateral ties between India and Bangladesh have blossomed into a full-fledged, broad-based relationship that has broken new ground over the past decade. Weeks after Sheikh Hasina’s government was re-elected for a third term, Bangladesh foreign minister A.K.... More

‘Tarnished image’: Myanmar touts troubled Rakhine as investment destination


Organisers of a summit in Myanmar’s crisis-hit western state of Rakhine are this week pitching to investors its plentiful farmland and fishing grounds, tourist-ready beaches and historic temples. The event’s website describes the “untouched opportunities” available in the... More

India keeps fighter jet makers waiting


In the world of multi-billion dollar defence contracts, India stands out. The world’s biggest arms importer, with an annual defence budget of $43 billion -- has been dangling a potential $15 billion fighter jet deal for more than... More

Bangladesh’s biggest opposition party crushed by a legal avalanche


The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – one of the country’s biggest political parties – is enduring the worst days since its formation four decades ago, with its leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia languishing in jail... More

MBS provides strong, timely support for Pakistan


The two-day visit to Pakistan by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ended on Monday with much-needed financial and diplomatic support for Islamabad. The Crown Prince, generally known as MBS, staged a joint press conference with Prime... More

Kashmir, the burning paradise


Kashmir is a paradise that has been burning for decades. Dal, a lake in Srinigar that once attracted tourists from all over the world because of its beauty and calm waters, does so no more. Inside its... More

India’s Afghan dilemma is tougher than ever


India has never been able to make up its mind about Afghanistan, and now the stakes are higher, and more pressing, than ever. Should it engage, officially or unofficially, with Pakistan-backed groups such as the Afghan Taliban—or... More

After failed bid to pass Citizenship Bill, BJP chief Amit Shah pushes...


Days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) failed to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill through the Rajya Sabha, party president Amit Shah pushed the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at a public meeting in Assam. Shah addressed a... More

Modi’s visit to disputed region imperils thaw in ties with China


Recently, China and India were engaged in a jagged exchange of words over Modi's visit to South Tibet, a mountainous region under substantial dispute between the two Asian giants. Although China's stance on the boundary issue is... More

Prerequisites of peace


The Afghan Taliban have emerged from the shadows to claim the right to again govern Afghanistan. Although the process may be tortuous, they are likely to succeed. Apart from President Ashraf Ghani and his coterie, and some... More

Saudi Crown Prince takes Pakistan bond ‘to new level’


A major transformation is underway in Saudi Arabia’s economic relationship with Pakistan, according to Dr. Ali Awadh Asseri, a former ambassador to Islamabad. In a wide-ranging interview with Arab News, the former envoy said greater interaction between business... More

Tapping potential of connectivity through BCIM-EC


The Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor (BCIM-EC) is a sub-regional initiative, earlier known as “Kunming Initiative”, or BCIM Regional Economic Cooperation, was established in August 1999 in Kunming, capital of China’s south-western Yunnan Province by the scholars from China,... More

Terrorist issue could be better addressed by India


A terror strike by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed killed at least 40 India paramilitary police and injured many others in the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, Indian media reported. Blind anger toward China was... More

In Afghan peace talks, an upper hand for the Taliban?


The preliminary agreement between the United States and the Taliban announced by Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, may have raised hope among some, but has failed to impress most Afghans. It’s no secret that Khalilzad... More

Submarine arms race seen heating up in Indo-Pacific amid ‘great threat’ from...


The submarine arms race in the Indo-Pacific is heating up, military analysts said after the US Indo-Pacific commander told a Senate panel that America needed to strengthen its underwater advantage in the region. Admiral Phil Davidson told a... More

After Pulwama attack, the core issue in Kashmir is being ignored –...


The fidayeen attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama on February 14 has once again woken India up to the realisation that the successes of the security forces against militants in the last... More

Indian establishment responsible for Pulwama attack?


In what is said to be the deadliest attack on Indian occupation forces in Jammu and Kashmir since 2002, nearly 40 soldiers are reported dead and several injured so far. The attack was carried out using an... More

Pakistan to get over $20 billion package from Saudi Arabia


Pakistan will get a $20 billion-plus economic package from Saudi Arabia during a two-day visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Islamabad, Khaleej Times has learnt. The government will take up preferential trade agreement and ease of... More

BJP’s myopic politics over Citizenship Bill has only served to polarise North...


On Wednesday, as the 16th Lok Sabha adjourned, the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 lapsed. The Bill, which seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, was passed by the Lok Sabha but... More

Pakistan’s big breakthrough with the IMF


In an unexpected turnaround, successful negotiations recently took place between Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde. They met on the sidelines of the seventh World Government Summit in Dubai (February... More

COLUMN

Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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