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US-Pak ties strained by anti-terror accusations hard to thaw


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a brief visit to Pakistan on September 5, during which he met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the country's Army Chief General Qamar Javed... More

Too close for comfort? On the India-US 2+2 meeting


The India-US 2+2 meeting on September 6 between the Defence and Foreign Ministers of the two countries appeared to be a singularly one-sided affair. Washington was calling the shots, and New Delhi was trying to wriggle out... More

Friendship with China has political, institutional & popular support: Pakistan


Addressing a joint news conference along with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Islamabad on Saturday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said,” Pak-China friendship has political, institutional and popular support in both countries”. The joint press conference... More

BJP has decided to use Assam as its key to 2019


Don't ask me to tell you a story about Rwanda. Wikipedia would tell you more than me. You might not even need me to tell you stories about the great massacre of Nellie 35 years ago. It's part... More

Can NRC update save Assam and Northeast Region?


Northeast intelligentsia and various news reports have clearly stated that illegal immigrants emerged through the final draft of NRC cannot be deported as there is no such arrangement between India and Bangladesh. In addition, West Bengal CM... More

Trucks carrying boulders stranded at India- Bangladesh border


About 102 Bhutanese trucks with their drivers stranded in Banglabandha, Bangladesh since August 31 re-entered the Indian border, Fulbari. Bhutanese trucks carrying stones and boulders to Bangladesh use the India-Bangladesh border, Fulbari-Banglabandha. The trucks drop the materials and... More

Carec to enhance Pakistan’s exports to China: ADB


Asian Development Bank (ADB) sees opportunities for Pakistan in Carec program to expand and diversify its exports to China and central Asian states, underscoring a need for increasing ownership of the projects for regional connectivity and economic... More

Maldives aligns with China instead of India


The recent development in Indian Ocean Region,(IOR) which has discomforted India is the Maldivian decision to ask India to take back its troops and military hardware from Maldives, in a given time period. For decades India has... More

Bangladesh on way to be a gadget-making hub


The availability of workforce at a competitive wage, growing domestic market demand and a favourable policy are some of the key factors that make Bangladesh an attractive hub for high-tech manufacturing, according to a survey. In its report,... More

Maldives hits out at US over threat of sanctions if election is...


The Maldives has hit out at the US after Washington warned of possible sanctions against key officials on the island nation if upcoming elections are not free and fair. President Donald Trump’s administration warned the Indian Ocean archipelago... More

For Modi’s India, 2+2=0 as Trump tightens the leash


The US-Indian defining partnership took a leap forward in the field of defence at the first session of the “2+2” dialogue of the two countries’ foreign and defence ministers in New Delhi this week. It is a “win-win”... More

India puts plans on hold as Maldives goes to polls


Reputation has its own downside, especially in diplomacy.  India’s successful naval intervention in Maldives in 1988 to thwart a coup against the then president Maumoon Abdul Gay­­oom, seems to have played a key role in shaping New... More

Can Afghanistan be saved?


Two elections are scheduled in Afghanistan over the next eight months. And they will be consequential not just for determining the balance of power in Kabul, but also for the legitimacy and survival of the post–9/11 system... More

Joining China’s B&R will aid India’s ambitious airport plan: analysts


Indian politicians should abandon concerns to embrace China-proposed Belt and Road (B&R) initiative as it would help the South Asian country's massive airport plan, experts said Wednesday. The comment came after Indian newspaper the Economic Times reported Tuesday... More

Seven reasons why COMCASA is so important for India


India will now be on a stronger footing in case of Doklam-type crisis in future as it will have access to superior intelligence and information about battle situations, thanks to COMCASA. India and China were locked in a... More

Is Beijing deploying PLA troops in Afghanistan?


A recent South China Morning Post report citing unnamed sources claimed that China will be stationing People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers in northern Afghanistan to boost counter-terrorism efforts. The unit would be stationed in the Wakhan Corridor,... More

Pompeo Visit: “Impasse in Pak-US relations broken”


Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi asserted that an impasse in Pakistan-US relations had been broken during talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who visited Pakistan on Wednesday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met new Pakistani... More

No end in sight for the Afghan conflict


The leader of the Islamic State Khorasan in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, along with 10 of his fighters, was killed in an air strike a few days back in a joint air and ground operation conducted by... More

How India is using identity documents to marginalise the weak and poor


Citizenship controversies have made repeated headlines in countries across the world in 2018. From the Windrush scandal affecting Commonwealth citizens in Britain, to the “Dreamers who were brought to the US by their parents as children, these... More

Why Russia and China are expanding their roles in Afghanistan


As the great powers deepen their presence in South Asia, all eyes are on Afghanistan. A year has passed since U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his Afghan war strategy in August 2017, seeking to break the stalemate... More

Bhutan’s self-reliance becoming an elusive goal!


Bhutan’s aspiration to become a self-reliant country is becoming a myth. Political parties, desperate to woo voters with their promises have no qualms accepting that the funding to fulfil their pledges will be sourced from donors. The people see... More

COLUMN

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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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