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Modi and Netanyahu may get along great, but there are serious limitations...


The Israeli prime minister may want closer ties with India as the situation in Palestine deteriorates, but that’s not going to be easy. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will commence his return visit to India on Sunday, January 14,... More

Is Myanmar ready to end its ‘marriage of convenience’ to North Korea?


The growing pressure on the international community to adhere to and enforce UN-mandated sanctions on Pyongyang has once again revealed the persistence of clandestine military ties between Myanmar and North Korea. Soldiers march during a parade to mark... More

Trump administration’s attempt at humiliating Pakistan unlikely to work: ex-US envoy Olson


The Trump administration's attempt at “humiliating and penalising” Pakistan for allegedly failing to take decisive action against militant groups hostile to the US is unlikely to work, former American ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has argued, warning... More

Turmoil in India’s Supreme Court, 4 judges speak out against Chief Justice


Simmering differences in the Supreme Court of India bloomed on Friday (Jan 12), with four senior judges publicly criticising the Chief Justice of India (CJI) for his style of administration and over the allocation of cases. The unexpected... More

Pakistan gave 100% results with less than 1% funds: DG ISPR


Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief Major General Asif Ghafoor on Thursday (Jan 11) said that Pakistan has achieved peace on its soil and now it’s Afghanistan’s responsibility to do the same. He said that Pakistan is... More

‘A mad scramble’: How Trump tweet on Pakistan blindsided U.S. officials


A surprise New Year’s Day tweet by President Donald Trump in which he appeared to decree an end to U.S. aid for Pakistan, sent U.S. officials scrambling to suspend security assistance without even knowing how much aid... More

Nepal’s Maoist ministers resign en masse


CPN (Maoist Centre) ministers have quit the government on Friday (Jan 12). Former Health Minister and minister without portfolio Girirajmani Pokharel submitted the resignation of all the ministers from the CPN (MC) to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba... More

Trump’s Pakistan crisis presents opportunity for Putin


The first thing the Republican US President Donald Trump did to start his new year was to open a cannon of insults against Pakistan, an old American ally from the Cold War days. The tirade of insults... More

Delhi confirms India, Pak NSAs meet in Bangkok, talks on terror can...


India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed that the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of both India and Pakistan met in Thailand’s capital Bangkok on December 26. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday (Jan 11), MEA... More

Maldives reaffirms ‘India First’ after FTA with China


On a visit to India to soothe New Delhi that has been upset at Maldives signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China last month, foreign minister Mohamed Asim reaffirmed the island's "India First" policy at a... More

Pakistan mulls NATO offer to ship Afghan supplies through Gwadar


Pakistani officials say the US-led NATO military coalition in Afghanistan has offered to import vital supplies through Gwadar Port, calling it a much shorter and economically viable route into landlocked Afghanistan. Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Hasil Bizenjo... More

India to deploy sniper squads to take down separatists in J&K


A specially trained squad of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu & Kashmir Police (JKP) is likely to take down the next fidayeen attackers by sniping them. The personnel have... More

Tribunal restrains enforcement directorate from taking over Zakir Naik’s assets


A tribunal under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act has restrained the Enforcement Directorate from taking possession of immovable assets it has attached in connection with a money laundering case against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The... More

Military-intel cooperation with US suspended, says Pakistan


Pakistan’s Minister for Defence Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan said that intelligence and defence cooperation with the United States (US) had been suspended and it was high time for Pakistan to have 'ruthlessly candid dialogue' with the US... More

US program to revive Afghan economy fails: SIGAR


A report by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says a program by the Defense Department of the United States has spent $675 million USD to revive the Afghan economy, but it could not provide... More

India investigating alleged breach in citizen database Aadhaar


Indian police have started investigations into a possible breach of India's massive biometric ID system following a report that data of registered citizens could be bought for as little as 500 rupees (S$10). This has revived ongoing concerns... More

Modi’s plans to visit Arunachal could worsen China-India ties: China Daily


After China and India defused the two-month long border standoff between their troops last year, both Beijing and New Delhi expressed their aspirations for smoother and more stable ties. Thus an Indian media report that Prime Minister Narendra... More

Pakistan demands rationale behind addition on ‘Special Watch List’ placement


Pakistan’s ambassador to US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry demanded justification from US authorities over addition in “Special Watch List” for severe violations of religious freedom.  Chaudhry asked for explanation and implications of the decision. The US State Department... More

Chinese media blames India for US cutting aid to Pakistan


China's state-run media has blamed India for U.S. President Donald Trump's recent decision to deny Pakistan financial aid till it continues to supports terror outfits operating from its soil, reports ANI. According to an editorial in the Global... More

CPEC is viable option for Afghanistan


On 29 October 2017, a shipment of 15,000 tons of wheat arrived in Afghanistan from India via the Chabahar Port, which was received in the Afghan city of Zaranj with jubilation. The consignment was the first out... More

Pakistan cautions US about consequences of anti-Taliban offensive


Pakistan is believed to have told US interlocutors that a major military offensive against the Taliban from both sides of the Afghan border, if ending in failure, will have negative consequences for the entire region. Diplomatic sources, who... More

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Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together. “The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... More

India’s dead-end Afghan policy

While India has been investing in Afghanistan for several years, the changing dynamics of the Afghan war indicate that this economic, political and diplomatic investment may not yield the desired results after all. First and foremost, India’s Afghan-policy has been driven by the imperative of having a strong presence on Pakistan’s western border, which India has been able to pursue—and aims to continue—with the help of Kabul. But the... More

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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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