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Kabul hope Islamabad takes practical steps over Afghan peace


The High Peace Council (HPC) on Friday said they expect Islamabad to take practical steps toward the Afghan peace process following President Ashraf Ghani's Special Envoy, Umer Daudzai's, visit to Islamabad. According to HPC, if Pakistan seriously supports... More

Nepal presses India for early Saarc summit


If Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un can meet in Singapore, why can't Saarc nations meet too for broader regional cooperation and to mitigate their differences, said visiting Nepal foreign minister Pradip Gyawali Friday. Gyawali made that remark... More

Fearing deportation to Myanmar, India-based Rohingya flee to Bangladesh


Fearing they will be sent to Myanmar, scores of Rohingya people have fled India for Bangladesh in recent weeks, officials here said. At least 74 Rohingya who had been living in Hyderabad as well as locations in the... More

BJP’s U-turn on Infiltration from Bangladesh after backlash over Citizenship Bill in...


After making the issue of illegal infiltration a major poll plank in the 2014 Lok Sabha and 2016 assembly elections in Assam, the ruling BJP Thursday claimed no Bangladeshi national has illegally entered into India in the... More

India needs to join the bandwagon on engaging with Taliban, J&K is...


Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said Thursday that India should engage with the Taliban in Afghanistan, as it cannot miss out ‘on joining the bandwagon’ while countries led by the US engage with it. He made it... More

Pakistan eyes investment pacts with Saudi Arabia, UAE


Pakistan expects to sign investment agreements with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the coming weeks, the prime minister’s office said, as Islamabad builds on its ties with states that have recently lent it billions... More

Maldives-India discuss building ground station for satellite slot


Maldives and India held discussions to build the ground station required to use the island nation's slot of the Indian satellite launched in 2017. While responding to a question posed by local news media Mihaaru during a press... More

‘Panic’ grips Rohingya as Myanmar army battles Buddhist rebels


Frequent clashes between Myanmar security forces and Buddhist rebels in Rakhine state have spread alarm among thousands of Rohingya refugees living in no-man's-land on the country's border with Bangladesh, as concerns grow over the intensified fighting. More than... More

Afghanistan says end to war a ‘dream’ without Taliban talking to government


Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Wednesday that the Taliban’s refusal to involve the government in peace talks means the end to a conflict that has lasted 17 years can only remain a dream. Abdullah’s remarks came... More

IAS topper from Kashmir quits post citing marginalisation of Muslims


Shah Faesal (35), who topped the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) examination in 2010, on Wednesday resigned from the government services, citing "marginalization and invisiblization of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva" as a... More

India and Pakistan cannot go head-on in conflict, PM Khan


Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that for two nuclear-armed countries like India and Pakistan, opting for an armed resolution is suicide. “The only way forward is dialogue. I’ve corresponded with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said... More

In a setback for Modi govt, Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as...


The Supreme Court on Tuesday (Jan 8) ruled that Alok Verma should be reinstated as director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Verma had challenged the Narendra Modi government’s decision to divest him of his duties and... More

Citizenship Bill may dampen BJP’s hope in Northeast


Troubles for the BJP are expected to mount in the northeastern states as the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday may trigger a negative sentiment ahead of the general elections... More

India, France to widen Indo-Pacific partnership to balance China’s ambitions


India and France will hold high level negotiations this week to widen their security partnership in the Indo-Pacific region amid growing Chinese ambitions. The potential for cooperation between India and France in the Indian Ocean maritime region covers... More

Saudi Arabia continues to deport scores of Rohingya to Bangladesh


Saudi Arabia is continuing to deport scores of stateless Rohingya - held indefinitely by the kingdom - to Bangladesh, where they will become refugees, according to video footage sent to Middle East Eye. The videos show Rohingya, some... More

Risks mount for India’s Modi as parties team up in key state

Two powerful regional politicians are teaming up in India’s most populous state to take on the country’s ruling party ahead of national elections, in a move that complicates Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push for a second term... More

UAE hands Pakistan US$6.2 billion lifeline, but ‘drastic economic reforms are still...


Pakistan is set to receive a US$6.2 billion lifeline courtesy of the United Arab Emirates, according to a senior government official in Islamabad. The package, which will include US$3.2 billion of oil supplies on deferred payment, was finalised... More

Myanmar gov’t accuses AA of having ties with ARSA


The Myanmar President’s Office on Monday accused the Arakan Army (AA), an ethnic Rakhine armed group responsible for last week’s deadly attacks on four police outposts, of having ties to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a... More

Modi mocked for ‘manufactured’ New Year’s Day interview with India press agency


India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has been accused of being afraid of the media, after consenting to a rare interview – just one of a handful in four years as PM – on New Year’s Day in... More

Taliban seek venue change for peace talks with US to Qatar


The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month and want to shift the venue to Qatar. The upcoming negotiations, the fourth in a series aimed at ending the 17-year... More

Bangladesh’s RAB setting up new battalion to prevent Rohingyas from joining terrorist...


After Bangladesh’s counter-terror forces foiled attempts of the banned terrorist organisation, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), trying to recruit Rohingyas from refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, the country’s elite counter-terrorism force – Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is setting up... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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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