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Russia agrees to ‘help’ Pakistan fight terrorism


Russia’s foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif, who is on an official visit to Moscow, agreed to work closely together on all Afghanistan-related processes. Discussing the Afghanistan situation, the two... More

Floating Island: New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal


Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials... More

India-US trade feud reaches critical turn, casts shadow on newfound bonhomie


US businesses and diplomats are pressing India to cut tariffs, industry and government sources say, after New Delhi's move to increase customs duties on dozens of products to help its flagship Make-in-India drive aggravated... More

Pakistan-Russia counter terrorism co-operation


Counter-terrorism cooperation has been an important aspect of Pakistan-Russia relations. During the visit of former President Pervez Musharraf to Russia in 2003, both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed... More

Army chief’s remark stokes political row in India


Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has sparked a political row with his remarks that the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has been growing faster than the BJP in Assam because of the... More

Pakistan-Malaysia military ties in the headlines with Navy chief visit


This week, Malaysia’s navy chief paid an official visit to Pakistan. The trip, which saw a long series of engagements and was widely covered in Pakistan media outlets, was indicative of longstanding efforts by... More

India media uses fake news to drive a wedge between China and...


Pakistan's senate on Tuesday (Feb 20) denied that the country will include Mandarin as an official language, saying the country is merely encouraging the learning of the language to further its cooperation with China. The... More

S Arabia, Turkey, China blocked US-led motion to put Pak on FATF...


Saudi Arabia joined Turkey and China in a move to block a US-led attempt this week to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list, top US daily WSJ reported Thursday (Feb 22). A US... More

Pakistan adopts latest IAEA’s protocols on nuclear trade


Pakistan has conveyed to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) its intention to subscribe to the ‘Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources’. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, guidance... More

A PIL rekindles debate on Indian Army’s role in furtherance of caste


A public interest litigation (PIL) filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court has reignited a particularly vexed debate about a fiercely defended tradition of one of the country's most hallowed institutions. A 19-year-old college student... More

Beyond Doklam: does China aim to absorb Bhutan and Nepal?


The latest news reports state that Indian Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat, National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary (FS) Vijay Gokhale, with several key army and  External Affairs... More

Maldives on a collision course with India


The Maldives looked set for a collision course with India, as a parliamentary committee voted to extend the state of emergency by 30 days, defying India’s expectation conveyed hours earlier. According to an official statement... More

Appeal filed with HC against BD opposition leader’s sentence


A day after receiving the certified copy of the lower court verdict, lawyers of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the High Court challenging her sentence in the Zia... More

Daesh troops redeployed to Afghanistan, Pakistan: CIS Anti-Terrorism Center


Daesh is gaining a new foothold for its troops' deployment in Afghanistan and Pakistan instead of the territories lost in Syria and Iraq, Col. Gen. Andrey Novikov, the head of the Commonwealth of Independent... More

Publication of NRC in Assam: SC says ‘no’ to extension of deadline


Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday (Feb 20) declined pleas to extend the date for the final publication of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam by two months from May 31 to July 31... More

Nepal leader vows to revive Chinese project, open to review pact with...


Nepal’s new communist prime minister will restart a Chinese-led US$2.5 billion hydropower project that was pulled by the previous government considered friendly towards India, and wants to increase infrastructure connectivity with Beijing to ease... More

Declaring Pakistan state sponsor of terrorism will not help: scholars


Declaring Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism will create a situation that will be difficult to reverse, will fail in forcing Islamabad to change its policies and will not help the US cause in... More

India bank hack ‘similar’ to $81 million Bangladesh central bank heist


Hackers who tried to steal nearly $2 million from India’s City Union Bank this month used tactics similar to those employed in the unsolved cyber heist of $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank in... More

Why China is keen to discuss CPEC with India


Faced with growing doubts about the much-touted economic benefits of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), accentuated by the recent cancellation of two projects by Pakistan and Nepal, its earliest supporters, the 19th Congress... More

Why the US wants to put Pakistan on global terror-financing ‘watch list’?


The US has presented a resolution seeking to place Pakistan on a global terror-financing ‘watch list’ which has been submitted to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Lamenting Pakistan for its inability to implement anti-money... More

India-Pak ties can get worse


The current stand-off between India and Pakistan is highly troublesome, and needs to be stopped — at once. For, it is accompanied by gruesome violations of the ceasefire on the Line of Control in... More

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The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Bipin Rawat on Bangladesh: Part of a Sino-Pak proxy war against...

Indian army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s accusation on Indian NTV that Pakistan and China were conducting proxy war by facilitating immigrants from Bangladesh to Assam is both serious but also very embarrassing for the Sk. Hasina’s government. It makes the Awami League Government of Bangladesh look like a helpless... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More