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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... 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"... 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... 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... 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... 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'... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

Chinese flag flies over Sri Lanka as Beijing extends its reach into...


On the first day of the new year, the Chinese and Sri Lankan flags were hoisted to the same height over the Hambantota port in the Indian Ocean nation. It was the first time the... More

Can India edify Myanmar to keep the peace?


This joint exercise was aimed at a specific type of training: United Nations peacekeeping operations. This may seem ironic, as Myanmar and its armed forces are under heavy international criticism over alleged atrocities against... More

Sri Lanka says MRIA bid is still open for investors as India...


While India is 'waiting' to hear the final word on their bid proposal to uplift the defunct Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA), through a joint venture project, the Government says the bidding to run... More

Pakistan’s response to Trump’s tweets requires deft strategy


US President Donald Trump’s recent tweets blaming Pakistan for all the failures in Afghanistan are seriously distorted. Since previous US administrations have also failed to achieve anything substantial in Afghanistan — the “graveyard of... More

US weighs Pakistani blowback as it piles on pressure


The United States is examining ways to mitigate any Pakistani retaliation as it piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants, a senior US official said on Friday (Jan 5), cautioning that US... More

Nepal plans new road tunnel to connect Kathmandu with China


Whereas the new left alliance-led government is expected to prioritise connectivity with China, the Department of Roads has prepared a proposal to construct a road tunnel that will bring Rasuwagadhi border point even closer... More

Pakistan fought war against terrorism largely from its own resources: FO on...


A day after the Trump administration announced that it was suspending its entire security assistance to Pakistan, the Foreign Office (FO) issued a statement saying the country's officials were engaged with the US administration... More

Trump tweet draws China, Pakistan closer


A Twitter attack by US President Donald Trump against Pakistan on New Year's Day appears to be helping boost the already close ties between Pakistan and China as days after the tirade two important... More

COLUMN

Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... More

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READER'S VIEW

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... More