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Guns fall silent on India-Pakistan border

The extraordinary joint statement last Friday at the level of the Director-Generals of Military Operations [DGMO] of India and Pakistan came like a bolt from the blue. It triggered speculations. Of course, it is preposterous to contemplate that the Indian Army went out on a limb without political directive, or that some “grand bargain” involving India, China and Pakistan is unfolding. From such a premise, what needs to be understood is as regards the Indian...

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PICTURE OF THE DAY
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

 

Trees are seen adorned with mini Taegeukgis, or the South Korean national flag, at Hyochang Park in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Feb 28, 2021, on the eve of the Independence...

Reports

Calls by Myanmar anti-coup protesters for intern...

As the carnage unfolded on Myanmar's streets on Sunday (Feb 28), one hashtag made its rounds on social media: #WeNeedR2PInMyanmar. R2P refers to Responsibility to Protect, a principle adopted in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, that justifies the international community taking collective action if...

Myanmar military urged not to ‘invite’ foreign i...

Asean foreign ministers held an emergency meeting on Tuesday afternoon during which the bloc called on Myanmar’s military rulers to stop violence against demonstrators and immediately release civilian leaders as a first step towards quelling the unrest that has followed last month’s coup. Ahead of the talks,...

Bhutan conspiracy trial to begin this week

As a Thimphu court prepares for the opening of a trial against three prominent officials accused of plotting to topple and take over top jobs in the Supreme Court and the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA), the spotlight is on a woman who was a former...

Turkey widens war tech hunt by tapping Pakistan’...

Turkey is pushing to co-manufacture warplanes and missiles with Pakistan, a hookup that could also give it access to prized war technology from China. Turkish defense and government officials have held periodic talks with Pakistani counterparts -- the last high-level discussion was in January --...

SAM Special

Diverse dimensions of Pakistan’s outreach to Sri Lanka

On February 23, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan embarked on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka to reinvigorate ties. He held comprehensive talks with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He also addressed a bilateral investment conference and spearheaded several other critical engagements. The visit encompassed three major realms: defense, economy, and culture. However, it must be noted that Khan’s visit to the country strategically located in the Indian Ocean appears to have...

Issues

Is Bangladesh moving to normalize relations with...

Israel turns out to be on a diplomatic spree of late. After mending fences with erstwhile foes in the Gulf and North Africa, a new door seems to have opened to a country far away from its familiar turf: Bangladesh. Yes, you read that right....

Kashmiris and their indomitable fighting spirit

A group of envoys visited the illegally-occupied Jammu and Kashmir State ostensibly to take first-hand account of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the government’s efforts to restore normalcy. Srinagar welcomed the envoys with a spontaneous shutdown. Prior to the visit, political leaders and...

Billions of US dollars wasted in Afghanistan

Since 2008, various U.S. government agencies have constructed or procured nearly $7.8 billion in capital assets in Afghanistan. Of that, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found that around 30 percent ($2.4 billion) of the assets were unused or abandoned, had not been...

Is India calibrating to reverse or shift policie...

After months of border standoff from May 2020, Indian and Chinese troops had successfully carried out disengagement at the northern and southern banks of Pangong Tso lake, a move that aims to ease tensions along the border.  And in another attempt to bring peace and...

Editor`s Choice

Indonesia seeks to broker Taliban peace deal in Afghanistan

Indonesia seeks to broker Taliban peace deal...

Former Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said he has traveled to Afghanistan and Qatar several times in recent months to help broker a peace deal...
Biden’s Idea of India and Savarkar’s are poles apart

Biden’s Idea of India and Savarkar’s are pole...

According to media reports, the US President Joe Biden has picked as many as 20 Indian-Americans for senior positions in his government, and the common...
India’s China conundrum

India’s China conundrum

In a unilateral and a surprise move on the intervening night of June 16-17 2020, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered the Galwan Valley...

Focus

Delhi Muslims fear they will never see justice for religious riot atrocities

For a year, Irfan has remained almost entirely in his house, too terrified to leave. A Muslim living in north-east Delhi, he says that his powerful Hindu neighbours, many belonging to the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), are keeping a close watch on him. Jobless and afraid, he spoke in whispers of his fear of being “eliminated” at any time. “I take a safe route to occasionally leave my house to see my...
Pakistan is an essential partner in any peace process in Afghanistan. Pakistan will play an important role in any political settlement in Afghanistan.
Lloyd Austin, Defence Secretary at his US Senate confirmation hearing.