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India’s Afghan policy may impact its ties in Middle East

In the aftermath of the messy evacuation of US forces from Afghanistan and dethroning of an elected government by the Taliban, India has undergone a diplomatic row while its relations have been already soured with China and Pakistan. New Delhi has invested heavily in Afghanistan to get the US and its allies’ support amid the disputes with neighboring countries specifically to combat the ambitions of China and its massive infrastructure investment in the region. This...

SOUTH ASIAN BRIEF

How the Quad Surged Back From Irrelevance

Welcome to Foreign Policy’s South Asia Brief.

The highlights this week: Washington hosts the first in-person Quad leaders’ summit, India announces it will resume COVID-19 vaccine exports, and the troubling plight of Sri Lankan refugees in India.

 The group has seen significant momentum in the last year. The Quad navies held a military...

Reports

Indian photographer in video stomps on man shot...

A video of a photographer stomping and attacking the body of a man shot by the police in the northeastern state of Assam has gone viral in India, triggering uproar and protests. In the video, which has not been independently verified by Al Jazeera, a...

Attacks on Myanmar military spike following call...

Clashes between the Myanmar military and a growing resistance movement called the People's Defense Force have intensified following calls for open uprisings by the parallel government formed by ousted politicians and activists. The PDF consists of militias that have been formed throughout Myanmar since May...

Taliban ask to participate in UNGA, mominate Suh...

The Taliban have written to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres nominating their spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s new ambassador to the UN and have asked to participate and speak in the high-level 76th session of the General Assembly currently underway here. The nomination sets up a confrontation...

SAARC foreign ministers’ meet cancelled after Pa...

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) foreign ministers meet slated to be held on Saturday in New York has been cancelled. It is learnt from reliable sources that Pakistan wanted the Taliban to represent Afghanistan in the SAARC meet. India along with some other...

SAM Special

Tough road ahead for Kashmir separatist movement after Geelani

Earlier this month, Indian-administered Kashmir lost its most powerful voice demanding freedom from New Delhi’s rule: Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Geelani died on September 1 after a prolonged illness at his residence in the main city of Srinagar, where he had been under house arrest for years. He was 92. For decades, Geelani headed the Kashmiri separatist group, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), which campaigns for either the region’s merger with Muslim-majority Pakistan or the...

Issues

Pakistan enlists Afghan Taliban to rein in group...

Afghanistan’s Taliban regime is playing a pivotal role in backchannel talks between  Pakistan’s government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan insurgents (TTP), top officials indicated, after Islamabad offered a conditional amnesty for surrendering militants. While the prospects of a peace deal remain remote, officials said Pakistan hopes the Taliban’s involvement...

Why a shift in militants’ strategy could shine a...

A paradigm shift in jihadist thinking suggests that the US invasion of Afghanistan may prove to have achieved more than many counterterrorism experts would want policymakers and military strategists to believe. The evolution of tensions and unfolding of differences in the world of Afghan militancy...

Assam govt evicts over 800 families from village...

The Assam government carried out a massive eviction drive in a village on a sandbar in the Darrang district on Monday, September 20, leaving at least 800 families homeless. This was the second round of evictions carried out in the last three months at the...

Myanmar’s shadow government plans US$300 million...

With only six per cent of junta-ruled Myanmar’s 54 million people vaccinated, the country’s shadow government is planning to channel much of its revenue from global crowdfunding campaigns towards inoculating as many residents as possible. The National Unity Government’s (NUG) finance minister Tin Tun Naing told This...

Editor`s Choice

India’s Covid-19 tsunami

India’s Covid-19 tsunami

It is humbling when a columnist must retract his words soon after penning them. Just two months ago, after India rushed millions of doses of...
Quad lacks moral authority in South China Sea

Quad lacks moral authority in South China Sea

At the virtual summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue held on March 12, the Quad leaders reiterated their firm commitment that the rules-based international order...
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...

Focus

Nepal

Britain and India want Gurkha women to fight in their armies. Nepal’s not so sure

The Gurkhas are known for being among the most feared fighting men in the British and Indian armies. And, if London and New Delhi have their way, they could soon be known for being the most fearsome fighting women too. Both Britain and India had hoped that their long held ambitions to enlist Gurkha women in their militaries would finally bear fruit this year, but with little more than three months to go before the...
No other global leader that we have seen, took such an initiative to leverage his/her position to save the innocent. … He has been gracious with his time and never once questioned our motives.
U.S. conservative commentator Glenn Beck, praising Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for assisting in Beck’s efforts to evacuate Afghans from the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.