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The Abraham Accords have put Pakistan in a foreign policy quandary
The question of recognizing Israel and normalizing relations have certainly brought a fundamental shift in the way the ‘Muslim world’ on the whole used to approach the Middle East. While the Israel-Palestine conflict still exists, ‘normalized’ relations between Israel and the Gulf would considerably dampen the intensity of this conflict; for, Israeli annexation and atrocities and Palestinian resistance will no longer receive universal support from within the Muslim world. However, while the Gulf-Arab bloc largely appears to be soft on Israel and there is expectation that Saudi Arabia and some other states will follow the UAE and Bahrain. This is equally and especially true of Pakistan, which has a history of close ties with Turkey and Saudi Arabia. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
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Israelis appeal against training of India police accused of abuse
Dozens of Israeli activists have petitioned the Supreme Court seeking to bar the country’s security forces from training Indian police officers involved in “severe violations” of human rights and international law in Indian-administered Kashmir.
“With this petition, we are trying our best to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir,” Israeli human rights activist Sigal Kook Avivi, who was among 40 people behind the petition, said. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
Stay alert for surprise Indian border attack, retired Chinese general warns
China should stay on alert for surprise attacks along its disputed Himalayan border with India, a retired Chinese general has warned, claiming that New Delhi has at least doubled its troops in the area.
Retired Chinese lieutenant general Wang Hongguang issued the warning in an article published on Li Jian, a defence-related social media account, on Wednesday.
“India only needs 50,000 soldiers to maintain the Line of Actual Control, but now, instead of withdrawing troops before the winter comes, India has added 100,000 more soldiers in Ladakh,” Wang said, referring to the disputed China-India border. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
Malaysian prime minister's fate hangs on Sabah election today
Over 1.1 million voters in the East Malaysian state of Sabah choose representatives for their state assembly on today in a local election with potentially far-reaching ramifications for Malaysia's embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin, who is believed to have lost a parliamentary majority to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, is facing the first gut check of his seven-month-old administration with the vote on the island of Borneo.
A victory for the Muhyiddin-led coalition in Sabah would cement his position at the federal level by reclaiming support among major ruling parties, namely the United Malays National Organization, or UMNO.
But Sabah Heritage Party leader and current state chief minister Shafie Apdal is the front-runner to spoil Muhyiddin's aspirations. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
Indian Army’s artillery barrel hit: Concerns over charge in ammunition
The 155x52 mm advanced towed artillery gun system (ATAGS), claimed to have the world’s longest range of 48km, suffered a barrel burst during trials last week. Now, concerns have been raised that the method of firing the ammunition used at present may affect the gun’s performance.
The guns have been made by Bharat Forge and Tata Power, and were being tested with shells made by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) at the Pokhran range when the accident took place. An investigation is underway in the matter. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
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