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Issues that’ll arise after the US-Taliban deal

An US-Taliban shared “understanding” of peace is a prerequisite for any meaningful change to take place in Afghanistan.  Now that an “understanding” has been reached and the parties are set to sign a deal in Doha on 29th of February, some major challenges are going to surface and those need to be resolved to achieve durable peace after the US withdrawal.  To begin with, it must be emphasized that the war between the US and...

South Asian Brief

Trump’s India visit is mostly about optics

TRUMP’S VISIT: U.S. President Donald Trump lands in New Delhi early next week to meet his Indian counterpart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. International media is almost certain to focus on a growing friendship between the world’s two largest democracies. Former U.S. President Barack Obama predicted the two would form a...

Reports

Fresh violence erupts in Indian capital during a...

Fresh violence has erupted in the northeast of the Indian capital, New Delhi, as US President Donald Trump kicked off his two-day trip in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat. A policeman was reportedly killed and several others injured on Monday during the...

On maiden India trip, Trump says US relations wi...

US President Donald Trump, during his maiden trip to India on Monday, said Washington was hopeful of “reduced tensions and greater stability” between Pakistan and India. “Our relationship with Pakistan is a very good one,” Trump said while addressing a crowd of more than 100,000...

Military proxy USDP adds leaders ahead of Myanma...

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has expanded its senior management in a move the party says will facilitate its preparations for the 2020 general election. The military proxy opposition party has appointed two vice-chairs and three additional members to its central executive committee,...

Modi govt delays announcing CAA rules as it fear...

The Narendra Modi government is likely to hold out on announcing the rules that will form the framework for the Citizenship Amendment Act until the “protests cool down”, because it fears the move could further provoke protesters “adding fuel to fire”, ThePrint has learnt. “We...

SAM Special

Kashmiris happy to see pro-Indian politicians behind bars

One of about two dozen conditionally released senior pro-India Kashmiri politicians, recalled how, during his detention, he would often ask his son -- who used to visit him in jail–what people thought of his incarceration. The politician in question had contested polls twice as a candidate of a regional party. During his poll campaigns he would never miss a chance to try and persuade people to realize how secure their future is within the Indian...

Issues

New age rebels winning the fight in Myanmar

As Myanmar’s government sues for peace, its autonomous military, the Tatmadaw, faces a new type of insurgency it seems increasingly ill-prepared to counter and combat. Myanmar’s “new” insurgents are highly mobile and, unlike the country’s older generation rebel groups, maintain few fixed positions, using instead...

India keeps Muhuri dispute hanging despite repea...

India continues to keep hanging the disputes about settling the boundary along the midstream of the Muhuri River despite repeated requests from Bangladesh. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina last raised the matter with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi while having a ‘restricted meeting’ with him on...

Pakistan’s Afghan bet

The US and Afghan Taliban are all set to sign the peace accord on February 29. While the imminent deal has raised hopes for seeing an end to the two-decade long war, there is skepticism if the Taliban would honour the commitment and other groups...

Can Nepal’s Communist Party survive closer ties...

The United States may not have expected the criticism it received for the grant aid, in the form of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) pact, that is in the process to be passed by the parliament of Nepal. However, the Nepali parliament is dominated by...

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Pariah India

Pariah India

After India launched far-reaching economic reforms in 1991, its stature in the world rose steadily. The country was already recognized as a thriving democracy and...

US uneasy as Iraq gets new prime minister

US uneasy as Iraq gets new prime minister

Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi (L) receives appointment decree from President Barham Salih (R), Baghdad, February 1, 2020

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The UN must take the lead in Kashmir

The UN must take the lead in Kashmir

After more than 70 years of terror, killings, torture, and disappearances, the international community must renew its efforts to end the conflict in Kashmir. In...

Focus

Pakistan’s triumphalist moment in regional security

The acrimony over the disputed results of the Afghan presidential election notwithstanding, there has been a consensus within Afghanistan for the “reduction in violence” plan negotiated by the US and the Taliban, which commenced at midnight Friday.

Hope has replaced despondency. President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and former president Hamid Karzai (who is an influential political voice) have in unison welcomed the reduction in violence plan.  

Notably, Abdullah sounded conciliatory, saying “Afghans see...

Everyone’s constitutional rights will be protected. This is Pakistan, not India.
Athar Minallah Chief Justice, Islamabad High Court in Pakistan.