Saudi Royals “payment” of US$ 681 million to Malaysian PM

The Saudi royal family provided a $681 million “donation” that has engulfed Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in scandal, his attorney general said on Tuesday in a statement clearing the premier of graft allegations.

Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said a review of evidence compiled by the country’s anti-graft agency showed that the money was . . . → Read More: Saudi Royals “payment” of US$ 681 million to Malaysian PM

An unbiased review of highly biased book

Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War

by C. Christine Fair,

New York, Oxford University Press, 2014

This book is but the latest in a series of recent works – including T.V. Paul’s Warrior State and Aqil Shah’s The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan – that criticize the Pakistan . . . → Read More: An unbiased review of highly biased book

How Obama’s Pakistan drone strategy created trust deficit

Last week, President Obama kicked off his final year as president with the annual State of the Union Address. The speech seemed an auspicious time to ask questions about the President’s legacy, and for the current group of SAV Visiting Fellows to reflect on the consequence of American policies in South Asia during this period. . . . → Read More: How Obama’s Pakistan drone strategy created trust deficit

Too many assumptions in this Indian opinion peace

When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped in to visit Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the holidays, there were some who hoped that a new era in India-Pakistan relations was in the cards.

That optimism died as quickly as most New Year’s Resolutions when four gunmen attacked an Indian air force base (called Pathankot) . . . → Read More: Too many assumptions in this Indian opinion peace

Was 2015 a year of disappointment for Indians and Pakistanis?

We thought we would have a cricket match, maybe a bilateral visit or two? I certainly thought I could visit Pune, maybe someone wanted to visit Islamabad too?

To cut a long and frustrating story short, 2015 ends as a dismal year for Indo-Pak relations. Maybe we were to relive the Vajpayee-Nawaz era in the . . . → Read More: Was 2015 a year of disappointment for Indians and Pakistanis?

Defusing tensions, Can India show maturity

By Arif Nizami

Now the hard part

Narendra Modi’s almost surreal Lahore yatra has suddenly transformed the historically complex matrix of Indo-Pak relations. The Indian prime minister’s dash to Jati Umra, far a late afternoon tête-à-tête with his Pakistani counterpart on Christmas Day, was literally a bolt from the blue.

The ultra . . . → Read More: Defusing tensions, Can India show maturity

Dubai fire survivor tells his story

Grasping the edge of a balcony 48 stories from the ground, just metres away from a raging fire, the photographer thought he may not live to see 2016.

“One hour, then that’s it, I’m dead,” he thought as he stood on the tiny sill of a balcony in Dubai’s luxury The Address Downtown hotel, attached . . . → Read More: Dubai fire survivor tells his story

Will oil slip in 2016?

A year ago, after oil prices had halved in six months, analysts were forecasting a price recovery in 2015 while many traders were busy shorting the market.

As it turned out, the traders were correct and oil prices fell by another third this year. Analysts have now forecast a pick-up in prices over 2016, while . . . → Read More: Will oil slip in 2016?

Russia can pose a serious challenge to US global ambitions

Nobody needs to read Zbigniew “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski’s 1997 opus to know US foreign policy revolves around one single overarching theme: prevent – by all means necessary – the emergence of a power, or powers, capable of constraining Washington’s unilateral swagger, not only in Eurasia but across the world.

The Pentagon carries the same . . . → Read More: Russia can pose a serious challenge to US global ambitions

Terrorists did not cross the border from Pakistan claims India’s BSF

On the Dinanagar terror attack in Gurdaspur district, the Border Security Force (BSF) today said that after thorough scanning of the Punjab border they have not got any physical evidence of entry of the three ultras from Punjab border from Pakistan to Indian territory.

The BSF stand is contrary to the claims of Punjab Police, . . . → Read More: Terrorists did not cross the border from Pakistan claims India’s BSF