Obama’s India visit exposes USA’s weaknesses

Shashank Joshi makes a good case for the importance of Obama’s visit to India last month, and against my view that there is much less to the US-India alignment than meets the eye.

My argument is that their underlying strategic objectives remain too different for real strategic alignment. Shashank says that sets the bar too . . . → Read More: Obama’s India visit exposes USA’s weaknesses

Pakistan asks India to give evidence on terror boat

Pakistan today said it expects India to conduct a “transparent” probe to ascertain the facts of the boat incident while highlighting that its own investigation has shown that there was “no sound evidence” to substantiate India’s assertions.

“On the so called terror boat incident, India has not approached Pakistan through diplomatic channels,” Pakistan Foreign Office . . . → Read More: Pakistan asks India to give evidence on terror boat

Eliminating the beasts amongst us

HISTORY tells us that it is not the majority but a resolute minority that brings change. Those pained by the existence of bigotry and violence in Pakistan often argue that it is a fanatical intolerant minority that is holding our country hostage, which otherwise comprises rational, tolerant and amiable people. Has the Peshawar catastrophe given . . . → Read More: Eliminating the beasts amongst us

26th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

Pakistani media mogul sentenced for purported blasphemy

On Tuesday Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, the owner of Geo News, Pakistan’s largest media group, was sentenced to 26 years in jail for airing a program that showed people dancing to a song about the wedding of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter (Reuters). The charges were brought against ur-Rehman after the . . . → Read More: 26th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

Why does Nawaz Sharif want his own car at the SAARC summit

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected the use of a bulletproof car provided by rival India for next week’s summit of South Asian leaders in Kathmandu, a Nepalese official said Monday.

Sharif “will be bringing his own car… all other vehicles for (visiting) heads of countries have come from India”, said foreign ministry spokesman . . . → Read More: Why does Nawaz Sharif want his own car at the SAARC summit

Balochistan – A better future as part of Pakistan

(By S M Hali) If like-minded groups in Balochistan, of which there is no dearth, join hands, the issue of the uplift of Balochistan can be resolved.

The Baloch Council of North America (BCNA), headed by Dr Wahid Baloch, has decided to write a new chapter in the history of Balochistan by dissolving the pro-independence . . . → Read More: Balochistan – A better future as part of Pakistan

Will extremist Hindus backed by Modi be able to stop Indian liberals

India may be the world’s largest democracy, but a kiss can still land you in serious trouble.

Kissing in public is not against the law here, but it is still considered somewhat taboo – and it is totally unacceptable to an increasingly active right-wing Hindu moral police. Lovers can be beaten up for . . . → Read More: Will extremist Hindus backed by Modi be able to stop Indian liberals

ISI – India’s worst nightmare

By Vinod Sharma

One has got to admire Pakistan. Is there any other example in history where a small nation has simultaneously taken on two much bigger countries, one a super power and the other deluding itself into believing that it is going to become one along its present trajectory, for such a . . . → Read More: ISI – India’s worst nightmare

Making sense of Pakistan – India LoC

*The figures quoted above have been collected from local and international newspapers. The number of ceasefire violations may vary across sources.

Why is this time different?

The resumption of hostilities has displaced an estimated 30,000 villagers, who have fled their border homes in anticipation of further violence. This year . . . → Read More: Making sense of Pakistan – India LoC

The wrong targets

Governments and militaries in India and Pakistan have the legitimate rights to adopt the strategy and tactics that they deem appropriate on Line of Control/International Border in Jammu and Kashmir. Actions taken could be for inter se dominance – physical or moral, benefits of internal politicking either institutional between Army and Sharif Government in Pakistan . . . → Read More: The wrong targets