China’s advice to Pakistan and India: Talk not fight

“Closely following” Indo-Pak border tensions, China today called on both countries to exercise restraint and “manage” their differences through dialogue.

“China is following the developing situation closely,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here.

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Indian provocations and Pakistan’s reactions

“The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero, compared to the

lion who overcomes himself.”

– Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

Can Pakistan overcome itself? India’s hawks, motivated by a range of different sentiments (including the grand civilisational angst of the Indian right wing), and lead by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are trying to . . . → Read More: Indian provocations and Pakistan’s reactions

Expectations from Pakistan’s nuclear stance

(By TOBY DALTON, MICHAEL KREPON) Pakistan has worked hard and successfully to build diverse nuclear capabilities. It will retain these capabilities for the foreseeable future as a necessary deterrent against perceived existential threats from India. At this juncture, Pakistan’s military leadership in Rawalpindi can choose to accept success in achieving a “strategic” deterrent against India . . . → Read More: Expectations from Pakistan’s nuclear stance

India’s Asia problem

Many observers tend to assume that India will play a large and growing part as a great power in a wider ‘Indo-Pacific’ strategic system, that it will use its growing power to balance and limit China’s regional weight. But some caution is called for — although this outcome is possible, it is far from inevitable.

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Indian army lacks capability to fight

India has more of tanks, guns, aircraft and ships than Pakistan. But more assets don’t always translate into victory. Pakistan, at the strategic level, scores heavily over India in terms of war control, command and coordination

Given the acrimonious relations between India and Pakistan, and the regular accusations and counter-accusations by both sides, foreign analysts . . . → Read More: Indian army lacks capability to fight

India’s volte face

‘Ah that deceit should steal such gentle shape, and with a virtuous visor hide deep vice.’ This oft mentioned quote rather succinctly, and eloquently, characterizes India’s foreign policy towards Pakistan; for either it is based on deceit or it is something so baffling for mortal and sane minds that understanding it is something . . . → Read More: India’s volte face

Tiny and insignificant enemies of peace!

By Ghalib Sultan

August the month in which India and Pakistan threw off the colonial yoke and became independent states inevitably leads to a remembrance of the bitter legacy of a botched and bloody partition and the state of relations between the two neighbors with their history of hostility and protracted . . . → Read More: Tiny and insignificant enemies of peace!

Warning bells for India as population boom persists

India is set to overtake China and become the world’s most populous country in less than a decade — six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Fast-growing Nigeria is on course to outstrip the United States by about 2050 to become the country with the third largest population, the United . . . → Read More: Warning bells for India as population boom persists

Hamid Karzai a threat to Afghanistan’s stability

(By Sune Engel Rasmussen) The former Afghan president has cast himself as a unifier of the country, but his manoeuvring against his successor, Ashraf Ghani, suggests otherwise.

A stone’s throw from the presidential palace in Kabul, you can see the lines of dignitaries awaiting their appointments from early in the morning: tribal leaders and elders . . . → Read More: Hamid Karzai a threat to Afghanistan’s stability

Pakistan’s major political party exposed as anti-state

Officials in Pakistan’s MQM party have told the UK authorities they received Indian government funds, the BBC learnt from an authoritative Pakistani source.

UK authorities investigating the MQM for alleged money laundering also found a list of weapons in an MQM property.

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