Why Pakistan is a miracle of this century

(By Asif Haroon Raja) Pakistan Thinkers Forum held a seminar at Islamabad Club on March 29, 2015 under the chairmanship of Air Chief Marshal Kaleem Saadat. Lt Gen Naeem Khan Lodhi and Dr. Sultan Bashir Mehmood spoke on the topic “National Solidarity” while I and Prof Dr Anis Ahmed spoke on “Pakistan has a Future”. . . . → Read More: Why Pakistan is a miracle of this century

An endless dispute

(By F.S. AIJAZUDDIN) AFTER THE VISIT OF INDIAN FOREIGN SECRETARY S. JAISHANKAR TO ISLAMABAD, 3-4 MARCH 2015.

No two countries in recent history have bickered for so long and with such tenacity as India and Pakistan. The Germans argued with the Danes for years over Schleswig-Holstein; it is now a province of greater Germany. For . . . → Read More: An endless dispute

Not much said on South Asia

(By KREPON) Secretary of State John Kerry is headed for the subcontinent, where his most important messages will be delivered in private and his public remarks will be as bland as possible. That’s how the game is played. Don’t expect U.S. officials to say much in public about nuclear issues or the pathways to confrontation . . . → Read More: Not much said on South Asia

Failed by Congress, Indian Muslims try BJP

The growing warming up of Indian Muslims to BJP with the beginning of Modi-era is surely a watershed development in Indian politics.That the alleged “pseudo-secularism” of Congress is going to be relegated to the well-deserved place in the museum seems to be a forgone conclusion. In fact, the long pending accusation on the part of . . . → Read More: Failed by Congress, Indian Muslims try BJP

A change in society is the need of the hour

(By Tariq Khosa) Hard talk is one thing but tall claims should be made carefully. “Daish will not be allowed in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” said our army chief during a week of military diplomacy in the US recently.

Music to American ears? Can the chief prevent diehard Taliban and their surrogates in Af-Pak from heading . . . → Read More: A change in society is the need of the hour

24th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

U.S. President Barack Obama accepted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation on Friday to be the guest of honor at India’s 66th Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2015 in New Delhi (WSJ,Reuters, NDTV). Modi — @narendramodi — tweeted: “This Republic Day, we hope to have a friend over… invited President Obama to be the . . . → Read More: 24th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

Indian Kashmir will be ours – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the chief of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), on Monday said that the vexed issue of Kashmir was the root cause of hostility between India and Pakistan.

“Much of the ensuing hostility in the subcontinent is due to the festering dispute of Kashmir,” he said.

Bilawal, the scion of highly influential Bhutto family, . . . → Read More: Indian Kashmir will be ours – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Kashmiri lessons from Scottish referendum

(By Andrew Whitehead) Several thousand Kashmiris will be voting in a historic and much awaited referendum, this week.

That vote will determine whether a region with a distinct identity can successfully secede from a much larger nation.

Their ballots will be cast, however, in Glasgow – not in Srinagar or Jammu.

Of the . . . → Read More: Kashmiri lessons from Scottish referendum

Modi’s Gujarat massacre not forgotten

PM Narendra Modi faced a hostile welcome during his first visit to India’s Muslim-majortiy state of Kashmir. The trip also comes amid calls to revoke the region’s special status, as India analyst Sumit Ganguly tells DW.

India’s newly elected prime minister, Narendra Modi, was greeted on Friday, July 4, by empty streets in . . . → Read More: Modi’s Gujarat massacre not forgotten

Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir protest against military firing range

Villagers in what is described as one the most scenic regions in Kashmir are demanding the Indian government shuts down a firing range, which has killed and wounded dozens of people.

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