‘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
(By Tim Craig) KARIMABAD, Pakistan —Visitors to this stunningly beautiful valley, towered over by five snow-capped mountains, sometimes feel as if they are standing at the edge of the earth — or, maybe, at the middle of it.
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(By Sudha Ramachandran) The Army claims the AFSPA is needed to handle insurgencies. Critics cite many abuses.
Recent events in India’s restive Northeast have turned the spotlight yet again on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), a controversial piece of legislation that confers vast powers on the armed forces deployed in “disturbed areas” of . . . → Read More: Abuses and misuses of India’s AFSPA
By now Ms Christine Fair has more or less branded herself as India’s champion. Whether this is out of a new love for India and Indians or some other more pragmatic reason is something to wonder about but her agenda is clear. Promote India and twist logic to prove its lily white innocence, . . . → Read More: Where’s the logic Ms Christine Fair
Very bad news often follows when adversaries give up on improved relations. We’re at this juncture now on the Subcontinent. High-ranking Indian and Pakistani officials are lobbing over-heated public recriminations about abetting terrorism in each other’s sensitive spaces. Pakistan has elevated the Kashmir issue – never a good sign for Pakistan or for India — . . . → Read More: Modi’s India in no mood for peace with Pakistan
(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
(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
(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
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
(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