Where moderate Islam reigns successfully

(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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Abuses and misuses of India’s AFSPA

(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

Where’s the logic Ms Christine Fair

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

Modi’s India in no mood for peace with Pakistan

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

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