South Asia and Beyond

LAC Disengagement, Buffer Zones And Unanswered Questions

NEW DELHI: The latest round of disengagement at PP-15 in the Gogra-Hot Springs area along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh has triggered differing opinions among analysts and in the social media. While some back the move, calling it pragmatic, there are others who are critical of the government, claiming that the […]Read More

China Blocks Terrorist Tag For 26/11 Handler Sajid Mir

China has blocked a proposal moved by the U.S. and India at the United Nations Security Council to designate Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Sajid Mir as a global terrorist. Mir is one of India’s most wanted and the main handler of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The U.S. has placed a bounty of $5 million on him […]Read More

Massoud Calls For New Anti-Taliban Political Front

Afghan insurgent group leader Ahmad Massoud has urged the diaspora to unite to find a “political” solution to end Taliban rule, describing his appeal as the beginning of a “new phase”. Massoud, who heads the National Resistance Front (NRF), an armed group waging an insurgency in Afghanistan’s northern Panjshir Valley, said it was time to […]Read More

Unacceptable: Islamic Emirate Blasts U.S. Move On Afghan Fund

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has reacted sharply to the U.S. move to transfer $3.5 billion in Afghan central bank assets into a new Swiss-based trust fund that will be shielded from the Islamic Emirate and used to help stabilize Afghanistan’s economy. The Afghan foreign ministry called the creation of the fund unacceptable, as reported […]Read More

Sri Lanka Ex-President Sirisena Named Suspect In Terror Case

A court in Colombo has summoned former President Maithripala Sirisena to appear before it on October 14 in connection with the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks. Based on a private complaint filed by Rev. Father Cyril Gamini and Jesudasan Nadesan, a victim of the Easter Sunday terror attacks, Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage issued a notice naming […]Read More

Ignoring Afghanistan Would Be A Big Mistake: Pak PM

It would be a big mistake to ignore Afghanistan this time around, Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif said at the meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) heads of state in Samarkand. At the outset of his address, the premier deviated from the text of his speech as he talked about Afghanistan, reported ‘Dawn’. “As you know Pakistan […]Read More

Connectivity To Central Asia: PM Modi’s Jibe At Pakistan

SAMARKAND: The summit of the heads of state of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Uzbekistan has ended and the rotating presidency of the bloc has been handed over to India which will host the gathering next year. Addressing the summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined the import of land connectivity to Central Asia and, without […]Read More

PM Modi’s Signals To China, Pakistan, The World As India

New Delhi: On ‘Talking Point’, Ambassador P.S. Raghavan, Chairman, National Security Advisory Board and India’s Former Envoy to Russia in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. For the first time since the deadly border standoff between China and India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi came face-to-face with China’s President Xi Jinping at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Despite […]Read More

‘Connectivity To Central Asia An Issue, Need To Develop Infra

SAMARKAND: India gives primacy to the interests of Central Asia and to ties with the region but connectivity is a major issue, says Manish Prabhat, India’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan. Speaking to StratNews Global Editor Surya Gangadharan ahead of the SCO heads of state meeting in Samarkand, Prabhat said Chabahar port in Iran has the potential […]Read More