South Asia and Beyond

Ashwin Ahmad

Traveller, bibliophile and wordsmith with a yen for international relations. A journalist and budding author of short fiction, life is a daily struggle to uncover the latest breaking story while attempting to be Hemingway in the self-same time. Focussed especially on Europe and West Asia, discussing Brexit, the Iran crisis and all matters related is a passion that endures to this day. Believes firmly that life without the written word is a life best not lived. That’s me, Ashwin Ahmad.

China Pumps Up Military Spending, Hardens Stance on Taiwan

China has boosted defence spending in its budget. According to Reuters Beijing will boost its defence spending by 7.2% this year. This marks a continuous trend since 2013 since Xi became president where the defence budget has risen from to 1.67 trillion yuan ($230.60 billion) this year from 720 billion yuan in 2013. The report […]Read More

Chad To Go To Polls After Three Years of Military Rule

Chad has unexpectedly announced a return to presidential elections which will end three years of military rule. According to a VOA report the election is expected to take place on May 6 this year. The elections come months earlier than was expected. General Mahamat Idriss Deby one of the major contenders announced that he would […]Read More

Pakistan Condemns India’s Seizure of ‘Nuclear’ Consignment, Calls It ‘Commercial Equipment’

Pakistan claimed that a Karachi-bound ship which had been stopped and seized in Mumbai in January had been carrying “commercial goods,” according to a report in indiashippingnews.com. In an official Foreign Office statement on Sunday, Pakistan rejected India’s allegations that the ship had been carrying machines for a nuclear programme. “This is a simple case […]Read More