India’s purported “strikes” on Balakot passed. Cease Fire Violations (CFVs) along the LoC by Indian security forces are on the rise. Meanwhile, the BJP leadership is flexing its muscles, issuing hard-worded statements with long-term implications. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, former Home Minister a reformist czar, recently suggested his country may not necessarily abide by the No First Use (NFU) nuclear policy. In Pakistan, the absence of a functioning Defence Minister
The abrupt yet expected revocation of Article 370/ 35-A by the BJP government in India has generated fissures in the South Asian stability equilibrium. To the great dismay of New Delhi, the response from Pakistan has been assertive but not reactive in the manner it desperately desires. Government officials, lawmakers and civil society members have unanimously rejected India’s hegemonic action and vowed to uphold their moral, legal and diplomatic support
Pakistan is preparing to host the 12th SAARC Chief Justices Conference and the 15th SAARCLAW Conference on September 14th and 15th, respectively. The former will be presided by Chief Justice of Pakistan, the Honourable Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, himself a founding member of SAARCLAW. The fact that this apex forum of SAARC has agreed to let Islamabad host its dignitaries, including as-of-yet willingness by an Indian representative to participate,
The recent meeting between NSAs and Foreign Secretaries of nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India in Bangkok caught everyone by surprise. The timing of the meeting, which witnessed participation by other senior officials from both sides, is especially noteworthy. Less than a day after the meeting, it was announced that Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would be participating in the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference along with a delegation, beginning December
General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s 15th army chief, is currently on an official five-day visit to the US. This comes almost a month after his visit to Turkey. Many negative assertions have been by world media on his recent visit. Some said he wanted to “embarrass” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent US visit whereas the Indian media, as expected, mounted another cheap attack by claiming that General Raheel “invited himself”. Although
Renowned Indian investigative journalist Arnab Goswami was very secretly appointed the new chief of India’s external intelligence agency, Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) in a public ceremony held near Delhi Gate late in October 2015. It was a limited gathering in which a handful of around 600 guests from all walks of life were invited, including Ajay Devgn of “Singham” fame. Talking about this coveted new appointment, an anonymous official
Time and again, the Indian establishment creates a stir in the media by pressing Pakistan on the extradition of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Hafiz Saeed and other members of Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD) who it believes are responsible for the tragic 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Without an iota of tangible evidence to support its claim, India further alleges that Pakistan’s premier spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) provided finance and logistical support to JuD members.