Saturday, February 28, 2015
INDIA- PAK TALK : Skepticism laced with cautious optimism
Farooq Ganderbali Ever since the SAARC summit in Nepal where Indian Prime Minister Modi had a brief dialogue with his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif reports were circulating that New Delhi would resume the composite dialogue that had been scrapped after the Pakistan High Commissioner had met the Hurriyat leaders ignoring South Block’s advisory. Among the preconditions for a resumption of the dialogue, Modi had insisted that Pakistan take active steps to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai’s 26/11 attack – Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Hafiz Saeed of the Lashkar-e-Toiba/...

Maldives : Why is our Foreign Policy so spineless?
Dr. Ved Pratap Vaidik The arrest of former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed has heated up the politics of Maldives. Nasheed is also a leader of the opposition party of his country, Maldivan Democratic Party. He has been arrested by the President of the present government, Abdul Yameen on account of the fact that following President Nasheed’s orders a senior magistrate was arrested in 2012 which had led to wild protests in the country. The arrest of Nasheed has been done under the anti-terrorist act. It is quite absurd. Nasheed and his spokesperson had appealed to the Go...

Nyla Ali Khan : An eyewitness to K – History
By Shafiq Mir Though it may sound new name in the public domain of Jammu and Kashmir particularly among the new generation that came up in the past three decades, however, Nyla Ali Khan a daughter of Kashmir is a known figure not only in the literary circles of her parental state even at abroad. Genius in her talent, Dr Nyla is a respectable name in the academic and literary circles in US . She is again in discussion among the literary circles for her new book titled “ Islam ,Women and Violence In Kashmir”. The book mainly revolving around the main character Begum Akbar ...

Pakistan : Modi eschews adamancy
By Dr Ved Pratap Vaidik Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought out a good solution to mend the relations with Pakistan. Under the pretext of ‘Hurriyat” the chords which were broken in August 2014 would be repaired now. The way sorted out is that SAARC countries are playing in the World cup so India would talk to them. What would India talk? Will it teach them the tactics of Cricket game? Of course, India can teach them because amidst the SAARC countries India alone was the biggest slave of Britishers. Cricket and compulsory imposition of English are the two marks of our s...

Talks with the Taliban: The Road Ahead
By Farooq Ganderbali Reports suggest that Pakistan is again playing mediator between the Afghan Taliban and US, this time in Qatar. Significantly, Pakistan’s ISPR has chosen to issue a statement that Islamabad welcomes the talks and that they should be “Afghan-owned and Afghan-led”. Contradiction of sorts, because the present round are going to take place between the US and Afghan Taliban and not the Afghan Government headed by President Ashraf Ghani. Unless of course Ghani has decided to let the Americans negotiate on his behalf! Thus far, Ghani has relied, not on the US, but on China to get Pakistan to urge the Taliban to the negotiating table. To an extent he has suc...

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