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Three countries — China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — joined hands in a concerted bid to block a US-led move to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list on Tuesday, but Washington was reported to be engaged in behind-the-scenes efforts to have its way in a fresh vote on Thursday....

 

Police Closing In On Netanyahu
Ben Caspit

The answers to all the questions will begin to emerge in the coming weeks. And yet, Netanyahu will still remain an enigma. No one will ever really understand how Israel’s most talented politician could have the most sophisticated self-destructive urges in the country’s history....

 

As Pakistan’s Provocation Changes, India’s Response Must Be Different Too
Syed Ata Hasnain

Lest all this should sound defensive and paint a grim picture of India at hybrid war, let it not be forgotten by the government that attack remains the best form of defence. It should hold nothing back in its quest to hurt the adversary, whether at the border or deep inside his territory. Two can surely play this game....

 

Mr. Bhutto was 6 years old when his father, Murtaza, was killed in a chaotic gunfight with the police outside the family home in Karachi; the exact circumstances of his death remain mysterious. Although Mr. Bhutto said that his immediate family has never pushed him to enter politics, he is considered by many Pakistanis to be the successor to the family’s turbulent dynasty....

 

Peace Recipe: ‘India Is In, Pakistan Is Out’?
Dr Huma Baqai

The crux of President Trump’s South Asia Policy is “India is in” and “Pakistan is out.” This turnaround is embedded in the shift in Washington focus from being Asia specific to Indo specific to counter the new power dynamics of South Asia, where US now views China more than just a latent adversary. China’s rise has changed the regional balance, making it imperative for US to sustain its supremacy....

 

Jihad Factory Back In Business: Pakistan Is Working Overtime to Reignite the Fires of Jihad in Kashmir
Sushant Sareen

At a time when international jihadist organisations like Al Qaeda and ISIS have started focussing on J&K, Islamist radicalism has found many adherents, and the Pakistanis are working overtime to reignite the fires of jihad in the state, for the government to talk tall but not demolish the bureaucratic obstacles to provide the security forces with what they require to fight and defend themselves is nothing short of a compromise with national security....

 

Superpower to Test Rival’s Stamina with Endless War
Saeed Naqvi

Turkish intelligence has an interesting take on ISIS being transferred to Afghanistan — these are “upgraded” Taliban after a stint of “jihad” in Syria. The wide disparity in the wages of the regular Afghan Taliban and those trained in Syria has provoked the home-grown Taliban to teach Americans and their “lackeys” a lesson — hence the spike in violence. Also note, therefore, the American isolation in Kabul....

 

What Does Iran President Hassan Rouhani’s Visit Mean for India?
Vivek Katju

On the regional front, Modi may use the opportunity to assess Rouhani’s thinking, inter-alia, on the Afghan situation where a complete shift of alignments has taken place. Iran and Russia along with Pakistan are now supporting the Taliban. This has added to the group’s intransigence and violent opposition to the Ghani/Abdullah government, apart from encouraging Pakistan to continue with its support to anti-India and anti-Afghan terrorist groups....

 

Netanyahu’s Shamelessness Is Corrupting Israel

Being caught in the most egregious of untruths is no impediment to a continued career in high political office. Perhaps even the opposite. But Netanyahu and Trump have taken shamelessness to its absurd conclusion: that everything can be denied if everything is a plot by the liberal deep state and enemies within....

 

Asma Jahangir: The Poster Person for Democrats and Human Rights Defenders
Asma Jahangir

Many detractors who have supported the forces of repression and have worked against her when in power have reached for her in their hour of vulnerability and fragility. She defended Hussain Haqqani, ex-ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, against the state of Pakistan on treason charges. She agreed to defend Altaf Hussain, once among her most famous detractors, against the state for his right to freedom of speech....

Ironies of FATA
Najam Sethi

Ironies of FATA
Najam Sethi

The irony is that the military fought a war to save Pakistan from the cancer of Talibanism; it has been urging the civilians to spend more money on rehabilitating displaced persons; and it is desperately seeking FATA’s merger with KP to stabilize the region and consolidate the hard victories won there….

 

Pakistan Has Killed the LoC Ceasefire, India’s Response Shouldn’t Be Half-Baked
Lt. Gen. Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

There is enough space for us to innovate between regular pinprick-type LoC actions and a low intensity conflict limited to Jammu and Kashmir. Without a well-considered response, a half-baked quid pro quo will keep the situation in Pakistan’s advantage. There is an opinion that DGMO talks should be held at the earliest to de-escalate the situation. Such talks in the past have produced temporary reprieve and must be looked upon as a parallel response if they do materialise. ...

 

‘New Jammu and Kashmir Narrative’ by Rebels Seeks to Antagonise Army and Security
Syed Ata Hasnain

Pakistan’s most well-known strategic weapon is denial. For many years, the neighbouring country has been planting this strategy in the minds of its surrogates in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The most recent tactic has been to either execute an act or set it up, in order to trigger violence, by taking the situation to its tipping point....

In 2018, Stabilising Of Jammu and Kashmir Is a Key Challenge
Syed Ata Hasnain

The need of the hour is to ensure that the Deep State’s intent of creating turbulence through diverse means is countered and a combined approach is projected. The Army’s strong presence, along with the CRPF and J&K police, is vital, and 2018 will be a crucially testing year due to the unpredictability of the Sino-Pakistani collusion on the borders and within. But the governance domain must receive the fullest support of all agencies....

 
A Candle for Ankit
Teesta Setalvad

A Candle for Ankit
Ankit Saxena

Can or will or should the same principle also be extended to inter-faith marriages, partnerships? To genuinely tackle the communal demon, a green, secular and progressive signal must be given to marriages and partnerships between adults of different communities. Not only do we see no reference to this debate but the studied and uncomfortable silence and discomfort after Ankit’s murder can probably be located here....

 

An Understated Magic
Khaled Ahmed

As opposed to Dionysian Krishna, the god of restraint presided over his childhood. His father came from Kasur, named after Kush, the elder son of an Apollonian Ram, and studied in Lahore, which is named after Loh, the younger son of Ram. He travels to Lahore every last day of the year to commune with people who believe in him and are touched by his thin, expressive body enacting classicism in an environment of vulgar exaggeration. Just like Shakespeare who lived under the Reformation but would refuse to accept its religious fiat....

 

Crime and Consent: The Law in India Has Always Had a Troubled Relationship with Sexuality, Consent and Gender
Indira Jaising

When it impacts a third party as in adultery, a civil remedy enabling the person to opt out of marriage must be available, which does exist in all matrimonial laws. On the other hand, sexual behaviour between married adults without consent must be an offence; the issue here is that such behaviour violates the bodily and decisional autonomy of a person. It is a crime against the autonomy of heterosexuals and homosexuals....

 

Pakistan: Peace Pipe in the House
Khaled Ahmed

One, the situation would have been aggravated if the army hadn’t brokered the deal between the government and the organisers of the 22-day sit-in at Faizabad interchange, the Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah. He said the army officer became a signatory to the deal “in good faith” but the sit-in should have been taken care of early in its unfolding. The army was not behind the sit-in and if that is ever proved, he would resign. Two, he firmly believed in democracy and the supremacy of the constitution. ...

 
This Year, On Jerusalem
Varghese K. George

This Year, On Jerusalem
Varghese K. George

If you are worried that this might make the U.S. unhappy towards India, be assured, not any more unhappy than it can be towards the U.K. that voted against it — after all, the U.S. had voted for it in the ICJ election against India. And the vote is only as much an appeasement of the increasingly marginalised Muslims of India, as Japan’s vote for the resolution can be an appeasement of its 100,000-strong Muslims.....

 

Spy-For-Spy Politics
Khaled Ahmed

Given a more sophisticated current Pak army leadership, it is hoped that the two countries will agree on an exchange of prisoners and not resort to committing bilateral homicide of dubious strategic value. But not long ago, in April 2017, the “spy wars” were on. India and Pakistan were supposed to stop thinking and act on reflex: Pakistan is a terrorist state causing violence in India; India never accepted Pakistan and is determined to undo it.....

 
Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s
David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad Philbrick and Stuart A

If we had used a less strict standard, Trump would look even worse by comparison. He makes misleading statements and mild exaggerations – about economic statistics, his political opponents and many other subjects – far more often than Obama. We left out any statement that could be plausibly defended even if many people would disagree with the president's interpretation. We also left out modest quantitative errors, such as Trump's frequent imprecision with numbers....

 

Jared Kushner Failed To Disclose He Led a Foundation Funding Illegal Israeli Settlements before U.N. Vote
Jared Kushner

Whether Kushner’s latest discovered omission was intentional or not remained a mystery on Friday afternoon, as news was exploding surrounding his involvement in the U.N. Security Council vote, which ultimately approved the resolution condemning West Bank settlements. Representatives for the Office of Government Ethics, Jared Kushner, and the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation...

 
The Meaning of Ayodhya
Dhirendra Sharma

  In entire Ramayana epic no one fights for land, kingdom or property. If there was a fight that is only to protect the honour of Maa Sita.  That is the Meaning of Ayodhya. And that was Mahatma Gandhi' Ji Ram Rajya, where women were honoured and no one fought for property....

 

Let Hadiya Take Charge of Her Life
Brinda Karat

The case also brings into focus the right to practice and propagate the religion of one’s choice under the Constitution. In Hadiya’s case she has made it clear time and again that she converted because of her belief in Islam. It is not a forcible conversion. Moreover she converted at least a year before her marriage. So the issue of ‘love Jehad’ in any case is irrelevant and the court cannot interfere with her right to convert....

 

An Uprising in the Social Sciences: The Study of Middle East Politics in Transformation
Florian Kohstall

The uprisings resulted in very different developments: from the negotiation of a new constitution in Tunisia to the ouster of an elected president in Egypt; from the brutal repression of demonstrations in Bahrain and Syria to foreign intervention in Libya and Yemen. Rather than approaching these different developments with a single set of theoretical tools, it appears crucial to emphasise their very specific contexts.....

 
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