Why no Security Council seat to India?

November 5, 2020 admin 0

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is generally at ease in the intricate art of global diplomacy. His speech at the UN General Assembly on the historic occasion of the world body’s 75th anniversary made the case for India playing a leading role in global affairs. “For how long will India be Read more ………

Taliban Mines Afghan Phone Data In Bid For Control

October 30, 2020 admin 0

Hamidullah, a young resident of the southeastern Afghan city of Ghazni, recently had a harrowing experience. While returning from a trip to the southern city of Kandahar this month, the Taliban stopped the bus he had taken for the 350-kilometer return journey. “A Taliban fighter asked me to hand over Read more ………

Pak: Entrenched Impunity In Killings Of Journalists

October 29, 2020 admin 0

Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia remain near the top on the list of countries where the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says “impunity” in cases of murdered journalists is “entrenched.” The New York-based watchdog’s 2020 Global Impunity Index highlighted a total of 12 countries where “journalists are singled out for murder Read more ………

Taliban Re-emerges In Its Former Pakistani Stronghold

October 27, 2020 admin 0

Years ago, Pakistan declared victory against the Taliban after large-scale military operations in a north-western mountainous region. But the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the formal name of the Pakistani Taliban’s umbrella organization, is now back in parts of Malakand Division, an administrative region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, where thousands were Read more ………

Pakistan in a state of drift

October 23, 2020 admin 0

A quick look at the goings-on in Pakistan shows that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government, backed up by the all-powerful military, seems to be in trouble since 11 opposition parties, under the banner of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), are out to unseat it. Will they succeed? We cannot be sure. Read more ………

Pak Military Faces Biggest Challenge In Years

October 23, 2020 admin 0

Pakistani opposition parties have mounted the most significant challenge in years to the country’s all-powerful military, publicly calling out the institution for its alleged meddling in politics. It’s a red line that few have dared to cross. The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), a newly formed alliance of 11 opposition parties, Read more ………

Another FATF Reprieve for Pakistan

October 22, 2020 admin 0

The ever-blustering foreign minister of Pakistan, Mahmood Qureshi, had declared just ahead of the three-day (October 21-23) plenary of FATF in Paris that it would see Pakistan pulled out of the grey list that carries the opprobrium of terror financing and money laundering. His boast was duly magnified by the Read more ………

Mekong Partnership Vs. Chinese Debt Trap

October 19, 2020 admin 0

By Mervyn Piesse The United States announced a new Mekong-US Partnership at a virtual summit hosted by Vietnam on 11 September. An initial US$153 million ($210 million) will be made available to Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos to encourage collaboration on a number of projects. It includes grants for Read more ………

Looking beyond Lokayukta functioning

October 16, 2020 admin 0

Nothing can be more disquieting than the “disenchantment” expressed by Retired Justice Prafulla Kumar Misra after working as Lokayukta in Goa for four-and-a-half years. His regret is that the Government of Goa has failed to act on even one of the 21 reports that he had submitted against public functionaries Read more ………