As the world’s economic centre of gravity shifts to the east, Sri Lanka is at the crossroads of the emerging world, sitting astride trade routes that connect the east and the west, Asia and Africa, and China and India.
Military sources say small raids across the LoC have taken place in the past but the scale of the latest strikes and the fact that the government has chosen to speak about them have created a new situation. The Wire breaks it down.
The Human Rights Watch report calls on Bangladesh to order prompt, impartial and independent probes into all alleged kneecappings by the security forces.
General Raheel Sharif is nearing the end of his tenure, placing a key choice before the prime minister in appointing a successor.
Sources said that Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan are also going to keep off the summit, thus ensuring that blame for the event’s postponement does not fall on India alone.
In January 2009, the journalist wrote an editorial saying that if he were killed, the government would be responsible.
The bundle of benefits and achievements accruing from a shared vision of the Indus basin transformed water from a source of potential conflict to a resource for advancing peace.
The key to peace in the region is to tackle the roots of the tension, which is the dispute over Kashmir.
In a red rag to the Indian government, Sharif spoke of the “murder” of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whom he described as a “young leader”. India hits back, says this shows Pakistan’s “continued attachment to terrorism.”
The deteriorating political and human rights situation under the Yameen government has drawn censure from the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, but thus far, India has remained silent on the issue.
The Indian response must be calm and measured, and must begin by establishing as complete a picture of the incident and its dramatis personae as possible.
The external services division of All India Radio has also urged MEA, MHA to provide it with more Balochi speaking staff; at present four refugees are running the entire show.
If the Pakistani government can make the import of telescopes and related accessories relatively pain-free, a whole new generation of astronomy enthusiasts will crop up in the country.
Pakistan’s pursuit of actions to confront and counter India will likely gain momentum in the face of New Delhi’s evolving policy on Balochistan.
A Karachi-bound express train hit a stationary cargo train about 25 km from the city of Multan on Thursday.
Pakistan ‘is a country which has systematically abused and violated the human rights of its own citizens, including in Balochistan,’ India tells the Human Rights Council.
If Nepal, Bhutan and North East India see that containers from Europe or Japan can come to their doorsteps there would be much more reason for them to cooperate on inland waterways systems.
The decision to hold a public consultation on the law, which has already been passed by parliament, has come under criticism, and many are blaming the Hindu lobby for the delay in implementing the law.
Ban Ki-Moon acknowledged the “big mistakes” the UN made in relation to Sri Lanka under his leadership, but is yet to lay out a concrete rights-based strategy for the country.
The accident, Bangladesh’s worst since the Rana Plaza building collapse, has raised renewed questions about industrial safety in the country.
Most of those accused of rights violations during the civil war will likely be pardoned, while there may be some monetary compensation for cases where abuses are established. Beyond this, there is unlikely to be much else.
As search operations begin after a fire at a food and cigarette packaging factory in Bangladesh, the death toll on Sunday rose to 29.
The continuous, manifold increase in international, regional and inland shipping, through threatened wildlife sanctuaries and reserves poses a threat.
What contributes to the alarming rise in women’s murders in the country?
If the three men secretly picked up and detained by the Bangladesh government are released it won’t have anything to do with the demands being made by opposition and civil society.
If the uncertainty injected into Indo-Pak relations makes war plausible, and conflict strategy risks being contaminated by ideological biases embedded in the Modi-Doval security doctrine, then an apolitical military cannot be seen as buying into the party line.
Shakil Afridi remains incarcerated, five years after Osama bin Laden was killed. He was picked up for running an alleged CIA-run fake vaccination programme.
“We know what better economic connectivity can do for the countries of South Asia and the entire Indo-Pacific. And the United States also has a stake in the region’s success,” said Nisha Biswal.
Myanmar’s lower house of parliament was on Tuesday discussing whether foreigners should be excluded from the commission, but the chances of such an outcome are low.
Calling Kashmir Pakistan’s “jugular vein”, he also went on to “salute the great sacrifices of the people of Kashmir for their right to self-determination”.
Raza Rumi in conversation with politician Farahnaz Ispahani on her new book and the steps the Pakistani government needs to take to improve the status of minorities.
The suspect, known as Murad, was the head of the military wing of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS.
The Hazaras are seeking electricity in the Bamyan province, as well as a larger place in the country’s political dynamics.
Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for one of the attacks.
Activists say governments must step up their responses, develop legal frameworks and procedures to account for the missing and provide support to families.
Pakistan has been ranked as one the most dangerous countries for journalists. Shahzadi is one among several thousand ‘enforced disappearances’ in the country.
How internal discord in the Muttahida Qaumi Movement could spell doom for Pakistan’s maximum city.
Islamabad will likely feel compelled to match New Delhi’s strategic modernisation, given that its pursuit of tactical nuclear weapons was provoked, in part, by Indian actions.
There must be ex ante human rights impact assessment of the trade agreements and investment treaties that are being negotiated by the ASEAN Community.
Why is the country failing so miserably at providing an environment conducive to producing world-class athletes, a Dhaka-based journalist asks.