Indian officials say the arrest of an ISIS fighter who claims to have been preparing to attack the Indian consulate in Jalalabad is “vindication” of New Delhi’s belief of strong Pakistani links propping up the militant group’s operations in Afghanistan.
These are indeed tricky times for the subcontinent in which excessive or incorrect claims can both be dangerous. They could raise expectations that could later force the hand of political leaders to act less rationally or even irrationally.
Although China continues to offer material support and a calibrated measure of diplomatic protection to Pakistan, it is also pressing its “all-weather friend” to mitigate tensions with India.
The White House reaction to the Indian ‘surgical strikes’ seems aimed at ensuring the Pakistani side does not attempt retaliatory action.
From advocating sending suicide bombers across the border to taking ‘a whole jaw for a tooth’, Indian politicians and analysts have let fly. Pakistan would have been vanquished by now if only such political grand standing was enough.
Both countries also announced they will resume their stalled trilateral meeting with Afghanistan – just as Kabul is expressing growing frustration over Pakistan failing to act against the Taliban.
Where Chanakyan statecraft recommends a mix of approaches to dealing with a problem, the Modi government’s only response has been “dand”, or punishment.
No cause so lends itself to vast, horrific violence as Nationalism. The way he conducts his debates, and the fact that the channel Goswami runs is entirely moulded to a personality cult, all point to an unhappy state of affairs for India’s future.
For those who would like to replace the killings in Kashmir, the violent and disruptive demonstrations, and the equally violent reactions by the state, with a negotiation process; understand: this is the negotiation process.
Former SIT head Vikash Narain Rai’s investigations led to the first breakthrough in the 2007 train blast case. In an interview to The Wire, he explains how the dots were connected.
Instead of asking whether the guilty have been punished, the questions around the Ishrat Jahan ‘fake encounter’ continue to be about if she was an LeT operative.
Raising a ruckus over P. Chidambaram’s “second affidavit” in the Ishrat Jahan case will not make the truth about encounter killings go away.
Because George W. Bush could not claim even an imagined victory in the war on terror without Pakistan’s grudging complaisance, it became clear, after Mumbai, that it had a unique immunity in the 1267 committee.
The rationale given to justify the death of Sohrabuddin Sheikh is that he was a terror suspect, but what was his wife Kausar Bi’s crime?
If Pakistan is simply going through the motions of an investigation and has no intention of acting against the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack, this will mar the prospects of the resumption of the foreign secretary-level dialogue with India.
The Pakistan state policy of using jihadist terror to wage proxy wars is backfiring, as the Lahore bombing on Easter Sunday has tragically demonstrated.
Ishrat Jahan is continued to be labelled a terrorist to keep the politics of nationalistic vigilantism alive. In this rhetorical din, what’s lost is the natural process of justice.
The constant resurrection of the Ishrat Jahan case, and the dubious arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar and other JNU students have played out like a re-run of the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah method of dealing with dissent and challenges.
Vrinda Grover, lawyer for the family of the teenager shot dead by the Gujarat police in 2004, says the only question before the courts is that of her custodial killing.
The Centre ups the ante by linking the targets of the recent police crackdown in JNU to the notorious Pakistan-based Hafiz Saeed but students, teachers and the opposition are not buying this line.
In an application to the court, Khan Abdul Wahab has pointed to Headley muting his microphone to consult lawyers before answering, and reading from a prepared statement.
Sebastian Rotella on the significance of the terrorist’s testimony and why India and the US must continue to push Pakistan to act against the planners of 26/11
Mumbai: India is likely to give Pakistan fresh evidence about the involvement of ISI officers in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack after Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley’s deposition before a Mumbai court via video-link from the United States today. India has given several dossiers to Pakistan incorporating evidence about […]
New Delhi: India on Thursday asked Pakistan to “rein in” Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief and internationally-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed after voicing “grave concern” over his activities in that country, a day after the Mumbai terror attack mastermind warned of more Pathankot-style attacks. “Hafiz Saeed is a globally-designated international terrorist. His claim that his […]
When India engages with the whole range of bilateral issues, including those dear to Pakistan’s heart, the government in Islamabad can take steps and make gestures that it cannot if these appear to be capitulation to Indian ultimatums.
The worry, however, is that come election time in West Bengal and Assam, the electoral machine of the BJP may hijack the government’s Pakistan policy once again.
Mohamed Merah was one of these second-generation immigrants and his story shows how, if the overall context was complex but generally encouraging, a significant problem was nonetheless emerging.
India must look at talks as a means of enabling sustained diplomacy, rather than as a bargaining chip or form of penalty — whose denial will somehow become a pressure-point on Islamabad
India to provide terror camp details India is finalising a detailed dossier on recent acts of Pakistan-backed terrorism to present at talks with Islamabad scheduled for this weekend. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is preparing the dossier, government sources said, in consultations with intelligence services and the Ministry […]
The terrorist attack on Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur district that took the lives of 11 persons including three militants on Monday is a puzzle. This is the first major terror attack in Punjab since 2002. The terrorist were dressed in military uniforms favoured by the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba militants who are […]