I get the feeling Swaraj is more concerned about looking tough in the eyes of her countrymen than acting sagaciously in the interests of her country.
The external affairs minister said a visa application was pending for Indian national Avantika Jadhav who wants to meet her son in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the minister of state for external affairs V. K. Singh reiterated that the Indian government was considering all steps to get access to Jadhav.
Senior Pakistani official Sartaj Aziz on Friday listed the formal appeal options that Jadhav has under the country’s legal system.
The timing of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence and the disappearance of a retired Pakistani army officer from near the Indian border has led many to speculate about an imminent swap.
Syed Asif Nizami and Nazim Ali Nizami had gone to Lahore on March 8 but went missing in the middle of last week.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today spoke to one of the two clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah.
The bombing at the famed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in southern Sindh province was Pakistan’s deadliest attack in two years, killing at least 83 people
Yet another India-Pakistan encounter ended with both sides jostling to control the media narrative.
The summit declaration called for regional and international cooperation to eliminate terrorism
India has chosen Amritsar as the venue for the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference to stress the importance of connectivity, with a planned visit to the Wagah border intended to underline Pakistan’s refusal to allow transit trade to Afghanistan.
Aziz is scheduled to attend the Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Amritsar in December, which will be the first high level visit since the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj travelled to Pakistan last year for the same meeting.
Pakistan a ‘mother-ship’, ‘terrorism its favourite child’ – with phrases like these, the Indian side kept reminding BRICS members of what its priority at the multilateral forum really was.
Even in the ninth year of uninterrupted democracy in Pakistan, the thrice-elected prime minister is not able to utter a word against the shenanigans of his generals.
This was the first such interaction after the Uri attack and India’s surgical strikes on terror launchpads across the Line of Control.
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.
Modi has been ‘ruminating’ on Balochistan situation, is ‘troubled by human rights violations by Pakistani forces there’, say sources in New Delhi.
Asserting that the Centre was committed to finding a permanent and peaceful solution as per the basic principles of the Constitution, Modi said “we all are committed to this national sentiment that there cannot be any compromise with the country’s regional integrity.”
If the NSG goes with a ‘criteria-based’ approach, then it would mean that India would have to wait for two-three years as the 48 member countries of the group reach consensus on what those terms should be.
Sartaj Aziz claimed that Pakistan has already convinced countries including Russia, New Zealand and South Korea to support the criteria-based approach and that they have always had the backing of China.
India had blamed the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed and its supremo, Masood Azhar of masterminding the attack in January on India’s forward air base at Pathankot.
Meanwhile, a new bill going through the US Congress attempts to block $450 million in aid to Pakistan for its failure take action against the Haqqani Network.
India’s hardline stance against the Hurriyat that became apparent in 2014 will be under scrutiny later this year during the Heart of Asia Summit.
Fifteen former high commissioners (six from Pakistan and nine from India) participated in a Track-2 dialogue to take stock of the current state of bilateral relations, and to find a clearer path to meaningful talks.
The Wire has parsed down the two public statements to help readers take note of the positions of both countries.
Iran has for the first time publicly said that it is gathering “information” about Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested by Pakistani security agencies on charges of being an Indian spy.
The arrest of a former Indian naval man is likely to lead to a revival of Pakistani allegations of Indian involvement in a whole range of subversive acts, and cast a shadow over the yet-to-be-resumed dialogue process.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart, Sartaj Aziz, announced the date of arrival of the Pakistani members of the joint probe into the Patahnkot terror attack, paving the way for a resumption in the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue.
Pakistan is willing to discuss “anything” that India will bring up, including investigating the Pathankot terror attack, said Sartaz Aziz, the foreign affairs advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, ahead of his scheduled meeting with Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.
With Pathankot to Pokhara proving a road too far for the two countries, will Washington at the end of the month be where the bilateral journey will finally begin?
Even as Indian officials rule out a meeting of foreign secretaries until a Pakistani investigating team visits the site of the Pathankot terrorist attack, both sides have confirmed their foreign ministers will meet.
Islamabad has to remove terrorism from the India-Pakistan relationship, and India’s restraint is helping it. But that restraint can continue only as long as Pakistan takes firm measures against those guilty of anti-Indian terrorism.
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.
New Delhi: In a move that could potentially mark the resumption of high-level contact between the foreign offices of India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided in principle to send External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Islamabad for a December 8 multilateral meeting on Afghanistan. Pakistan extended a […]
Right now, each side seems to behave as if it has no interest in peace and that it is the other side which is desperate for talks
The true measure of a country’s power lies in its ability to effect a favourable transformation in the behaviour of its adversaries through a mix of strategies.
India needs to fine tune its strategy, rather than lurch from one development to another. Involving the External Affairs Minister at every step will be a good idea
Far from protecting India’s interests, the red lines have simply painted the government into a corner, where it can only sulk, as a prisoner of its own foolishness
Sadly, the Modi government allowed itself to lose sight of why it had wanted to hold talks about terror in the first place.
Talks between the two sides hit a dead-end before they could even start with the two countries disagreeing on the agenda and India’s insistence on not allowing Pakistan to meet with separatist Kashmiri leaders any more.