Keyword : Pakistan

Mufti’s Pak remark rebutted by BJP, Sajjad Lone plays safe

Seeking to take sting out of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed`s provocative statement crediting "people from across the border" for conduct of assembly polls, the BJ

Pak told to act against court freedom for Mumbai attacker Lakhvi

India has reacted strongly and quickly to the developments in Pakistan. The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said the Pakistan government should take measures to ensure that Mumbai attack masterm

Social media has become a tool of terror and fear, says CIA chief

Nobody knows better about terror than this organization and one should take note when it talks. CIA Director John Brennan has said that changing technology and social media websites have “gre

Modi’s J&K compulsions help Pak envoy meeting with Hurriyat

Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit should thank Indian electorate for facilitating his meeting with Hurriyat leaders in New Delhi. "I don`t think the government of India is objecting to ou

US to give arms to Pak as NYT sounds warning on Pak’s nuclear ambition

Terming Pakistan as a country of vital importance for US foreign policy, the US State Department has approved shipment of billion dollars worth of military hardware and equipment to Pakistan.

Terrorist Hafiz Saeed says Pak army helps Kashmiri separatists

India’s most wanted terrorist Hafiz Saeed has said that his organization (JuD) and Pakistani establishment help separatist wage a war in Kashmir.  He told media channels that “we h

Morning briefings: Woman cop, who was recruited through MP Vyapam, found dead near police academy in Sagar

Trainee Sub Inspector Anamika Kushwaha, who was recruited through Vyapam, found dead near Madhya Pradesh police academy in Sagar. Her body was found in a lake. Anamika Kushwaha was recruited throug

Morning briefing: PM`s Jammu visit triggers Pak firing, woman killed

Ahead of prime minister Narendra Modi`s visit to Jammu tomorrow (July 17), Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy shelling on the Indian forward posts and civilian areas that left a 42-year-old woman

Evening digest: AAP legislator shot at in Delhi

In a bizarre incident, unidentified men opened fire at the office of AAP legislator Kailash Gehlot in Delhi on Friday but no one was hurt.  The Aam Aadmi Party legislator was then at his resid

Morning briefing: Kejriwal to meet Delhi police chief over law and order issue today

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi today (Monday) to discuss law and order in the city. the immediate provocation is murder of a 19-year-old girl, sta

Gurdaspur terror attackers came from Pak, confirms Rajnath in RS

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today that the terrorists who attacked Dinanagar in Gurdaspur in Punjab came from Pakistan.  They came to India via Ravi river. Analysis of the two GPS machine

Evening digest: Mumbai terror attack planned in Pak, confirms Pak sleuth

Tariq Khosa, former DG of Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan, has said that 2008 Mumbai attack was planned and launched from Pakistani soil. In an article published in Pakistani newspaper Daw

India may show dignified restraint as Pak invites Kashmiri separatists

The NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan will take place despite Pakistani high commission inviting Kashmiri separatist leaders to meet Pakistan’s national security advisor Sartaj Aziz,

For $300 million Pak tells lies on Haqqani terror group

The US has stopped short of calling Pakistan a liar. Exposing Pakistani links with terror groups the US said the threat from terror groups, particularly Haqqani network, continues to emanate from P

Kashmir is unfinished agenda, asserts Pak army chief and warns of unbearable cost

After almost coming to a point of talking last month, there is now war of words. Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif has responded to his Indian counterpart’s remarks about terrorist violen

Morning briefing: Modi and Merkel in Bengaluru today, to attend Nasscom event

Prime minister Narendra Modi and German chancellor Angela Merkel are in India`s IT capital today (Tuesday) and will attend two major events in the city. The German chancellor, who is on a three-day

Evening digest: Rational personal taxes, flat 25% corporate tax in 4 years

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has promised a rational tax rate for individuals and bringing down of corporate tax to 25 per cent flat in four years beginning next fiscal along with removal of exemp

Morning briefing: IMF wants India to take up next phase of reforms for faster inclusive growth

With India`s growth rate projected to drop slightly from 7.5 per cent to 7.3 per cent in 2015, the IMF today recommended the country to launch next phase of economic reforms and improve its busines

Jaitley blasts Sena’s intolerance

After president Pranab Mukherjee expressed his concern on rising incidents of intolerance in the country, finance minister Arun Jaitley today hit out at ally Shiv Sena and said that there was an ex

Evening digest: AAP leaders meet Rajnath Singh to discuss transfer of official

Delhi government today took up with union home minister Rajnath Singh its demand for an inquiry into the transfer of VAT commissioner Vijay Kumar as it alleged that lt governor Najeeb Jung did not

Morning briefing: Arun Jaitley to launch eSahyog and PAN camps today

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will launch eSahyog and PAN camps today. Through eSahyog he will launch the paperless initiative of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT ) under which notices to as

Morning briefing: Bihar votes in 50 constituencies for third phase

Fifty constituencies spread over six districts are voting on Wednesday in the third phase of the assembly elections in Bihar. The polling began at 7 am in 14,170 polling stations spread in six dist

Morning briefing: India`s vision on ties with African nations to be unveiled today

Prime minister Narendra Modi will spell out his vision for the future of his country`s economic relations with Africa today (Thursday), as he addresses the major India-Africa Forum Summit in New De

NRI rams into Wagah border gate and Pak sees sinister plot in the crash

A man in a speeding SUV rammed through a customs gate and three security barriers at the Wagah-Attari border crossing with Pakistan early Monday (3.45 am).  He drove through the barriers at ab

Evening digest: India, China most affected by weather-related disasters, says UN report

India and China are among the countries most affected by weather-related disasters with the two nations accounting for more than three billion disaster-affected people between 1995 and 2015, a new

Morning brieifing: Govt committee suggests GST rate of 17-18 per cent

A key government committee has suggested a standard goods and services tax (GST) rate of 17-18%, increasing chances of a consensus on the key reform so that the constitutional amendment that it ent

Morning briefing: India and Pakistan hold NSA-level meeting in Bangkok

In a sudden breakthrough in the stalled Indo-Pak dialogue, the National Security Advisors of the two countries met for four hours in Bangkok on Sunday and discussed terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, an

Morning briefing: Swaraj to make statement in parliament today on India-Pak talks

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is set to make a statement in both houses of Parliament today on her two-day visit to Pakistan and the resumption of bilateral talks. “I will make a st

Morning briefing: US condemns Pathankot terror attack, wants Pakistan to take action

The US expects Pakistan will take actions against the perpetrators of the terror attack on Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, a top American official said, hours after Islamabad said it is working

Morning briefing: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passes away, Mehbooba to be next CM of Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passed away this morning (Thursday) at AIIMS in Delhi. He was 79. Sayeed, who was detected with sepsis and decreased blood counts, was sufferi

Morning briefing: Pakistan submits initial probe findings on Pathankot to India

Pakistan on Monday submitted to India its initial findings on alleged Pakistani links to the Pathankot terror attack saying that the telephone numbers given by India were not registered in Pakistan

Evening digest: US lawmakers stall sale of fighter jets to Pakistan

The US Congress has stalled a planned sale of eight new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. According to reports in Pakistani newspaper Dawn, the stalling reflects anti-Pakistan sentiments on Ca

Morning briefing: Obama hints at Pak as safe haven for new terror groups

US President Barack Obama today said both Al Qaeda and ISIS pose a direct threat to the US and "even without ISIL, instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world - in the Mid

Morning briefing: Decision on talks with Pakistan today

India is expected to announce its decision today on foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan. They are scheduled to be held tomorrow. The government deferred its decision last night after the de

Foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan put off

Pakistan has blinked first and on Thursday it was in touch with India to reschedule the foreign secretary-level talks slated in Islamabad tomorrow (January 15). This came after a Pakistani foreign

Anupam Kher denied visa by Pak because he is Kashmiri Pandit?

Actor Anupam Kher, who was to attend the Karachi Literature Festival on February 5, has been denied visa by Pakistan. Kher tweeted that “has my visa been denied because I speak about India`s

Obama sees climate change, especially in Indian subcontinent, as threat No 1

Late in his presidency, Barack Obama looks at the future and finds climate change as the most worrisome factor – and he is also worried about drought, famine and “displacement from the

Amanullah Khan: a terrorist who did not look like one

I met Amanullah Khan, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder, at a Rawalpindi hotel in 2000 on the occasion of his daughter Asma Khan’s wedding to Sajjad Lone, then a businessm

Taking Kashmir to ICJ not feasible: CJI TS Thakur

 Chief Justice of India T S Thakur has opposed the idea of India seeking arbitration of Kashmir dispute with Pakistan at the international court of Justice [ICJ]. Speaking at the launc

“India could also be a target [of the Daesh]”

The news from war-ravaged Afghanistan is not encouraging: a resurgent Taliban, an increasing Islamic State footprint, a fractious government and a weak security force. This year has already see

Pakistani Hindus facing a humanitarian crisis

The hope of relative safety of a religious majority as well as the fear of maiming and mutilation following partition forced mass exodus from either sides of the new border. The 1951 census of Paki

Primer: Making sense of the NSG muddle

What is NSG? The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a syndicate formed by nuke-powered countries to keep a check export of materials, equipment and technology that can

PM Modi says Rajan is patriotic, loves India

In what has come as too late a reaction from the highest echelons of government  on RBI governor Raghuram Rajan’s decision to quit following open criticism by the BJP MP Subramanian Swam

Modi puts Pakistan in its place

A combative Narendra Modi on August 15 prised open the fault lines within Pakistan, touching upon Balochistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) in a move that will definitely leave Islamabad squi

Why Kashmir is angry again

When a small team of the Special Operations Group of the J&K police and troops of 19 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) was pumping the last bullet into Burhan Muzaffar Wani in his hideout at Bumdoora vil

It’s the best time to address Kashmir problem: Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti said that the best time to solve Kashmir’s problem was now – when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had absolute majority in the parliament. “If it does not happen n

Modi’s Balochistan game plan

Prof Naela Quadri Baloch landed in New Delhi in April. Her mission was to canvass support of the Narendra Modi government for the independent

“Now we know we can become the next Bangladesh”

Mir Mazdak Dilshad Baloch is one of those who have been spearheading an independence movement in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province. The freedom movement received a shot in t

Modi’s Balochistan plan: From moral ascendancy to smart mind games

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address to the nation with references to Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) set the cat among the pigeon

India fares poorly in World Economic Freedom Index

India slipped by 10 positions and now ranks 112th amongst 159 countries and territories included in the Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report. India’s neighbours Bh

Few Indians approve of the way Modi is tackling Pakistan, says Pew report

“Just 22 percent of the public approves of Modi’s management of India’s volatile relationship with Pakistan. Half disapprove. This harsh judgment is relatively unchanged from 2015

10 things you must know about Indus Water Treaty

  1.    It was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960 for sharing of waters of six river originating in India and flowing to Pakistan and is, till today, considered to be the most

Pak must abandon dreaming about Kashmir: Sushma at UNGA

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today said terrorism was the biggest threat to human rights and asked the global community to isolate nations that don’t cooperate in fighting terroris

Meanwhile on Twitter, Indians and Pakistanis go to war

  #IndiaStrikesPak Mentioning India str

Surgical strike: A middle path between restraint and aggression

India has finally struck, albeit surgically. After the Pakistan-sponsored terrorist attacks in Poonch and Uri on September 11 and 18,

UPA had said ‘no’ to surgical strikes after 26/11

The idea of punishing Pakistan for sending terrorists to strike at t

UPA had said ‘no’ to surgical strikes after 26/11

The idea of punishing Pakistan for sending terrorists to strike at t

The India-Pakistan face-off at the UN

The glaring highlights for the Indian (and the Pakistani) reader from the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) were the verbal spats between India and Pakistan. As the tones got increa

Sri Lanka too pulls out of the SAARC summit

India’s diplomatic heft in South Asia became clear when Sri Lanka too decided not to attend the SAARC summit in Islamabad.   With this, five members of the eight-me

Resolve issues through dialogue: UN chief tells India, Pakistan

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, has offered “his good offices” to help resolve the escalating tension between India and Pakistan following a terror attack in Uri that left 19 Indian s

5 stories you must read over the weekend

As a number of conspiracy theories are floating around as reasons for the Akhilesh-Mulayam fight, here we are trying to have a deeper understanding of the bonds and equations within the Yadav clan

“Pakistan will have to pay a price for irresponsible conduct”

Hardeep Singh Puri, one of India’s ablest and most outstanding diplomats, has served as India’s representative to the UN. His first UN posting came in 1981 when as first secretary h

The sledgehammer blow and its aftermath

The time has come for India to announce to the world that India can no longer be transgressed or trespassed with impunity. And there couldn’t have been a more telling way of doing so than by

Ajit Doval: The hawk

Should the Indians be worried about Afghanistan’s future? National security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval offers a perspective on this. In 2001 then US president George W Bush had l

Why Nagrota terror strike is different – and more alarming

The terrorist attack on the army camp in Nagrota, Jammu, in which seven army personnel and three terrorists have died, raises some important points – and questions yet to be answered:

Why Nagrota attack should worry security mandarins

Till a decade ago, Nagrota was a quaint town one would pass through when travelling on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. From Jammu, it’s an enjoyable drive on the 20-km road snaking along

The year that was

2016 was a year that kept India on the edge. The dramatic decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes was like a bolt from the blue, forcing people to stand in serpentine queues at banks a

India, Pakistan spar at UN Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has become the new platform for verbal spats between India and Pakistan as the rival countries have already clashed four times during the ongoing session o

India, Pakistan again hold talks over Indus Water Treaty

India and Pakistan began discussions on the Indus Water Treaty on Monday, six months after New Delhi suspended talks following the Uri terror attack. The talks are being held in Isla

Five points about UK parliament resolution on Gilgit-Baltistan

  Here are five highlights of the resolution that was passed by the British parliament over Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan.   Read:

Online petition to save Kulbhushan Jadhav

Internet users in India are signing an

Kashmir’s second stone age

Kanni jang’, or the fighting with stones, is an expression in Kashmiri language for a street clash between two rival camps. These fights would see a lot of bile flowing around and sto

UN panel criticises Pakistan’s military courts

A UN report has come down heavily on Pakistan’s military courts, one of which had awarded death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav. India and Pakistan on Monday were pitted against each oth

Don’t execute Jadhav till final decision: ICJ to Pakistan

In a big boost to India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday told Pakistan that former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been accused of spying by Islamabad, is not t

Stone’s throw from Pakistan

In the 1990s in Kashmir, one could meet a militant (back then we didn’t call them terrorists) as easily as perhaps one’s neighbour. Hordes of them were returning from Pakistan, where th

Pakistan’s war on minorities continues

The Baloch Regiment of Pakistan Army doesn’t have ethnic Baloch and the Sindh Regiment is with no Sindhis; this is the way Pakistan treats its religious, ethnic and linguistic minorities. Thi

Israelis helped check infiltration in Kashmir

A small but sophisticated night vision device (NVD) that could track moving terrorists in the dark was the first gift from Israel to the Indian forces at a time when the latter was facing a huge ch

Amarnath Yatra killing: The kid gloves will now come off

 The fatal shooting of seven pilgrims from Gujarat during a terror attack on the Amarnath Yatra will be a crucial moment in militancy-ravaged Kashmir. The attack on a group of pilgri

Osama’s presence in Abbottabad turned US against Pakistan: author

 The discovery that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was living comfortably with his family in Pakistan while Americans were hunting for him all over the world, was the turning point in the Was

LeT head’s killing a huge blow to terrorism

The killing of Abu Dujana, head of Lashkar-e-Toiba in Kashmir, is the culmination of years of efforts of the army and police to trap this hardcore Pakistani terrorist around whom folk tales were ci

It’s now up to Pakistan to claim Dujana’s body

 In what is a clear shift in handling Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir by the Narendra Modi government, the Jammu and Kashmir police, has, for the first time, refused to hand over the b

It’s now up to Pakistan to claim Dujana’s body

In what is a clear shift in handling Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir by the Narendra Modi government, the Jammu and Kashmir police, has, for the first time, refused to hand over the body of

Can Trump rein in Pakistan?

Pakistani leaders must be feeling frustrated after US president Donald Trump warned Islamabad that America would not remain a silent spectator if Pakistan continued to be a safe haven for terrorist

In a first, BRICS names Pakistan based terror groups

India on Monday scored a major diplomatic victory when BRICS nations, including China, condemned terrorism caused by various Pakistan-based terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

India’s perseverance on Pakistan paid off at Xiamen

 When Chinese President Xi Jinping was signing on the declaration of the BRICS that referred to the Pakistan- based terrorist groups as threat to peace and security in the region, the Indian d



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