Forging a China-India-Pakistan-Bangladesh axis would be a big game changer for all South Asia

At the heart of South Asia’s poor integration is India-Pakistan rivalry, further complicated by China-Pakistan proximity and India-China hostility. 

Modi opens new chapter in neighbourhood with satellite

It is the fulfilment of a promise made in 2014, but it is the larger progress towards regional integration that might show lasting benefits. Pakistan had opted out saying "India was not willing to develop the project on a collaborative basis".

IGNORING OBOR: India is depriving itself of an opportunity to shape the transforming landscape of Asia

The recently held India-China strategic dialogue provides a useful reality check on the state of the play. Over the past year, the relationship had reached an impasse owing to China’s unwillingness to support India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and to allow Masood Azhar of Jaish-e-Mohammed to be placed on the United Nations Security Council’s terror list.

Rajnath Singh strongly pressed for action against nations promoting terrorism

Home Minister Rajnath Singh used a meeting in Pakistan on Thursday to seek the “strongest” action against countries that back terrorism and pilloried those who eulogise terrorists, delivering a terse message that was not covered by the Pakistani media.

SPP-NPCI to exchange India-Pakistan Media persons to promote peace

The Governing body of National Press club Islamabad    (NPCI), Pakistan on Friday (April 15)  approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Society for Promotion of Peace (SPP) and the representatives of the NPCI at Chandigarh for exchange of journalists to promote peace and amenity between the two neighbouring countries-India and Pakistan-.

The signatories to the MoU are: Chanchal Manohar Singh, Chairman, SPP, Mr Imran Yaqoob Dhillon, Secretary NPCI, Pakistan and Mr Muhammad Ishaque Chaudhry, Finance Secretary NPCI, Pakistan.

Pakistan refuses to use Indian cars for its PM during visit to attend SAARC summit in Nepal

India and Pakistan continue to live under suspicion among them and it is continuing still. Since the cancellation of the Foreign Secretaries meet in Islamabad in view of the Pakistan’s High Commissioner’s meeting with separatists in High Commissioner’s office in New Delhi, the relations between the two countries remain clouded with stress and tension. 

View from Pakistan: Kashmiris want ‘azadi’, or freedom, not union with Pakistan

i do not suppose young people know what a cracked record sounds like, but if they want to find out, they only have to listen to the governments of India and Pakistan. Like a needle stuck in a groove, the words we hear are repeated time after time: befitting reply, befitting reply

Indian Army chief to visit all neighbours for strengthening military ties except Pakistan

India will be focusing efforts on strengthening military ties with countries in the immediate neighbourhood. Army chief General Dalbir Singh’s first set of foreign tours in the coming months will be to Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

It's good that Modi has dropped hostility towards Pakistan and made SAARC countries as his priority

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US, in more ways than one, was a success. He may not have brought with him anything tangible from America but has created a climate of confidence and won back Washington, which always looked at India with suspicion. Here is a person who was denied a US visa, who was able to shame the US Administration with speeches of friendship with America.

India’s Project Mausam gets a fillip at SAARC Culture Ministers’ meet

Bamiyan, the Afghan town, which shot into prominence when the Taliban blew up two ancient statues of the Buddha in 2001, has been selected to be the SAARC cultural capital for a year beginning April 2015. 

South Asia needs a common human rights organisation

From Kathmandu to Kabul and Dhaka to Delhi, there is growing recognition that regional cooperation in South Asia would remain incomplete unless a culture of respect for the basic rights and fundamental freedoms of the region’s peoples is fostered through legal guarantees and effective enforcement. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries meeting in November in Nepal should take a hard look at infusing vigour and vitality into this inter-governmental forum.

Competitive struggle among Jihadis as al-Qaeda looses its sheen

On September 3, al-Qaeda’s media arm, al-Sahab Media, released one of the strangest videos in the movement’s history, announcing the formation of a new branch of “al-Qaeda in the South Asian Subcontinent.” Strange, because of the panicked tone of the three separate statements in the video, and because its content has very little to do with South Asia. The first statement in the video is by al-Qaeda’s notably uncharismatic leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who essentially rehashes the virtues and importance of armed struggle (jihad) against the United States, which he labels “the global order of unbelief,” and reaffirms, repeatedly, loyalty to Mullah Umar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban. The video betrays a deep anxiety among al-Qaeda’s original leadership about its future as the guiding movement in the global jihad.

Modi takes SAARC initiative to launch himself as PM

Modi Government’s neighbourhood initiative, which started even before the government was sworn-in, in the form of invitation to SAARC heads of Government and State, has widely been acclaimed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi established personal contacts with the SAARC leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and paid two official visits to Bhutan and Nepal. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj reactivated India-Nepal Joint Commission meetings after 23 years by visiting Kathmandu and paid visits to Bangladesh and Myanmar. Foreign Secretary-level talks were scheduled between India and Pakistan despite violations of ceasefire on the Line of Control and international border, ignoring Modi’s campaign position that while bombs and guns boom, we cannot talk meaningfully.

Pakistan and Indian commerce ministers are likely to meet on July 24 in Thimpu, Bhutan.

Although, the agenda for the meeting is still unclear, the two are expected to be discussing free trade between the two neighbouring countries.

Before the ministerial meeting, the meeting of South Asia Free Trade Area (Safta) committee of experts will be held on July 22-23. 

Ministers and high officials of Saarc region will participate in both meetings where the bureaucracy will outline details.

Aaghaz-e-Dosti Pleads for Facilitating Peoples-to-Peoples Contact Between India & Pakistan

Aaghaz-e-Dosti has complied several measures to increase people-to-people communication for improving Indo-Pak relations. These suggestions have been submitted to the Pakistan High Commission and Ministry of External Affairs in India and Indian High Commission and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan with the hope that the two governments will consider and implement the best among these things to ensure stronger bonds of Peace and Friendship.