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Fresh from the success of his “rant” diplomacy against the U.S., Afghan President Hamid Karzai now has Pakistan in his firing line. The provocation came on March 25, when a top Pakistani Foreign Ministry official was quoted by the media as saying, “Right now, Karzai is the biggest impediment to the (Afghan) peace process. In trying to look like a saviour, he is taking Afghanistan straight to hell.” The bureaucrat also said that Pakistan was discouraged by Karzai’s erratic statements and provocations, probably designed to portray him as being very decisive in his dealings, back home in Afghanistan.

 
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General Pervez Musharraf, the former  Pakistani Army chief who seized power in a bloodless coup in October 1999  and later became President of that troubled country, returned to Karachi  last week after he went into exile in August 2008 to evade various murder and grave judicial  charges that were leveled against him. His current objective is to contest the May 2013 elections and enter the Pakistani political spectrum in a ‘legitimate’ manner - but his future looks bleak writes C. Uday Bhaskar

 
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Emotions and the use of hyperbole never cease in any public discourse, especially political one, in Bangladesh. In the latest instance, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reportedly asked her arch rival and opposition leader, Begum Khaleda Zia: “Go to your ‘Pyara Pakistan’, you’ll feel good there.” Besides challenging Zia, Hasina also appeared to be countering the social media condemning the ‘atheists’ converging on Shahbagh in Dhaka writes Mahendra Ved

 
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On March 11, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and his Iranian counterpart, Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the long-awaited $7.5 billion Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project at Gabd on the Pakistan-Iran border. They unveiled a plaque of the project and oversaw the welding together of two pieces of the pipeline painted with the flags of the two countries writes Monish Gulati

 
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Maintaining friendly and stable working relationships with neighbours has been one of India’s major foreign policy objectives -- and New Delhi has been prepared to walk the extra mile to fulfil this goal. This is the message from President Pranab Mukherjee’s recent visit to Bangladesh writes Joyeeta Bhattacharjee

 
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On January 23, the Chinese State Council reported that three hydro-power projects would be built in the middle reaches of the Yarlung-Tsangpo river (as the Brahmaputra is known in China). This announcement was the latest in a string of such projects reported to be under implementation writes Obja Borah Hazarika

 
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Situated right on top of our planet, the Arctic Ocean has been frozen since times immemorial. Desolate, frigid and mysterious, it remained insignificant. However, of late, the Arctic is increasingly attracting global media coverage. For a single reason: it is melting rapidly writes Neil Gadihoke

 
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The Pakistani President and his Iranian counterpart Dr Ahmadinejad on 11 March performed the groundbreaking of the long-awaited $7.5 billion Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project at Gabd on the Pakistan-Iran border and in the process laid the foundation of bilateral energy cooperation  writes Monish Gulati

 
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In response to the sudden decision by the Italian government to not send back the two naval marines charged with killing two Indian fishermen last year, the Ministry of External Affairs summoned Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini to convey India’s position in the “strongest of terms”, which is diplomatese for a furious scolding writes Neil Gadihoke

 
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On March 11, the mouthpiece of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party reported that Pyongyang had declared invalid the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953. North Korea had been threatening to scrap the agreement ever since the UNSC passed tougher sanctions against it writes Obja Borah Hazarika

 


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The words of Ho Chi Minh  “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” rang true for the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan when, with increasing brutality, the West Pakistani oppression spread across the land, writes Anwar A Khan from Dhaka
 
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In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting that would help to focus and catalyse development in India's Northeast.
 
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  United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington's warning that “all options are on the table” to meet North Korea's nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open.
 
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