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RUSSIA has offered to mediate between Pakistan and India. China appears to once again be preparing to take a lead role in dialogue between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the newly revived Quadrilateral Coordination Group framework.

 
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The Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia has us all wondering if the purpose was to assure the King of support in so-called Gulf Crisis or whether we are going to play mediator.

 

The horrific suicide bomb attack in Kabul on May 31 that left 150 dead, and subsequent similar attacks at a funeral a few days later briefly brought Afghanistan back into the news.

 
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There may be many strands to the latest crisis engulfing the Middle East, but there is only one conclusion for Pakistan: this country cannot afford to get embroiled in conflict in the Middle East.

 

Last week, the Pentagon’s annual report to the Congress forecast that China will build a military base in Pakistan in order to have in the subcontinent facilities akin to what Beijing is developing in Djibouti.

 
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With India obtaining membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), an important platform has opened up for New Delhi in an increasingly multipolar world.

 

What does Pakistan have in common with Saudi Arabia? Religion. Anything else?

 

Two years after the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation formally began the process, India has finally joined as a full-fledged member.

 

That India’s relations with Pakistan and China have entered a difficult phase has also generated apprehensions in Delhi about the forum creating new pressures on Jammu and Kashmir. Having waited for the membership of the SCO for a decade and more, India wisely chose not to retreat into a defensive shell at the Astana summit.

 
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Originally, a security pact in which there have been some halting steps in recent times towards broader economic cooperation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation could offer Pakistan some advantages in the years ahead — if Pakistan uses its membership effectively.

 


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Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699

 
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