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Since the Panama Papers, an avalanche of comments, reports and statements has expressed righteous indignation, outraged innocence and demands for proof, inquiry, and investigation and demands that the immediate focus should concentrate on the prime minister and his family, etc.

 

The Panama Papers revelations have sent shock waves around the world and while there seems to be no political risk to anyone in India, in neighbouring Pakistan, political parties and judges alike are getting the heebie-jeebies.

 
Instead of splitting hairs over fine details of the Line of Actual Control or blocked UN sanctions against Pakistan-sponsored terrorists, India, in its discussions with the leadership in Beijing, should focus on understanding the large-scale military reforms underway in China  
 
Marking the beginning of the infamous ‘spring offensive’ of the Afghan Taliban, which in its 2016 edition has been termed as 'Operation Omari', a massive vehicle-borne IED explosion ripped through the heart of Kabul yesterday, followed by stray gun fires, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.   
 

US-India defence ties have taken another small step towards consolidation with the visit of US secretary of defence Ashton Carter to India this week. The two countries finally managed to agree “in principle” on a logistics agreement, and it could now be finalized in weeks. It is expected to help the two militaries coordinate better, including in exercises, and also allow the US to more easily sell fuel or provide spare parts to the Indians.

 
The situation as it stands is far from being clear. However, the observations made by the High Commissioner cannot be taken lightly but, in the absence of an official word from the government of Pakistan, the fate of the on-and-off peace talks remain clouded and uncertain - just like everything else concerning ties between the two perennial political rivals, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor. 
 
The Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project has suffered for long years. Although Pakistan claims that everything is going well on this front and often chides India for delaying and not cooperating on the project, there is a hint that everything is not healthy and fine between Pakistan and Iran, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor. 
 

Set within the larger geo-political context of South Asia, terrorism and violent manifestation of extremism have increased in intensity and occurrence, more so as attempts are being made to clamp down on elements of instability that are spread across the region. Challenges are being mounted on governments across South Asia through discriminate and indiscriminate attacks on the civilian population of the region, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor

 
 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Islamabad today (March 25) on a two-day state visit. The visit is seen as a step towards improving relations and strengthening economic links after the lifting of sanctions on Iran following its nuclear deal with the West, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.

 

The attack on Brussels puts the spotlight on radicalization of second and third generation immigrants in Europe, issues surrounding their integration within the local communities and the short time span of their radicalization from a disenchanted citizen to a jihadist. Its fine handling, on the other hand, has a lot to offer to India in terms of how the country ought to prepare itself to deal with such grave and frightening occurrences, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.

 


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