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That tensions between Pakistan and India flare up from time to time is a damaging, decades-long reality. Quite apart from diplomatic relations, however, in recent years a trend of pettiness has emerged, particularly across the border, that is deeply disturbing.

 

The Pakhtun culture of Pakistan lives under the concept of “tarboor”, the “cousin from the father’s side” who is supposed to kill you one day.

 
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It is important to not antagonise Iran, and we appear to be doing just that. Iran is one of the key allies that Pakistan has within the region, and in order to counter India’s attempt to isolate Pakistan; it is necessary that we have cordial ties with our neighbour.

 

Reinterpretation of historical events serves contemporary political objectives and this is what we witness in Nepal today.

 
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Beijing has stepped up its arguments in favour of its Belt-Road Initiative in the run up to its global conference on the transcontinental infrastructure programme in mid-May.

 
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Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, always precarious even at the best of times, hit a new low in recent months.

 
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On the eve of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to India he talked extensively about Kashmir in an interview, calling for a dialogue to discuss the Kashmir issue, saying Pakistan and India must settle the dispute

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to New Delhi took place at an interesting time for both countries.

 
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This year, Baisakh 11 fell on April 24. It is a significant date for Nepal. On this day, 11 years ago, King Gyanendra handed over power to Nepal’s political parties, ending his 14 month-long direct rule.

 

 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not find India falling short of its traditions of “atithi satkaar” and “mehmaan nawaazi” during his visit to New Delhi, but Turkey’s president would be well advised to keep his end of the bargain by playing the gracious guest.

 


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