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A mutually agreed nuclear disarmament treaty between India and Pakistan has never been on the cards and is never likely to be. Both maintain a nuclear arsenal and both have the capacity to deliver nuclear weapons anywhere within the territory of the other. Mutually assured destruction (MAD) is indeed assured. Neither state presents a nuclear threat face to any other enemy. 
 
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An  entire cricket club team in India-held Kashmir detained for wearing the uniform of the Pakistani cricket team and standing up as Pakistan’s national anthem was played.… Kashmiris do have a knack for showing their defiance in bold ways. No talk of peace between Pakistan and India can disregard the plight of the Kashmiris across the LoC. The issue will dominate the agenda of Pakistan-India engagement at any level. 
 
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For decades, Pakistan has had to play a careful game in balancing sides between its neighbour Iran and its close ally Saudi Arabia on which it is also highly dependent for economic and other support. This has not always been an easy act for Pakistan to achieve given the relations between the two nations. Now Pakistan’s decision to join the Saudi-formed Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism and permit former army chief Raheel Sharif to lead the alliance may be affecting our relations with Iran. 
 
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The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government in Islamabad has given the go-ahead to the appointment of Pakistan’s ex-army chief General Raheel Sharif as supreme commander of a Saudi-funded “Nato-like” Islamic military organisation. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz had sought his appointment to the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) — it seemed the king didn’t even ask Islamabad before announcing the appointment. Saudi umbrage, triggered by Pakistan’s refusal in 2015 to join the Saudi war in Yemen, is expected to subside after this.

 
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Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, is visiting India. This is her first bilateral visit to India since 2010. Being committed to a state visit to Japan, the Bangladesh prime minister was unable to attend the inauguration of Narendra Modi in May 2014, when the heads of government of SAARC countries had been invited.

 
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There is great potential for developed economies, like the UK, to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other projects in China's One Belt, One Road (B&R) initiative. 
 
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Beijing has kicked up a furious diplomatic row over the Dalai Lama’s ongoing visit to the northeast – including Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh – claiming that the Tibetan spiritual leader’s tour will seriously damage its ties with “obstinate” New Delhi. Such strident pronouncements, bordering on threats, are unbecoming of Beijing. If the latter sincerely believes in cordial India-China relations it would do well to be more diplomatic in its responses. New Delhi, meanwhile, has been absolutely right in stating that the Dalai Lama is free to visit any part of India and Arunachal Pradesh certainly fits this description.
 
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We have noted some interesting discussions and debates in the Bangladesh media regarding India and Bangladesh signing a defence pact during the ensuing visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Delhi commencing from 7 April. Bangladesh and India are two friendly neighbours in South Asia. They have mutual respect for sovereign equality between their peoples. Two such countries can easily sign any or many agreements mutually beneficial to both in defence, security, energy, economics and commerce.
 
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to India has created a slew of debates and discussions in the leading news media in both Bangladesh and India. It is not surprising given the level and intensity of Bangladesh-India relationship, Bangladesh’s rise as an emerging economic tiger, Sheikh Hasina’s international stature as a leader and the geopolitics of the region. However, all of our attention has drifted away from other important issues through speculative reports on a defence pact between Bangladesh and India. Although there is yet to be any official confirmation from either side on this, news media broke stories, quoting unidentified sources. Is it a ploy on the part of a certain quarter to keep Bangladeshis busy talking about this without paying attention to other issues, such as the sharing of the waters of common rivers? Or is it a reality?
 
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A section of the Bangladesh ‘anxiety lobby’ is worried about Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India, fearing she will sign a treaty which will go against the country’s best interests. When a treaty is about to be signed such anxieties are common. But does India need a treat to gobble up Bangladesh given its size, power and proximity? However, India has not been a fair partner on many matters and water sharing is one big example. But it is possible that Bangladesh is at its strongest to negotiate as it goes to India, courtesy of Chinese billions and the potential of a strong Chinese presence in Dhaka. Who needs a defence treaty?  
 


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