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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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  Afghan president Ashraf Ghani referred to Pakistan nine times in his 36-minute speech at the Kabul Process conference on June 6, a one-day meeting between the Afghan government and representatives of 27 countries and international organizations charged with restarting a peace process in this violence-torn country. 
 
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Wednesday’s shootings in Teheran are being linked to the United States’ solid backing of Iran’s regional adversaries.

 
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India and Pakistan will join as full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at the Astana summit on June 8-9, 2017. Last year, both countries signed the 30-odd obligatory papers necessary to join the pan-Eurasian grouping.

 
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Exactly a decade after 9/11, on September 11, 2011, a truck pulled up next to the US military base in Wardak province in eastern Afghanistan.

 
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Afghanistan is no stranger to terror attacks. Even so, the repeated strikes in the most fortified areas with mounting casualties demonstrate a steadily deteriorating security situation.

 
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Political institutions cannot be subordinated to precepts determined by the clerical elite of any religion or faith.

 

Recently in Kolkata, an interesting saga played itself out. Barkati, the infamous imam of the famous Tipu Sultan mosque situated in central Kolkata, was removed from the position by the mosque authorities amidst huge protests against him by fellow Muslims.

 
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Following last week’s embarrassment at the ‘Islamic’ summit in Riyadh, where neither Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif nor former Army Chief Gen (R) Raheel Sharif – who militarily spearheads the Saudi-led military coalition – was invited to speak, there are reports that Islamabad might be reconsidering participation in said ‘Islamic’ alliance.

 


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