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.
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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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599
The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.