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With the new Pakistan Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa having taken charge, the question Indians are asking is whether he would be a hardliner like his predecessor or ease tensions with India across the Line of Control?

 

The fundamentalist Islamist threat is not really dead in Bangladesh. It is deeply entrenched in various forums and institutions and needs to be fully rooted out

 
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Arguably, this is one of the darkest periods in India-Pakistan relations. The moot point is whether the two neighbours are meandering towards an existential crisis, given their history of troubled relations. It would seem so, as every time an attempt is made by India to reduce tensions, matters only seem to spiral downwards.

 

The Nagrota terrorist attack was not a surprise and more terror attacks sponsored by Pakistan will not be surprises either. Forty years ago Pakistani dictator Zia ul Haq conceived the plan of slow retribution against India in response to the disgrace the Pakistan army suffered in 1971. No military-guided civilian government of Pakistan is ever going to reverse that tide.

 
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  The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor became operational during the second week of November 2016. Pakistan’s prime minister, chief of army staff and other senior officials along with some Chinese were in Gwadar, witnessing the departure of the first shipment from the port, after having arrived there through different routes from Kashgar and from within Pakistan
 
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This is the question which came to mind after Pakistan urged India on Monday to formalize a ceasefire understanding reached in 2003 to stop firing along the border of the two countries.

 
For a long time, a common refrain in India has been that our hostile and myopic neighbour -- Pakistan -- is obsessed with everything Indian and this attitude is a major reason for the deterioration of relations between the two nations. But it amazes many in this land too about how equally fixated we are about our errant terror-exporting neighbour.

 

 
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on one of his frequent sojourns around the country, came to Bathinda on Friday. The Indian army's elite strike corps is garrisoned not far from where he spoke.

 
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Prime minister Narendra Modi has again talked of making greater use of the waters of the Indus river system—this time, in poll-bound Punjab. Earlier this year, after the Uri attack, the PM had hinted at this, saying “blood and water can’t flow together”.

 
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China has been interested in South Asia for quite some time. Initially, this Chinese interest in South Asia was described by some western analysts as the "string of pearls" strategy. Subsequently, a number of Indian analysts also subscribed to this approach. These pearls were supposed to be around India with an objective to harm Indian strategic and security interests.

 


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