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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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Many Pakistani anchors, commentators, and talking heads have gone apeshit over what they see as the twin insults delivered to Pakistan by Saudi Arabia and the United States, both one-time (and to a less degree even now) patrons of this malefic, recidivist state.

 

There are lessons for India in Moody’s Investor Service’s downgrade of China on account of concerns related to a slowing economy and rising debt. The downgrade lends truth to the long-standing argument of some Indian policymakers that rating agencies treat India and China differently; China should have received a downgrade long ago, they say, and India, an upgrade.

 
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Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and its counterpart in Kabul need to revisit the tariff and para-tariffs imposed on incoming goods from both sides.

 

As if India and Pakistan were short of potential wars, the two sides have been busy fighting a miniscule battle over the Line of Control and the Working Boundary for the last three years.

 


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