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India’s strategic safari took a step further this week with the African Development Bank (AfDB) holding its annual meeting for the first time in this country.

 
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I recently participated in the Harvard Pakistan Forum (HPF) 2017. I was invited as a keynote speaker to present my views on the Kashmir issue. While my views are public, I was certain that no one in the audience, mostly young students, had any idea of what I was to talk about.

 
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Three prime ministers in succession have tried to establish friendly relations with Pakistan. Atal Bihari Vajpayee broke the mould by taking a bus across to Lahore. He tried to charm our neighbour and there was hope that some sort of Samjhauta could be effected. Then Kargil happened and there was a feeling of betrayal.

 

That Nepal, like six other South Asian countries, joined the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative of China formally, may be read differently at home, in India and, to some extent, in the region. While the outcome of the initiative in terms of the spread of rail and road networks, energy projects and connectivity will take years to emerge, Nepal will have to develop closer working relations with China under this agreement.

 

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday said Pakistan cannot hang Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav for now and ordered Islamabad to give consular access to him. “Pakistan shall take all measures to ensure that Jadhav is not hanged until a final decision by the court,” said ICJ judge Ronny Abraham. “The circumstances of his arrest are in dispute... India should have been given consular access as per Vienna Convention”.

 

May 18 appears to be a good day for India and a bad one for Pakistan. Forty-three years ago on this very day, India joined the world’s nuclear club by conducting a nuclear test in Pokhran much to the alarm and embarrassment of Pakistan.

 
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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday said Pakistan cannot hang Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav for now and ordered Islamabad to give consular access to him.

 

The reaction to the preliminary order has been intense, seemingly politicised and, by and large, confused.

 

While the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) comes as a setback for Pakistan, all is not lost.

 

Many Western diplomats and development-walas, cheered on by their Kathmandu plaudits, tend to portray Nepal as a failed or failing state.

 


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