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While the Indian government has initiated a strong diplomatic response to the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani army general court martial, what are the legal options available to him in Pakistan?
 
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Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has been in the news recently due to the March 14 revelation of a Pakistani minister that the government was considering making it the fifth province of Pakistan. This was pursuant to the recommendations of a committee headed by the adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz.
 
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The editorial in Organiser comments on the death sentence given to “Kulbhushan Jadhav, a Bharatiya”, by the Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has already said that it “would be considered as a ‘premeditated murder’ and Pakistan should be ready to face the consequences”. It terms Jadhav’s “arrest and subsequent trial” “fishy and farcical”, which “raises many questions about the intention of Pakistan”. India sought consular access to him 13 times, only to be denied by the Pakistani authorities, who “are still not disclosing the whereabouts of a Bharatiya citizen”. Pointing out that “Pakistan has a long history of flouting laws,” it asks: The real question is why Pakistan is playing this card now and how to deal with it.
 
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The Dehradoon Security Conference was a jointly organized high level security conference by Kathmandu based NGO Neeti Anusandhan Pratishthan, Nepal (NeNAP) and Indian Council for International Co-operation in Dehradoon, Uttarakhanda of India on the 11th and 12th of April 2017.
 
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The recent verdict given by a military court in Pakistan sentencing to death Indian Naval spy Lt Commander Kulbhshan Jadhav for espionage and sabotage has caused unrest in India. The coverage of the case by a frenzied Indian media has only worsened the situation across the border.  
 
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In an unannounced visit, the US national security advisor, H R McMaster, met with the civil-military leadership of Pakistan on Monday. The American emissary communicated to his Pakistani counterparts to come clear and clean on all types of militants including the Haqqani Networks.  
 
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How quickly will President Donald Trump ‘settle down’ and fill the gaps in his administration? That remains a big question. In India, it is leading to hesitation in making firm assessments of the Trump presidency. For example, details of his approach to Afghanistan or the Indian Ocean region – how he hopes to balance a muscular military policy with absence of enthusiasm for liberal trade – are awaited.  
 
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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently returned home from India after a very important four-day state visit to India. About 32 agreements, non-binding MOUs and protocols were inked or concluded, covering a wide range of areas — defence cooperation, energy and power sector, civilian use of nuclear power, road, rail and waterway communication, science and technology, trade and commerce. By rolling out the red carpet and extending an unprecedented warm reception to the PM and her entourage, India has honoured Bangladesh.
 
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India’s reaction to the death sentence given to Kulbhushan Yadav for espionage has been as belligerent as expected. After the conviction was announced, the Indian government put out a statement saying it would consider his execution an act of “pre-meditated murder”. Now it has called off talks which were scheduled to be held on April 17 between the two countries on maritime security. The talks itself are important because the agenda included collaboration on how to deal with apprehended vessels. The detention of fishermen on both sides who accidentally cross the maritime border has long been a complaint of both Pakistan and India and these talks could have helped reach an agreement. But as it did after the Uri attacks last year, India has opted for non-cooperation. Pakistan, meanwhile, has shared the details of Yadav’s conviction. Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz gave a long briefing in which he explained that Yadav’s trial by a military court followed the law and that he was given legal representation. Aziz also revealed that Yadav was behind attacks on the Shia and Hazara communities, on gas pipelines and in Gwadar and Turbat. India’s response to that has been a demand for consular access to Yadav.
 
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Pakistani officials and defense related think tanks are not up to the challenges posed by the upcoming nuclear weapons ban talks held in the United Nations (UN) that propose complete disarmament of nuclear weapons.  
 


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India has accused the United Nations Security Council and the international community of tending to ignore the terrorists ravaging Afghanistan and their backers while these forces “have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world.”
 
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Close Canada-India collaboration in health and wellness is a journey that commenced in 2015 in Toronto, when the first major health summit was held, and ended in March 2017 in New Delhi.
 
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AS backpedaling goes, it is unconvincing. Indian army chief Gen Bipin Rawat waded deep into controversy last month when he vigorously defended the army’s violent suppression of legitimate dissent in India-held Kashmir.
 
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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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  A former Indian civil servant, who is currently a professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, US spent long periods in distant villages and city slums of India. The result? A scholarly book that presen...

 
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  Title: The Exile; Author:  Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy; Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; Pages: 640; Price: Rs 699

 
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