The cancellation of the National Security Adviser talks between Pakistan and India some days ago could lead to a further worsening of relations between the two nuclear-armed states; border skirmishes have already occurred since then.
It is ironical that Sartaj Aziz accused India of violating the democratic rights of Hurriyat separatists. Pakistan should ask itself whether it would allow Gilgit-Baltistan activists, who are calling for an end to Pakistani occupation, to meet the Indian envoy in Islamabad or even Balochistan separatists to meet foreign envoys, writes Divya Kumar Soti for South Asia Monitor.
Talks between India and Pakistan suffer from certain inbuilt defects. India, far more than Pakistan, has always been keen to engage in direct talks with the latter. Pakistan prefers instead to talk to the rest of the world, if only to accuse India of perfidy, especially when it comes to Kashmir.
Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,