Afghanistan, Balochistan, Bangladesh and India have been victims of Pakistani state terrorism since the division of India and creation of Pakistan. It is time these nations, the Gulf States, the leadership of the West including the USA and Europe and Japan review their dysfunctional policies of trying to appease China, Pakistan and Iran, writes Sobdar Baluch for South Asia Monitor
The Narendra Modi government’s approach towards even complex issues in the neighbourhood has occasionally been excessively simplistic, and there has been too much focus on the optics, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor
There is a need to act soon. Out of an estimated 243 terrorists operating in Kashmir only 60 are foreigners and the rest indigenous. In less than six months, 75 young men joined terrorism in Kashmir. Some were highly educated and many were employed as well. Their number is swelling, writes Brig Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor
India is pursuing two regional initiatives in its neighbourhood. The sub-grouping of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) will introduce seamless cross-border trade and transportation through the Motor Vehicles Agreement Agreement. The other regional organisation on which Modi has expended considerable focus is that of BIMSTEC (The Bay of Bengal initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation), writes Sreeradha Datta for South Asia Monitor
Three powerful Nepali leaders, two of them with communist leanings, have diversified trade and transit in response to India’s behaviour. There is a strategic question that now needs an answer: Will China meet India in Kathmandu? writes Binoj Basnyat for South Asia Monitor
For creating an ecologically-friendly environment in Pakistan
Unchecked urbanisation, overpopulation, tap water mixed with sewage water, raw industrial domestic effluents going straight into River Ravi without any cleansing process. Depleting ground water without adequate recharge of ground aquifers.