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Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday carnage: The unspoken Pakistan factor

So far, Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda in South Asia (AQIS) has been more active in this region. Post the Christchurch terror attacks, Al Qaeda issued a statement saying they would not attack religious places. But ISIS and Pakistan-based terror organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and others have no such inhibitions, writes Lt Gen Prakash Chand Katoch (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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Asia Cup: Tigers announce arrival on world stage

‘Pakistan won the Asia Cup, but Bangladesh won the hearts of the people,’ said the commentator as former World Champions Pakistan beat the home team by two runs in a nail-biting finish in the Asia Cup final on March 22. Dhaka has indeed been a lucky venue for Pakistan, writes Prasanna Kumar

Roadmap for 20-fold increase in Indo-Pak trade

Presenting the Union Budget for 2012-13 on March 16, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed a negative list of 17 items, barring which all services will henceforth be taxable. While this is not something that the Indian consumer will be jubilant about, Pakistan’s recent decision to accord Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India has been hailed as a major breakthrough in Indo-Pak relations writes Parthasarathy Chaganty

India's defence budget: singular lack of strategic vision

The Indian defence expenditure for the financial year 2012-13 has been budgeted at a fairly high figure of $38.5 billion, this is not unreasonable -- but is well below China's corresponding figure of $100 billion, writes Cmdr. Uday Bhaskar

India and South Asia: States need to be stakeholders

India’s external environment and the related foreign policy challenges, with a special focus on the South Asian neighbourhood, were usefully illuminated in the course of this week by Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna and National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon writes C. Uday Bhaskar

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