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What Explains the Appointment of Pakistan’s New ISI Chief?
In a recent reshuffle of the Army top brass, Lt. Gen Asim Munir was replaced by Lt. Gen Faiz Hameed as the new chief the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The change comes barely eight months after Munir was appointed as the spy chief. The fact that the new spymaster Gen Faiz is more familiar to the domestic political circles makes the speculation rife on his upcoming aggressive role in “managing” the opposition and civil rights groups (with special emphasis on the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement) giving hard time to the ruling government and the military establishment.
Modi Government 2.0: Sure Footed Firmness vis-a-vis Pakistan
India, following the re-election of the Modi Government, is to be commended for its sure footed firmness in its dealings with Pakistan. Pakistan's repeated feelers for a resumption of talks have been rebuffed on the eminently legitimate ground that terror and talks cannot go together. In keeping with this principled approach, the Government refrained from inviting Pakistan for Modi's swearing-in ceremony, and by extending invitations to the BIMSTEC countries instead of the SAARC countries as done in 2014.
A Perilous Quadrangle: Iran, United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia
The world is witnessing with increasing alarm the escalating tension in West Asia. We do not know whether there will be a war. But we have reasons to fear that hostilities might break out if there is no de-escalation. We do not see, as yet, any signs of a serious and credible attempt to de-escalate on the part of the contestants or others. Why are we where we are?
Contextualising the US-Iran Tensions
The recent stand-off between Iran and the United States (US) is rooted in US President Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on 8 May 2018, arguing that Iran was violating the spirit of the deal by working against the US interests in the region and supporting terrorism and exporting violence. The US assessment is that maximum pressure and re-imposition of sanctions would force Iran to agree with the US demands. Iran, on the other hand, intends to demonstrate its capability that it would not cow down to the US pressure.
अमेरिकी प्रतिबंध, ईरान की प्रतिक्रिया और तेल की बिगड़ती स्थिति
राष्ट्रपति हसन रूहानी ने 8 जुलाई को राष्ट्रीय टेलीविजन पर अपने भाषण में ऐलान किया कि ईरान परमाणु समझौते या संयुक्त व्यापक कार्य योजना (जेसीपीओए) के तहत किए गए वायदों को कुछ समय तक पूरा नहीं करेगा। इसका मतलब समझौते से पीछे हटना नहीं है। रूहानी ने कहा, “यह काम समझौते को बरकरार रखने के लिए किया जा रहा है, उसे खत्म करने के लिए नहीं।” ईरान का यह कदम जेसीपीओए से अमेरिका के बाहर होने के ऐलान के एक वर्ष बाद आया है। अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति डॉनल्ड ट्रंप ने वह ऐलान ईरान द्वारा सभी वायदे पूरे किए जाने और अंतरराष्ट्रीय परमाणु ऊर्जा एजेंसी (आईएईए) द्वारा उन्हें प्रमाणित किए जाने के बावजूद किया था। हाल ही में अमे
Minorities
The Modi government has created a flutter by its recent outreach to the minority community. It has announced scholarships to five crore students over the next five years, with a substantial number of them being girls; extended help to madrassas to equip them to teach modern subjects such as English, science and computers; and offer bridge courses to madrassa students to enable them gain higher education. Most non-partisan observers have welcomed the government’s affirmative decision and hoped that the scheme would be effectively implemented.
Al Qaida Affiliate AGuH Leader Zakir Musa Killed in J&K - What Lies Ahead?
On 23 May 2019, while all the prime time news channels in India were intensely pre-occupied with news and analysis of the Parliamentary Election 2019, a few of them found time and space to flash a piece of a very significant security related news from the Kashmir Valley- the killing of Zakir Musa aka Zakir Rashid Bhat, chief of Al-Qaida’s Kashmir unit Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind (AGuH), in the course of a joint counter-terror Cordon-and-Search Operation (CASO) carried out by Indian Army’s 42 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) Battalion, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the J&K Police and personnel belongi
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