Elected to lead his nation days after mobs burned his home, President Ranil Wickremesinghe knows first-hand that Sri Lanka’s teetering on the edge. To fix the ruined economy, Wickremesinghe needs stability, public support. He’ll need to get tough on violent protestors—but also the corrupt establishment they’re trying to overthrow.
Zubair’s release enhances SC’s stature but India can’t have two contrary judicial approaches
Forthright order freeing Mohammed Zubair enhances SC’s stature. It also underlines the rot in our bail-averse lower judiciary. This is why Zubair was unjustly jailed for 23 days. One country mustn’t have two contrary judicial approaches. Brazen abuse of power to arrest and peremptory denial of bail must be punished.
World must force Taliban to fulfil counter-terrorism promises before resuming diplomatic ties
Warnings from the United Nations on continued Taliban support for transnational jihadists demonstrate the worthlessness of the regime’s word it won’t let Afghanistan become a terror launchpad. The road to 9/11 was paved with similar promises. World capitals must insist counter-terrorism conditions are met before resuming diplomatic and economic ties.