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No handshake but a firm Indian ‘namaskar’ for Pakistani diplomats at Kulbhushan hearing

At the start of the Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing at the ICJ, Indian diplomats folded their hands in the traditional ‘namaskar’ when approached for a handshake.
Shinzo Abe

‘Not saying it’s not true’: Abe’s cryptic reply on Trump’s Nobel nomination

Did he nominate Trump or didn't he? Japan's PM Shinzo Abe walked a fine line when asked if he nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
File photo of Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince

Saudi Arabia signs investment MoUs worth $20 billion in Pakistan

Prince Mohammed's investment plans may help Imran Khan's efforts to revive an economy hurt by widening current account & fiscal deficits.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari | Bloomberg

After Pulwama-like attack, Iran warns Pakistan that it ‘will pay a heavy price’

Day before the Pulwama attack, 27 Revolutionary Guards were killed in a similar attack in Iran, drawing the warning from security chief Mohammed Ali Jafari.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Ready to cooperate if India shares evidence of Pakistan’s hand in Pulwama attack: Qureshi

Nobody can browbeat Pakistan for the Pulwama attack, says its foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman | Will Oliver/Pool via Bloombeg

Saudi Crown Prince MBS delays Asia trip amid India-Pakistan tension

Mohammed Bin Salman will arrive in Pakistan Sunday, a day late. He is also scheduled to visit India and China.
Imran Khan and Narendra Modi

India won’t find it easy to isolate Pakistan diplomatically, at least not at the moment

Pakistan's ties with US, Saudi Arabia and China, and its role as facilitator of Afghan peace talks will be roadblocks for India, say experts.
Security personnel at the site of suicide bomb attack, Pulwama | PTI

India moves to quickly mount diplomatic campaign against Pakistan at UN, FATF

India is seeking support of P-5 countries to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar & is looking to keep Pakistan on FATF's 'grey list'.
Ajit Doval

US National Security Adviser John Bolton dials Ajit Doval twice after Pulwama attack

So far, more than 70 American lawmakers including 15 Senators have condemned the attack.
A CRPF soldier stands guard near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

India begins diplomatic offensive to isolate Pakistan

Day after Pulwama attack, India calls meeting of envoys from China, Gulf, Europe, Japan & South Korea to brief them on Pakistan’s role in sponsoring terrorism.


PM Narendra Modi

India-Pakistan face-off over Pulwama is Narendra Modi’s biggest foreign policy challenge

New Delhi can pat itself on the back for persuading Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to not fly directly from Pakistan.
shiv sena

Is pact with Shiv Sena sign of BJP’s desperation or smart manoeuvring ahead of elections?

The BJP and the Shiv Sena will contest the Lok Sabha and the Maharashtra assembly election in alliance. The BJP is also forming an alliance with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.


Andaman and Nicobar Islands

7 islands in Lakshadweep and Andamans identified for seaplane operations 

Private sector participation was also invited for tourism-based projects in two archipelagos in the region. 
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.