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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi | Shahbaz Khan/PTI

India fears Pakistan may play foul as Afghan presidential polls are delayed again

Originally scheduled for 20 April, the presidential election is now likely to be held on 28 September, two months beyond an earlier postponement to 20 July.

Indian analysts worry about advantage Pakistan as US-Afghanistan ties hit new low

Afghan National Security Adviser was summoned and pulled up by US after he accused its special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad of vested interests in the peace process.
Mi-25 gunships | YouTube

Chopper delivery from India to Afghanistan delayed by a year, now likely in June

Questions are, however, being raised in Afghanistan on whether India will be able to deliver the Mi-25 gunship choppers as it heads into elections & amid tension with Pakistan.
Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

‘Butcher of Kabul’ Gulbuddin Hekmatyar wants to be Afghan President

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is trying to position his Hizb-e-Islami as a legitimate political party, says he is keen to arrive at a political settlement.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Revenge is for morons. Can Modi switch to deterrence, less sexy but way more diabolical?

India’s deterrence against Pakistan can’t be nuclear but a massive scaling up of conventional military power. Challenge Pakistan to match up & pauperise itself.
File photo of Zahid Nasrullah Khan | @BhittaniKhannnn/Twitter

Pakistan directs Pulwama fire at Afghanistan, says peace talks to be hit if India attacks

Afghanistan’s foreign ministry summons Pakistani ambassador Zahid Nasrullah Khan, hands him diplomatic démarches for his statement.
The city of Kabul (representational image) | Commons

It’s the moment of truth for Afghanistan

There are distinct signs of progress in Afghanistan, thanks to Zalmay Khalilzad, who last year took over as US special representative to the reconciliation process.
Donald Trump

US making progress in negotiating peace with Taliban: Trump during State of Union address

Justifying US pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, Trump says it’s a radical regime that is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.
US soldiers in Afghanistan | Commons

Trump’s ‘surrender’ to Taliban compromises India’s national security

India has to shield its vital interests in Afghanistan, or else developments there would adversely impinge on Indian security, including in the Kashmir Valley.
Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

As US-Taliban talks progress, India reaches out to China to discuss Afghanistan’s future

India is concerned that the US might delay July’s Afghan elections and bring in a caretaker govt, in a bid to rush its withdrawal from the war-torn country.

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.