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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.
File photo of Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi | @narendramodi/PTI

If India wants to be a key player in Afghanistan, it has to engage with the Taliban

India has reacted to the proposed Taliban peace deal with diplomatic scepticism, but it must stop dithering now.
File photo of Zalmay Khalilzad | @US4AfghanPeace/Twitter

US is exhausted & envoy Zalmay Khalilzad may just pull off the impossible in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani has little choice because the Americans desperately want to leave.
US soldiers in Afghanistan | Commons

US, Taliban close to finalising peace deal to end 18-year-long Afghan war

The talks discussed key issues including a pledge from the Taliban to prevent Afghanistan from being used by terrorist groups such as the Islamic State.
File photo of Zalmay Khalilzad | @US4AfghanPeace/Twitter

Why Afghan-American diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad is Donald Trump’s ace in peace talks

US President Donald Trump had appointed Zalmay Khalilzad as the country’s envoy for peace and reconciliation talks in Afghanistan last year.
The city of Kabul (representational image) | Commons

Indian among four killed in Afghan bomb attack, says external affairs ministry

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul that killed at least four people and left 100 injured.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi | Shahbaz Khan/PTI

NATO does not want India at Afghanistan peace talks table

India has prominent place, but there are hundreds who have stake there, says NATO.

OnCamera

Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
space laws

When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 

Defence

Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
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.