Wednesday, 25 May, 2022

Topic: Afghanistan

Afghan NSA meets Pak army chief, as Bangladesh’s drug war draws flak

The Countries Next Door is a daily roundup of the most interesting news and views from across South Asia.

The small-town boy who became India’s first ISIS suicide bomber

In less than a decade, Fayaz Kagzi went from being a B.Ed student in Maharashtra to Lashkar recruiter and finally ended up dying for the ISIS cause in Saudi Arabia

Pokhran anniversary: How we built the nuclear bomb

India’s march to Pokhran 1998 involved hundreds of secret steps & actions. And even if one had been betrayed, the whole operation would have been compromised.

With Trump’s Iran pullout, has the rule-maker of the world become the rule-breaker?

The combination of China’s rapid reemergence as a global power and a US led by an unstable president are increasing geopolitical risks, but India is too immersed in fighting internecine battles.

Plugged-In: 7 Indians abducted in Afghan, 5 militants killed in Kashmir & storm warnings

Abductions, Assassinations, and Encounters: Sunday took India by storm.

Taliban suspected to have abducted 6 Indians in Afghanistan

The incident took place in Baghlan province on Sunday.

Attack on 11 Afghanistan journalists a bid to silence voice of justice: Afghan envoy

Afghan Ambassador S.M. Abdali says attacks are a setback for the freedom of expression in Afghanistan.

Global Pulse: America’s secret war in Yemen and the first Lebanese election since 2009

America has involved itself in yet another war it doesn't belong in. The Holocaust exhibition in America reveals shocking details of its complacency. Meanwhile, the Lebanese elections are seeing the emergence of many progressive issues. 

Global Pulse: Pressure mounts on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani from all sides

President Ashraf Ghani's administration seems incapable of stopping terror attacks, which is only increasing criticism against his government.

Releasing Taliban prisoners or changing the Constitution won’t buy peace for Afghanistan

Converting a ruthless foe like the Taliban which understands only the language of the gun requires nothing less than divine intervention.

On Camera


US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and US President Joe Biden at the Quad Summit, in Tokyo, Tuesday | ANI

Quad action against ‘illegal fishing’ may also target China’s Indo-Pacific ‘political activities’

Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness will use advanced & integrated satellite imagery & technology to combat illegal fishing & 'dubious operations' of Chinese maritime militia.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.