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100 Pakistan mercenaries in Syria to fight on behalf of Turkey, says US journalist

Pakistani Shia mercenaries Pakistan have earlier fought in Syria on behalf of Iran, but this will be the first time its nationals collaborate with Turkey in the war-torn country.
National Investigation Agency | Twitter

NIA looking into Pakistan, ISI link with arrested J&K cop Davinder Singh

NIA also probing Davinder Singh links with terror outfits Lashkar and Jaish, says there could be more J&K cops involved in arranging logistics for terror operatives.
The NIA building in New Delhi | ThePrint

Retd ISI colonel didn’t die in NIA custody, MCD death certificate on social media is fake

Story about the disappearance of ex-ISI officer Mohammad Habib first surfaced in Pakistani WhatsApp groups and was subsequently picked up by the media.
Representational image | Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

Honey traps, deepfakes, AI: Why India’s RAW needs to prepare for threats beyond terrorism

The RAW is being forced to move faster, but sometimes this comes at the cost of digging deeper.
Imran Khan

Channels blocked, ads slashed: The many ways Imran Khan’s Pakistan is hounding media

The media in Pakistan has for years worked under the shadow of scare tactics, but the situation seems to have worsened under the current government.

What Pakistani generals want from PM Imran Khan – career advancement

Pakistan’s generals look at their country as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Headquarters and consider themselves its board of directors.

New ISI chief Hameed headed Pakistan’s internal security & is close to army chief Bajwa

The Pakistan Army has appointed Lt Gen Faiz Hameed as the chief of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency in a surprise reshuffle.
A man waves the flag of Pakistan

Washington to London: An inside account of how Pakistan’s deep state grooms ISI mouthpieces

When Pakistan does not have professional lobbyists to do its bidding, it deploys local goons to disrupt events across the world.
IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman in Pakistan custody | @OfficialDGISPR/twitter

When Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman spoke to his wife from Pakistan custody

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

Pakistan starts trending #IamISPR defying Facebook takedown of anti-India pages

The hashtag #IamISPR was trending at No.1 in the Pakistan region. ISPR, Facebook claims, was behind fake accounts fuelling anti-India rhetoric.

On Camera

Ram Ki Paidi illuminated ahead of the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan, in Ayodhya | PTI

Let Ayodhya Ram Mandir be a reminder: Indian ancestors died for it, up to us to rebuild

Rebuilding is a civilisational responsibility Indians owe to their ancestors, who were the only ones among all pre-Bronze Age pagans who managed to protect their way of life.
HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh | Photo: Flickr

Indian economy will be booming by next August, worst behind us — HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh

At ThePrint's Off the Cuff, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh said govt should reduce stakes in state-owned banks to 51% and pursue aggressive asset monetisation & privatisation.

Defence

Representational image of the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, which borders on China | Photo: Commons

Himachal’s plan to counter China — train personnel in Chinese, residents in guerrilla warfare

Plan with 12 ‘high points’, drawn up by Himachal DGP Sanjay Kundu at the behest of Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, sent to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for action.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.