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Pakistan FM ducks Osama bin Laden question but complains about Indian presence in Afghanistan

In an interview to Tolo News, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says New Delhi’s presence in Kabul is 'larger than it ought to be' since these two countries don't share a border.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, seen here in a file photo, visited the US last week | Twitter | @SMQureshiPTI

Give Shah Mahmood Qureshi the Peace Nobel for Palestine ceasefire. Forget his CNN interview

CNN still got the best version of the Pakistani foreign minister, if his previous national television appearances are anything to go by.
File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar at a press conference in New Delhi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Jaishankar, Qureshi in Abu Dhabi as UAE seeks ‘functional’ ties between India, Pakistan

Qureshi embarked on a three-day trip to Abu Dhabi Saturday and Jaishankar will be visiting the UAE capital Sunday.
Representational image of the flags of Pakistan and India | File YouTube screengrab

India, Pakistan foreign ministers likely to meet at ‘Heart of Asia’ conference in Dushanbe

Both ministers are expected to meet on the sidelines of the ‘Heart of Asia’ meet. Move comes after Pakistan Army chief said it’s time to ‘bury the past and move forward'.

India rubbishes Pakistan’s claim of ‘proof’ of its involvement in some terror attacks

MEA spokesperson says the ‘proof’ is a figment of Pakistan’s imagination. Accusation had been made by the country’s Foreign Minister S.M. Qureshi and its army.

What’s Pakistan without Saudi loan, oil and free royal jet rides for Imran Khan?

Pakistan was asked to repay $1bn of the Saudi loan, which it did by borrowing from China, but Qureshi called it an economic favour to the Arab nation in Covid-19.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan in US | PTIofficial/Twitter

As LAC stand-off continues, elated Pakistanis see national interest in Chinese interest

Pakistan sees India's move of asking two diplomats to leave New Delhi as an eyewash by the Modi govt, but is itself using it as a pretext to hide UN debacles.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi

India plotting attack to divert attention from dispute with China: Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Pakistan Foreign Minister warned India to refrain from launching any attacks on Pakistan, saying that it would respond with full force if New Delhi embarks on any misadventure.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Pakistan foreign minister’s attempt to corner Modi on ‘Islamophobia’ backfires as GK lesson

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made a faux pas, seemingly confusing Dravidian ideology with Hindutva ideology as he attempted to target PM Modi on Twitter.
Poster of superheroes | Twitter | @teelipk

Superheroes: Four-part web series on trials of urban Pakistani women to release soon

The series is produced by Teeli, a YouTube channel that calls itself an "alternative source" of entertainment in Pakistan.

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Poverty and inequality in India

Kerala’s poor is UP’s rich — how access to basic services varies in Indian states

West Bengal and Rajasthan have remarkably improved the delivery of basic services to their poorest 20% population between 2005-06 and 2015-16, NFHS data show.
Representational image | Modes of digital payments in India | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

How the pandemic can help make digital currencies truly global

We know that digital cash will be a direct claim on a central bank, just like its physical counterpart. But there the similarity ends.

Defence

Dhanush artillery guns | Ministry of Defence

Army plans to buy 2,000 gun-towing vehicles to move medium guns on hilly & desert terrain 

The vehicles will replace the Kraz and Scania GTVs that are in use for the Russian-era 130 mm towed field guns and the Swedish Bofors guns respectively.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.