Thursday, 20 January, 2022

Topic: Taliban

Aid to Afghanistan, movement of people discussed as US Special Envoy Thomas West visits India

US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West met NSA Ajit Doval & Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, having earlier attended Troika Plus dialogue in Pakistan.

NSA meet has a wishlist for Taliban. But some are pointless without China, Pakistan attending

No country will be able to provide security cover and aid to Afghanistan like the US. With China and Pakistan appropriating strategic space, India has little elbow room.

Cut ties with terrorist groups and eliminate them, Pakistan, China, Russia & US tell Taliban

Pakistan PM meets Taliban delegation, assures support for Afghan people. Meetings took place in Islamabad a day after India hosted a dialogue of security chiefs of 7 nations.

Taliban wants to establish communication with world: Pak foreign minister at Troika Plus meet

Addressing the opening session of the meet attended by China, Russia & US, Qureshi urged the global community to immediately help Afghanistan to avoid a looming human catastrophe.

Centre overruling Mizoram CM on chief secretary appointment damages cooperative federalism

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Pakistan to host US, China, Russia meeting on Afghanistan a day after India holds NSA talks

‘Troika Plus’ meet, chaired by Pakistan foreign minister & NSA, will feature special representatives from US, China & Russia. Taliban foreign minister Muttaqi will also attend.

Taliban look to identify, capture infiltrators from Islamic State

A local offshoot of the Islamic State continues to be one of the biggest threats to the Taliban, carrying out at least five major attacks since the chaotic US evacuation.

India wants to be a big player in Afghanistan, so why isn’t it giving visas to Afghans?

By getting the Russian, Iranian and five Central Asian NSAs to Delhi for a conference, India shows it can expand the Afghanistan game.

Afghan instability big regional worry. That’s the message Delhi NSA meet wants to send Taliban

Wednesday's meeting, to be chaired by NSA Ajit Doval, will be attended by security heads of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan.

NSA meet is a chance for Delhi to show Taliban victory doesn’t mean India’s defeat

Pakistan NSA Moeed Yusuf won’t attend the Regional Security Dialogue in Delhi. He’s missing a major opportunity for peace.

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Reserve Bank of India building in Mumbai | Photographer: Kanishka Sonthalia | Bloomberg

Exotic forex derivatives make comeback in India as RBI pushes to deepen markets

RBI allowed lenders to offer derivative products this month. Banks like ICICI Bank & Axis Bank sold barrier forex options to customers including Reliance Industries & Supreme Petrochem.


File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.