Tuesday, 25 January, 2022

Topic: Taliban

Taliban suspected to have abducted 6 Indians in Afghanistan

The incident took place in Baghlan province on Sunday.

SC clips khap panchayats’ wings on marriages. But how did they get these wings?

Khaps gained prominence as a tribal and village administration mechanism, and are most prevalent in the states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, MP, UP, and Haryana.

The Pakistani Army is trying to convince the world it’s on the verge of a great transformation

Newly labeled doctrines and well-worded off-the-record statements are unlikely to persuade sceptics that the Pakistan army is on the verge of a fundamental transformation.

‘University Of Jihad’ gets public funds even as Pakistan fights extremism

For years, Pakistan has promised to clamp down on religious schools that preach violence, yet radical seminaries like Darul Uloom Haqqania continue to receive government funds.

Pakistan senate to elect chairman today and Blasphemy cases spike in Lahore

74% cases of blasphemy reported in Lahore, Punjab. Pakistan senate to elect a chairman and a deputy chairman Monday. Pashtun protection movement in Quetta missing from Pak media. Son of Pak Taliban chief killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan

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.

Avinash Paliwal’s ‘My Enemy’s Enemy’: A treatise on how not to deal with a neighbour

Irrespective of which group dominated Indian policy, India rarely appears to have got its way in Afghanistan.

Under global pressure, Pakistan is scrambling to hide its terror group — but it’s short-lived

Pakistan takes one step forward to get relief from international pressure, followed by two steps back once the pressure is off. When pressure resumes, another step forward.

Now, Pakistan insists it was always besties with China and not America

The storytellers of Islamabad hope that Americans, fearful of China, will return hat in hand and accept whatever Pakistan offers.

With a resurgent Taliban and growing ISIS, no one is safe in Afghanistan

The silver lining is that Trump’s expanded troop presence is meant to help fill lingering gaps in Afghan security capacities—including intelligence collection.

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Representative image of Army | ANI

Central Vista, old army uniforms—why this year’s Republic Day parade is a source of pride

Days of Mughal or British glory are over. Central Vista is Indian govt's modern structure, and uniforms are sources of pride.
A Chinese flag being raised in the Lujiazui Financial District of Shanghai | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

India among Asian destinations for investors fleeing Chinese real estate debt crisis

Both Goldman Sachs & CreditSights consider Indian companies attractive. While the first recommends high-yield renewables, the latter considers financial firms to well shielded here.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.