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Masood Azhar

How the world, especially India, should read JeM’s celebration of US-Taliban peace deal

An article in Jaish-e-Mohammed journal ‘Medina Medina’ gives a sense of how the organisation is trying to survive. But its two crucial takeaways are in Indian context.
Taliban's Mullah Baradar

7 civilians killed, 17 injured in Taliban missile attack, a week after peace deal with US

US-Taliban peace deal signed last Saturday stipulated withdrawal of foreign troops, and a guarantee that Afghanistan would not be a safe haven for terrorists.
Afghan peace deal being signed in Doha

US’ hurry to hand Afghanistan back to Taliban is a sign India must also push its PoK project

India must quickly put a strategy in place to initiate action at a suitable time to reclaim Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
US President Donald Trump

In historic call, Trump discusses peace with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

If you strip the hysteric details away, the debate on coronavirus comes down to numbers and whether you're a 'growther' or a 'base-rater' in how you respond to the pandemic.
Afghan peace deal being signed in Doha

US-Afghan peace deal relies on old flaws, dated assumptions. Taliban of 2020 has changed

Afghan deal menu was made by Pakistan, cooked by US, paid by Doha. Taliban gets the starter, Pakistan & Trump campaign gets main dish, Afghan govt, the dessert. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi | Shahbaz Khan/PTI

India has invested too much in Afghanistan to let Taliban hold sway again with US blessings

Just like US dumped Kurdish allies in Syria and allowed Turkish army to run havoc, Taliban would do the same with Ashraf Ghani govt in Afghanistan.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar

US-Taliban deal was like watching ‘Pakeezah’ after a long wait, says Jaishankar

At inaugural session of CPR Dialogues, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar says need of the hour is more sober conversations at a time ideologies, identities mix with business & politics.
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani | Twitter | @MEAIndia

India hopes US-Taliban peace deal will bring ‘lasting political settlement’ to Afghanistan

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar says India will support all opportunities that will lead to lasting political settlement through Afghan-led, Afghan-owned & Afghan-controlled process.
Taliban

US and Taliban sign peace deal aimed to end over 18 years of conflict

The deal, which followed a seven-day reduction in violence, is expected to pave the way for direct talks between Taliban officials and Afghan leaders in Oslo next month.
Pedestrians walk past the Abdul Rahman Mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan | Representational image | Jim Huylebroek/Bloomberg

India signs deals with Afghanistan for road projects in Bamyan, Mazar-e-Sharif

Finance Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla attends signing of the agreements in Kabul for the road projects Afghanistan will undertake with India's assistance.

On Camera

Representational image | Pixabay

Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.