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US didn’t start the war, says envoy Khalilzad as Taliban launches op against Afghan govt

As talks dwindle and Taliban announces Operation Al-Fath against the Afghanistan govt, US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says ‘war is not the answer’, draws criticism.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi | Shahbaz Khan/PTI

India being kept out of Afghan-Taliban peace talks is a return to pre-9/11 geopolitics

India’s Afghanistan efforts face a hesitant Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy for Afghan peace who seems to be keeping New Delhi at bay.
Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

‘Butcher of Kabul’ Gulbuddin Hekmatyar wants to be Afghan President

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is trying to position his Hizb-e-Islami as a legitimate political party, says he is keen to arrive at a political settlement.
File photo of Zalmay Khalilzad | @US4AfghanPeace/Twitter

US is exhausted & envoy Zalmay Khalilzad may just pull off the impossible in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani has little choice because the Americans desperately want to leave.
File photo of Zalmay Khalilzad | @US4AfghanPeace/Twitter

Why Afghan-American diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad is Donald Trump’s ace in peace talks

US President Donald Trump had appointed Zalmay Khalilzad as the country’s envoy for peace and reconciliation talks in Afghanistan last year.
A tobacco cigarette

Pakistan govt move to impose ‘sin tax’ on cigarettes, sugary beverages draws flak

Here’s what’s happening across the border: World Bank says India-Pakistan trade has potential to reach $37 billion, and Bill Gates appreciates Imran Khan's polio eradication efforts. 
Pak PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan’s Instagram page is world’s second most active government-run account, says BCW

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan assures help in advancing Afghan peace process after Trump’s request; Finance minister says country's economic crisis is over.

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CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.