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India-Pakistan Relations

Abstract: Though there was no breakthrough during Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar's recent visit, there was headway for the next meeting between the two foreign secretaries. There is need for comprehensive dialogue process between the two countries to address all outstanding issues. Lack of trust between the two countries is a major issue and there is not likely to be any worthwhile progress on other issues unless the trust is gradually restored. India is well on its way for implementing two-pronged strategy to squeeze Pakistan. Modi wants to bypass Pakistan within SAARC and create conditions that Pakistan softens its stance on core issues like Kashmir and provision of trade openings to India towards West and Central Asia without any reciprocal concessions.

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Taliban warm-up for talks

Afghan Taliban leadership has approved initiation of preliminary peace talks with Afghan government. Taliban representatives conducting talks with Pakistan and China have received a green signal from their top leadership. Pakistan has advised Taliban leaders to sit face-to-face with the Afghan government and put their demands to find out a political solution.Turkey has expressed its satisfaction with the new phase of relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. China’s entry into Afghan peace process was long overdue; this will help the sustainability of the peace process, because China is perceived as an honest peace broker by all. As the peace move is likely to pick up in the coming weeks, Afghan president has stepped up consultations with stakeholders in his country to evolve consensus.

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Treacherous trajectory of Pakistan Indian dialogue

Pakistan Focus Analysis Process of Pakistan-India talks is akin to one step forward and two backwards.  Once again, to promote the spirit of good will in anticipation to upcoming round of talks, Pakistan has released 173 Indian prisoners. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has articulated peace for development as the defining principle of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Building a peaceful neighbourhood and …

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A close call to Modi

Pakistan Focus Analysis            Aam Admi Party (Common Man’s Party) has won a landslide victory in Delhi State elections; out of a house of 70, it has bagged 67 seats, leaving three for the BJP, remaining parties are left high and dry. In run up to these elections, this Party had released its humble manifesto on January 31, …

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In Solidarity With Kashmir: Analysis by Pakistan Focus

At this moment of its heightened national hubris, India unrealistically expects Pakistan to relent on its principled stance on Kashmir. It is time to celebrate the solidarity day with added zeal to refresh the international conscious about lingering Kashmir dispute.

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NSG Expansion: An Analysis by Pakistan Focus

Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) is a 48-nation body established 40 years ago to ensure that civilian trade in nuclear materials is not diverted for military purposes. Nearly six years on, the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement remains a controversial arrangement. As America, the leading proponent of nuclear non-proliferation (NPT), entered into Agreement 123 with a non NPT state, it threw-up a whole …

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Modi’s Options for Pakistan-India Relations: Analysis by Pakistan Focus

Pakistan-India relations follow a peculiar pattern. Comparatively hard-line political parties of both countries are better poised to take bold initiatives in terms of bilateral relations. BJP and PML(N) are better anchored to deconstruct and reconstruct Pakistan-India relations. Decisions taken by them have greater acceptance amongst the people of the two countries. Near simultaneous rise of these two parties to power …

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China’s peaceful rise

Since the Third Plenary Session of the Eleventh Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, held in 1978, the Chinese leadership has concentrated on economic development. This path toward modernization can be called “the development path to a peaceful rise.” China’s rapid development has attracted worldwide attention in recent years. China’s emergence thus far has been driven by capital, technology, …

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