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Pakistan may not be on the verge of collapse. The problem is that Pakistan's continued pursuit of the same balancing strategy -- albeit one that pursues anti-Pakistan militants with greater intensity -- will continue to leave space for Afghan-focused militants to plan and train inside Pakistan. That will make successfully concluding the war in Afghanistan much more difficult. Moreover, leaving space for Afghan-focused militants almost certainly means leaving space for al Qaeda.
When it comes to Western security, the impact of the new U.S. Afghanistan strategy on deliberations in Islamabad and Rawalpindi is more important than its effects on the ground in Kabul or Kandahar. To judge whether it has succeeded, Washington should watch for a strategic shift in Pakistani policy toward its militants, not just greater force employed in the service of an old, failing strategy.
Trade across Line of Control picking up
23 ( IANS) Cross-border trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir is picking up despite difficulties of communication and banking facilities.
Trade across the Line of Control (LoC) was around Rs.272 crore till January this year, Industries and Commerce Minister Surjit Singh Salathia told the state assembly Tuesday.
New Delhi, India — Russia may no longer be fashionable in Indian discourse on international relations and strategic affairs; the new orientation is toward developing relations with the United States and other important powers. Yet the fact remains that Moscow continues to be New Delhi’s most reliable ally.
By sheer demographics, it's the world's most important relationship. China and India comprise 40% of humanity and boast economies that are expected to loom large over the 21st century. They also represent two of the world's fastest-growing militaries, armed with nuclear weapons, and are expanding their spheres of influence across oceans. Jonathan Holslag, a Brussels-based scholar of Chinese foreign policy and author of the recent book China and India: Prospects for Peace, is among a growing number of observers who have dismissed the idea of "Chindia" — a term once often invoked, expressing optimism over the joint geopolitical rise of the two Asian giants. He spoke to TIME about the fault lines between the two neighbors, Washington's place in the region and how tensions could escalate into war.
The subheading of your book — "Prospects for Peace" — suggests that conflict is already under way. Is greater confrontation and perhaps even war inevitable in the coming years?
It's not inevitable, but peace cannot be taken for granted. The scope for these two countries to develop peacefully and fulfill their national interests without entering into competition is getting smaller due to internal social pressures and rising nationalism. I am not arguing that they don't want to develop peacefully, but that the options for doing so are not that great. They'll be competing at all levels, not only for economic opportunities, but for regional influence. This will lead to an uncomfortable and risky situation.
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News that the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had reached a plea bargain with David Coleman Headley, who played a key role in the planning of the terrorist strike in Mumbai in November 2008 in which 166 people were killed, has caused an uproar in India.
The deal enables the US government to hold back from formally producing any evidence against Headley in a court of law that might have included details of his links with US intelligence or oblige any cross-examination of Headley by the prosecution.