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1. Pakistan needs to look inward 22.2.17 https://tribune.com.pk/story/
2. The terror Frankenstein 23.2.17 by G Parthasarathy http://www.tribuneindia.com/
'Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, an Ismaili Shia by birth, proudly proclaimed, just prior to Pakistan's independence, that the country he founded on the basis of religion would not discriminate against any of its citizens on the basis of religion.'
The most revered Sufi shrine in Pakistan, where thousands of people of all sects and religions congregate and worship, is the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar at Sehwan, in northern Sindh. The shrine, built in 1356, was established in memory of the 13th century Sufi, Saint Syed Usman Marwandi, popularly known as Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, whose ancestors were devotees of the Imam Hussein, the Prophet's grandson.
The TTP was a tool of the ISI used to wage jihad against the Americans and pro-government forces in Afghanistan, post 9/11. The situation in Pakistan changed when the army, led by the ubiquitous Gen Raheel Sharif, saw the TTP establishing a presence over large areas beyond its traditional habitat and launched large-scale operations against it. This was done without General Sharif's bothering to secure parliamentary approvalThe TTP was a tool of the ISI used to wage jihad against the Americans and pro-government forces in Afghanistan, post 9/11. The situation in Pakistan changed when the army, led by the ubiquitous Gen Raheel Sharif, saw the TTP establishing a presence over large areas beyond its traditional habitat and launched large-scale operations against it. This was done without General Sharif's bothering to secure parliamentary approval
New Delhi should remain firm on issues of terrorism by reiterating that there can be no question of reverting to business as usual till our concerns on Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in India and Afghanistan are addressed.
India would do well to use these developments for stepping up economic and military assistance to Afghanistan and expediting the operationalisation of the Chabahar Port.
New Delhi has done well to facilitate participation by Indian writers in the Karachi Literary Festival. Reaching out to people getting disillusioned with Wahhabi extremism and violence in Pakistan, while standing firm on terrorism, enhances our credibility internationally.'
3. Nagaland and the pandomenium box 23.2.17 by sudeep chakravarti http://www.livemint.com/
Opinion/ aHgwJd1xYy0pDwh9hg8taL/ Nagaland-and-the-pandemonium- box.html
SN – MSM and people keep on referring to Nagas as Tribals. They were tribals. Post conversion to Christianity why are they still being called tribals and given exemption from Income-Tax. In Christianity there is no concept of tribals and Scheduled Tribes.
4. Bull in India's China shop by k p nayar 22.2.17 https://www.telegraphindia.
The decision by Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao to facilitate the opening of an Indian outpost in Taiwan in March 1995 was one of his many far-sighted and pioneering diplomatic initiatives.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government continued that practice. As a result, Taiwan became a source of confidence-building between India and China instead of a cause for mistrust and friction as it is becoming now.
Fortunately, those who run China policy in the MEA do not share the enthusiasm of the new political class for irretrievably damaging relations with Beijing.
SN – Govt is only sending a message to Beijing that it can needle them too if China fails to address India's concerns. As long as the lakshan rekha is clear should India be worried?
5. India-China Strategic Dialogue – both have core interests 20.2.17 by bhaskar roy http://www.southasiaanalysis.
5a. China, India hold strategic dialogue 23.2.17 http://www.globaltimes.cn/
India always wants to portray Pakistan as a 'supporter of terrorism' in the international community, which makes it easier for the country to link counter-terrorism issue to Sino-Pakistani relationship and blame China's support to Pakistan for some issues," Lin said, adding that India does not understand the significance of Sino-Pakistani friendship. '
6. Patrons of terrorists in Afghanistan 22.2.17 by ali sukhaver http://www.slguardian.org/
SN – the Pakis forget that every road has two-way traffic. Any doubts they should ask the U.S.
6a. Pakistan acquiring helicopters to fight terrorists 23.2.17 http://www.dawn.com/news/
1316454/pakistan- recalibrating-capabilities-to- fight-terrorists
7. Assam raising second line of defence to tackle influx 23.2.17 http://www.assamtribune.com/
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