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Begging Doesn’t STOP – Pak now seeks $1-bn from expats as Forex Reserves drop to 3-year low

Pakistan plans to raise as much as $1 billion from its diaspora in its latest effort to boost foreign-exchange reserves that have dropped close to the lowest in three years. The government plans to launch an overseas certificate in U.S. dollars and rupees by June to raise between $500 million and $1 billion a year, Zafar Masud, director general of...

Indian Intelligence Services monitoring Russia’s war on Telegram

Indian intelligence services are "closely following" the progress of Russia's ongoing effort to shut encrypted messaging giant Telegram, a senior government official has told Business Standard. The move comes amid mounting concerns in India over the use of encrypted messaging services by criminal organisations and terrorists -but also about illegal surveillance by the government. Last week, Russia's top court granted...

CPEC and the Power Game Between India, Pakistan, the US and Afghanistan

For the purpose of avoiding a possible sea blockade during a US-China conflict, as well as to develop China’s western regions, China is keen to develop an overland route to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan (CPEC). How developed is this route, and what are the wider geopolitical issues? Jeff Schubert, an Australian visiting professor at Moscow's Higher School of Economics...

NIA chargesheets Hizbul chiefs son for raising funds for terror acts

The NIA today charged Syed Shahid Yusuf, son of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, with indulging in unlawful activities and raising funds for terror operations in a 2011 case. The agency made the allegations in a charge sheet filed before District Judge Poonam A Bamba, who posted it for consideration on May 4. The final report has alleged that Yusuf had hatched...

Army to maintain pressure along LoC with Pakistan as ceasefire violations spike

The Army will continue with its strategy to 'pro-actively dominate' the Line of Control with Pakistan, which has seen a staggering 747 ceasefire violations (CFVs) already this year, while taking care to minimize “collateral damage” during counter-terror operations in the hinterland in Kashmir. The ongoing Army commanders’ conference also expressed the need to bring “radicalized youth” back into the mainstream...

In a first, IAF conducts special operations over country’s highest dam

The Indian Air Force (IAF) for the first time carried out duck drops, a parachute operation, of military boats and special forces over the country's highest dam for drills to use waterbodies to infiltrate into enemy territory and launch attacks on their bases. The reservoir of the Tehri dam in Uttarakhand was used for the exercise by the Air Forces...

Indian Navy’s welcome tweet for China shows who’s the boss in Indian Ocean Region

The Indian Navy today tweeted pictures of three warships of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) entering the Indian Ocean through the straits of Ombai Wetar, the narrow stretch of water between of Indonesia in the North and East Timor in the south. The somewhat unusual tweet of the Indian Navy said, "Extend a warm welcome to the 29th Anti-Piracy...

J&K govt, Hurriyat laud India, Pakistan Army chiefs statement on peace talks

J&K government and Hurriyat have welcomed the statement of Army chiefs of India and Pakistan, who asserted that not violence but the dialogue was the way forward to resolve Kashmir issue. The government of India’s special representative for J&K, Dineshwar Sharma termed the development a ‘positive sign’ that will help to address the sentiment on the ground. The statements of the...

India developing destabilising doctrines and technologies, former SPD chief says

India’s expansionist and revisionist mindset is guiding its force posture development that makes war look more likely, said former head of Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Lt Gen (retd) Mazhar Jamil. He was speaking at a seminar on ‘Indian Force Posture Development’ organised by Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), an Islamabad-based think tank, on Tuesday. The seminar coincided with the fifth anniversary...

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