Backdoor diplomacy

For several months, there have been reports that Pakistan and India are holding covert backdoor talks to calm tensions between the two countries particularly over Kashmir. These talks have not been denied nor acknowledged, neither is it known what exactly

T20 World Cup: India to grant visas for Pakistan cricket team

MUMBAI: The Pakistan cricket team will be able to travel to India for the ICC World T20 as the Indian government is set to grant visas to the players. According to Indian media, the Board of Control for Cricket in

Kashmir remains central to ‘meaningful dialogue’ with India: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office said durable peace, security and development in the region hinges on peaceful resolution of the long-standing Jammu and Kashmir dispute. “We, therefore, believe that the two sides [India and Pakistan] need to discuss all outstanding issues

UAE is mediating between India and Pakistan, says senior diplomat

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates’ envoy to Washington confirmed the Gulf state is mediating between India and Pakistan to help reach a “healthy and functional” relationship. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said in a virtual discussion with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution

India, Pakistan held secret talks in Dubai over Kashmir: Sources

NEW DELHI: Top intelligence officers from India and Pakistan held secret talks in Dubai in January in a new effort to calm military tension over Kashmir, people with close knowledge of the matter told Reuters news agency in Delhi. Ties

India hits new record with 184,372 coronavirus infections

MUMBAI: India’s new coronavirus infections hit a record on Wednesday, as crowds of pilgrims gathered for a religious festival despite oxygen shortages and strict curbs in other areas. The country reported 184,372 cases in the last 24 hours, health ministry

COVID-19: India overtakes Brazil as world’s second worst-hit country

MUMBAI: India has reported a record 168,912 COVID-19 infections, overtaking Brazil to become the second-most affected country globally by the coronavirus. Deaths in India stood at 904, taking the total to 170,179, data from the health ministry showed on Monday.

India reports record 145,384 COVID-19 infections in a day

MUMBAI: India reported a record 145,384 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday as the country grappled with an overwhelming second-wave of infections. A five-month high 794 deaths brought the toll to 168,436, health ministry data showed, as the pandemic forced the

India records 100,000 daily coronavirus cases for first time

NEW DELHI: India reported a record rise in COVID-19 infections on Monday, becoming the second country after the United States to post more than 100,000 new cases in a day. Hospitals in the worst affected state, Maharashtra, are being overrun

Lockdown, curfew imposed in Indian state as virus surge worsens

MUMBAI: India’s wealthiest state Maharashtra, home to the country’s financial capital Mumbai, will impose a weekend lockdown and night curfew on 110 million people as it battles a spike in COVID-19 cases India reported 93,249 new daily infections on Sunday,

Case lodged against Hindu priest in India for blasphemy

NEW DELHI: Indian police have registered two cases against a Hindu priest for blasphemous remarks against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Delhi Police Saturday registered an FIR against Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, head priest of Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad, for

Allies or interests

We have heard the old political adage that nations do not have allies, only interests. Countries have the right to develop policy to safeguard their interests. Foreign policy should not be formed on rewarding your friends first and punishing your

India draws criticism for deporting Rohingya girl to Myanmar

NEW DELHI: A 14-year-old Rohingya Muslim girl has been taken to a border town in northeastern India for deportation to Myanmar, as the UN refugee agency and rights groups pressed to halt the process. Tens of thousands of Rohingya, who

Reviving ties with India

The federal cabinet has rejected a proposal to allow the import of sugar and cotton from India. The decision is more political than economic as the country is facing increasing domestic needs and rising prices of the essential commodities. The

Federal cabinet rejects importing sugar, cotton from India

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet today (Thursday) turned down deferred the Economic Coordination Committee’s (ECC) decision to import sugar and cotton from India through land and sea routes. The decision has been deferred until India reinstates Article 370 of its Constitution,

PM chairs cabinet meeting to discuss resuming trade ties with India

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday chaired the meeting of federal cabinet via videolink from his residence in Bani Gala. The meeting took up several agenda items relating to development projects. The situation in the wake of rising cases

Backdoor peace talks

For the past few years, it seemed inconceivable that there would be peace between India and Pakistan. The two countries scaled back bilateral ties, suspended trade, recalled envoys and were involved in a dogfight that brought them on the brink

In historic first, India may participate in military exercises in Pakistan

NEW DELHI: Amid signs of improved relations, India could take part in a multi-nation exercise to be hosted by Pakistan later this year in Pabbi in Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to Indian media reports, it would be a

UAE royals brokered secret India-Pakistan peace talks: Reports

ISLAMABAD: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is reportedly brokering peace between Pakistan and India, a report in the leading news outlet Bloomberg said. Just weeks ago, Pakistan and India had agreed to observe ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC).

Indian firm to produce 200mn doses of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine

MOSCOW: The backer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has signed an agreement with an India-based pharmaceuticals giant for the production of up to 200 million doses of the jab a year. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country’s

US-India ties under Biden

It has been two months since Joe Biden took over as US President but there has been no outreach towards Pakistan. On the other hand, Biden has already sent Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin to Indian to discuss bilateral ties, which

India holds massive religious gathering as COVID-19 cases surge

NEW DELHI: India’s health ministry warned that a huge gathering of devotees for a Hindu festival could send coronavirus cases surging, as the country recorded the most new infections in nearly four months. The ministry said up to 40 people

US urges India to avoid buying Russian military equipment

NEW DELHI: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin discussed India’s planned purchase of Russia’s S400 air defence system at a meeting with his Indian counterpart, reiterating that US allies should steer clear of Russian equipment to avoid sanctions. “We certainly urge

Meera believes in peace and friendship with India

Pakistani actress Meera has said that she believes in peace and friendship with India.  While sharing the old photos on Instagram with Bollywood icon Lucky Ali and other Pakistani actresses from the previous Bollywood movie, the Baaji actress wrote a

‘I Stand With Farmers’: Lily Singh makes statement at Grammys

LOS ANGELES: Comedian Lilly Singh, one of the most vocal voices in support of the ongoing farmers protest in India, used the global stage of the 63rd Grammy Awards to highlight the agitation. The Indian-origin comedian arrived on the Grammys

US, India, Japan and Australia counter China with billion-dose vaccine pact

WASHINGTON: The United States and three of its closest Indo-Pacific partners committed to supplying up to a billion coronavirus vaccine doses across Asia by the end of 2022 at a summit to counter China’s growing influence. President Joe Biden and

Netflix urged to stop streaming ‘Bombay Begums’ over portrayal of children

Netflix Inc has been asked to stop streaming its new drama series ‘Bombay Begums’ after it reviewed complaints around scenes showing children consuming drugs. In a letter to Netflix, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) asked the streaming

Ceasefire on LOC: What’s next?

Shall we really hope some miracles happen and resolves the Kashmir conflict and improves the regional peace after Pakistan-India have announced reaching an agreement to recommit themselves to the 2003 ceasefire arrangement at the Line of Control (LOC)? Shall they

Indian bride suffers heart-failure due to ‘excessive’ crying

A newlywed bride died of a heart attack in India due to excessive crying and emotional stress while leaving for her in-laws’ house. The cardiac arrest turned celebrations into mourning in Odisha. The bride, identified as Gupteswari Sahoo aka Rosy,

India tops list for most internet shutdowns in 2020 globally

NEW YORK: India topped the list for the most internet shutdowns in 2020 globally for the third consecutive year, a new report by digital rights and privacy organisation Access Now said. India leveraged blackouts to crush the nationwide Farmer’s Protest