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Pakistan-India Standoff and the Shadow of Clash of Civilizations – Part-I

By Sabtain Ahmed Dar, exclusively for FRN Sabtain Ahmed Dar is a Pakistan-based political analyst and a research fellow at the Department of Political Science, Punjab University. He specializes in Pakistan affairs and geopolitics, specifically the US strategy in the Middle East and South Asia. He also writes for Fort Russ News and his analysis […]

Pakistan’s Playing with Wahhabist Fire: Iran and India Must Join to Create a Stability Zone

For some time now, I have been writing upon the strong viability of Indian-Iranian geopolitical co-operation; particularly in light of shared security concerns, and a most unfavourable ‘short schrift’ from the Americans meted out towards both on matters economic. This concept has, perhaps understandably (although invariably infuriatingly) received much push-back from voices that would identify […]

Op-ed: While Modi’s Theatrics have Political Aim, India’s Grievances with Pakistan are not Illegitimate

image – Jaish-e-Mohammed training By Jay Tharappel – On the 24th of Feb, two days before the Indian airforce (IAF) claimed to have killed “300 terrorists” in “surgical strikes” in Pakistani held territory, the following appeared in Times of India, written by Swaminathan Aiyar, which accurately describes what the Modi government stands accused of, namely, […]

Putin and Modi hold phone conference on situation between India and Pakistan

MOSCOW – During a telephone conversation, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the conflict situation with Pakistan, expressing hope for an early resolution of all differences. This occurred today, February 28th, according to the Russian state-run media venture, RIA Novosti, with reference to official statements from press service of the […]

Pakistan’s Khan is being very reasonable – will Modi show the same?

Analysis by Jay Tharappel – Pakistani PM Imran Khan has announced that he will release the captured Indian pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman, as a “peace gesture”, and he even wants to have direct talks with Modi over the phone. Objectively, Imran Khan is perhaps the most conciliatory Pakistani PM in a long time for a variety […]

PAKISTAN – INDIA CRISIS: Sorting facts and thinking straight

By Jay Tharappel – Today’s border clashes between India & Pakistan near Sialkot resulted in the deaths of between 19-24 Indian soldiers, 8 Pakistani soldiers, and 4 Pakistani civilians, according to some reports. Pakistan also claimed they shot down two Indian aircraft in self-defense which crashed on both sides of the LOC, and have since […]

Why is India NOT Afraid of U.S Sanctions

Yesterday, Moscow and New Delhi signed an agreement to deliver S-400 systems totaling $5.43 billion. Igor Gashkov presented an analysis of the situation that represents a “black mark” for Washington. The agreement, signed during bilateral talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was preceded by tough talks with the United […]