'New Delhi feels that given the internal dynamics in Pakistan and the overwhelming powers wielded by the army, one will have to wait for better times to see any meaningful progress in the India-Pakistan relationship,' says Ambassador G Parthasarthy.IMAGE: General Raheel Sharif -- seen here on a billboard in Karachi -- is the de facto ruler of Pakistan, says G Parthasarthy, with Nawaz Sharif the lameduck prime minister. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters Over the past two months, both India and Pakistan have marked the 50th anniversary of the 1965 conflict with great gusto. While the conflict was militarily inconclusive, it proved a diplomatic disaster for Pakistan. Pakistan's ally, the United States, was furious that its military ruler, Field Marshal Ayub Khan, egged on by his then foreign minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, triggered the dangerous conflict. The Pakistan government, using armed infiltrators, the army and sophisticated US supplied weapons, including tanks and fighter aircraft, … [Read more...] about De-terrorise Pak policies towards India, General Sharif!
NEW DELHI: A key member of a powerful committee dealing with China's foreign policy Monday said India should take a position on 5G trials by Huawei based on the country's interests and should not come under pressure from the US. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 13th CPPCC (Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference) also criticised the US for its emphasise for a military approach in the Indo-Pacific region. On the 5G issue, Yang said India should make an independent decision and should not come under the US pressure. The US has banned Huawei, the world's leader in telecom equipment and the number two smartphone producer, over concerns of security and Washington has been pressuring other countries to restrict the operations of the Chinese telecom firm. During an interaction here, Yang criticised the US approach in dealing with the situation in the Indo-Pacific region, saying use of military will not provide any positive outcome. In … [Read more...] about China urges India to take independent call on Huawei’s 5G trial
HIROSHIMA: Barack Obama on Friday paid tribute to the 140,000 people killed by the world's first atomic bomb attack and sought to bring global attention to his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons, as he became the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima. "Death fell from the sky and the world was changed," Obama said, after laying a wreath, closing his eyes and briefly bowing his head before an arched monument in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park that honors those killed on Aug. 6, 1945, when US forces dropped the bomb that ushered in the nuclear age. The bombing, Obama said, "demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself." Obama did not apologize, instead offering, in a carefully choreographed display, a simple reflection on the horrors of war and his hope the horror of Hiroshima could spark a "moral awakening." As he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stood near an iconic bombed-out domed building, Obama acknowledged the devastating toll … [Read more...] about Barack Obama at Hiroshima: ‘Death fell from the sky’
On Saturday, while some of India’s top-ranked golfers fought their way in the Second Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Championship at Chandigarh Golf Club, the 7,202-yard long course also saw ambassadors to India from six countries and their staff playing in the Allena Invitational Golf Tournament at the 18-hole golf course later in the day. The contingent, which consisted of 15 Ambassadors to India from countries like Iceland, Kenya, Fiji, Georgia, Belarus and Kenya, was in Chandigarh and cheered for the six Ambassadors and their staff, as they tackled the fairways and greens at the Chandigarh Golf Club. Willy K Bett, Kenya’s Ambassador to India emerged as the winner. “Earlier we had organised the first edition of Embassy of Vietnam Ambassadors Cup in Delhi and this is the first time that we have come to play at Chandigarh Golf Course. The course here has its own beauty and is also very forgiving in terms of some of the holes. It is also very challenging if one does … [Read more...] about Golf Club hosts a new set of players: Envoys, staff
A United Nations committee on Thursday adopted a resolution calling for accountability for gross human rights violations in North Korea.The UN Third Committee, which oversees humanitarian issues, passed the document by consensus without a vote for the 15th consecutive year.It is expected to pass the UN General Assembly next month.The Assembly “condemns the longstanding and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in and by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, including those that may amount to crimes against humanity,” according to the text drafted by European Union member states.It also “encourages” the UN Security Council to “take appropriate action to ensure accountability,” including by considering referring the North Korean situation to the International Criminal Court and by considering further sanctions to target “those who appear to be most responsible for human rights violations,” an … [Read more...] about UN committee adopts North rights resolution