Category Archives: SAARC

South asian countries inter-relations

24 OCTOBER 2019

Pakistan and India sign Sikh pilgrimage corridor agreement

India and Pakistan have signed an agreement to operationalize the Kartarpur corridor, which will connect Sikh shrines located on either side of the border

15 OCTOBER 2019

Will not allow water to Pakistan: Indian Prime Minister Modi

“For 70 years, the water which belongs to India and the farmers of Haryana flowed to Pakistan. Modi will stop this water and bring it to your houses,” the Prime Minister said in an election meeting, the second in two days, in Charki Dadri in Haryana

5 OCTOBER 2019

India, Bangladesh sign seven pacts

In a joint statement issued on Saturday, India and Bangladesh hailed the bilateral ties between the two countries, as they signed seven agreements including the setting up of a joint coastal surveillance system


India, Nepal inaugurate South Asia’s first cross-border oil pipeline

South Asia’s first cross-border oil pipeline with an annual capacity of 2 million metric tonnes was jointly inaugurated via video conference on Tuesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli

15 AUGUST 2019

Kashmir cross-border fire ‘kills 3 Pakistani, 5 Indian soldiers’

Pakistan’s army has said at least three Pakistani and five Indian soldiers have been killed after a cross-border exchange of fire in the disputed region of Kashmir, prompting a denial by New Delhi that there were fatalities among its forces

4 AUGUST 2019

Kashmir tensions intensify amid India, Pakistan skirmishes

The Indian military on Sunday (Aug 4) claimed to have killed several Pakistani attackers trying to cross the de facto border in Kashmir, as tensions ratcheted up in the disputed region and sent thousands of tourists fleeing

19 APRIL 2019

India suspends Kashmir border trade with Pakistan

India has suspended trade across its disputed Kashmir border with Pakistan, alleging that weapons and drugs are being smuggled across the route, as tensions simmer between the nuclear-armed neighbours

3 APRIL 2019

India–Maldives relations improving despite obstacles

India–Maldives relations under Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih started well. But sustaining the positive momentum will require hard work given complicated domestic politics, external relations and strategic interests

7 APRIL 2019

Islamabad says New Delhi planning military aggression

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Islamabad has credible intelligence that India is planning an attack between April 16 to April 20

14 MARCH 2019

India, Pakistan Agree for Smooth Progress in Sikh Shrine Project Amid Tensions

India and Pakistan have claimed that Thursday’s meeting on the Kartarpur corridor issue concluded with a significant understanding on operationalising the project. This was the first bilateral meet to discuss the modalities and the draft agreement for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the Kartarpur Corridor

4 MARCH 2019

59 Nobel laureates urge Imran, Modi to defuse tensions

Fifty nine Nobel laureates have written letters to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan urging them to “defuse the rising tensions” between the two countries, according to a statement

1 MARCH 2019

Pakistan hands over captured Indian pilot at Wagah border

An Indian Air Force pilot captured by Pakistan was returned to India at the Wagah border crossing on Friday to the cheers of hundreds of countrymen who gathered to give him a hero’s welcome

27 FEBRUARY 2019

Pakistan says it shot down 2 Indian aircraft in Kashmir

Pakistan said on Wednesday (Feb 27) it shot down two Indian warplanes in its airspace over disputed Kashmir, in a dramatic escalation of a confrontation that has ignited fears of an all-out conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours

26 FEBRUARY 2019

India Strikes Pakistani Village In Retaliation For Attack In Kashmir

India says its fighter jets crossed a disputed border as they headed into Pakistan before dawn Tuesday, conducting airstrikes on a militant training camp and killing “a very large number of terrorists.”

20 FEBRUARY 2019

UN Secretary General urges ‘maximum restraint’ in India-Pakistan Kashmir row

Secretary General Antonio Guterres offered UN assistance to try to defuse the row between the nuclear-armed arch-rivals, as the Indian prime minister continued to weigh retaliation for a suicide bombing that killed at least 40 of his policemen

15 FEBRUARY 2019

How South Asia can become a free trade area

The South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement has been in effect since 2006—with little success

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan ready to repair ties with India as shrine corridor opens for Sikhs

In a rare sign of cooperation between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed rivals, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a visa-free corridor that will allow Sikhs to easily visit their shrines on each side of the border

22 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan to open Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims, Imran Khan to break ground

Pakistan has conveyed to India its decision to open the Kartarpur Corridor for the Sikh pilgrims on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday, a development which could help ease tensions between the two neighbours


India and Pakistan clash in UN over terror support

India and Pakistan exchanged barbs at the United Nations on Saturday after plans for a rare meeting between the foreign ministers in New York fell through


New Delhi cancels Pakistan, India Foreign Ministers meeting

New Delhi has cancelled meeting of Pakistan and India Foreign Ministers scheduled to be held next week in New York, Indian media reported

21 AUGUST 2018

Pakistan’s new PM proposes dialogue with India

Pakistan’s newly-elected prime minister on Tuesday offered to start a dialogue with India to resolve long-running disputes between the two nuclear-armed rivals, including over the Kashmir region

3 MAY 2018

India, Pakistan clash on Kashmir border ends brief truce

India and Pakistan exchanged fire across the Kashmir border on Sunday (June 3), officials said, killing two guards and ending a days-old agreement to honour a ceasefire in the disputed region

30 MAY 2018

Pakistan, India agree to stop trading fire in disputed Kashmir

Pakistan and India have agreed to stop trading artillery fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, and on Wednesday the situation was calm after months of routine skirmishes that killed dozens of soldiers and civilians

18 MAY 2018

Nine killed as India and Pakistan exchange cross-border gunfire along Kashmir frontier

Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged gunfire across the tense, heavily militarised Kashmir border on Friday, leaving eight civilians and an Indian soldier dead

30 APRIL 2018

It’s Time For India To Redefine Its South Asia Strategy – Analysis

8 APRIL 2018

Modi rules out India’s participation in Saarc summit in Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed to his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli India’s firm opposition to the staging of the SAARC Summit by Islamabad, given the fact that Pakistan continued to support cross-border terrorism from its territory

26 FEBRUARY 2018

Thousands relocated in Kashmir as Pakistani and Indian forces trade fire

Authorities on both sides of the disputed Kashmir region depopulate villages following heavy artillery exchange by the Pakistani and Indian armies, in the worst border skirmishes since the 2003 ceasefire

23 FEBRUARY 2018

Afghan, Pakistani, Indian officials launch Turkmen natural gas pipeline

The Afghan president and Pakistani prime minister have inaugurated a 1,814 kilometer gas pipeline that will carry Turkmenistan’s natural gas to Afghanistan as well as Pakistan and India after its construction officially began on the Afghan-Turkmen border


As the political game of chess continues in Maldives, India still stuck in decision-making mode

Even as the Indian government issued its first public statement on Tuesday condemning the island nation’s government for declaring a state of emergency, it has yet to decide what role it will play in the ongoing Maldives crisis

4 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan gives over a million Afghan refugees 30 days to leave country

Pakistan has given over a million Afghan refugees until the end of the month to leave the country, in an announcement on Wednesday, following US accusations that Islamabad shelters some of the fiercest factions of the Taliban fighting US and Afghan soldiers in neighbouring Afghanistan

15 NOVEMBER 2017

India-Pakistan Relations: Beyond the Security Narrative

In recent weeks, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan on October 24, 2017 and his visit to New Delhi visit on October 25, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to New Delhi on October 24, have drawn significant attention to South Asia’s geo-political situation


Pakistan’s Second Strike Capability: Implications for South Asian Stability

Pakistan and India since their independence involved in never-ending arms race despite the fact the Pakistan cannot compete with Indian conventional weapon capability but in order to compete with them, they developed a nuclear and tactical weapon. India already has a second strike capability

1 JULY 2017

Kashmiri rebel chief rejects US terror sanctions

The leader of a prominent Kashmir rebel group has rejected U.S. sanctions and vowed to continue fighting until the disputed Himalayan region is “liberated from India.”

7 MAY 2017

50 Afghan soldiers killed, over 100 injured in retaliatory fire: Pakistan

Inspector General FC (IGFC) Major General Nadeem Ahmad on Sunday said that at least 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured when Pakistan responded to the firing by Afghan border police

10 APRIL 2017

Pakistan risks fallout after army decides to execute Indian ‘spy’

Pakistan will execute an Indian man arrested in the southwestern province of Balochistan last year who officials claim has confessed to being a spy for Indian intelligence, the country’s powerful military

8 APRIL 2017

India and Bangladesh sign 22 pacts

India and Bangladesh today signed 22 pacts in key sectors including defence and civil nuclear but the long-pending Teesta waters sharing agreement remained elusive though Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his government’s commitment for an “early solution”

30 MARCH 2017

India’s demonetization shock pushes Nepal closer To China

Frustrated by India’s failure to help address the fallout of New Delhi’s rupee demonetization, Nepal is turning to China for economic and security matters

24 MARCH 2017

Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina’s India visit is critical for South Asia

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s forthcoming three-day visit to India (April 07-10), after two postponements, mainly because of the Indian government’s preoccupation with domestic issues, is expected to take the bilateral relations a notch higher

21 MARCH 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has bought himself time with election showing but reconciliation with Pakistan still unlikely

A landslide election victory and a more conciliatory army chief may not be enough to push nuclear-armed enemies India and Pakistan toward renewed talks, even as small signs of cooperation over sensitive security issues emerge

20 MARCH 2017

Pakistan and India discuss their water dispute in Islamabad

Pakistani and Indian experts have opened round-table talks in Islamabad over water disputes between the two nuclear-armed Neighbors

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday


Chinese development in Indian Ocean raising concern of possible militarisation among major players

Japan, India, Australia and the United States are closely monitoring China’s infrastructure development on the Indian Ocean rim amid increasing concern about the potential for militarisation in the sea lanes which carry much of the world’s oïl.

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

Kabul’s foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition


Heart of Asia participants slam Pakistan over terrorism

Afghan President Ghani and Indian PM Modi have lashed out at Pakistan for its “lack of cooperation” in the fight against terrorism. Ghani also snubbed Islamabad’s 500-million-dollar aid at the Heart of Asia conference


SAARC summit cancelled following India-Pakistan tensions

The SAARC summit which was to be held in Islamabad in November this year will be cancelled following India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan’s decision to boycott the summit


Pakistan is a terrorist state, carries out war crimes, India tells UN

India on Thursday called Pakistan a “terrorist state” and accused it of carrying out “war crimes” against Indians through its “long-standing policy” of sponsoring terrorism, hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif racked up Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session


Uri attack a deadly blow to Indo-Pakistan ties

The Uri terror attack that has left 18 Indian soldiers dead deals a lethal blow to the already frayed India-Pakistan ties, with the government coming under intense pressure to give a befitting response to Islamabad

25 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and India move closer to SCO

The six-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization approved memorandums on Friday to pave the way for India and Pakistan to join the organization

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side

6 JUNE 2015

India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal

Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.