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Abdul Basit

Abdul Basit is DG, Islamabad Centre for Regional Studies. He was previously Pakistan ambassador to Germany and Pakistan High Commissioner for India.
Twitter: @abasitpak1

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Bollywood’s hyperbole related to Kashmir is an affront to the truth

Set in Indian-administered Kashmir, the recently-released Bollywood movie, ‘The Kashmir Files,’ given its context, has engendered febrile controversy in India. High-octane arguments have been made on both sides of the fence.

April 25, 2022

The Siachen conundrum

Recently, India’s army chief, General MM Naravane stated that India was not averse to the demilitarization of Siachen provided Pakistan agreed to marking the Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL).
Islamabad has so far preferred to ignore the statement at least publicly.

January 27, 2022

Upcoming OIC meeting on Afghanistan presents unique opportunities

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has decided to convene an extraordinary foreign ministerial session to discuss Afghanistan. The event will be hosted in Islamabad on Dec. 19, Pakistan announced this week .

December 11, 2021

The India-Pakistan gridlock 

At last month’s UNGA session, Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address insisted on settling the Kashmir dispute as per the UN Security Council resolutions whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not bother to even obliquely mention Kashmir.

October 06, 2021

Kashmir and the Indian Supreme Court

It has now been more than two years that Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its special status. In an unprecedented move, the state was also split into two union territories.

September 02, 2021

My meeting with Mamata Banerjee, the tigress of West Bengal

Elections for 294 seats of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly are scheduled to be held from March 27 in eight phases. The elections will conclude on April 29 and results will most likely be announced on May 5.

March 20, 2021

FATF must encourage not punish Pakistan

As the next plenary of the Financial Action Task Force approaches this month, a fair question to ask is what Pakistan did, or didn't do, that warranted the FATF to greylist the country in 2018 for the second time.

February 11, 2021