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An opportunity for Pakistan in the Indo-Israeli embrace?

Nothing is permanent in international relations; alliances are constantly shifting and relationships between states are made and broken. The current global scenario is no different. Amidst the tumult in global affairs, the Indo-Israeli relationship has emerged as a steady bilateral alliance, surprising to some, while others have been watching the …

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Pakistan closely watching Modi’s trip to Israel: Report

PTI ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is closely watching Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s historic trip to Israel as it can have serious implications on strategic stability in the region, a media report said on Wednesday. The Express Tribune reported that Pakistan officially does not comment on bilateral visits of other heads of governments and …

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India Israel Relations: Marriage Made in Heaven

  NEW DELHI: After calling India and Israel “sister democracies” yesterday, PM Benjamin Netanyahu today described the burgeoning cooperation between the two countries as a match made in heaven. “This is a marriage made in heaven, but we are implementing it here on earth,” Netanyahu said, drawing a hearty laugh from PM Modi and …

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Narendra Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit Israel

BBC Narendra Modi has arrived in Tel Aviv, becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel. Mr Modi, who recently said India and the Jewish state share a “deep and centuries-old” connection, is expected to agree military and cyber security deals. Observers note he will not travel to Ramallah or meet …

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Saudi Arabia has ‘clear link’ to UK extremism, report says

BBC Saudi Arabia is the chief foreign promoter of Islamist extremism in the UK, a new report has claimed. The Henry Jackson Society said there was a “clear and growing link” between Islamist organisations in receipt of overseas funds, hate preachers and Jihadist groups promoting violence. The foreign affairs think …

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Qatar to boost gas production 30 per cent

DOHA: Energy-rich Qatar said on Tuesday it plans to increase natural gas production by 30 per cent over the next several years, as it faces pressure from its neighbours in a diplomatic crisis+ . Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the head of Qatar Petroleum+ , told a press conference that the emirate intends to raise production to …

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Water cements India-Israel ties

JERUSALEM: That India-Israel relations go beyond defence and security will be emphasised when Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes his first stop at a flower farm after landing in Tel Aviv late afternoon Tuesday. The highlight of that visit will be a drone — not surveillance, not armed. It is a research drone, which according …

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Hasil Bizenjo worried over Saudi- Iran conflict

QUETTA: The Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping and President of National Party Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo said the unfriendly relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia would definitely harm Balochistan. All concerned should tackle this issue with their prime responsibility. Afghanistan and Pakistan should sort out their issues through dialogue …

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The new power shake-up in Saudi Arabia

Professor Mahmood Monshipouri The Saudi Arabia’s succession battle took a new turn on June 21, 2017, when Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, was elevated to a higher status, namely, the crown prince.  In a series of royal decrees, King Salman ousted his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince and …

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How Iran Recruited Afghan Refugees to Fight Assad’s War

By ALI M. LATIFI JUNE 30, 2017 BAMIAN, Afghanistan — War and poverty have scattered Afghans across the globe like pieces of shrapnel. Millions of Afghans came of age in refugee camps in Pakistan and Iran or as workers in the Persian Gulf nations. The migration continues. The past few …

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