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Pakistan government has placed a travel ban on 12 African countries under the COVID standard operating procedures (SOPs) and eased the restrictions on flights coming from the United Kingdom, The Express Tribune reported. According to the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), there are three categories in which countries are placed accordingly to contain the spread of the pandemic. Category A passengers do not require a COVID test while Category ‘B’ needs a polymerase chain reaction…

New Delhi: A Sweden-based institute has said that India is no longer an ‘electoral democracy’, classifying the country as an ‘electoral autocracy’. The V-Dem Institute, an independent research institute based at the University of Gothenburg, has published data-heavy worldwide democracy reports since 2017. The report classifies India as an ‘electoral autocracy’ from 2019. It said that the classification of India was ‘highly uncertain’ last year because the underlying data was not clear. “But with more…

Srinagar: Former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), A S Daulat has said that ‘Pakistan may now be reconciled to Articles 370 and 35A being internal matters of India.’ Writing for The Tribune newspaper, Dulat said, “Pakistan is working on a consensus for a settlement on the Line of Control, to which Manmohan Singh and General Pervez Musharraf had come close. Musharraf had always maintained that whatever was acceptable to Kashmir and Kashmiris would be acceptable…

Seven years after Russia ‘violated international law’ and annexed Crimea, the United States has said that it does not recognise Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. In a press statement, the White House said that Russia violated the norms by which modern countries engage one another, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbor Ukraine when it invaded Crimea. “The United States continues to stand with Ukraine and its allies and partners today, as it…

US President Joe Biden on Thursday directed US military airstrikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia. “At President (Joe) Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate…

New Delhi: Turkey has raised the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Human Rights Council, with a call for resolving the issue on the basis of UN resolutions. “We reiterate our call to the Government of India to ease current restrictions in Jammu Kashmir,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the 47-member Council in Geneva, according to news reports. “We wish for the resolution of the issue through peaceful means on the basis of the relevant…

The United States Military Academy (USMA) Modern War Institute, a US military think-tank in its latest research has presented a case study focusing on the need for adopting a Kashmir peace deal. The 21 page long report compiled by Yelena Biberman, the author of Gambling with Violence: State Outsourcing of War in Pakistan and India laid emphasis on why the newly formed Biden Government needs to make Kashmir peace talks one of its foreign policy…

New Delhi: The European Union today said it has taken note of recent steps such as District Development Council elections and the resumption of 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, and was looking forward to a number of other important steps, including the early organisation of the Legislative Assembly polls. The comments by a spokesperson of the EU came a day after a number of top diplomats from the 27-member bloc returned from Jammu…

After nine rounds of talks, India and China have decided to disengage and the pullback from the frontline in Ladakh will be mutual and in a phased manner, China and India said separately. China said on Wednesday that the rival armies have started withdrawing. China’s Defense Ministry announced that based on an agreement reached in January, their front-line troops started disengagement on Wednesday. It said China hopes “the Indian side will work with China to…

The United States on Wednesday said that there is no change in its policy on Jammu and Kashmir. “I want to be very clear there has been no change in US policy in the region,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters in view of a tweet from the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Department which welcomed the resumption of 4G mobile internet in Jammu and Kashmir. The US State Department had…