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Is the PPP dying? - Khaled Ahmed, Indian Express
Pakistan’s only “federal” political party, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), suffered a blow to its solar plexus when Asim Hussain was arrested in Karachi for corruption on August 26. An old schoolfellow of and personal physician to PPP boss Asif Ali Zardari, Hussain was federal petroleum minister in the PPP government till 2013.
Pope Francis, Angela Merkel among contenders for Nobel Peace Prize to be announced Friday - Indian Express
Pope Francis and a line-up of anti-nuclear campaigners headed lists of favourites to win the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize on the eve of Friday’s announcement. The Geneva-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was named as a leading contender for the $972,000 prize by Norway’s state broadcaster NRK and by Nobeliana, a website run by historians who specialise in tracking the award.
No ignoring India's stakes in Kabul - Hiranmay Karlekar, Pioneer
The Kunduz battle has once again focussed on the situation in Afghanistan and reminded India of its massive security and economic stakes there. A Pakistan-sponsored Taliban Government in Kabul would severely undermine both, as would a nominally-independent Taliban-dominated dispensation.
First visit by an Indian President to Israel, Palestine: Between trade and tradition - Shubhajit Roy, Indian Express
The first-ever Indian President’s visit to Israel and Palestine between October 12 and October 15 is a marked departure from New Delhi’s standpoint. For the last two decades, India has been coy about its relationship with Israel and the new BJP-led NDA government seems determined to break those pre-conceived notions.
Stemming the ripples from Kunduz - Rustam Shah Mohmand, Hindu
The Taliban have entered and are in control of the northern Afghancity of Kunduz — the first time a major city has fallen to the movement — at least for now. According to latest reports, Taliban volunteers have been able to regain control of most of the city. The capital of Kunduz province, the city is 60 kilometers south of the Oxus river. Across the river is Tajikistan, connected by a bridge that is extensively used for both human and goods traffic.
India takes a tough line on Nepal constitution - Elizabeth Roche, Mint
India is encouraged by some recent steps taken by Nepal’s political parties to address the grievances of a major section of its population about the country’s new constitution. But India is firm that it will only support a charter that takes into account the aspirations of these sections, Mint has learnt.
US in talks with Pakistan over capping its nuke range - Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
The Obama administration is exploring a possible civilian nuclear deal with Pakistan ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Washington later this month, a Washington Post columnist has reported, citing a sole source "familiar with the talks" who said Islamabad has been asked to consider "brackets" relating to the deal.
Kunduz: Warning shot across Afghan bows - Khyber Sarban, Asian Age
On September 28, exactly a day before the National Unity government marked its first year in office, residents of Kunduz city, in northern Afghanistan, woke up shell-shocked to find their overrun by the Taliban, their own leaders air-lifted to safety.
India must help the Maldives, which is roiled by instability - Shashishekhar Gavai, Indian Express
It is not clear what caused the blast on the presidential speedboat in the Maldives on the morning of September 28. President Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s wife Fathimath and two others suffered injuries, while Gayoom himself was unhurt.
In real action India trusts - Pioneer
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's revelations in his book and interactions with the media on how close India and Pakistan had come to an agreement on resolving the Kashmir issue, are bound to trigger rounds of heated discussions, both here and in Pakistan.
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