Rezaul H Laskar
Rezaul H Laskar is the Foreign Affairs Editor at Hindustan Times. His interests include movies and music.
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Top Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Sajid Mir was sentenced by an anti-terrorism court in Lahore in the first week of June to 15-and-a-half years in jail after being convicted in a terror financing case
Modi raised the matter at the virtual summit of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (Brics) grouping on Thursday, according to a statement issued by the external affairs ministry on Friday night.
The new information on Mir emerged only after key Western countries mounted considerable pressure on Islamabad to present proof of his death.
ByNeeraj Chauhan and Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
Pakistan’s inability to produce evidence to back up its claim that Sajid Mir, the chief planner of Mumbai attacks and one of FBI’s most wanted terrorists, had died had become a sticking point in FATF’s assessment to take Pakistan off the grey list
The relief materials include essential items such as family ridge tents, sleeping bags, blankets and sleeping mats. The consignment will be handed over to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) in Kabul
New Delhi has been keeping a close eye on the continuing economic crisis in Sri Lanka, which has already resulted in a severe shortage of fuel and a sharp increase in food prices
ByRezaul H Laskar, Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi
India’s technical team reached Kabul on Thursday and was deployed at the embassy to “closely monitor and coordinate the efforts of various stakeholders for the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance
Australian deputy PM Richard Marles told reporters in New Delhi that China is seeking to “shape the world around it in a way that we have not seen before”
The defence minister is expected to be in the UK from July 4, people familiar with the matter said. Both countries are yet to officially announce the visit
Australian deputy PM Richard Marles said it was vital that China commits to resolving the LAC dispute with India through a process of dialogue consistent with international law
Defence and security cooperation is one of the five pillars of the India-UK comprehensive strategic partnership and the Roadmap 2030
The Brics Business Forum meeting was scheduled a day ahead of the virtual Brics Summit on Thursday that is likely to focus on trade, counter-terrorism, health and environment
There has been a significant increase in defence cooperation between India and Australia in recent years, including the signing of the Mutual Logistics Support Arrangement in 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi last visited Germany in May 2022 with senior members of the Union cabinet for the India-Germany inter-governmental consultations
A UN Security Council sanctions committee currently led by India has voted to remove two middle-ranking Taliban leaders from a sanctions exemption list because of the Taliban’s failure to deliver on pledges to protect the rights of women and children
Maldives President Ibu Solih condemned the disruption of the Yoga Day celebration in Male. This is being treated as a matter of serious concern and those responsible will be swiftly brought before the law,” he said
Richard Marles, who is the first senior member of the Anthony Albanese government to travel to New Delhi, will meet Union defence minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister S Jaishankar during his visit
- As the Covid situation improves, India and Singapore will have many opportunities to reboot and pursue wide-ranging projects to support our people and strengthen economies, said Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
The multilateral watchdog’s announcement came at the conclusion of a four-day plenary meeting in Berlin
FATF president Marcus Pleyer said Pakistan, which was placed on watch in 2018, was not coming off the list today
The proposal to list Abdul Rehman Makki under the UN Security Council sanctions regime was circulated to all 15 members of the council’s Al-Qaeda and ISIL Sanctions Committee under a “no-objection procedure” valid till June 16
- At the last plenary meeting in March, FATF retained Pakistan in its “grey list” and directed it to do more in investigating and prosecuting senior leaders and commanders of UN-designated terrorist groups for terror financing.
Pakistan was placed in the FATF grey list, or list of countries under increased monitoring, in June 2018. A Pakistan media report cited unnamed officials as saying that Islamabad will stay on the grey list till at least February 2023.
ByRezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
This was the first time India hosted a special meeting with foreign ministers of Asean. The leaders agreed to enhance cooperation in key areas such as trade, connectivity, defence and cyber security
This is the first time India is hosting such a special meeting with foreign ministers of the Asean to mark the 30th anniversary of relations with the 10-member grouping.
Biden will hold a virtual summit with the heads of state of the West Asian Quad while in Israel, the first stop of his visit during July 13-16 that will also take him to Palestine and Saudi Arabia.
The International Forum for Economic Cooperation, commonly known as the West Asian Quad, was formed last year by India, Israel, the UAE and the US
Monindra Kumar Nath, vice president of the Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad that oversees religious events in the country’s 64 districts, acknowledged the Sheikh Hasina government is “more friendly” to minorities
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad vice president Monindra Kumar Nath said: “We don’t welcome the CAA. We are not in favour of this law as such legislation is not helpful”.
Prophet comment row: Bangladesh information minister Hasan Mahmud said Dhaka has no intention to instigate the matter and welcomes action taken by Indian authorities against the two BJP spokesersons Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal