Rezaul H Laskar is the Foreign Affairs Editor at Hindustan Times. His interests include movies and music.

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Mumbai attacks planner Sajid Mir convicted week before FATF meet

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
Sajid Mir’s arrest happened so quietly that no one came to know about such an important court verdict in such a high-profile case. (File/Reuters)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 12:52 PM IST
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Brics summit: Modi hints at China’s role in blocking Makki terror tag

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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addressing at the14th ‘BRICS Summit, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 03:06 AM IST
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Declared dead, 26/11 plotter held in Pakistan

The new information on Mir emerged only after key Western countries mounted considerable pressure on Islamabad to present proof of his death.
Sajid Mir, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba operative involved in directing the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was arrested and given an eight-year prison term this year. (PTI File)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 12:41 AM IST
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ByNeeraj Chauhan and Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi

LeT’s 26/11 attacks mastermind, once claimed to be dead, arrested, says Pak

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 reported action against Sajid Mir comes after years of dillydallying by Pakistan, which feigned ignorance of his existence despite a French court convicting the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s top operative in absentia. (Reuters)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 09:21 PM IST
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ByNeeraj Chauhan and Rezaul H Laskar

India sends aid to Afghanistan, Taliban welcome return of Indian diplomats

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
A heavy lift aircraft of the Indian Air Force was used to ferry the first consignment of relief materials while a chartered flight of Kam Air carried the second consignment of aid for Afghan people affected by the earthquake that struck early on Wednesday. (TWITTER/@MEAIndia.)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 02:51 PM IST
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India’s assures debt-ridden Sri Lanka of support after aid talks

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
A delegation of senior Government of India officials, led by Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, and consisting of Ajay Seth, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran, Chief Economic Advisor meet Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (2nd left), in Colombo on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 08:01 AM IST
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By, Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi

India re-establishes diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, deploys technical team

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
Several factors, including security guarantees from the Taliban leadership and a perception that India could not stay out of the picture led to the decision to re-establish diplomatic presence (AP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 02:47 AM IST
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China is the largest security anxiety for Australia and India: Richard Marles

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”
Australian deputy prime minister and defence minister Richard Marles. (AP Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 04:44 AM IST
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Rajnath Singh likely to visit UK in July, defence cooperation in focus

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
New Delhi, June 22 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh greets Australia Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles, at Vigyan Bhavan, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo) (Sanjay Sharma)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 08:16 AM IST
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China’s 2020 assault on Indian forces at LAC a warning for all: Australian dy PM

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
Australia deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles said his country stood up for India’s sovereignty in 2020 and continues to do so now (ANI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 04:44 AM IST
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Rajnath Singh to travel to UK in July to revitalise security cooperation

Defence and security cooperation is one of the five pillars of the India-UK comprehensive strategic partnership and the Roadmap 2030
Defence minister Rajnath Singh’s UK visit is a follow-up to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s trip to India in April for a summit with PM Narendra Modi (HT Photo/Arvind Yadav)
Published on Jun 22, 2022 09:54 PM IST
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‘At 7.5%, India to be fastest-growing major economy this year’: PM Modi

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
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed ‘Brics Business Forum 2022’, through a video conference, in New Delhi (PIB via PTI)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 07:36 PM IST
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‘Shared objective’: India, Australia reaffirm defence and strategic cooperation

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
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh (right) with Australian deputy prime minister Richard Marles in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PIB Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 04:16 PM IST
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PM Modi to attend G7 Summit in Germany on June 26-27; visit UAE on the way back

Prime Minister Narendra Modi last visited Germany in May 2022 with senior members of the Union cabinet for the India-Germany inter-governmental consultations
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 02:05 PM IST
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India-led UN panel votes to bring back sanctions on two Taliban leaders

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
The decision was taken because of the Taliban’s failure to deliver on pledges to protect the rights of women and children. (AP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 05:30 AM IST
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Yoga day event in Maldives disrupted, cops blame ex-Prez Abdulla Yameen’s party

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
Police officers intervene as protesters disrupt an event celebrating International Day of Yoga organised at a stadium in Male, Maldives (via REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 04:09 AM IST
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Australia deputy PM on 4-day India visit starting today; defence co-op on agenda

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
Australian deputy prime minister and defence minister Richard Marles. (AP Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2022 02:26 PM IST
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‘No good outcome can arise from an India-China conflict’: Singapore foreign min

  • 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.
Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan with BJP national president JP Nadda in New Delhi during his visit to India. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2022 01:45 PM IST
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Headway, but no immediate FATF reprieve for Pak

The multilateral watchdog’s announcement came at the conclusion of a four-day plenary meeting in Berlin
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Published on Jun 18, 2022 12:01 AM IST
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Before Pakistan gets off grey list, FATF says it will have to pass onsite test

FATF president Marcus Pleyer said Pakistan, which was placed on watch in 2018, was not coming off the list today
FATF did not remove Pakistan from its grey list but agreed to send an onsite team to see if the steps taken by Islamabad are sustainable (AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 17, 2022 10:45 PM IST
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China blocks India-US move to designate Hafiz Saeed’s relative as terrorist

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
Abdul Rehman Makki is the deputy chief of LeT and head of the group’s political affairs department. Both LeT and its front organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) have been proscribed as terrorist entities by the UN. (TWITTER.)
Updated on Jun 18, 2022 04:05 AM IST
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Pakistan likely to stay on FATF grey list in decision today

  • 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.
(Representative image) (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 17, 2022 04:40 AM IST
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Hina Khar leads Pak’s hard push to get off FATF grey list. Decision tomorrow

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.
Pakistan minister of state for foreign affairs Hina Rabbani Khar is heading the Pak delegation to the FATF plenary meeting being held in Berlin during June 14-17 (AP)
Updated on Jun 16, 2022 05:25 PM IST
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India-Asean foreign ministers discuss impact of Ukraine crisis

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
The India-Asean foreign ministers meeting was co-chaired by external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan in New Delhi on Thursday. (Twitter/Dr. S. Jaishankar)
Updated on Jun 17, 2022 02:38 AM IST
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India to host key meeting of Asean foreign ministers today

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.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar meets Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan, in New Delhi. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 16, 2022 04:46 AM IST
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West Asian Quad to be upgraded to summit level during Biden’s visit to Israel

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.
US President Joe Biden(AP file)
Published on Jun 15, 2022 12:51 AM IST
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West Asian Quad to be upgraded to summit level during Biden’s Israel visit

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
President Joe Biden will hold a virtual summit with the heads of state of the West Asian Quad during his Israel visit (AP)
Published on Jun 14, 2022 10:52 PM IST
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CAA ‘not helpful’ for Hindus in Bangladesh, says community leader

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
India’s Parliament passed CAA, which seeks to provide citizenship to persecuted members of non-Muslim minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, in late 2019 (HT File)
Updated on Jun 14, 2022 06:34 AM IST
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CAA ‘not helpful’ to tackle problems of Bangladesh’s Hindus: Community leader

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”.
Hindu devotees dance after applying paints on their bodies as they celebrate the Lal Kach festival in Munshiganj in Bangladesh on April 13, 2022 (REUTERS File Photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2022 07:03 PM IST
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‘No compromise on honour of Prophet’: Minister explains Bangladesh stand on row

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
Prophet comment row: Bangladesh information minister Hasan Mahmud said the controversy around the remarks of the BJP spokesperson has not got much attention in Dhaka, “not like in the Middle East, Indonesia, Pakistan or the Maldives.”
Published on Jun 12, 2022 09:08 PM IST
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