India – Pakistan Dialogue
Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Dr Manmohan Singh were expected to meet on September 29 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York. A fourteen member Indian parliamentary delegation were already on a two-day visit to Islamabad as part of the Track-2 dialogue process called Pakistan-India Parliamentarians Dialogue-V, organised by Pakistani think tank PILDAT. US Deputy Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter said that India did not pose any threat to Pakistan; instead it was the terrorism and extremism that were the greatest challenges for the Nawaz Sharif government. Praveen Swami argued that the New York meeting between two heads of government would be a national security hazard.
Tensions in Balochistan
Cross-border aggression worsened when Afghan Border Police opened fire and killed five Pakistani nationals who crossed the Af-Pak border. The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry directed the government to take concrete steps to improve the law and order in the province. Apart from Af- Pak border tensions, Balochistan also faced genocide and human rights violations as a battered province of Pakistan. Priya Ravichandran in Pragati highlighted how such problems in Balochistan had gone on unquestioned and unheard in the national and international discourse.
Syria- Turkey clashes
An extremist group called The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) linked to Al Qaeda routed Syrian rebel fighters and seized control of a strategic gateway town, Azaz, near Syria’s northern border with Turkey. Earlier, the Syrian Army Command stated that escalation at the borders of the two countries was what Turkey aimed at, especially after Turkey shot down Syrian military helicopter that flew in its airspace. Nick Tattersall in The Reuters analyzed Turkey’s strained relations with the Gulf nations and how Erdogan’s foreign policy acquired new attention in the international space.
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