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Jaish-e-Mohammed: Under The Hood

Masood Azhar is deeply plugged into the Pakistan military’s intelligence setup, or at least those parts of it with which he shares an appreciation of the need for the Islamic world to have a strong center to provide protection to Muslims all over the world. Azhar is for the Deobandi jihadis what Lt. General Hameed Gul (former head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI who was part of the Afghan jihad of the 1980s) was for the ISI – an inspirational figure who is well connected in the jihadi world and resolutely believes in Ghazwa-e-Hind (the battle for a definitive conquest of India) and the ultimate crusade against all non-Muslims.

Read Here – The Diplomat

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The Real Border Crisis

Though India and Pakistan’s exchange of fire late last month did not trigger a wider aggression, tensions remain dangerously high. Worse, larger historical and political forces all but ensure that the region will remain on tenterhooks.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

India And Pakistan On The Brink: A Nuclear Nightmare In Southeast Asia

Recent studies have estimated that regional nuclear war, such as one between India and Pakistan, could lead to the deaths of some 2 billion people worldwide. To prevent this nightmare from becoming a reality, the international community must condemn further acts of violence and build space for the conflict to be mediated, before the situation escalates further out of hand.

Read Here – The National Interest

India’s China Problem In Pakistan

The deadly terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir last month has triggered renewed questions about China’s continued protection of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. Will China continue to block international sanctions against JeM’s leader, Maulana Masood Azhar, who has claimed credit for the attack?

Read Here – Project Syndicate

The Next India-Pakistan Crisis Will Be Worse

With India and Pakistan having demonstrated they are comfortable engaging in increasingly provocative uses of military force under the nuclear umbrella, they will have an incentive in the future to go up a few more rungs on the escalatory ladder to try to achieve goals that couldn’t be achieved further down that ladder. Regardless of whether they succeed or fail, this much is true: With both sides now willing to climb higher up the escalation ladder, a future nuclear exchange could become a far less remote prospect.

Read Here – The National Interest

India And Pakistan Are Already At War On Truth

The confrontation could spiral out of control quickly. But fortunately, apart from a wounded Indian pilot and a Pakistani villager hit by falling rubble, the only confirmed casualty so far seems to be truth. Right now, the more extensive and damaging war in South Asia is the multi-pronged assault on reality by the warriors of Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and hyper-nationalist news channels as well as mendacious governments.

Read Here – Bloomberg Views

Pakistan Says It Will Return Captured Indian Pilot, As U.S. Urges De-escalation

Pakistan will return a captured pilot “as a peace gesture” to India, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday, amid efforts by the United States to defuse a crisis between the two nuclear powers a day after both downed enemy jets.

Read Here – Reuters

Also Read: A time for restraint

India, Pakistan Claim To Down Each Other’s Jets As Kashmir Conflict Heats Up

India and Pakistan both said they shot down each other’s fighter jets on Wednesday, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a 1971 war, prompting world powers to urge restraint.

Read Here – Reuters

Also Read: Imran Khan Calls For Talks, Urges India To Avoid ‘Miscalculation’

We Should Have Seen This India-Pakistan Crisis Coming

This new crisis—and the attack that provoked it—should come as no surprise, given two notable trends over the last few years. First, JeM has been resurging after a period of relative inactivity, along with the public re-emergence of its leader, Masood Azhar…The other trend that makes the current India-Pakistan crisis unsurprising is the changing dynamics of instability in Jammu and Kashmir where the nature of the insurgency has shifted and become more locally driven in recent years…

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Also Read: Drivers, Decisions, Dilemmas: Understanding The Kashmir Crisis And Its Implications

The Next Five Years…In Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan it is. Some of it, we already know what it means. A lot of it, no one can really know. A door has been opened, but opened to what? Few would be willing to bet about much right now.

Read Here – Dawn

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