Divya Kumar Soti (for Info only, not official)

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Divya Kumar Soti

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    ...In Pakistan, people have hated America as ‘Great Satan’ while the country’s military and political leadership has traditionally survived on American grants. With Trump’s victory common Pakistanis can be expected to take a greater disliking towards America. However, the ruling establishment is trying to look normal. So the Sharif Government released a complete read out of the phone conversation between Trump and Sharif when latter called to congratulate him on his victory. According to this read out, Trump showered encomiums on Sharif and his country, hailing Sharif as a “terrific guy” with a “great reputation” and Pakistan as a country with “great opportunities” and “most intelligent people”. Many US commentators called the release as breach of protocol and others wondered about what effect it would have on India-US relations. ...

    ABP on Jan. 4, 2017, midnight

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    ...After Pakistan’s decision to approach the InterPol for a Red Corner notice against Baloch freedom movement leader Brahmudagh Bugti, who has been living in self-exile in Geneva, he has sought asylum in India. More such demands from Baloch leaders may come up in future as Pakistan is gearing up to deal with India’s policy shift on Balochistan which has largely taken both Islamabad and Rawalpindi (and even Beijing) by surprise. Brahmudagh Bugti’s asylum request opens many issues which South Block will have to deliberate upon before any decision is taken. After, Modi’s speech at the all-party meeting where he talked about human rights violations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Northern Areas, and Balochistan, it is certainly not easy to deny asylum to Baloch freedom movement leaders. ...

    ABP on Sept. 15, 2016, midnight

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    ...Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin have openly participated in Jamaat-e-Islami’s anti-India march towards Wagah border and Syed Salahuddin was even allowed to meet parliamentarians and address media in the premises of Pakistan’s National Assembly. ...

    ABP on Aug. 2, 2016, midnight