Bad to worse: On India-Pakistan ties
# In another round of tit-for-tat manoeuvres, India, followed by Pakistan, has decided to halve the strength of diplomatic missions in each other’s capital.
# The government’s decision, conveyed in a démarche to the Pakistani Chargé d’affaires on Tuesday, follows the ill-treatment and torture of Indian personnel posted in Islamabad, in clear violation of their diplomatic rights.
Thaw in India-Pakistan ties
Pakistanis behind ‘Chinese’ info war on border stand-off
Several of the Chinese accounts that shot up on social media and spread false information about the border clash with India have been traced to Pakistan.
Many of the Pakistani accounts posed as China-based, in what is believed to be a coordinated disinformation campaign aimed at India.
Some of these accounts even had user bios that were earlier in Urdu, before morphing overnight into Mandarin.
Cartographic challenge: On Pakistan’s new map
The Ministry of External Affairs has termed Pakistan’s announcement of a new political map, which asserts its claims on Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek, and lays a new claim to Junagadh, as an exercise in “political absurdity”, and accused Pakistan of attempting a form of “territorial aggrandisement supported by cross-border terrorism”.
Pakistan’s new map
India & Pak. spar over Indus water talks
India has refused a request by Pakistan to hold a meeting on issues around the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) at the Attari checkpost near the India-Pakistan border.
The last such meeting between the two countries was in October 2019 in Islamabad.
As per the agreement in IWT, a meeting was to be scheduled in India before March 31, 2020.
The practice at the IWT meetings is that they are led by Indus Water Commissioners from both count
Pakistan’s resuming trade ties with India
Reason for Pakistan’s resumption of trade with India
Pakistan’s double U-turn on resuming trade with India highlights the internal differences within Ministries, between business and political communities, and the emphasis on politics over economy and trade.
It also signifies Pakistan cabinet’s grandstanding, linking normalisation of ties with India to Jammu and Kashmir.
On March 31, Pakistan’s new Finance Mini
India and Pakistan- Fishermen issue
Hundreds of fishermen have been languishing in Pakistan’s prisons for years with no end in sight
Issue of human rights
Sosa, a fishermen was arrested in May 2019 when the fishing boat he was in allegedly entered Pakistani waters.
His sentence in the Pakistani prison ended on July 3, 2019.
However, not only was he not repatriated, but he was also not given consular access till his death.
Sosa’s case is one mo
Context: India Pakistan Fishermen Issue is an important topic for UPSE GS Paper2.
India and Pakistan must ensure that fishermen are not victims of a deterioration in ties.
An Indian fisherman was killed in firing by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) off the Gujarat coast on November 7. This is the first such killing by the PMSA in the last six years through conflicts over fishing rights that are not infrequent along the International Maritime Boundary Line betw