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Newsline: Afghanistan’s diplomat to India resigns

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, Dr Shaida Mohammad Abdali, resigned during Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to India. The Ambassador announced his resignation on Twitter, at the end of President Ashraf Ghani’s one-day visit to Delhi. “Serving my country for years in India, I felt the need to return and serve my country from within,” Dr Abdali wrote. According to Indian media, the timing of Dr Abdali’s resignation has strengthened speculation that he has differences with the Ghani government and will run for office on return.

https://nation.com.pk/20-Sep-2018/afghanistans-diplomat-to-india-resigns

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Newsline: India Has 1.3 Billion People, But Fewer Than 1,000 Diplomats

Indian officials say an understaffed foreign ministry is holding back Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to seek greater global influence in line with his country’s fast-growing $2.6 trillion economy. The nation of 1.3 billion people only deploys around as many diplomats as New Zealand, which has a population of around 5 million. “We’re woefully under-equipped,” said former junior foreign minister Shashi Tharoor, an opposition lawmaker who chairs India’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs. “This is not worthy of a country of India’s size and ambition.” The need for a well-staffed foreign ministry in New Delhi is only growing more urgent, particularly as U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration emphasizes outreach to the “Indo-Pacific” region in a bid to elevate India as a counterweight to China. New Delhi has started to take a leading role in pushing back against China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, which is encroaching on India’s South Asian backyard. India also has lots of unfinished goals. It’s angling for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, while trying to defend the global mobility of its IT workers overseas as protectionism rises.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-30/india-s-diplomat-shortage-leaves-it-far-behind-asian-rival-china

Newsline: Suicide attack close to Indian consulate in Afghanistan kills 14

Jalalabad, Afghanistan: A suicide attack in restive eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least 14 people and wounded 45, an official said, the second attack in as many days to mark an unprecedented ceasefire. The explosion happened outside the Nangarhar provincial governor´s office in the capital Jalalabad, his spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP. It was also close to the Indian consulate. Khogyani said 14 people had been killed and 45 wounded. An Afghan security source confirmed the suicide attack but gave a lower death toll of at least 10. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/330637-suicide-attack-close-to-indian-consulate-in-afghanistan-kills-14

Newsline: India summons Pakistan diplomat

India summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah over Islamabad’s so-called Gilgit-Baltistan order, and told him that any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under his country’s forcible occupation has no legal basis. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said it conveyed to Shah that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, which also includes the so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’ areas, is an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947. Through its order on Gilgit-Baltistan on May 21, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has seized more authority from the local council to deal with the affairs of the region. Civil rights groups in Pakistan have criticised the order. “Any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan has no legal basis whatsoever, and is completely unacceptable. Instead of seeking to alter the status of the occupied territories, Pakistan should immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” the MEA said. The ministry said it was also conveyed to the Pakistani deputy envoy that such actions can neither hide the illegal occupation of a part of Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan nor the grave human rights violations, exploitation and denial of freedom to the people residing in Pakistan-occupied territories.

http://www.freepressjournal.in/world/india-summons-pakistan-diplomat-over-gilgit-baltistan-order/1284882

Newsline: India court jails ex-diplomat for spying for Pakistan

An Indian diplomat convicted of passing state secrets to Pakistan’s intelligence services has been jailed for three years, her lawyer said on Sunday. Madhuri Gupta was found guilty in a New Delhi court on Friday of “spying and wrongful communication of information” while posted to the Indian embassy in Islamabad. Gupta, 61, was arrested in 2010 for allegedly passing information to the spy agency. The low-level diplomat was detained for alleged breaches of India’s official secrets act and held for two years before being released on bail. Her lawyer, Joginder Dahiya, said Gupta would appeal her sentencing in a higher court.

https://nation.com.pk/20-May-2018/india-court-jails-ex-diplomat-for-spying-for-pakistan

Newsline: Blast near Indian Embassy field office in Nepal

A pressure cooker bomb went off near the Indian Embassy field office in Nepal’s Biratnagar damaging the walls of the premises, Nepal Police has said. No one has claimed responsibility. The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu has not made any remarks regarding the blast yet. It is suspected that a splinter group of Maoist-led by Netra Bikram Chand could be responsible for the blast due to its anti-Indian rhetoric in the past. According to the Superintendent of Police of Morang district, Arun Kumar BC, the blast occurred close to the office that India, he said, was operating without permission of the Nepal government.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/blast-near-indian-embassy-field-office-in-nepal/articleshow/63796022.cms

Newsline: Pakistani diplomat placed on wanted list by India for plotting attacks against Israeli and US embassies

India’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) placed Pakistani diplomat Amir Zubair Siddiqui on ‘wanted’ list claiming that he was planning to “carry out terrorist attacks”. The Indian intelligence agency claimed that Siddiqui, who served as a visa counsellor at Pakistani Embassy in Colombo, “planned to carry out 2009 Mumbai-like attacks on Israeli and American embassies in India.” Two other individuals, whose identities were not revealed but were claimed to be from Pakistan, were also placed on the ‘most wanted list’ along with Siddiqui. It was further claimed that Amir “had tasked the local terror outfits to carry out attacks in Sri Lanka”. NIA also claimed to have arrested the leader of the group that was tasked by Siddiqui and that “he revealed during interrogation that he was told to attack the Israeli and US embassies”. The Indian agency has also claimed to have contacted the Interpol over the matter.

https://dailytimes.com.pk/226129/pakistani-diplomat-placed-on-wanted-list-by-india-2/