U.S. funds Pakistan’s Projects: A setback to India’s Relations with the Western Hegemony

Yashika Jain, National Law University, Delhi.

A recent move by the US to mobilise funds for the two major dams that Pakistan has been striving to build has left India unsettled. U.S. hailed this infrastructure project as Pakistan’s “smartest choice” for economic development and has pledged to extend its support in funding the same. The two dams, Diamer-Bhasha Dam and the Dasu Dam are gravity dams, which are still in the preliminary stages of construction due to the series of controversies and lack of funds.  Diamer-Bhasha Dam is proposed to be built on the River Indus in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Its foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani of Pakistan on 18 October, 2011 and majority of the funding is being provided by Aga Khan Development Network. (more…)

AfPak Intelligence Co-operation Deal : A Study

By Anjali Bisht, Law College Dehradun.

The world community received a shock when the two enemy States, Afghanistan and Pakistan decided to enter into an intelligence cooperation deal. Quite a lot of heads turned around in disbelief, because the past relationship between the two States has rather been unpleasant for at least two decades now. What makes this deal more unusual and shocking to be precise, is the fact that the former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai in the past had accused Pakistan of aiding and sheltering the Taliban militants in order to fuel insurgency on it’s soil. That’s not the end of the story, because, Karzai even went on to accuse the ISI (the intelligence wing of Pakistan) for initiating attacks on Afghanistan. (more…)