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Pakistan: Appointment of New Army Chief

After much delay and deliberate attempts by former Prime Minister Imran Khan to make the issue controversial, Lt. Gen Syed Asim Munir Shah, Frontier Force Regiment, was appointed Pakistan’s new Army Chief on Nov 24. A lingering `technical issue’ had...

VIF Neighbourhood News Digest - November 29, 2022

Afghanistan Hina holds political talks with Afghan govt today – Dawn Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar will pay a one-day visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday (today) to hold a political dialogue with the Afghan interim government....

VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 01-15 November 2022

DEFENCE Shri Giridhar Aramane is the new Defence Secretary of India. DRDO conducts flight-test of Phase-II Ballistic Missile Defence. Naval Commanders’ Conference. Joint Military Training-2022 with Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). Visit...

Singapore delegation’s visit

On 16 November 2022, the delegation of Singapore from the Ministry of Defence visited the Vivekananda International Foundation to interact on the issues of counter-terrorism and cyber security. Ouyang Zi Qi, Counter Terrorism analyst, Tan Kian Jui,...

VIF Neighbourhood News Digest - October 31, 2022

Afghanistan 15 Months After Takeover, Islamic Emirate Not Recognized by World: Tolo News Since the Islamic Emirate come to power in Afghanistan, nearly fifteen months ago, no country has recognized its government. However, the Islamic Emirate's...

First Russia-Central Asia Summit: A Reflection of Deep Connect between the Two Regions

Background During the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, Russia’s relations with its near abroad, namely the Central Asian region, have been put to test. Central Asian Republics (CARs) have maintained a middle-ground approach, neither opposing nor supporting...

VIF Neighbourhood News Digest - October 19, 2022

Afghanistan Islamic Emirate Urges Turkey to Recognize Govt: Tolo News The Islamic Emirate’s Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid called on Turkey to engage in "deep" relations with Islamic Emirate and recognize its government. Mujahid made the remarks in an...

VIF Neighbourhood News Digest- October 10, 2022

Afghanistan Intelligence Head Wasiq Meets Deputy CIA Head in Doha: Source: Tolo News A source from the Islamic Emirate confirmed that a delegation of the Islamic Emirate met with US officials in Doha on Saturday. The source said they discussed the...

One year after the Taliban Takeover- Afghanistan in Crisis

"There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen"-Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. The recent developments in Afghanistan compel to acknowledge this off quoted statement. Juxtaposing the main military dictum of "keeping one...

VIF Neighbourhood News Digest - October 7, 2022

Afghanistan University Entrance Exams Held Around Country: Tolo News University entrance exams were begun on Thursday in 33 provinces of the country. The Ministry of Higher Education said that the university entrance exams will continue for three...

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