Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

Welcome to the latest edition of Foreign Policy’s South Asia Brief. This week, we cover Pakistan’s cross-border strikes in Afghanistan following an attack on a military post, India’s announcement of election dates, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bhutan. Sign up to receive South Asia Brief every Wednesday.

Pakistan conducted anti-terrorism operations against militants in Afghanistan on Monday in response to an attack in North Waziristan that killed seven soldiers. The Taliban condemned the strikes, alleging civilian casualties. Pakistan’s efforts to curb attacks by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan have been unsuccessful. The recent cross-border strikes have escalated tensions with Afghanistan, posing challenges for the new government in Islamabad.

India has set dates for its national election, running from April 19 to June 1. Concerns about the election environment include allegations of vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines and changes to the electoral funding system. South Asia faces severe air pollution, with Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India ranking as the top three polluters globally.

US officials are investigating Indian billionaire Gautam Adani’s business interests for potential bribery involving an energy project. Adani has denied any involvement in bribery.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bhutan aims to strengthen partnerships amid China’s increasing presence in the region. India seeks to bolster ties with Bhutan as it faces challenges from China.

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