Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

Welcome to Foreign Policy’s South Asia Brief. This week’s highlights include Pakistani Army chief Asim Munir’s visit to Washington, India’s Supreme Court’s upholding of the 2019 decision to repeal Indian-administered Kashmir’s special autonomous status, and the U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions on two former Afghan lawmakers. Sign up to receive South Asia Brief in your inbox on Wednesdays. Pakistani Army chief Asim Munir’s visit to Washington comes at a time of unsettled U.S.-Pakistan relations. Although bilateral ties are stable, the future is uncertain, and the visit offers opportunities for a reset. Munir is different from his predecessors and is deeply religious but seeks friendly relations with Washington. His visit will also address issues such as Pakistan’s economy and shared concerns about Afghanistan-based terrorist groups. The Biden administration aims to shift the focus of U.S.-Pakistan relations towards trade and investment. In India, the Supreme Court has upheld New Delhi’s 2019 decision to revoke the special autonomous status of Indian-administered Kashmir, which gives New Delhi more control over the area. The decision delivers another triumph for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In Pakistan, the Supreme Court has tasked a three-judge committee to address a dispute over the length of disqualification for lawmakers banned from public office. Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden has declined an invitation to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day festivities. Lastly, the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions on two former Afghan lawmakers: Mir Rahman Rahmani and his son, Ajmal.

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