Rezaul H Laskar

Rezaul H Laskar

Rezaul H Laskar heads the Foreign Affairs desk at Hindustan Times. His interests include movies and music.

Articles by Rezaul H Laskar
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Chabahar port.(chabaharport.pmo.ir/en)

India delivers 1st batch of heavy cranes to bolster operations at Chabahar port

By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times had first reported last month that the cranes were set to be delivered in January, months after India cancelled a $30-million contract with Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries for heavy cranes because of delays by the Chinese company in supplying the equipment ordered in 2017.
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Medical workers wait to be inoculated with a Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital in New Delhi on Saturday. (AFP PHOTO)
Medical workers wait to be inoculated with a Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital in New Delhi on Saturday. (AFP PHOTO)

In bid to meet vaccine needs of other nations, India’s neighbours to be priority

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:01 PM IST
  • As the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines, there is considerable pressure on India, especially from neighbours and developing countries, to supply Covid-19 vaccines.
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Foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali is the senior-most Nepalese leader to visit India in more than a year after the Covid-19 outbreak. (HT PHOTO).
Foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali is the senior-most Nepalese leader to visit India in more than a year after the Covid-19 outbreak. (HT PHOTO).

'Will never allow interference in domestic politics': Nepalese foreign minister

By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 05:29 PM IST
  • Gyawali said his country has “excellent” ties with India and China and seeks to improve connectivity and economic ties with both.
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Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali, in India with a delegation that includes Nepal’s foreign and health secretaries, co-chaired a meeting of the bilateral joint commission with his counterpart S Jaishankar
Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali, in India with a delegation that includes Nepal’s foreign and health secretaries, co-chaired a meeting of the bilateral joint commission with his counterpart S Jaishankar

Kathmandu requests early provision of vaccines

By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:16 AM IST
Both sides have worked closely to combat the pandemic, and the Nepalese side lauded India on its success in the production of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines and “requested for early provision of vaccines to Nepal”, the external affairs ministry said.
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Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali co-chaired a meeting of the bilateral joint commission with External Affairs minister S Jaishankar and reviewed all aspects of cooperation, ranging from connectivity and trade to water resources and border management. (TWITTER).
Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali co-chaired a meeting of the bilateral joint commission with External Affairs minister S Jaishankar and reviewed all aspects of cooperation, ranging from connectivity and trade to water resources and border management. (TWITTER).

At bilateral meet with India, Nepal’s foreign minister Gyawali raises border row

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:21 PM IST
  • Nepal is looking to India to provide vaccines as grant assistance for the first phase of its vaccination programme, which requires 12 million doses to cover 20% of its population. Nepal also plans to buy millions of doses from foreign suppliers, including SII and Bharat Biotech.
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Xiaomi handsets account for almost a quarter of India’s market. (File photo)
Xiaomi handsets account for almost a quarter of India’s market. (File photo)

US adds Xiaomi to its list of ‘Communist Chinese military companies’

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:44 PM IST
The Pentagon on Thursday added Xiaomi Corporation and eight other firms to the list of companies with alleged ties to the Chinese military in line with an executive order signed by President Donald Trump
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s office announced on January 8 that he had written a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to expedite a shipment of two million doses of AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India. (REUTERS PHOTO)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s office announced on January 8 that he had written a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to expedite a shipment of two million doses of AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India. (REUTERS PHOTO)

Brazil sends aircraft to collect vaccines, 'too early' for exports, says India

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:50 PM IST
  • A statement issued by Brazil’s foreign ministry on Wednesday said an Airbus A330neo aircraft of Azul Airlines equipped with special containers was set to fly back from Mumbai with two million doses of vaccine from Serum Institute of India and reach the country on January 16.
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Some alerts had specifically referred to the possible infiltration of Pakistan’s Shias, the people said.(Photo: Sourced)
Some alerts had specifically referred to the possible infiltration of Pakistan’s Shias, the people said.(Photo: Sourced)

'Security concerns' push UAE to suspend issuance of visit visas to Pakistan

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 09:27 PM IST
The move followed specific alerts about possible attacks on Israeli citizens, who have been travelling in large numbers to the UAE since the two countries normalised their ties in August.
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Foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali is the senior-most Nepalese leader to visit India in more than a year after the Covid-19 outbreak. (HT PHOTO).
Foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali is the senior-most Nepalese leader to visit India in more than a year after the Covid-19 outbreak. (HT PHOTO).

Joint commission meet with Nepal not right forum for taking up border row: India

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 09:26 PM IST
  • Nepal’s foreign ministry, while announcing the visit on Tuesday, said in a statement that the joint commission will discuss the gamut of bilateral relations, including the boundary issue, Covid-19 cooperation, infrastructure, connectivity, trade and transit.
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Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali. (File photo)
Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali. (File photo)

Nepal foreign minister Gyawali in New Delhi to discuss Covid-19 cooperation, boundary issue

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 03:02 PM IST
During the two-day visit, Pradeep Gyawali will meet his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar for talks on Friday, and the two ministers will chair a meeting of the bilateral joint commission
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NSA Ajit Doval's visit to Kabul comes at a time the troubled Afghan peace process between the government and the Taliban is very delicately poised.(Hindustan Times/Vipin Kumar)
NSA Ajit Doval's visit to Kabul comes at a time the troubled Afghan peace process between the government and the Taliban is very delicately poised.(Hindustan Times/Vipin Kumar)

Synchronising efforts, says Afghanistan on NSA Ajit Doval’s quiet Kabul visit

UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 05:50 PM IST
NSA Ajit Doval also met President Ashraf Ghani and “discussed cooperation in countering terrorism and strengthening a regional consensus on the Afghan peace process”, Afghan chargé d’affaires Tahir Qadiry said on Twitter
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Representational Image. (File photo)

Secret Indo-Pacific strategy: How the US sees China

UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:02 AM IST
The document, declassified by the outgoing Trump administration’s National Security Adviser, states that China’s influence will “continue to increase in the near-term and challenge the US ability to achieve its national interests in the Indo-Pacific”
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Representational image. (REUTERS)

Bolster India’s rise to counter China challenge: Secret US strategy for Indo-Pacific

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 10:09 AM IST
Among the “desired end states” of the strategy is India-US cooperation to “preserve maritime security and counter Chinese influence in South and Southeast Asia and other regions of mutual concern”
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External affairs minister S Jaishankar. (File photo)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar. (File photo)

Dawood Ibrahim's group enjoying 'five-star hospitality': Jaishankar

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 11:57 PM IST
  • Without naming either Pakistan or China, Jaishankar said some countries are “clearly guilty” of supporting terrorism and providing financial assistance and safe havens to terrorists.
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Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali is the senior-most Nepalese leader to visit India since the Covid-19 outbreak.(ANI)
Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali is the senior-most Nepalese leader to visit India since the Covid-19 outbreak.(ANI)

Covid-19 vaccines, cooperation to be focus of Nepal foreign minister's visit

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 07:35 PM IST
  • Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali is visiting for a meeting of the India-Nepal joint commission, which will discuss the entire spectrum of bilateral relations.
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Representational Image. (Reuters)
Representational Image. (Reuters)

US planned to back India in addressing issues like border dispute with China: Document

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 05:03 PM IST
The US planned to “offer support to India through diplomatic, military and intelligence channels,” ABC News reported, citing the newly declassified US national security document
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Infrastructure upgrades south of Xigaze Airport.(@detresfa_/Twitter)
Infrastructure upgrades south of Xigaze Airport.(@detresfa_/Twitter)

Satellite imagery shows China creating new military logistics hub in Tibet

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 10:29 PM IST
  • Experts say the move comes in a bid to bolster connectivity and infrastructure for operations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
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The Indian sailors are on MV Jag Anand and MV Anastasia which are carrying Australian coal but have not been allowed to discharge their cargo. (Image used for representation).(Representational image)
The Indian sailors are on MV Jag Anand and MV Anastasia which are carrying Australian coal but have not been allowed to discharge their cargo. (Image used for representation).(Representational image)

23 Indian sailors stranded in Chinese waters set to return next week

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 08:38 PM IST
  • The seafarers are expected to reach Chiba port on January 14, and will fly back to India after the completion of procedures related to Covid-19 protocols.
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The Security Council has two committees on counterterrorism — 1267 deals with the UNSC sanctions regime, and the Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) on capacity-building. (AFP)
The Security Council has two committees on counterterrorism — 1267 deals with the UNSC sanctions regime, and the Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) on capacity-building. (AFP)

India to chair 3 key UNSC committees

PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 09:41 AM IST
TS Tirumurti, India’s envoy to the UN, said the country was asked to chair three important subsidiary bodies of the Security Council – the Taliban sanctions committee, the counter-terrorism committee and the Libya sanctions committee.
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Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is considered the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.(AP File Photo)
Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is considered the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.(AP File Photo)

Pak court jails LeT’s Lakhvi for terror financing, India calls it ‘farcical’

By Imtiaz Ahmad and Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Islamabad
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:54 PM IST
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was convicted and sentenced in his first appearance in court after his arrest on terror financing charges on January 2.
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TS Tirumurti, India’s envoy to the UN.(PTI)
TS Tirumurti, India’s envoy to the UN.(PTI)

India to chair Taliban sanctions committee, to keep focus on terrorists, sponsors

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:25 PM IST
After a recent visit to Pakistan by a Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, videos emerged of the group’s leaders visiting terror training camps on Pakistani soil
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The United Nations had, in May 2019, designated Azhar a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist the Pakistan-based JeM chief.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO.)
The United Nations had, in May 2019, designated Azhar a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist the Pakistan-based JeM chief.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO.)

Ahead of FATF meet, Pakistan seeks Maulana Masood Azhar’s arrest; court issues warrant

By Neeraj Chauhan & Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 09:25 PM IST
Based on a disclosure made by Pakistani authorities, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) judge at Pakistan’s Gujranwala – Natasha Naseem Supra issued an arrest warrant for Masood Azhar on charges of terror financing and directed that he be produced in court on Friday.
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United States is India’s largest trading partner and India is the 12th largest partner of the US in terms of bilateral trade.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
United States is India’s largest trading partner and India is the 12th largest partner of the US in terms of bilateral trade.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

India’s self-reliance initiatives may lead to trade barriers with other nations, says outgoing US envoy

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 01:40 AM IST
Juster pointed to “frictions and frustrations” on trade and investment between India and the US, and said the two sides were unable to finalise even a “small trade package” despite persistent efforts.
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Lakhvi, one of the alleged masterminds of the Mumbai attacks, was arrested by Pakistani authorities on January 2 on charges of involvement in terror financing, almost five years after he was freed on bail.(AP FILE PHOTO.)
Lakhvi, one of the alleged masterminds of the Mumbai attacks, was arrested by Pakistani authorities on January 2 on charges of involvement in terror financing, almost five years after he was freed on bail.(AP FILE PHOTO.)

US welcomes LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s arrest on charges of terror financing

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:16 PM IST
Six US citizens were among the 166 people killed when a 10-member LeT team attacked Mumbai in November 2008. Lakhvi, who is also a UN-designated terrorist, will now face trial in an anti-terrorism court in Lahore.
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Russian S-400 missile air defence systems are seen during a training exercise at a military base in Kaliningrad region, Russia.(REUTERS)
Russian S-400 missile air defence systems are seen during a training exercise at a military base in Kaliningrad region, Russia.(REUTERS)

India may have to make choices on arms deals, says outgoing US envoy Kenneth Juster

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:09 PM IST
The US recently imposed secondary sanctions on Turkey under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for a $2.5-billion deal with Russia for S-400 systems.
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Lakhvi was one of seven men arrested in the wake of the Mumbai attacks for allegedly helping plan, support and finance the terrorist assault on India’s financial hub that killed 166 people in November 2008.(PTI FILE PHOTO.)
Lakhvi was one of seven men arrested in the wake of the Mumbai attacks for allegedly helping plan, support and finance the terrorist assault on India’s financial hub that killed 166 people in November 2008.(PTI FILE PHOTO.)

LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi arrested on charges of terror financing

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 06:44 PM IST
The arrest came weeks ahead of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) planned reassessment of Pakistan’s efforts to counter terror financing. In October last year, the multilateral watchdog retained Pakistan in its “grey list” for failing to fully deliver on an action plan to fight terror financing.
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The Indian sailors are on MV Jag Anand and MV Anastasia which are carrying Australian coal but have not been allowed to discharge their cargo.(Representational image)
The Indian sailors are on MV Jag Anand and MV Anastasia which are carrying Australian coal but have not been allowed to discharge their cargo.(Representational image)

India weighs various options to evacuate sailors stranded in Chinese waters

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:06 PM IST
India has taken up the matter with the Chinese foreign ministry and local provincial authorities, who have been requested to allow the ships to dock or for their crews to be allowed to be changed.
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Afghan security personnel investigate a damaged car which was used for a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday.(AP PHOTO.)
Afghan security personnel investigate a damaged car which was used for a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday.(AP PHOTO.)

Indian, Afghan clerics jointly call on Taliban to stop attacks on civilians

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 09:39 PM IST
Cities across Afghanistan have witnessed a spate of attacks in recent weeks, targeting civil society activists, human rights workers and members of the media. Dozens have been killed in these attacks, and interior minister Massoud Andarabi has blamed the Taliban for certain killings across the country. The group has denied involvement in the attacks.
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File photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping.(REUTERS)
File photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping.(REUTERS)

China cautions against use of ‘Tibet card’, says it will damage bilateral ties

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 09:50 PM IST
The unusually blunt statement from the Chinese embassy spokesperson Ji Rong called for “an objective and fair stance” on the “highly sensitive nature” of Tibet-related issues and China’s territorial integrity.
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