Ending a Long Deadlock
Sep 16: Nepalese lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to approve a new constitution that will turn the former Himalayan monarchy into a secular, multiparty democracy. The passage was the culmination of a long-running process that started seven years ago after the end of a Maoist insurgency.
Reinvigorating Kashmir Issue
Sep 27: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formally raised issue of India’s serious ceasefire violations at the LoC and the Working Boundary with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and reminded the world body of its historic responsibility for conducting a plebiscite in the Indian-held Kashmir.
The Dominant and the Dangerous
Sep 27: The Taliban seized a major Afghan city, Kunduz, as they breached a provincial capital since being ousted from power in 2001. The incursion, which happened barely nine months after the end of Nato combat mission, is a major psychological blow to Afghanistan.
With Still-Grim Peace Prospects
Sep 30: The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations in a symbolic gesture as Mahmud Abbas called on the world body to grant them full membership. Israel and the US voted against the flag-raising and called it a symbolic move that will not serve the cause of peace.
Putin Dares, Obama Dithers
Sep 30: Russia launched air strikes in Syria in the Kremlin’s biggest Middle East intervention in decades, but Moscow’s assertion that it had hit the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group was immediately disputed by the United States and rebels on the ground.
China Containment or A US Pivot to Asia?
Oct 05: Representatives from 12 countries in Asia and the Americas finally struck a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an ambitious and contentious free-trade pact and the biggest multilateral trade deal in years, encompassing countries that account for 40% of the world’s economy.
Prolonging the Unending War
Oct 15: President Barack Obama announced maintaining the current level of US forces in Afghanistan till 2017 and leaving at least half of the troops after that while running various military bases. The decision to maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan for another year comes after discussions with Afghan authorities.
The Washington Yatra
Oct 22: After a meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, both Pakistan and the United States expressed their commitment to fostering a deeper, stronger, multi-dimensional partnership based on mutual respect, trust and understanding, and expand their bilateral relationship in areas outside the security realm.
October Rattles Again
Oct 26: A strong earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale rocked large areas of northern Pakistan, leaving at least 275 dead and scores injured. The quake was 196 km deep and centred 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush range.
A Reunion that Couldn’t Happen
Oct 26: Geeta, a deaf and mute Indian girl who was stranded in Pakistan for years, returned home, after a Bollywood movie galvanized a campaign to bring her back. However, she failed to recognise the family that claimed she was their long-lost daughter.