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Daily Briefing: India invites Pakistan foreign minister for SCO meet; Rahul Gandhi calls Digvijaya remarks on surgical strikes ‘ridiculous’

In today’s edition: India’s reach-out to Pakistan; Rahul Gandhi’s mouthful for Digvijaya Singh; row over BBC series on PM Modi; India’s Oscar entries; drones and robot mules for Indian Army; and more

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Days after Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called for peace talks with India, New Delhi has reached out to Islamabad with an invitation to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting in Goa, The Indian Express has learnt. If Pakistan accepts the invite, it will mark the first such visit in nearly 12 years.

Meanwhile, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his latest book, speaks about a call from Sushma Swaraj and “how close the India-Pakistan rivalry came to spilling over into a nuclear conflagration in February 2019″.

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Digvijaya Singh’s remarks have again put the Congress on the defensive. On Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi sought to distance himself from Singh’s remarks on the 2016 surgical strikes, calling them “ridiculous”. “I personally completely disagree with what he said,” Gandhi asserted.

The standoff between the Government and the judiciary over the appointment of judges took another turn Tuesday with Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju saying that the Supreme Court making public “secret or sensitive reports” on the Centre’s objections to the appointment of three advocates as High Court judges was a “grave concern”.

Barely half an hour before the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union planned to screen the BBC documentary on PM Narendra Modi, which was pulled down by YouTube and Twitter on Centre’s orders, the campus was plunged into darkness. While an official of the Union Education Ministery denied any “deliberate attempt to cut power”, sources said such a prolonged power cut on campus was unusual.

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Until next time,

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First published on: 25-01-2023 at 09:00 IST
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