Praveen Swami

Articles By Praveen Swami

Donald Trump mounts pressure: Task force to check on Pakistan terror-funding tap

Donald Trump said the United States had “foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit.”

This Op-Ed Is Dead

In its place is a new dogma that allows everyone to weigh in on everything.

War on Indian cities key to victory in Kashmir: Al-Qaeda

The organisation’s subcontinent second-in-command Usama Mehmood says in the video. “If it is attacked in Kolkata, Bangalore and New Delhi, it will come to its senses and release its grip on Kashmir.”

From jail near Patiala, a trail to Thai border, Rohingya arms route

Thailand’s intelligence services had begun noticing the use of Rohingya refugees by jihadists as early as 2007, claiming they were being used as mercenaries by Islamist insurgents operating in the country’s conflict-torn southern provinces.

Progress and limits in Saudi Arabia’s halting gender reform

King Salman ibn Abdulaziz al-Saud made a dramatic decision this September to allow Saudi women to drive, unescorted by a male guardian.

Lashkar-e-Taiba’s charity wing reaches out to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine

Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation volunteers, the organisation has said, “distributed millions in cash money and blankets among more than 300 besieged Rohingya Muslims”.

On Babri anniversary, message from al-Qaeda in Kashmir calls on Indians to join jihad

The call was released on online jihadist feeds on Wednesday, by the new al-Qaeda affiliate formed earlier this year by breakaway cadre of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Karachi family mourns drug-addict son’s journey to Kashmir jihad

In 2013, 257 people were killed in a fire in a Baldia factory, allegedly set on fire by Muttahida Qaumi Movement-linked gangsters after the owners refused to pay protection money.

Year after note ban, black money reborn as cyber-cash

The surge is so powerful that the Niti Aayog has been been asked to study the possibility of following countries like Russia to issue its own, government-backed and regulated cryptocurrency

Understanding Bitcoin: fraud, or the future of money?

Is the digital currency a liberating innovation that helps consumers free themselves from punishing government regulations globally? Or, flipping the Bitcoin, is the online currency a grand delusion — even a move that benefits the world of crime?

India, Pakistan NSAs talked last month, Delhi confronts Islamabad on Pathankot

Doval shared intelligence, pressed Janjua for arrest of suspects, but Pakistan NSA’s hands seem tied by Army, ISI

AQIS goes vernacular with Tamil, Hindi, Bengali texts online

The translations, obtained by The Indian Express, range from excerpts from magazines like al-Risalah and Inspire, to ideological tracts by the jihadist leadership.

Donald Trump’s quack remedies for Asia

It would be unwise to rely on the US to counter China. India must build tools to protect its own interests.

How significant is Jaish-e-Muhammad in Kashmir today?

The killing of Masood Azhar’s nephew Talha Rashid notwithstanding, broader data show the Jaish-e-Muhammad is behind both the Lashkar and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in the Kashmir jihad.

Masood Azhar’s nephew killed in Pulwama; US-made M4 rifle found at hideout was online propaganda weapon

Talha Rashid, the sources said, had been targeted as part of an ongoing police operation against a group of an estimated Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorists sent across the Line of Control to carry out high-profile fidayeen attacks.

In fact: Deep cracks in the Saudi kingdom

The weekend crackdown on potential palace rivals is in keeping with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad ibn Salman’s no-holds-barred approach. It could, however, have severe consequences for the country and the world.

Iranian spies held top Indian Al Qaeda man, set him free

The revelations on Asif’s mysterious release from prison come even as the CIA released papers purportedly showing that al-Qaeda and Tehran cut a deal to allow the jihadist group to route personnel through its territory.

Xi Jinping rises to conquer

Behind the ascent of the powerful leader in China run deep insecurities in party and state.

Thane family receives call: Son in Islamic State killed in Raqqa battle

Fahad Sheikh had left for Iraq in May 2014, as part of a pilgrimage group, travelling with Majeed, Tanki and Tandel.

Is Rex Tillerson’s visit a new dawn for South Asia?

US plan to end the Afghanistan war is, without dispute, the most ambitious diplomatic initiative by the country the region has seen in years.