A major earthquake in the Hindu Kush mountains has claimed numerous lives in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 7.5-magnitude earthquake was in the sparsely populated province of Badakhshan.
Trump's Afghanistan policy has the potential to alter the geopolitical balance in the volatile region. Pakistan, criticized by Trump for "Islamist support," wants greater involvement from China in the Afghan conflict.
The BRICS nations have expressed concern about Pakistan-based militant groups like LeT and the Haqqani Network. It is a diplomatic defeat for Islamabad, which heavily depends on Beijing's support amid a global isolation.
The use of proxy jihadis in the Indian sub-continent is as old as India and Pakistan's independence from British rule. 70 years after partition, the jihadist network has become so huge that it threatens both states.
India and Pakistan became independent from British rule in 1947, yet they are still belligerent neighbors locked in territorial disputes and deep mistrust. The scar of partition remains unhealed, says DW's Shamil Shams.
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