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The remains of the day – as reported by Pakistan's 'Dawn'!
After reading the day's news, I usually scan through the online editions of Dawn, New York Times and Guardian of UK, to see how the day's happenings are seen or not at all seen, by the world press.

For example, Modi's first visit to Washington DC was hardly noticed by NYT, in spite of the Diaspora's extravaganza at Madison Square and at Central Park rock show.

I was particularly keen to see how Dawn would report the outcome of the Trump-Modi meet!

On the home page (see inset), was a photo of the two with the caption, 'Trump, Modi call on Pakistan to stem terrorist attacks' - The report was a dispatch from AFP/AAP.

Some excerpts: 'The two leaders called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries, a statement from the White House said. Trump and Modi also "called on all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law," the statement said. Addressing a small audience at the White House following a bilateral meeting with senior members of their administrations, Trump said both the US and India have been affected by the "evils of terrorism" and the "radical ideology that drives them.'

Afghanistan: Regional security did feature in the talks, including on Afghanistan, as Washington considers deploying up to 5,000 extra troops to help local forces fighting insurgent groups. Trump said he wanted to "thank the Indian people" for their contribution to helping development in Afghanistan. Modi in turn said India "would maintain close consultation and communication with the US" to achieve the joint goal of "peace and stability."

The other headlines were:

- Kashmiri militant leader punished as Modi visits US

- US declares Hizbul militant leader supreme leader Syed Salahuddin as global terrorist

- China accuses Indian border guards of crossing into its territory

- US Supreme Court reinstates Trump travel ban


The day's other coverages were much like our local concerns, joys and sorrows particularly accountability for the Bhawalpur tanker tragedy, which killed 157 people. The joys of Eid celebrations were very much in the air. A few charming articles about shopping for Chand Raat, with women by the road side making mehndi (henna) decorations on outstretched hands, charging Rs 400-1000/- per hand. Recipe for making kheer! How a Pakistani Hindu girl was feeling lonely on Eid day and missing her friends and the delicious kheer, as she was far away at the University of Hawaii. Finally, fellow students helped her to celebrate. Other columns were about the definition of international terrorism, the digital Bitcoin frenzy, curbing non-profits, plastic pollution, brutish celebrations (by firing in the air!)

However, what really caught my attentions was an article, 'The Militancy Trap' by Cyril Almeida, a Dawn staffer. An excerpt:

"Because of the way Pakistan is, because of the resources the state has and the ideas that flow through its people, Pakistan is — and will remain — vulnerable.

Not vulnerable in a do-as-you-please kind of way, but vulnerable in the way we're seeing: this pattern of frequent, sometimes big strikes in the periphery and occasional, mostly small strikes in the heartland.

Let's scratch around the RAW-NDS rabbit hole a bit more. The dirty little secret is not that Pakistan is newly vulnerable, but that Pakistan has always been vulnerable.

On India's side, it was hesitation before — the system's aversion to dabbling in non-states. In Afghanistan, it was chaos that prevented the coalescing of a tit-for-tat strategy.

So, if anything's changed it's the willingness of India and Afghanistan to do with enthusiasm now what they did reluctantly before, and their luck in finding these proxies here and now."

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