Overview - January 2019

Pakistan

• ‘Accountability’ bandwagon continues to roll
• Economic concerns mount
• 8th meeting of the CPEC Joint Cooperation Committee held in Beijing
• Army warns Pashtun Tahafuz Movement
• President Trump writes to PM Imran Khan for help with Afghan peace

Afghanistan: 

  • Presidential Election delayed
    • New Ministers for Defence and Interior appointed
    • Government announces High Advisory Board for Peace 
    • Peace and Reconciliation efforts continue
    • Reports emerge on partial withdrawal of US forces
    • Second Afghanistan, Pakistan, China trilateral meeting takes place 
    • Indian company takes over operations of Shaheed Beheshti Port at Chabahar 

 

January 17, 2019

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Mr. Sharat Sabharwal joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1975. After serving in various positions in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN in Geneva and the Indian Missions in Madagascar, France and Mauritius, he was Director/Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi from 1990 to 1995. The positions held by him subsequently have been Deputy High Commissioner of India in Pakistan (1995-99), Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the UN in Geneva (1999-2002), Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan (2002-2005) and Additional Secretary/Special Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (September 2005-March 2009).

Mr. Sabharwal was High Commissioner of India to Pakistan from April 2009 to June 2013.

He was appointed Central Information Commissioner in November, 2013 and served in this position till September, 2017.
Mr. Sabharwal has been Deputy leader/member of the Indian delegations to the UN General Assembly, the erstwhile UN Commission on Human Rights, International Labour Conference and World Health Assembly. He was also the Deputy Leader of the Indian delegation to the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent held in Geneva in October 1999 and member of the Indian delegation to the World Conference against Racism, held in Durban in September 2001.

Mr. Sabharwal holds a post graduate degree in Political Science. He speaks English and French besides Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.

Mr. Sabharwal has been an author at the Indian Express, The Hindu, India Today, The Tribune and The Wire.