On 21 October, Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Islamabad after four years of self-imposed exile in London. He will face an uphill battle to ensure he can run for upcoming elections. Cartoon by Gihan de Chickera
On 21 October, Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Islamabad after four years of self-imposed exile in London. He will face an uphill battle to ensure he can run for upcoming elections. Cartoon by Gihan de Chickera

Digital surveillance of Indian opposition, Nawaz Sharif’s return, Muizzu’s deadline to Indian troops and more

November 2023 - Updates and analysis from around the region

Southasiasphere is our roundup of news events and analysis of regional affairs, now out every two weeks. If you are a member, you will automatically receive links to new episodes in your inbox. If you are not yet a member, you can still get episode links for free by signing up here.

In this episode, we talk about Apple's alerts warning of potential state-sponsored cyberattacks targeting Indian opposition leaders and journalists, an explosion in Kerala targeting a Jehovah's Witness convention, Nawaz Sharif's return to Pakistan, advances by armed groups battling Myanmar's military junta in Shan state, arrests and deaths of Bangladesh Nationalist Party activists following a three-day blockade in Bangladesh, the launch of an India-Bangladesh railway link and the incoming Maldivian president Mohammed Muizzu's plan to evict Indian troops within a week of his inauguration. 

In this episode, Himal Southasian interviews Daniel Bosley, a journalist and blogger working on the Maldives, about the recently held Maldivian presidential elections (interview begins at 10:27).

Himal Southasian Podcast Channel · Southasiasphere 5 Nov: Digital surveillance of Indian opposition, Nawaz Sharif's return, and more

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