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0712 flag pakistanSectarian violence in Karachi is just another chapter in Pakistan’s long history of violence against minorities, has afflicted Pakistan virtually from its moment of birth...

TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY

U.S. allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, smiling through their teeth, are feverishly hoping that Washington will maintain its security commitments. The Russians are ... . . ..   

AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-USA

A US revaluation of its Af-Pak policy appears likely under Trump... It is, however, unlikely that US AfPak policy under Trump will be ‘more of the same’. Crucially, Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism in Afghanistan . . .

NUCLEAR WWWIII

Escalation of hostility may become a thermonuclear WWIII.

ARM & TRAIN

Non-Muslims in violent conflict areas to enhance the security...

HYDRO BOOM & CONFLICTS

With approval of power plants, conflicts have arisen ...

SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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The Task Ahead

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By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *

No state can tolerate a challenge to its monopoly of power from within; in other words, a state within a state is a contradiction in terms of state sovereignty

Hopefully… Pakistan would, despite the reign of terror let loose by the Taliban on the very idea of democracy, and especially on some parties, have completed the election process, and a result should be in, or very soon. Whosoever wins a majority or most seats and on that basis forms a coalition government would have to have some concrete and practical measures to address a number of egregious problems, which if not tackled quickly and effectively can render Pakistan a failed state.

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Elections Do Not Augur Well For President Zardari

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By Abdus Sattar Ghazali *

Many surprises sprung by May 11 elections in Pakistan will have grave repercussions for the political spectrum with the Pakistan People's Party confined to Sindh, the Awami National Party facing a split and President Asif Ali Zardari denied a second term in office, says Shaheen Sehbani of The News.

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Misplaced Optimism

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

There is an air of triumph and hope in Pakistan. A massive turnout in the elections to the 14th Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) and four Provincial Assemblies, held under the shadow of the gun, a near-decisive victory for a single party and the astonishing spectacle of an ordered transition of power from one civilian Government to another – unprecedented in Pakistan’s twisted history, have produced euphoria and an expectation that all that is to come can only be better than the benighted past.

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Pondering Pakistani Politics

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By Raheel Raza *   

As Pakistanis hunkered down for an election in which for the first time in 65 years, one elected government will hand over power to another elected government, I’ve been watching from afar and thinking about what we’ve seen unfold in the past year. Sometimes those of us who are physically at a distance can get an objective bird’s eye view.

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Turning Over A New Leaf

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By Eric Walberg *

Pakistan's elections come at a key junction in the region's geopolitics, with the public firmly opposed to the US 'war on terror' being conducted on Pakistani soil with no regard for its sovereignty. Pakistan’s new prime minister has a mandate to take his country in a new direction, but will he use it?

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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TTP 'deputy chief' Wali-ur-Rehman killed in drone strike in FATA: The deputy 'chief' of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Wali-ur-Rehman was killed along with militants in a United State (US) drone strike in Chashma village near Miranshah town of North Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Area (FAAT) on May 29. Confirming the death of Wali-ur-Rehman, TTP 'spokesman' Ehsanullah Ehsan on May 30 announced that the offer to hold talks with the incoming Pakistani Government was also being withdrawn. The TTP also chose Khan Said as the new 'deputy chief'. Daily Times; Dawn; Tribune, May29-31, 2013.

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Sri Lanka: A Present Participle

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By Chandi Sinnathurai *

It is four-years since the Government Forces annihilated the Tamil Tigers. The absence of war is welcomed by all communities. The President Rajapaksha’s pledges and promises to the Tamils, however has proved to be a tempting tall story.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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TNA calls for full power devolution to provinces through the 13th Amendment to the Constitution: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on May 24 insisted on complete power devolution to the provinces through the 13th Amendment to the Constitution since problems over the provincial councils are due to the incomplete devolution of power by successive governments. TNA parliamentarian, Suresh Premachandran said that the respective governments had appointed committees that have made various proposals but the problems over the provincial councils in the country have not been resolved through the years. Premachandran said the TNA expects nothing less than complete devolution of financial, Police and land powers to the provinces through the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Colombo Page, May 25, 2013.

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Nuclear Strategy in South Asia

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By Sher Muhammad Khan

Few times ago, American think-tanks have claimed that Pakistan and China entered into a new understanding in mid-February for the construction of another nuclear reactor in Pakistan, which in their view, would violate Beijing's commitment to the Nuclear Supplies Group(NSG).

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Ending Nuke Testing Critical for Humanitarian Reasons

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By William Lambers *

One trillion dollars. Where would you rather see this amount of money spent? Would you rather end global hunger or throw this sum into thousands upon thousands of nuclear weapons? Would you rather see every child in the world receive school meals and improve their education? Or would you rather see nuclear test explosions and new designs of warheads?

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From Pipe Dreams to Reality?

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By Peter G Hall *
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

Contrary to recent high-profile predictions, North America is awash in crude oil. Surprising many, the International Energy Agency announced last fall that the US would become the world’s largest oil producer by 2017 and could come close to energy independence by 2035. While high prices usually give rise to surges like this, America's production U-turn has happened at blinding speed. What are the implications of this sea change in production for Canada?

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