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TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY

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AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-USA

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NUCLEAR WWWIII

Escalation of hostility may become a thermonuclear WWIII.

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SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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Pakistan: Sectarian Divides

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By Ram Puniyani *

South Asia has been in the grip of sectarian violence since fairly long. During last three decades and more particularly during the last decade this violence has been intensifying in degree and spread. It was sad news to hear that the Christian Community of Joseph Colony, Badami Bagh Lahore was the victim of one such violence recently (March 2013).

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Hazaras Under Attack

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By Anurag Tripathi
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

At least six people were killed and another 37 were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a truck carrying an estimated 80 kilograms of explosives, when he was stopped by Frontier Corps (FC) personnel at a check post near Alamdar Road, a Hazara Shia dominated area, in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on April 23, 2013. The bomber was heading to the area with the intention of targeting Abdul Khaliq Hazara, the chairman of the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP).

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The Strategic Implications of Pakistani Elections

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By Ishtiaq Ahmed *

The election process in now fully underway in Pakistan. Not only the Pakistani people but their neighbours and the world at large would be watching its outcome with varying degrees of anxiety.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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TTP joins Afghan Taliban to wage spring offensive: As the Afghan Taliban announced on April 27 the launching of annual spring offensive against the US-led Allied Forces in Afghanistan, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has also joined them. The TTP has released a video which shows the TTP fighters belonging to the "Saad bin Abi Waqas Front" [which is named after a TTP commander] already carrying out military and suicide operations against the ISAF Forces in Logar Province of Afghanistan. The News, April 29, 2013.

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Sri Lanka's Contribution to Defusing Nuclear Powder Keg

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By Jantha Dhanapala

If our cricket-crazy South Asian subcontinent knows the Sri Lankan hill-country town of Pallekelle — in the suburbs of my hometown of Kandy — for anything, it is for the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium where some of the 2011 World Cup Cricket matches were played.

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Conference Urges Enhanced Nuclear Safety

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By J C Suresh

Experts from more than 50 nuclear and non-nuclear countries have stressed the need for enhancing safety and security culture with a view to preventing the occurrence and minimizing the consequences of accidents in nuclear power plants. The call emerged from a four-day conference hosted by the Canadian government in Ottawa.

This was the third international conference of its kind organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since the first such gathering held in Moscow in 2006, followed by the second 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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91% Youth See Nuclear Weapons as Inhumane

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SGI International Survey

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Japan Refuses to Sign International Document Describing Nuclear Weapons as Inhumane

On April 23, the results of an international survey on attitudes towards nuclear weapons carried out by youth members of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist group were released at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) during the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.

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Comment: Democracy in a Confessional State

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By Ishtiaq Ahmed *

There is no denying that the erstwhile modernist Pakistani leadership tried to make Pakistan both democratic and Islamic, but no constitutional formula could find the proper balance

The May 11, 2013 general election is most likely to be held as planned. After nearly 66 years a milestone would be reached: an elected government will succeed another elected government with a brief interlude of a caretaker administration. The vetting process carried out by overzealous inquisitional examining officers has, mercifully, on instructions from their superiors, abated and the election commission has very wisely forbidden the invocation of religion and sect.

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Viewpoint: Do Muslims Really Understand Islam?

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By Abdulateef Al-Mulhim *

The total number of the Muslim population is around 1.6 billion or about 25 percent of the world population. Generally speaking, most of the Arab population is Muslims, but not every Muslim is an Arab. For example, Pakistan and Bangladesh are not Arab countries, but they have more Muslims than all 22 Arab countries combined.

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Gearing Up for Growth

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

It’s race day, and the top cars in the world are lined up. Normally psyched up, this time the drivers are very nervous. They remember the big crash of 2008 that wiped out the 2009 season. Etched on their minds is also the accident-plagued reboot to the program in 2010. And the repeated aborted restart in 2011. 2012 was more of the same. So their jitters about this race day are justified. Are these drivers – the economic powerhouses of the world – in for yet another disappointment, or is this time different?

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Globalisation Makes Poor More Vulnerable

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By Ramesh Jaura *

Does globalisation promote development? If you scratch beneath the surface, the answer of OECD researchers to this crucial question in times of financial collapse and its atrocious consequences for the vulnerable sections of people around the world is: globalisation helps the rich get richer and the poor poorer.

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