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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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INDIA - PAKISTAN: Exposing the Fountainhead of Terrorism

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

Indian security agencies arrested three top terrorists – Yasin Bhatkal aka Mohammad Ahmed Siddibappa Zarrar aka Imran aka Asif aka Shahrukh; Asadullah Akhtar aka Haddi; and Abdul Karim Tunda – from the Indian State of Bihar along the Indo-Nepal Border in the month of August, 2013. These arrests reconfirmed the fact that the Indo-Nepal Border has long provided safe passage to terror groups operating on Indian soil under the direct patronage of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Revelations made by the arrestees have further exposed links between the ISI and various Islamist terrorist groups.

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India And Pakistan: NJ 9842 And Beyond

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By Ravi Nitesh *

The present world has created false needs. One of these is the need for arms. Millions of dollars have been and are spent in the name of security while the world still remains insecure in many ways. Countries are proving themselves more powerful on the basis of their ‘strength’ judged by their ‘advancement’ in ‘defense’. Two Asian countries India and Pakistan have their own history of separation followed by wars and hatred that have made them fierce competitors in arms. From the nuclear race to world’s highest battle ground.

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Kashmir Skirmishes Derails India - Pakistan Dialogue

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By Zafar Iqbal *

Aniela, a 14 year old schoolgirl, was jubilant over her success in the final exams. Her eyes glittered with passion and thirst for higher education. Her proud father promised to full cost of her time at college. Though, he was already struggling to balance his small income with rising family spending.

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Afghanistan: A New Dark Age for Women

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

With the drawdown of allied Forces inching closer, the Afghan Taliban and its affiliates in their pursuit of the enforcement of a brutal extremist Islamism have escalated violence and oppression against women across the country. Women who defied the Taliban’s diktat and came out of their homes to started work have been targeted with increasing frequency. Others, who have criticized or otherwise challenged the Taliban have also faced extreme consequences.

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Talking to Taliban: A Road Ahead

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By Manish Rai *

Efforts to end longest American war in the history have been accelerating for some time now. America’s war in Afghanistan marks the longest in the country’s history and risk continuing beyond 2014 when United States wants to pullout but for that they require a graceful exit strategy and a stable Afghanistan. But this is near to impossible without talking to Taliban after fighting for 12 long years United States and Taliban are now on negotiations table as both sides are realising the importance of dialogue. 

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Bangladesh: Election Related Confusion Mounting

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By N J Thakuria *

Political crisis and confusion galore are mounting in Bangladesh over the next general election, which must be completed between October 25, 2013 and January 24, 2014. Before the fiver-year term of the present Awami League led coalition government is over by December 2013, it has to pave way for handing over the political power to a new regime elected by the millions of voters in the populous country.

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Islamist Terrorism New Challenges

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

In an attempt to derail Sheikh Hasina Wajed’s Awami League (AL)-led Government’s efforts to suppress Islamist extremism and terrorism within the country, Islamist militant formations have started reorganizing themselves, presenting a rising challenge to the regime and its enforcement apparatus.

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Nepal: Calling the Bluff?

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By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

As preparations for Constituent Assembly (CA) elections on November 19, 2013, gather momentum in Nepal, the Mohan Baidya-led Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist-Baidya) appears increasingly isolated in its opposition to the elections. This acquires a special significance in view of the failed August 24, 2013, round table conference, where the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) decided to go ahead with poll preparations, pending negotiation with CPN-Maoist-Baidya. 

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Murder convicts cannot contest polls, says Supreme Court: The Supreme Court (SC) on September 26 ordered the government and the Election Commission (EC) to not allow convicted persons from contesting Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. A special bench of Justice Susheela Karki, Girish Chandra Lal, and Prakash Wosti issued an order to this effect in response to a writ petition filed at the SC against the Prime Minister's Office and the EC demanding that the murder convicts as well as those against whom charges of heinous crimes have been framed by a court of law be debarred from contesting the CA polls. Nepal News, September 27, 2013.

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Pakistan: Carnage of Christians and Minorities

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

In the deadliest attack ever on Christian minorities in Pakistan, at least 79 worshippers, including 34 women and seven children, were killed and another 130 were injured when two suicide bombers attacked a Christian congregation at the historic All Saints Church in the Kohati Gate area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province, on September 22, 2013. Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Mohammad Ali Babakhel disclosed that one of the suicide bombers opened fire at Police guards at the church gate, killing one of them. He subsequently lobbed a grenade and, prevented by the Police from entering the church, detonated his suicide vest. Thirty seconds later, the second attacker who had managed to enter the church, detonated his suicide jacket as well. According to varying media reports, some 600 to 700 people were inside the church at the time of the attack.

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Faustian Bargains

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

The brouhaha over the impending ‘peace talks’ between Nawaz Sharif led Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Government and the Hakimullah Mehsud led Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) seems to have subsided for some time now.

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