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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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Vivekananda: The Torch Still Burns

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By Maria Wirth

150 years on January 12, 2013, Swami Vivekananda was born (as Narendra Nath Datta). He emerged at a time when the British colonial masters had managed to destroy the self-esteem of Indians by skilfully crafting a negative image of Hinduism.

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Focus: Opposition To Iraq War May Save Syria

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By David Swanson *

Evidence of "weapons of mass destruction" is "no slam dunk," U.S. officials are saying this time around, reversing the claim made about Iraq by then-CIA director George Tenet.

Opposition to a U.S.-led attack on Syria is growing rapidly in Europe and the United States, drawing its strength from public awareness that the case made for attacking Iraq had holes in it.

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INDIA- PAKISTAN: Renewed Misadventures

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

In the early hours of August 6, 2013, personnel of Pakistan Army’s Border Action Team (BAT) along with a group of 20 heavily armed terrorists entered 450-metres deep into the Indian Territory along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector (Poonch District) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The intruders ambushed an Indian Army patrol consisting of six soldiers, killing five of them and injuring another. Confirming the Pakistan Army’s role in the August 6, 2013, incident, the Army said, “The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with soldiers of the Pak Army”.

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USA - PAKISTAN: Diminishing Drones

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By Anurag Tripathi
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

As the drawdown deadline inches closer, the United States (US) appears to have begun to appease its ‘ally’ in the war against terror, to ensure support for a safer passage to its troop as they return home. Crucially, US drone operations in Pakistan have been considerably scaled down. This is a significant change from what was witnessed during the earlier years of Barack Obama's presidency.

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Afghanistan, India, Pakistan: Dangerous Gambit

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

In a suicide attack intended to target the Indian Consulate at Jalalabad, the capital of the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan, nine Afghans, including at least eight children, were killed, and another 24 were wounded on August 3, 2013. The three attackers were also killed. All Indian officials in the Consulate were safe. Nangarhar Province Police Chief General Sharifullah Amin confirmed that the consulate was the intended target of the blast.

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Bangladesh: Momentous Ruling

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

In a landmark ruling, the Dhaka High Court (HC) on August 1, 2013, declared the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), the biggest right-wing party of Bangladesh, illegal. A three-member Special Bench, including Justice M. Moazzam Husain, Justice M. Enayetur Rahim and Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque, passed the judgment, accepting a writ petition challenging the legality of JeI's registration as a political party.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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BNP-JeI desperate to get back power through militancy, says Foreign Minister Dipu Moni: Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on August 27 said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) have got desperate to return to power by unleashing militancy in the name of religion. "BNP-Jamaat wants to come to power again through militancy in Pakistani-style by misguiding people in the name of religion. So, they're involved in conspiracy. All will have to remain vigilant to crush their conspiracy," she said. UNB Connect, August 28, 2013.

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Nepal: Election Dilemmas

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

With less than three months left for the second Constituent Assembly (CA) Elections scheduled to be held on November 19, 2013, dilemmas about the elections still persist, with opposing parties further hardening their respective stands. The three major parties – the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), the Nepali Congress (NC) and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) – are, moreover, themselves far from clear about their approach. 

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Army integration reaches logical conclusion: Seven years after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) between the Government and the Maoist party, the Army integration process has come to a logical conclusion with the final phase of the integration reaching to an end after 70 former Maoist combatants selected as officer-cadets were conferred the insignia of lieutenant in the Nepal Army amidst a function at Nepal Military Academy, Kharipati in Bhaktapur on August 26. The ranks were determined in accordance with the recommendation of the Special Committee, on which leaders from the major political forces were represented. Myreoublica, August 27, 2013.

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Pakistan: Double Dealing on Virtually Every Issue

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Editorial Daily Times *

The national security paradigm that the military establishment has clung to for the last 66 years has made Pakistan the most insecure country in the world, where no one is willing to make investment, where people do not want to come as tourists, where its own people are hard put to find opportunities to grow and prosper. It is a country considered the bedrock and breeding ground of terrorism. Branded even more dangerous than Afghanistan, Pakistan has a few happy occasions to share with its people and many more to shed tears on for the wrong policies of its leaders (especially military rulers).

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The List Expands: Ismailis Attacked

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By A Correspondent, Dawn *

The grenade attacks targeting two Aga Khani Ismaili jamaatkhanas in Karachi on August 13, in which a woman and her child were killed, are yet another indicator of where Pakistan stands after over six decades of its creation.

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