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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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Afghanistan: Critical Cusp

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

With less than a fortnight to go for the all important Presidential Elections scheduled to be held on April 5, 2014, a wave of terror strikes has enveloped the length and breadth of Afghanistan. In the most recent of major incidents (each resulting in three or more fatalities) at least nine persons, including four foreigners and five Afghans (including two children and two women), were shot dead by Taliban terrorists inside the luxurious Serena Hotel complex in national capital Kabul, in the night of March 20, 2014.

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Bangladesh: JMB: Latent Threat

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

In an attempt to re-assert itself in Bangladesh, extremists belonging to the banned Jam'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) targeted a prison van and freed three of their comrades on February 23, 2014. The prison transport was taking them from Kashimpur Prison in Gazipur District to a court in the Trishal Sub-district area of Mymenshingh District. 

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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JeI to stand trial for committing crimes against humanity in 1971, says coordinator of Investigating Agency of ICT Abdul Hannan Khan: Abdul Hannan Khan, coordinator of the Investigating Agency of International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), on March 25 said that Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), the party which had opposed Bangladesh independence and collaborated with the Pakistan Army, is to stand trial for committing crimes against humanity in 1971. According to Khan, the investigators of the ICT have finalised their report and seven charges, including genocide, will be pressed against the party and its affiliates for their role during the Liberation War. The Hindu, March 26, 2014.

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PM Koirala: 'Poorest World Leader'?

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By A Correspondent

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala might be described as the “weakest prime minister in the history of Nepal” by his critics due to his inability to give full-shape to his cabinet nearly two months after being sworn in as the head of the government, but he may soon hog the international media headlines by snatching the crown of ‘poorest world leader’ from his Uruguayan counterpart, if one is to go by some influential international media.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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NC, CPN-UML and UCPN-M decide to form five parliamentary committees: Nepali Congress (NC), Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) on March 27 decided to form five parliamentary committees. The meeting also decided to form a separate parliamentary committee to investigate the alleged poll-rigging during November 19 Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. Himalayan Times, March 27, 2014.

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Punjab: Simmering Cauldron

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

“If you want to destabilize Pakistan," an unnamed senior Police Officer
in the Province notes, "you have to destabilize Punjab." That, precisely,
is the intention of an accelerating and expanding campaign of Islamist
extremist terrorism in Pakistan, linked intimately to the Taliban – al Qaeda complex, and to the growing movement of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which has turned renegade against its original sponsors and handlers in the Pakistan establishment and Army.

Tempest of Terror, August 2009

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Sindh: Year of Horror

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

We were going shopping for our sister’s wedding when my cousin suddenly stopped the car in the alley where our house was located. I saw two men standing at the entrance of the lane and a group of eight to ten people, including young men aged 17-18 years approaching us, loading their guns.... I had never seen this kind of ferocity on the streets in India... my cousin, whose place I was visiting in Karachi, pleaded to me to be quiet and not to get into any argument with them. He referred to them as Balochi gangsters and exclaimed, "These are Balochis and you should not utter a word, just surrender and give whatever you have." They held my two sisters at gunpoint and put a sharp knife on my chest, making it bleed. Each of us gave whatever possessions we had. My cousin lamented, "This is the drudgery of our daily lives here. We live in fear..."

 - Interview to SATP on condition of anonymity

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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Government-TTP direct peace talks begin in FATA: Direct peace between the Government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Orakzai Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) started on March 26. The talks were mainly focused on an extension in the ceasefire and release of non-combatant detainees.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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Government proscribes 15 overseas LTTE front organizations as foreign terrorists: The Government proscribed several overseas organizations suspected of being fronts of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as foreign terrorist entities utilizing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1373 which was brought about by the United States (US) on September 28, 2001, after 9/11. The proscribed entities listed in the Gazette consist of the main LTTE and 15 other alleged front organizations - Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC), British Tamil Forum (BTF), World Tamil Movement (WTM), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), Global Tamil Forum (GTF), National Council Of Canadian Tamils (NCCT), Tamil National Council (TNC), Tamil Youth Organization (TYO), World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC), Transnational Government Of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Tamil Eelam Peoples Assembly (TEPA), World Tamil Relief Fund (WTRF) and Headquarters Group (HQ Group). Daily Mirror, March 31, 2014.

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In the New Growth Cycle: Advantage Labour

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

Overpopulation was a fear that gripped the world in the early 1970s. Back then, demographers contemplated the post-war baby boom, and projected a population explosion that they reasoned was unsustainable. After all, the world was thought to be running out of oil and other key resources. Poverty gripped nations with large and rapidly-growing head-counts. What resulted in many nations was lower fertility rates - either voluntary or imposed - that has left the world with aging populations everywhere, and a dearth of new labour to fuel the next recovery. Does it spell trouble?

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NAFTA For North American Competitiveness Integration Agenda

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By Dana Gabriel *

The recent North American Leaders Summit in Mexico was seen as a perfect opportunity to try and kickstart the trilateral partnership. While there was no headline grabbers or major breakthroughs, the NAFTA partners still moved forward on some crucial issues that centered around North American competitiveness. They developed a shared set of priorities and established a roadmap for enhancing cooperation in areas such as trade, transportation, energy, as well as border facilitation. This includes creating a North American trusted traveler program which is part of ongoing efforts to establish a fully integrated continental security perimeter. During separate bilateral meetings, Canada and Mexico also took steps towards strengthening political, economic and security ties.

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