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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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On India's Independence Day

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To Indians and Other South Asians of Indian-origin

By Hon. Michael Chan
Ontario Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

Sixty-seven years ago, an entire nation gained the right to self-determination – and it has never looked back.

It’s a privilege to be able to share a few words with South Asian Outlook readers this month as we observe India’s Independence Day, and to do so in my new role as Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

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India - Pakistan: JuD The Dependable Terrorist

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 25, 2014, a US State Department media note announced amendments to the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entity designations of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) to add the following aliases: Jama’at-ud-Dawa (JuD), Al-Anfal Trust, Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool, and Tehrik-e-Tahafuz Qibla Awwal.

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The Danger of Nuclear Terrorism in South Asia

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The terrorist attack on Karachi airport showed that Pakistan’s intelligence had badly failed to provide true information about terrorist networks in Karachi.

By Musa Khan Jalazi *

During the last 16 years, Pakistan and India have doubled the number of their nuclear warheads, making them the fastest growing nuclear weapons states in the world. However, India has deployed a nuclear triad of bombers, missiles and a submarine capable of firing nuclear weapons. Pakistan has also developed a network of nuclear weapons factories, plutonium reactors and nuclear missiles. India has invested a lot on spy satellites, aircraft, drones and early warning radar, while Pakistan has developed spy and modern warning systems.

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Afghanistan: Deepening Crisis

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

While the rest of the world has focused its attention towards bloodbath in the Arab World, where the Islamic State of Syria and al Sham (ISIS), now rechristened as Islamic State, has created havoc, Afghanistan is plunging deeper into chaos. The political upheaval arising out of the power struggle following the disputed presidential elections has added to the people's misery, as the security scenario deteriorates rapidly.

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Bangladesh: The Enduring Legacy

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By Fazal M. Kamal *

In spite of its complete hold on all branches of government, evidently, the enduring legacy of the present administration in Bangladesh is going to be its abject failure to ensure safety and security for people’s life, limb, liberty and property. Aside from its inability to solve murders and disappearances over the years the ruling party has been in office, now what is obvious and scary---and worse still---is the degeneration of many members of what are purported to be law enforcing units.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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Government would make befitting reply if BNP and its allies kill people hurling petrol bombs and uproot railway lines in the name of movement, says Communication Minister Obaidul Quader: Communication Minister Obaidul Quader on July 30 said that the Government would make a befitting reply if Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies uprooted railway lines and kill people hurling petrol bombs in the name of movement. He also urged Awami League (AL) party leaders to refrain from any attack and provocation. At the same time, he made a call to AL leaders and activists not to stay idle. Dhaka Tribune, July 31, 2014.

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Nepal: Disruptive Alliances

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

On June 28, 2014, five main Maoist parties of Nepal, including the Pushpa Kama Dahal aka Prachanda-led Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), the Mohan Baidya aka Kiran-led Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist-Baidya), the Matriya Yadav-led CPN-Maoist (CPN--Maoist-Matriya), the Mani Thapa-led Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) and Pari Thapa-led CPN-Unified (CPN-U), at a special function at Buddha Nagar in the national capital, Kathmandu ,signed an agreement to constitute an alliance. Addressing the function, Prachanda observed that the alliance was formed “with an aim of unification among the communist parties”.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Seven parties form Federal Republican Front: On July 10, seven opposition parties, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Nepal, Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party-Nepal and Federal Socialist Party-Nepal, formed a new front - Federal Republican Front - Nepal, pledging to struggle for identity-based federal constitution. The front's 16-point concept paper unveiled at a programme in Kathmandu states the objective of the front is to ensure self rule in pradeshes and shared rule at the centre in a federal set-up. Himalayan, July 11, 2014.

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Expulsion Of Indian Journalists: A Retrograde Step By Pakistan

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By Ravi Nitesh *

There is so much diversity all around us. It includes culture, history, and geography as static diversities and political situations and other continuous changing practices as dynamic diversities for which one individual or community becomes different than another at any point of time. For the already recorded or static diversities that developed over a longer period of time, we know about each other through various available mediums, however for moving diversities and changes of present time, that may also include present short term socio-political changes and often be seen as news, is usually communicated through media.

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Pakistan: Strange Democracy At Work

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By Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja *

Pakistani politics is hub of intrigues and backdoor conspiracies. Democracy stands no chance to take roots in the current highly volatile and disruptive political culture. Feudal lords turned politicians would have hard time to define the democratic norms and principles in a rational manner. The take-over of Islamabad by the military is unwanted and unwise. The Generals do not have the moral and intellectual capacity to manage political problems. Rationality spells out a clear picture of political failure of the civil administration. There is no national emergency warranting military intervention or administration of the capital security and governance.

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