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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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Sri Lanka: Demarcation of the Lines of Authority Essential for Peace

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By Manel Abhayaratna

It appears from the various news reports and electronic media news clips that all is not well in our paradise island. The violence in Aluthgama and Beruwela whether they be referred to as communal, religious or pseudo communal, has raised a hornet’s nests.

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Waziristan: Terror Destination

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Waziristan, Pakistan's lawless tribal region, which has for long served as a safe haven for terrorist groups operating in India, Afghanistan, and other countries, is, according to the latest reports, now hosting a new terrorist formation, the Ansar Al-Tawheed fi Bilad Al-Hind (ATBH, Supporters of Monotheism in the Land of India). According to a May 22, 2014 news report, "the cadres of Ansar Al-Tawheed can be seen training at al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan’s North Waziristan."

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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111 militants, seven SFs and one civilian among 119 persons killed during the week in FATA: 16 militants were killed and seven hideaways were destroyed in the ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation by Security Forces (SFs) in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) on June 29.

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Self-inflicted Wounds

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Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

In an attack symbolic of the deteriorating security environment across Pakistan, more than 10 terrorists, equipped with suicide vests, grenades and rocket launchers, infiltrated the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, at mid-night on June 8-9, 2014, engaging in an extended firefight against Security Forces (SFs), that had resulted in 24 deaths till the time of writing.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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CA members against ethnicity-based federal structure, says report: At the meeting of the Constituent Assembly (CA) in Kathmandu on June 5, majority of the CA members emphasized on the need of developing a federal system unique to Nepal and not based on ethnic and regional ground. Expressing their views on the report of the CA Committee on Constitutional Archives Study and Determination on the agreed and disputed issues in then CA Committee on Restructuring of the State and Distribution of State Power, they said that federalism should not be a basis for disintegration but promoting unity and consensus in the country. Nepal News, June 6, 2014.

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Nepal: How Not to Attract Tourists

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By Gautam *

Dealing with cabbies at the Tribhuvan International Airport is a nightmarish experience for foreign visitors, who come to Nepal for different purposes, including trekking, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, sightseeing, cultural tours, paragliding, heli-skiing and more. It appears that these people are there only to make a fast buck from the guests, not to welcome the travellers.

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Bangladesh: MNCs - Corruption, Commission, The Company men

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By Anu Muhammad *

The present government of Bangladesh seems to have become more aggressive than it was in its previous tenure about finalizing and signing agreements, and implementing big projects in energy and power, and in transport and communications sector. Expensive and risky projects, sometimes clearly against national interest, are being finalised without any parliamentary discussion or public consultation, any consideration of the consequences, and importance given to criticism and/or opinion from independent experts. Who are actually making decisions about these projects? How are these projects? Why is such haste?

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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Dhaka Court awards death penalty to eight HuJI-B militants including its 'chief' Mufti Abdul Hannan: A Dhaka Court on June 23 awarded death penalty to eight militants of banned Islamist outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B), including its 'chief' Mufti Abdul Hannan, and meted out life sentence to six others for bombing to death 10 people during Pahela Baishakh (Bengali New Year) celebrations at Ramna Batamul in Dhaka city on April 14, 2001.

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NWA: Pointless Symbolism

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

At 01:30am [PST] on June 15, 2014, Pakistani Air Force jets launched aerial attacks on purported terrorist hideouts in the Degan and Datta Khel areas of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) killing at least 140 alleged terrorists and destroying eight hideouts, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) [no independent confirmation of these claims is available].

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INDIA - PAKISTAN: Malignant Spectre

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By Anurag Tripathi
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 8, 2014, two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, including one 'divisional commander', identified as Bilal Ahmad Bhat alias Bilal Lelhari, and his associate, identified as Mudasir Sheikh, were killed by Security Forces (SFs) in the Reshipora village of Pulwama District in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).

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INDIA - PAKISTAN ISI: The Devil's Own

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

The well organized and systematic covert network of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in India, has been under the Indian intelligence radar for a long time. Over the past two weeks, however, this has led to a number of arrests not only in India, but in Malaysia as well.

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