By Gaurav Dixit *
India and Sri Lanka share a long historic relationship. The relation saw a new multi-faceted phase post Eelam War IV in 2009, after the complete elimination of the Sri Lankan rebel group LTTE. The new phase represented extensive economic and political cooperation for the comprehensive development of the Northern and Eastern provinces. India today is one of Sri Lanka’s largest trading partners and has been the first to make foreign direct investment.
The Obvious Horizon To Future-Making
By Mahboob A. Khawaja *
If there are any two nations with enriched common interests overriding the gruesome perpetuated animosity cluster that is Pakistan and India - the outgrowth of British imperialism? What went wrong with these poverty stricken emerging nations that they could not cleansed glued hatred of the past and fear of the unknown future?
By Farooque Chowdhury *
Dan Mozena, the US ambassador in Bangladesh, has recently told Dhaka journalist: “The US relations with Bangladesh are not usual”. He said: The US interaction with the present government is not business as usual. (bdnews24.com, “America’s relations with Hasina govt not warm: Mozena”, February 11, 2014)
Senator Mushahid Hussain addressed seminar on ‘China, Pakistan and Afghanistan: Regional Dynamic, Future Prospects,’ in Islamabad
By A Correspondent
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Senate Defense Committee, said that Afghanistan under the Afghan Taliban was interested to have friendly relations with China and during the meeting between the then-ruler of Afghanistan, Mullah Omar with the Chinese Ambassador to Islamabad, H.E. Lu Xulin, at Qandahar in December 2000, Taliban’s supreme commander had reportedly ensured to respect sovereignty of China, non-interference in its internal affairs and not letting anybody to use Afghan territory against the neighboring country.
By Fazal M. Kamal *
Unfortunately for Bangladesh the signs were all there even during the last five-year tenure of the Awami League. If those five years were utilized for setting the stage and getting into the mode of a virtual one-party system, measures so far taken after its triumph in the January non-election clearly indicate the government’s intention to embark on a process of consolidation.
Separatist movement, religious and ethnic tension, general strikes and terrorist activities in the region has caused threats to national security, says CoAS Gaurav SJB Rana: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Gaurav S.J.B. Rana on February 20 said that separatist movement, religious and ethnic tension, general strikes and terrorist activities in the region has caused threats to national security. Rana said, "It is equally important to have cooperation from all sectors to face growing security threats, and traditional mechanisms have to be replaced by practical, dynamic and effective ones." Republica, February 21, 2014.
By Anurag Tripathi
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
On January 17-18, 2014, at least 13 highly decomposed bodies were found buried in the Tootak area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan Province. On February 4, 2014, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Khuzdar, Syed Abdul Hameed Shah, submitted a report to the Supreme Court, stating that 13 dead bodies had been recovered from a mass grave on the indication of a local shepherd who informed the DC's office. Balochistan Home Secretary Asad Jillani informed the Court that a one-man inquiry commission had been constituted and would complete its inquiry within one month. The Apex Court has now directed the Balochistan Government to submit DNA and inquiry commission reports on March 7, 2014.
By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
During a meeting with Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif on January 28, 2014, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asserted that no decision on launching an offensive in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) could be taken without consensus among ‘all stakeholders’, and that any such decision must be in the best ‘national interest’. Less than a month later, the Prime Minister has been forced to authorize the military to launch an operation in the region.
By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management
Terrorism in Pakistan has already resulted in at least 460 fatalities, including 241 civilians, 86 Security Force (SF) personnel and 133 militants in just the first month of 2014, according to partial data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP). 38 major incidents (each resulting in three or more fatalities) have inflicted at least 309 fatalities, and 70 explosions have also been recorded, accounting for 167 deaths. In one of the worst attacks of 2014 targeting civilians, at least 24 Shia pilgrims returning from Iran were killed and another 40 were injured in a bomb attack targeting their bus in the Khusak area of Kanak in the Mastung District of Balochistan Province, on January 21, 2014. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) claimed responsibility for the attack.
TTP's popularity is on the rise in Pakistan, claims TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on February 26 claimed that its popularity is on the rise in Pakistan. "An ever increasing number of Pakistanis are joining hands with us adding more and more firepower to our jihadist capabilities. The graph of our popularity is going north", Shahid said in a statement. "We are dying to see the "glorious" results of a "grand" onslaught that the "valiant" armed forces of Pakistan are preparing to launch against us", he said, adding, "Instead of pulling the "trigger", if the government of Pakistan focuses on removing the "triggers" of this war the TTP's anti-state activities will reduce drastically". The News, February 27, 2014.