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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: News Briefs

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President extends mandate of Missing Persons Commission by six months: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on February 20 extended the mandate issued to the Presidential Commission to investigate cases of alleged disappearances of persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces by six months to August 12, 2014. The move to extend the term of the Commission comes amid the mounting pressure from international community on the Government to launch an independent and credible investigation into the alleged human rights violations during the last phase of war in 2009. Colombo Page, February 21, 2014.

Presidential Commission on missing persons begins its public hearings: The Presidential Commission appointed to look into missing persons in the North and East during the period between 1990 and 2009 began its public hearings on February 14 in Jaffna District. The hearings will continue till February 17, 2014, the Government Information Department said. The Commission is investigating the alleged abductions or disappearances of people who were residents in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during the period 1990-2009. Secretary of the Commission H. W. Gunadasa said that the Commission received the highest number of missing cases from Jaffna District. The Commission received 3000-4000 cases from the Jaffna District. Daily Mirror, February 15, 2014.

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka rejects statements made by US official: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka on February 3 rejected the statement made by United States (US) Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal, on human rights issues in Sri Lanka during her visit to the country. Human Rights Commissioner Prathiba Mahanamahewa said that he could not agree with the statement made by the US Government. He pointed out that the Government has set up a Presidential Commission on Disappearances and another Commission to probe the loss of lives and property due to the war since 1982, both of which were recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). Colombo Page, February 4, 2014.

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