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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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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Parties agree to send all CPDCC issues to Constituent Assembly: On November 22, in a high-level meeting of the three major parties held at the prime minister's residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) has agreed to forward the joint proposal of the ruling parties on the contentious issues of the statute drafting process to the Constituent Assembly (CA) on the condition that the disputes are not put to vote in the CA, interlocutors have said. eKantipur, November 23, 2014.

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Balochistan: Disappearing Justice

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By Anurag Tripathi
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On September 25, 2014, Police recovered three mutilated bodies from the Rakhshan Nadi and Washbud areas of Panjgur District in South Balochistan. According to reports, all victims had received multiple bullet injuries. The victims remain unidentified.

On September 23, 2014, Balochistan Levies personnel found two bullet-riddled bodies in the Pidark area of Turbat District in South Balochistan. The victims remain unidentified.

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Balochistan: Targeting 'Outsiders'

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By Anurag Tripathi
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

At least eight Punjabi poultry farm labourers were found dead in the Sakran area of Hub tehsil (revenue unit) in Lasbela District of Balochistan on October 19, 2014. Police sources said that unknown armed men had kidnapped nine labourers from a poultry farm in Sakran on October 18 and killed eight of them after checking their identity cards.

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Punjab: Growing Vulnerabilities

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

At least 60 people, including children and women, were killed and more than 150 persons were injured when a suicide bomber detonated his suicide vest in the parking area, at least 500 meters from the Wagah Border on the Pakistan side, at around 5:45pm [PST] on November 2, 2014. The death toll in the incident is likely to rise as many of the injured were in critical condition. Wagah, a town on the outskirts of Lahore, the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Punjab Province, falls along the India-Pakistan border (on the Indian side lies Amritsar in the Indian State of Punjab). Indian and Pakistani Forces hold a flamboyant flag-lowering ceremony at Wagah every day.

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Darkening Tangle

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

On November 12, 2014, Security Force (SF) personnel reportedly confiscated a few flags, bearing the Islamic State (IS, formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, ISIS) monogram, near the main entrance to the Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF), based in a closely-guarded part of the historic city of Taxila, near Islamabad. Some more flags were recovered from nearby electricity poles. 

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Jama'at-ul-Ahrar: Obsessive Pursuits

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On November 21, 2014, two Security Force (SF) personnel were killed and two others were injured in a bomb attack targeting SFs vehicle on Warsak Road in Mathra Bazaar area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province. Ehsanullah Ehsan, the 'spokesman' of the Jama'at-ul-Ahrar (JuA, Group of the Free), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), while claiming responsibility for the attack said that the attack was revenge of one of their members who was killed in an operation by the army. He further warned, “We will continue to target the Pakistani military in the future.”

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Targeting Doctors

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Dr. Rubina Khalid (55), a senior professor of the Dow University of Health Sciences and a Sunni, was shot dead by unidentified assailants on University Road in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, in the night of November 25, 2014. Police said it was still unclear whether the shooting was a robbery gone wrong or a targeted murder.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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41 militants and two civilians among 43 persons killed during the week in FATA: Eleven militants were killed and five of their hideouts destroyed in air strikes in the Kukikhel area of in Tirah valley in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on November 28.

Seven militants were killed when US drone fired two missiles at a house in the Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on November 26.

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Sri Lanka: Karu Jayasuriya Is Not The Panacea

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By Nilantha Ilangamuwa *

Does Karu Jayasuriya, a former security officer turned politician, have the vote base that will enable him to defeat Rajapaksa? Can he be a charismatic leader or candidate and live up to the public demand? Is he the one the majority of people are looking for? Can he change the pusillanimous attitudes of the people in the country? Does he have a well-designed plan for it? Can he remove the masks of phoney patriotism which the Rajapaksas are using to entertain the public and pillage the basic rights of human beings? More importantly, does he have a long term plan for the people and the country?

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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No LTTE 'Mahavir Day' celebrations allowed in Sri Lanka, says Army spokesman: Army Media spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya on November 26 said that Sri Lanka will not allow anyone to celebrate the birth anniversary of the slain leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Velupillai Prabhakaran or the 'Mahavir Day' (Heroes' Day) that falls on his birthday. Prabhakaran's birthday falls on November 26, and before its demise in 2009, the LTTE commemorated its 'war heroes' day on the leader's birthday. The spokesperson said the reports claiming that LTTE loyalists are planning on celebrating the 'Mahavir day' on November 26 and 27 is completely false. Colombo Page, November 28, 2014.

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2015: A Make-or-Break Year for Nuclear Disarmament

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By Thalif Deen

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon singled out what he described as “one of the greatest ironies of modern science”: while humans are searching for life on other planets, the world’s nuclear powers are retaining and modernising their weapons to destroy life on planet earth.

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