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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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The Great Game in Afghanistan: 21st Century Update

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And the U.S. is Losing out

By Dilip Hiro

Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan, newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is performing a withdrawal operation of his own. He seems to be in the process of trying to sideline the country's major patron of the last 13 years -- and as happened in Iraq after the American invasion and occupation there, Chinese resource companies are again picking up the pieces.

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Bangladesh: Desperate Measures

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

On March 4, 2015, Shipon Mia (30), a driver was burnt to death and his assistant Shakil Ahmed (15) suffered serious burn injuries, when supporters of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 20-party alliance’s blockade programme hurled a petrol bomb at their pick-up van in the Shibganj area of Chapainawabganj District.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed urges all to come forward to protect the country and its people from militants: While addressing a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka city on March 25, Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina Wajed urged all to come forward to protect the country and its people from militants. She said, "We don't want destruction, but development we don't want militant acts, but peace. We want Bangladesh to become a peaceful nation in the world and continue to move ahead as a peaceful country in South Asia and that's our goal." Daily Star, March 26, 2015.

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Persistent Polarization in Nepal

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

On March 30, 2015, 41 people including 35 cadres of Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M)-led 30-party alliance, five Policemen and one minor were injured in clashes between Police and demonstrators during the lathi (baton) rally organized by the alliance across the country against attempts to draft the Constitution through the majority voting process, instead of consensus.

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Nepal Leading Tobacco Control in South Asia

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Will it spiral domino effect on other nations?

By Bobby Ramakant *

South Asian region has very high levels of tobacco use, and thus not surprisingly, rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other tobacco related illnesses rage high. Nepal is in spotlight in South Asian region by demonstrating high commitment to tobacco control and also acting on the ground! Recognizing Nepal's leadership, the country was awarded the prestigious 'Bloomberg Philanthropies Award for Global Tobacco Control' at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH 2015).

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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83 persons injured in clashes between Police and UCPN-M led 30 party alliance cadres: 42 people were injured when sporadic clashes erupted between the agitating activists of Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M)-led 30-party opposition alliance and Police in different parts of the country on March 29. In Kavre District, 12 protestors and five Policemen were injured in clashes between Police and demonstrators.

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FATA: Exercises in Futility

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

At least 48 ‘terrorists’ were killed [with media access severely restricted, no independent confirmation is available, and the categorization of those killed cannot be verified] on March 13, 2015, as Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets pounded alleged terrorist hideouts in the Kukikhel area of the Tirah Valley in the Khyber Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

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Pakistan Shelves Six Coal-fired Power Projects

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By Aamir Saeed

Pakistan has halted work on six coal-fired power projects of some 14,000 megawatts due to environmental concerns, lack of needed infrastructure and foreign investment.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari broke ground of the first mega coal power project in January 2014 to help the country overcome its energy crisis.

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Separating Myth From Reality

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By Senator Sehar Kamran

The Washington Post recently published a story on Pakistan’s construction of two new units at the Karachi Nuclear power Plant site.

The article has variously been quoted by media sources both internationally and in Pakistan.
The article has lumped together a lot of unrelated issues with regards to Pakistan’s nuclear program.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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87 militants and one SF among 88 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 15 suspected militants were killed and four soldiers injured in a clash in Tirah Valley area of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on March 28.

At least 30 militants were killed and several others sustained injuries when Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter aircraft and helicopters pounded the bunkers of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants in Kukikhel, Sepah, Kamarkhel and Shalobar areas in Tirah Valley on March 25.

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Human Rights in Sri Lanka to be Raised to International Standards

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Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweeran tells Human Rights Council in Geneva

Discussions are already underway to look at ways and means of expanding the scope of human rights in line with internationally accepted standards, said Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

He was addressing the 28th Regular Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday. “Recognizing that the previous Government failed to implement the recommendations of the Commissions that were set up at the time, including those made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), action is now being taken to explore steps that can be taken in this regard,” the Foreign Minister told the member nations and representatives of the council.

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