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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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Nuclear Deterrence in South Asia

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By Dr Qaisar Rashid - Daily Times Pakistan

It is insecurity that beckons deterrence to forestall — under the fear of consequences — any probable infraction by an attacker. Nuclear deterrence also falls in the same ambit and is considered an instrument to strike the balance of power between adversaries. There are three tiers of nuclear deterrence practised by South Asia’s two nuclear powers, India and Pakistan.

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Nukes Are Not For War

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By Sushant Singh - The Indian Express

The report that Pakistan could possess as many as 350 nuclear weapons in the next 10 years to have the world’s third-largest stockpile of nuclear weapons has received a lot of attention in India. This projection is from a US think-tank, but a statement from a senior Pakistani official around the same time should concern us more. Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said that his country has “low-yield, tactical nuclear weapons” (TNWs) to deal with India’s so-called Cold Start doctrine.

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Pakistan To Bag The #3 Nuclear Power Spot

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By Brinda Banerjee - Value Walk

A recent U.S. paper suggests that Pakistan’s expanding nuclear capacity may soon outstrip that of most countries, including India’s. If Pakistan maintains its current nuclear development rate and continues on the same trajectory, it will soon become the third-ranked nuclear capable state in the world.

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Pakistan Ready to Play A Key Role in the Region, says Mushahid

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Pakistan Today

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has said that Pakistan is in the middle of a very dynamic region at a highly critical time and the country has a key role to play in the regional situation.

In the context of army chief’s upcoming visit, Mushahid said that the US wanted to move forward on the nuclear issue with Pakistan. However, Pakistan had clearly stated that it would not compromise on its nuclear capability. He said that Pakistan did not feel the need to rely on the US as the country was getting cooperation in the civilian nuclear field from China. But the stalemate doesn’t work for US as it wants India to be part of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

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Hiroshima And Nagasaki: Were the Atomic Bombings Necessary?

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The Liberty Web

The controversy over the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki continues and will continue, imbuing current and future generations with the task of disputing this catastrophic decision. Should the U.S. have dropped the bombs killing more than 200,000 combatant and non-combatant citizens of Japan in the most horrific manner, not only resulting in death, but years and generations of suffering and fear to the survivors and the unborn children of this atomic cataclysm? Was the act justifiable?

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ISIS: How Islamic State Is The Most “Un-Islamic”

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By Nazia Nazar *

Islam proclaims that killing one human being (unjustly) is equal to killing the whole humanity (Qur’an, 5:32). In this perspective, the recent Paris terror attacks as well as all other incidents of terrorism which cause the death of innocent people should actually be considered as the attacks on the whole humanity.

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Stopping ISIS: Follow the Money

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By Peter Van Buren

Wars are expensive. The recruitment and sustainment of fighters in the field, the ongoing purchases of weapons and munitions, as well as the myriad other costs of struggle, add up.

So why isn’t the United States going after Islamic State’s funding sources as a way of lessening or eliminating their strength at making war? Follow the money back, cut it off, and you strike a blow much more devastating than an airstrike. But that has not happened. Why?

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INDIA - BANGLADESH: ULFA Major Jolt

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

In a dramatic development, on November 11, 2015, Bangladesh Guard Border personnel handed over Golap Baruah alias Anup Chetia, the ‘general secretary’ of the undivided United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and his two prison mates — Babul Sharma and Laxmiprasad Goswami aka Shakti Prasad who were arrested along with him in Bangladesh in 1997 — to personnel of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) near the Dawki border point in the Sylhet District of Bangladesh. Chetia was brought to the Indian capital, New Delhi, on the same day. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) placed him under arrest in New Delhi a day later, in connection with a murder incident in 1998 in Golaghat (Assam).

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INDIA - NEPAL: Exacerbating Instability

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

On November 2, 2015, an Indian national was killed and 40 others, including 32 United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) cadres and eight Policemen, were injured when Nepal Police opened fire to forcefully evacuate UDMF cadres who were agitating at the Miteri Bridge in the Birgunj town of Parsa District in Nepal. The incident occurred in the area along the Birgunj-Raxaul (a town in East Champaran District of the Indian state of Bihar) border. Witnesses claim the deceased, Ashish Kumar Ram aka Sonu Ram (24), was killed very close to the border on the Nepal side while he was going to Birgunj town on a personal visit.  

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Why India Needs to Thank General Pervez Musharraf

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Pakistan needs to act on India's refrain to shut down the terror infrastructure and act in the spirit of the Ufa declaration.

By Sandeep Unnithan

Pakistan's military dictators are mostly always larger-than-life individuals, divinely sanctioned to steer their country away from the anarchy of civilian rule. Or so they seem to believe. Untrammelled by civilian oversight, every military ruler from Field Marshals Ayub Khan and Yahya Khan and Generals Zia to Pervez Musharraf, have launched military expeditions that have ultimately proved ruinous. Ayub had a series of grandly titled military plans to seize Kashmir in 1965, Yahya Khan presided over a genocide in East Pakistan that led to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971, Zia, an Afghan War that forced the Soviets out of Afghanistan but injected the poison of Islamic fundamentalism into his country's body politic.

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India's 'Six-Day War' Plan for Kargil

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By Barkha Dutt - NDTV

A secret letter sent by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to U.S President Bill Clinton at the height of the Kargil war in 1999 made it clear that if Pakistani infiltrators did not withdraw from Indian territory, "one way or the other we will get them out." Though India's options were never spelt out in the missive, in an interview to NDTV's Consulting Editor, Barkha Dutt just two months before he died, the former National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra revealed that "Crossing the Line of Control was not ruled out, nor was the use of nuclear weapons."

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