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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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India - Myanmar: Borders of Terror

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

By M. A. Athul
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 4, 2015, 18 Army personnel were killed and another 11 were injured when militants ambushed a convoy of 46 troopers of the 6 Dogra Regiment of the Army, at Moltuk, near the India-Myanmar border, in the Paralong area of the Chandel District of Manipur. The militants first targeted the convoy, which was on a road opening patrol (ROP). Initiating the attack with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), the militants subsequently opened fire using Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and small arms. The Army also claimed to have killed a militant in the retaliatory firing.

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The Pro And Anti-India Question In Bangladesh Politics

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By Farooque Chowdhury

Bangladesh politics can’t escape India question. It was always there. For a long time, it can be assumed for obvious reasons, the issue will remain live in the politics. No one, if the person or the factor means politics in Bangladesh, owns any sense to ignore the issue.

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Pak Isn't Myanmar, But A Nuclear Nation

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By Harinder Baweja

Pakistan warned India on against pre-emptive strikes along the lines of the army's anti-insurgency operation in Myanmar, saying New Delhi should not have any misgivings about its nuclear-armed neighbour's military strength.

"We are not Myanmar. Don't you know our military strength? Pakistan is a nuclear nation. India should stop day dreaming," Pakistan's minister for defence production, Rana Tanveer Hussain, told HT in an exclusive interview from Islamabad.

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Pervez Musharraf Warns India

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By Press Trust of India

Accusing India of destabilising Pakistan, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said nuclear weapons are for the defence of the country and not for “celebratory” occasion.
Musharraf claimed that India is planning a strategy to ultimately de-nuclearise Pakistan.

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US Hopes India, Pakistan Will Resolve Issues

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IANS

Expressing the hope that Pakistan would be a responsible stakeholder on security issues, in particular the nuclear issue, the US has said that New Delhi and Islamabad need to work on issues between them peaceably on their own.

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Fear And Learning In Kabul

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By Kathy Kelly

That message of courage and compassion will not -- and cannot-- always prevail. But if we take note of it, and even more, if, learning from its example, we take action to exemplify it ourselves, then it offers us a path out of childish fear, out of panicked collusion in war, and out, perhaps, of war’s mad grip. We ourselves arrive in a notably better world when we determine to build it for others. Our own education, our own victory over fear, and our own arrival as equals in an adult world, can begin or begin again – now. So let us begin.

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Bangladesh Islamists: Terror Heists

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 7, 2015, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested nine militants of the Bangladesh Jihadi Group (BJG) from capital city Dhaka's Banashree and Sutrapur areas, while they were preparing to execute bank robberies. A huge quantity of bombs, explosives and books on jihad (holy war) were seized from their possession. While six of the arrestees - identified as Kazi Iftekhar Khaled aka Khaled aka Ifti, Fahad bin Nurullah Kashemi aka Fahad aka Kayes, Mohammad Rahat, Din Islam, Ariful Karim Chowdhury aka Adnan and Nurul Islam - were picked from the garage of a Banashree apartment, another three - identified as Mawlana Nurullah Kashemi, Delwar Hossain, and Yasin Arafat - were arrested from Sutrapur. Sanwar Hossain, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC, South Dhaka) stated that Rahat, Fahad and Khaled were experts in making bombs.

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MH17 Malaysian Pressure Forces Investigation To UN

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By Eric Zuesse *

Malaysia, frustrated by the refusal of the official international investigation-team to produce any clear evidence yet of whom to blame for the downing of the MH17 Malaysian airliner over the Ukrainian civil-war zone on 17 July 2014, has finally forced the team to request the UN to investigate. They've forced the original four nations on the team to accept UN adjudication of any final report. This will enable a court-proceeding to make the ultimate determination of guilt (upon which judgment penalties and compensation will be assessed), and this court-determination would inevitably allow whatever party is being blamed by the five-member official investigating team, to present its own evidence in the case, so that the court will make the ultimate determination — the official investigating team will not be performing that crucial judgmental function.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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Bangladesh is the third most peaceful country in South Asia, says GPI 2015: The Global Peace Index (GPI) 2015, published by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), said that Bangladesh is the third most peaceful country in South Asia while Bhutan and Nepal secured the first and second positions in terms of peaceful country. Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan secured the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh positions respectively in the South Asia. The Independent, June 27, 2015.

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Nepal: Political Breakthrough

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

In a major breakthrough, paving the way for promulgating a new Constitution, four major political parties – the Nepali Congress (NC), Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (MJF-L) – signed a 16-point agreement on June 8, 2015. The agreement was signed by the NC President and Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman K.P. Oli, UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda and MJF-L Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachhadar.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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CDC taskforce readies preliminary draft of new Constitution: The taskforce of Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) formed to prepare an integrated draft of the new Constitution has prepared the preliminary draft on June 26. The draft was tabled at the CDC of the Constituent Assembly (CA). After endorsement, it will be presented to the CA. Taskforce members say the draft was submitted to the CDC despite failing to resolve some of the disputes. Kantipur Online, June 27, 2015.

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