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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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Afghanistan: Ghani Optimistic About New Taliban Peace Talks

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By Sayed Sharif Amiry

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani expressed unprecedented hope in the prospects of a negotiated peace with the Taliban on Saturday, calling the conditions for peace talks better than they ever have been, and asserting confidently, "we are on the right track."

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Major Terror Attack Against India Could Trigger Nuclear War

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Press Trust of India

Pakistan may use nuclear weapons against India if the latter goes for a large scale military assault against it in retaliation for a major terror attack emanating from across the border, two top American experts have warned US lawmakers.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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Government would not compromise with the perpetrators of recent terrorist and militant activities, aseerts Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed on February 12 said that the Government would not compromise with the perpetrators of recent terrorist and militant activities. She said, "We will resist the devils and Inshallah we will be able to restore peace again in the society." Hasina also said that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) clique started their vandalism when Bangladesh was on the road of vibrant economic growth and the living condition of people was improving. Daily Star, February 13, 2015.

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Nepal: Divisions Over Drafts

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

The environment of peace that had been established in Nepal in 2013 survived, despite challenges, through 2014, with not a single insurgency-related fatality on record. Significantly, since March 2000, when the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) database commenced compiling data on insurgency-related fatalities in Nepal, it was in 2013 that the Himalayan Nation did not record a single insurgency-related fatality during the course of a year, for the first time, and remained completely free of insurgency-related violence. At its peak in 2002, the insurgency saw 4,896 persons, including 3,992 Maoists, 666 Security Force (SF) personnel and 238 civilians, killed in a single year.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Opposition alliance unveils plan for protest: To protest against the ruling parties' decision to initiate the voting process on disputed issues of constitution writing, the 30-party alliance led by Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) organised rallies across the country on February 21. The first phase of protest will continue until February 28 when the alliance will hold a mass meeting in Kathmandu. The second phase of the protest will conclude on March 29 before the alliance launches what they call "decisive movement" from March 30. eKantipur, February 20, 2015.

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Pakistan: KP: Declining Violence, Increasing Threat

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

At least 22 Shias were killed and another 50 were injured when a three member suicide squad attacked an Imambargah (Shia place of worship) in the Phase-5 locality of the Hayatabad area in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), on February 13, 2015. As the entrance of the Imambargah is heavily guarded, the terrorists dressed in Police uniforms entered the Imambargah from the other side of the mosque, cutting through barbed wire, and carried out the attack when around 800 worshippers were offering Friday prayers. Of the three suicide bombers who entered the mosque, only one was able to blow himself up. A second was killed by Security Force (SF) personnel, while the third was arrested in an injured condition.

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Mounting Insecurity

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

On February 18, 2015, at least four Shias were killed and another six were injured in a suicide attack during evening prayers at a mosque inside Qasr-e-Sakina Imambargah (Shia place of worship) located on Kurri Road in the New Shakrial area of Rawalpindi District in Punjab. Police sources stated that the suicide bomber opened fire before trying to enter the mosque. When challenged by guards deployed at the Imambargah, the attacker attempted to detonate his explosive vest, but failed to do so.

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Shia Killing And Pakistan Demonic Dogma

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By Ismail Salami

The Shia Muslims in Pakistan are victims of a demonic dogma called Wahhabism and as long as the Pakistani government turns a deaf ear and eye to the plight of this persecuted population, there is little hope for them and this irresponsibility on the part of the government will categorically turn into a tragedy of epic proportions.

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Sindh Permanent Crisis

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

...Violence in Karachi has become so commonplace that reports of ever more gruesome excesses against the citizens are usually taken in the stride...

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), January 9, 2014.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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LeT key irritant in Pakistan-India relations, says US Intelligence Official James Clapper: Pakistan's provision of safe havens to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) will continue to be a key irritant in relations with India, Director of United States (US) National Intelligence James Clapper claimed in his testimony on "World Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community". He was presenting the report in a hearing of the United States Senate Armed Services Committee on February 26. Tribune, February 28, 2015.

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Sri Lanka: New Government Makes U-Turn To China

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By Kalinga Seneviratne *

When President Mahinda Rajapakse was toppled by a “peoples’ power” anti-corruption vote on January 8 there were messages from Western leaders and op-eds in newspapers in London, New York, Toronto and Oslo welcoming the success of another “regime change” campaign to overthrow a leader who was hostile to the West and cuddling with the Chinese.

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