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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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Bangladesh: Another Killer Dies

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

On April 11, 2015, Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Senior Assistant Secretary General Mohammed Kamaruzzaman (63), the third most senior figure in the JeI, was hanged at 10:30pm at Dhaka Central Jail, for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of 1971. Kamaruzzaman had been arrested on July 13, 2010, and indicted on June 4, 2012, on seven charges.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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PBCP 'second in command' killed in gunfight with Police in Khulna District: Purbo Bangla Communist Party (PBCP) 'second in command" Sohel Rana (26) was killed in a gunfight with Police at Jugnipasha under Fultola sub-District in Khulna District on April 25. Four Policemen were also injured during the gunfight. Police also recovered a six-shooter gun, 14 rounds of bullet and five hand bombs from the scene. Dhaka Tribune, April 25, 2015.

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Rebuilding Nepal

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Interview by Eleanor Albert, Online Writer/Editor
Interviewee: Nancy Lindborg, President, U.S. Institute of Peace

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks devasted Nepal this week, killing more than five-thousand people and injuring another eleven thousand. In addition to heavily damaging Nepal's infrastructure and heritage sites, the quake triggered landslides in rural areas and an avalanche on Mount Everest.

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Bigger Earthquake Still to Hit Himalayas Say Experts

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By A Correspondent

The devastating earthquake that originated in Nepal on April 25 may have been the strongest to hit the central Himalayan region in the last 80 years, but scientists say this was not the big one that they had been fearing would strike the area.

At 7.9 on the Richter scale, releasing energy “equivalent to about 100mn tonnes of TNT”, Saturday’s earthquake was second only to the 8.3-magnitude earthquake that had struck the Bihar-Nepal region on January 15, 1934. The eastern end of the Himalayan region, on the Arunachal Pradesh-China border, had been hit by a 8.5-magnitude earthquake on August 15, 1950.

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Nepal Earthquakes And Global Warming

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By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava *

One of the most significant features of contemporary Homo sapiens is that they wake up after the mishappening has taken place. They take no proactive measures on the issues of the natural disasters. Earthquakes in Nepal-India are its glaring illustration where Homo sapiens has failed to exhibit its intelligence.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Opposition forms team 'to deal with NC, CPN-UML': In an indication of mending rift in the alliance, leaders of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M)-led 30-party opposition bloc have reached an understanding to form a task force to deal with the ruling parties on constitution-writing. The team under Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara will take its shape when the meeting of the alliance scheduled for Tuesday (April 28) inducts members from the Madhesi and Janajati parties. Friday's (April 24) was the first meeting of the parties after they withdrew their street protests two weeks ago. Kantipur Online, April 25, 2015.

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Balochistan: Enduring Tragedy

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On April 10, 2015, Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) militants shot dead at least 20 Punjabi and Sindhi construction labourers at point blank range at their camp in the Gagdan area of Turbat District. Out of the 20 deceased labourers, 16 were Punjabis, and four were Sindhis from the Hyderabad District in Sindh. A senior administration official Akbar Hussain Durrani disclosed that the militants had lined the labourers up and shot them at point blank range after confirming their identity.

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Pakistan's First Prime Minister Assassinated by America

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By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan's first Prime Minister, was assassinated on October 16, 1951 while addressing a public meeting in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. His assassin, later identified as Saad Akbar Babrak was shot dead on the spot. Saad Akbar Babrak was an Afghan national and a professional assassin.

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Persistent Mischief: Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's Arrest & Release

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) ‘commander’ and alleged mastermind of the November 26, 2008, Mumbai (Maharashtra, India) terror attacks (also known as 26/11), was released from Adiyala Jail in Rawalpindi, in the Punjab Province of Pakistan, in the night of April 9, 2015. He furnished a PKR two million in surety bonds.

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Political Crisis In Pakistan As Saudi Arabia Demands...

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It Join War Against Yemen

By Sampath Perera

Saudi Arabia’s demands that its long-time ally Pakistan participate in its US-backed war against Yemen have produced a political crisis in Islamabad. In the nearly two weeks since Riyadh declared that Pakistan was part of its war coalition, Islambad has undertaken a whirlwind of diplomatic activity, as it attempts to balance between Sunni monarchies in the Gulf and neighboring Iran. At the same time, Pakistan’s political and military establishment are fearful of a further outbreak of sectarian tensions within the country.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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Stability returning to country due to ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in FATA, claims CoAS General Raheel Sharif: The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif while addressing a gathering of army officers in the Bahawalpur Cantonment on April 28 said that stability was returning to the country due to the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency and surrounding areas of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). "A peaceful environment in and around Pakistan is our top priority," Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) quoted the army chief as saying on social networking site Twitter. The News, April 30, 2015.

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