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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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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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President Maithripala Sirisena defends return of land to Tamil minorities in North and Eastern Provinces: President Maithripala Sirisena on April 23 defended the new Government's policy of returning private land, once used by the Security Forces (SFs), to legitimate owners, especially in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, where Tamils and Muslims are present substantially. Sirisena, while addressing the nation through the electronic media, said "the 30 year conflict" [with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)] should not raise its head again. The Hindu, April 25, 2015.

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Nuclear Fears in South Asia

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The New York Times

The world’s attention has rightly been riveted on negotiations aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program. If and when that deal is made final, America and the other major powers that worked on it — China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany — should turn their attention to South Asia, a troubled region with growing nuclear risks of its own.

Pakistan, with the world’s fastest-growing nuclear arsenal, is unquestionably the biggest concern, one reinforced by several recent developments. Last week, Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, announced that he had approved a new deal to purchase eight diesel-electric submarines from China, which could be equipped with nuclear missiles, for an estimated $5 billion.

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India, Pakistan and the Nuclear Threat

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By Manish Tewari: The Asian Age

General Khalid Kidwai, who headed the Strategic Plans Division (SPD) of Pakistan’s Nuclear Command Authority for 15 long years, laid out the doctrinal basis of Pakistan’s nuclear programme during an expansive interaction in Washington, DC, recently.

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A Nuclear Specter Haunting Nepal

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Late Sadmukh Thapa: Telegraph Nepal

The aftermath of the Indo-Pak nuclear race drew a storm of reactions from all over the world. On the front rank were the countries like the USA, UK, France, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The USA, UK, China and others condemned the nuclear blasts. The USA even went on to impose sanctions on India and Pakistan. Countries like Australia and New Zealand called back their ambassadors from both India and Pakistan. Japan threatened to hold back aids

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India's Nuclear-Weapons Program: 5 Things You Need to Know

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By Akhilesh Pillalamarri: National Interest

India is one of the world’s greatest emerging powers today. Its economy is growing rapidly and its military is one of the largest in the world, with over a million soldiers.

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Pakistan Like North Korea, Openly Brandishes its Nuclear Weapons

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By Seema Sirohi: The Economic Times

At the recent Carnegie Conference on Nuclear Policy, Pakistan openly brandished its nuclear weapons, advertised its bellicose intentions and generally sounded more like North Korea than a maturing nuclear power.

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Pakistan’s Growing Nuclear Arsenal Reflects Its Obsession with

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‘India as enemy’: New York Times

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The Tribune

Noting that "Pakistan, with the world's fastest-growing nuclear arsenal, is unquestionably the biggest concern," in South Asia, a leading US daily wants major powers to turn their attention towards it after finalising the Iran deal.

Citing several recent developments, the New York Times said in an editorial that "These investments reflect the Pakistani Army's continuing obsession with India as the enemy."

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Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons Program: 5 Things You Need to Know

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By Akhilesh Pillalamarri: National Interest

While the world continues to focus primarily on the threat of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, a potentially much greater nuclear threat has emerged just to its east: Pakistan, the Islamic world’s only nuclear-weapons state.

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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Selectivism

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By Senator Sehar Kamran

Canada recently signed a 280 million dollar deal for the supply of 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium over the next five years to India, a nuclear weapon state outside the NPT. This deal comes against the backdrop of experts’ warnings that the agreement will spur proliferation in the region, and if the Indian test of Agni III, mere hours after the signing of the deal, is any indication of things to come, the warnings are not without cause.

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No Signs Yet Of Mass Destruction Weapon-Free Middle East

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By Ramesh Jaura
Nuclear Abolition

In run-up to the four-week-long quinquennial review of the landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the goal of a Middle East free of the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery remains a distant dream. And so does the Helsinki Conference that should have been convened in December 2012.

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Who are The Nuclear Scofflaws?

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By Lawrence S. Wittner: NJ.com

Given all the frothing by hawkish U.S. senators about Iran's possible development of nuclear weapons, one might think that Iran was violating the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

But it's not. The NPT, signed by 190 nations and in effect since 1970, is a treaty in which the non-nuclear nations agreed to forgo developing nuclear weapons and the nuclear nations agreed to divest themselves of their nuclear weapons. It also granted nations the right to develop peaceful nuclear power. The current negotiations in which Iran is engaged with other nations are merely designed to guarantee that Iran, which signed the NPT, does not cross the line from developing nuclear power to developing nuclear weapons.

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