3 new Pak terrorist leaders, & a Charity on US sanctions list 

Posted On May 13, 2017

[caption id="attachment_4795" align="alignright" width="289"] US has clamped sanctions on three leaders close to Hafeez Saeed's LeT/JuD[/caption]The Trump administration has formally acknowledged the terrorism credentials of Pakistan. And has clamped sanctions o

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3 new Pak terrorist leaders, & a Charity on US sanctions list 

Posted On May 13, 2017

[caption id="attachment_4795" align="alignright" width="289"] US has clamped sanctions on three leaders close to Hafeez Saeed's LeT/JuD[/caption]The Trump administration has formally acknowledged the terrorism credentials of Pakistan. And has clamped sanctions o

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Pakistani among 46 arrested over 2016 Madina attack 

Posted On May 1, 2017

Saudi Arabia has arrested 46 members of a militant cell responsible for a deadly suicide bombing attack on Masjid-e-Nabawi in the holy city of Madina last summer that was blamed on Islamic State (IS). Three suicide bombers and two members of the security forces were killed in the attack on the mosque and tomb of the Prophet, which was unprecedented.The arrests were made in the western port city of Jeddah. The same group is said to be responsible for a suicide bombing near the

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SL: Sirisena asks Fonseka to “return” as army commander 

Posted On April 29, 2017

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to resign from the government and return to the position of army commander. In a bid to “discipline the country,” Fonseka would be head of the country’s three armed forces for two years.Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne announced the president’s request at a media conference on Wednesday (Apr 26, 2017). His statements revealed extensive discussions in the previous day’s cabinet meetin

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Newsweek, al-Zawahiri, and Pak deep state 

Posted On April 27, 2017

American publication, Newsweek, has created a sensation with its scoop that Egyptian-born Ayman-al-Zawahiri, who had succeeded Osama bin Laden as Al Qaeda chief, is hiding in Karachi with the ISI providing the protective cover.Pakistan had sheltered Osama bin Laden himself at a safe house in Abbottabad, (near the Kakul Military Academy) till he was smoked out by US Navy Seals in May 2011.However, the report raises the question: Did the le

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Pakistan promoting radicalisation in Kashmir to create ‘civil resistance’ 

Posted On April 14, 2017

-Significant spurt in terrorist violence in Kashmir.-New strategy of superimposition of militancy over civilian resistance through radicalisationPakistan has changed its K-strategy; it is now trying to superimpose militancy by promoting "civil resistance" through radicalisation.The ongoing militancy in Jammu & Kashmir is intrinsically linked to infiltration of terrorists from across the border, both thro

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….now Rajapaksa opposes China’s Hambantota plans 

Posted On March 29, 2017

In a surprise U-turn, former Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has joined the critics of China’s plans for Hambantota. “I will scrap the deal once I return to power”, he said in a statement as reports filtered in that 21 persons were injured in a protest against Chinese-funded industrial park in Hambantota.Locals apprehend that the project would end up in a forceful takeover of private land in the port city. The Chinese have built the port during the Rajapaksa rein. The deal was signed when Rajapaksa was the president.Hambanto

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A New Muslim Insurgency in Rakhine  

Posted On January 16, 2017

The deadly attacks on three Border Guard Police (BGP) bases in Maungdaw and Rathedaung towns near the border with Bangladesh on 9th Oct 2016 and a serious escalation on 12 November when a senior army officer was killed, signify the emergence of a new Muslim insurgency in Northern Myanmar’s Rakhine State.   According to the authorities, nine police and eight attackers were killed.The attackers, numbering some 400, were armed mostly with knives, slingshots and about 30 fire

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Xinjiang tightens border with Pakistan amid terrorist threats 

Posted On January 12, 2017

Widely reported dispatch of Western News Agency, Associated Press, (AP), from Beijing that China is tightening border controls in its north-western Xinjiang region amid rising terrorism threats doesn’t come as a surprise.Xinjiang has been facing the wrath of Uighur Muslim militants who operate from Pakistan’s North-western region for a long time. Notwithstanding Pakistan’s assurances, the threat has not receded. So much so, Beijing has used

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US think tank urges Trump to confront China in South China Sea 

Posted On January 5, 2017

Washington-based Centre for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), in a report, has come up with strategy options for the incoming Trump Administration”. Obviously factoring in the Trump signals that he is determined to confront China, the report makes out a case for initiating major escalation of the US confrontation with China over the South China Sea.The report titled, “Countering China’s Adventurism in the South China Sea,” has been authored by Ross Babbage, a former top Australian defence and intelligence official.He t

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US intelligence chief blames Islamabad for deteriorating ties with Delhi 

Posted On May 13, 2017

In a big snub to the Pakistan's civilian and military establushment, who have been in an overdrive to woo the Trump administration, Washington has publicly issued a severe indictment of Islamabad, and held its responsible for deteriorating ties with delhi. It also warned that Pakistan's "pursuit of tactical nuclear weapons potentially lowers the threshold for their use."This indictment was issued by Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence. He told the Senate Committee on Intelligence that Islamabad's continued support to militants, a

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Why the world isn’t talking about Kashmir: By Michael Kugelman 

Posted On May 12, 2017

(The author is the South Asia associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC).Today, the trend lines for Jammu and Kashmir are quite troubling, to say the least.Nearly a year after Indian security forces killed Burhan Wani, a young Kashmiri militant with a large following, anger hasn’t abated. Tension has risen in recent days after a video surfaced on social media that appeared to depict Indian secur

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Tackling Terrorism in Pakistan’s Heartland 

Posted On April 13, 2017

The Pakistani army's Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad is its latest push against militants operating in the country. On the ideological front however, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif government appears reluctant to press madrassa reform for fear of alienating conservative constituencies. According to Stratfor, the new military Ops has the potential to invite high-profile retaliatory attacks by the Islamic State's Khorasan chapter and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar as the South Asian militant groups launch their annual spring offensives in April in Afghanistan

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Jan 23, 2017 

Posted On January 23, 2017

SOURCE: Ausaf, Ummat, Daily Pak, Nawa-i-Waqt, Urdu Point, Daily Jinnah, Awami Awaz, Daily Dharti, Jasarat, Kawish, Daily Intekhab, Daily Times, Jang, Ibrat, Khabrain, Roznama Dunya, Hizb Media, Al Qalam Weekly, Baad-e-Shimal, Bang-e-Sahar, Sindh Express, Pk Voices.CHINA 1. The Pak government has decided to form a Special Security Division (SSD) for the security of CPEC projects and Chinese Workers. The SSD would consist of 9 Bat

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Jan 20, 2017 

Posted On January 20, 2017

SOURCE: Ausaf, Ummat, Daily Pak, Nawa-i-Waqt, Urdu Point, Daily Jinnah, Awami Awaz, Daily Dharti, Jasarat, Kawish, Daily Intekhab, Daily Times, Jang, Ibrat, Khabrain, Roznama Dunya, Hizb Media, Al Qalam Weekly, Baad-e-Shimal, Bang-e-Sahar, Sindh Express, Pk Voices.HUMAN RIGHTS1. A rally was taken out jointly by the human rights and civil society groups from Arts Council to Karachi Press Club demanding release of Salman Haider and others

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Jan 19, 2017 

Posted On January 19, 2017

SOURCE: Ausaf, Ummat, Daily Pak, Nawa-i-Waqt, Urdu Point, Daily Jinnah, Awami Awaz, Daily Dharti, Jasarat, Kawish, Daily Intekhab, Daily Times, Jang, Ibrat, Khabrain, Roznama Dunya, Hizb Media, Al Qalam Weekly, Baad-e-Shimal, Bang-e-Sahar, Sindh Express, Pk VoicesCHINA 1. China has rejected reservations on the CPEC project voiced by some elements of India and stated that CPEC would ensure progress, peace and stability of the reg

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Jan 18, 2017 

Posted On January 18, 2017

SOURCE: Ausaf, Ummat, Daily Pak, Nawa-i-Waqt, Urdu Point, Daily Jinnah, Awami Awaz, Daily Dharti, Jasarat, Kawish, Daily Intekhab, Daily Times, Jang, Ibrat, Khabrain, Roznama Dunya, Hizb Media, Al Qalam Weekly, Baad-e-Shimal, Bang-e-Sahar, Sindh Express, Pk Voices.CHINA 1. A report was aired on China’s government TV that has created chaos in India. If there is to be war between India and China, then Chinese Army will reach Del

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SL: Divided “Unity” Government 

Posted On May 17, 2017

[caption id="attachment_4974" align="alignright" width="203"] Sri Lanka's Prez Maithripala Sirise[/caption]Sirisena’s first nine months saw real progress. His electoral coalition, anchored around the United National Party (UNP) and strengthened by much of his – and the Rajapaksa family’s

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No end to turmoil in Maldives 

Posted On April 13, 2017

Crackdown is continuing in Maldives even as the Maldives United Opposition, (MUO), the umbrella body of anti- Yameen parties, is trying to make a fresh bid to seize control of Parliament by impeaching the Speaker, who belongs to President Abdulla Yameen's camp. Last month the Opposition made a concerted effort to remove the Deputy Speaker, but failed in the face of strong tactics adopted by the treasury benches.According to reports from Colombo, which has become the listening post, Maldives opposition parties, Tuesday, April 11, decided to

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Maldives at Cross Roads 

Posted On April 3, 2017

As part of a month-long tour of Asia, the Saudi monarch, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, was due to visit the small Indian Ocean archipelago of Maldives in the third week of March, accompanied by an entourage of more than 1,000, including 25 princes and 10 ministers.In this first-ever visit by a Saudi King, Riyadh was to announce investments of $US10 billion, three times the Maldives’ gross domestic product (GDP), underscoring the importance Riyadh places on its ties with Ma

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Afghan Challenges from Pak Proxies and American remedy 

Posted On April 30, 2017

Pakistan must be made to rethink its support to the Taliban’s Quetta Shura and the Haqqani Network, and this can be done by the United States. This is a long held view of analysts in Delhi and Kabul. Now the International Crisis Group (ICG) also has veered around the view with its first “Watch List 2017”, bluntly saying that the role of the US will be central in pressuring Pakistan to rethink its support to the Taliban and Haqqani Networks.“The US is best placed to pr

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Af-Pak: Acid Test For Bajwa 

Posted On January 5, 2017

Islamabad has failed to deliver the Pak-based Taliban leaders to join negotiations with the Kabul government or prevent them from launching a large-scale offensive in AfghanistanIn his New Year message to the Afghan leadership, Pakistan’s new army chief has pledged to work for peace with the neighboring country.But the December 31 promise by General Qamar Javed Bajwa is likely to prove a tall order because of the deep mistrust and botched cooperat

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TAPI – Transnational Pipe Dream or New Silk Route 

Posted On December 16, 2016

TAPI pipeline can end up as a diplomatic and strategic football for Islamabad to antagonize New Delhi. Well even for Kabul vis-à-vis Islamabad. Inherent therefore in TAPI pipeline are a new silk route and a pipe dreamWill Tajikistan- Afghanistan- Pakistan- India pipeline, TAPI, for short, remain a transnational pipedream? A difficult question to answer though there has been some movement in terms of its concept and execution afte

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IMF pegs Nepal’s GDP at 5.5 per cent 

Posted On March 28, 2017

Nepal’s economy is rebounding after two years of down turn and the landlocked Himalayan country is poised to achieve a growth rate of 5.5 per cent in 2016/17, says an assessment by the International Monetary Fund. (IMF).Domestic political instability, weak financial sector, slowing remittances impacting financial sector liquidity, and lower growth in India due to the demonetization shock are amongst the key downside risks.Nepal should p

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Nepal’s ex-king warns of ‘intolerable’ attacks on unity 

Posted On December 23, 2016

Nepal’s deposed King, Gyanendra Shah, has come out of Kathmandu shadows to warn Wednesday that national unity is under attack. His comment comes in the wake of protests sparked by proposed changes to new federal borders.The re-drawing of borders of provinces particularly in the south is a sequel to Prime Minister Prachanda’s efforts to win peace with the Madhesis, who feel aggrieved under the constitution adopted last September. The changes proposed by the government have

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Prachanda on horns of a dilemma 

Posted On November 20, 2016

The Karki imbroglio and Madeshi demand have the potential to make Nepal risk another spell of uncertainty with the the usual polemics of outside interference gaining momentum to whip up peoples’ sentiments. The situation calls for a very calibrated response, says the analystNepal Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, is on the horns of a dilemma over two tricky issues- impeachment of the ill-famed Chief of the all-powerful anti-graft body, the Commission for the

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Fiji Times publisher, editors charged with sedition 

Posted On April 30, 2017

 By John Braddock The publisher and editors of the Fiji Times, one of Fiji’s two main daily newspapers, as well as a letter writer, have been charged with “sedition”—a crime that carries a maximum punishment of seven years’ imprisonment. The case registered last month (March 2017) will go to court in Suva on May 9.Publisher Hank Arts, editor Fred Wesley, and Anare Ravula, editor of the Times’ iTaukei (Fij

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Somali pirates down, not out 

Posted On March 25, 2017

By Christian Bueger, Robert McCabeThe hijacking of an oil tanker on its way to Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, has sparked international attention. For almost five years nothing was heard from the Somali pirates. International naval patrols as well as self-defence measures and armed security guards on ships had, it seemed, solved the problem.Between 2008 and 2012 hundreds of merchant vessels transiting the Western Indian Ocean were attacked. The area became

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Inside The ISI, Pakistan’s Spy Agency 

Posted On October 20, 2016

Hein Kiessling, the author of the book under review, is a political scientist who has lived and worked for a German political foundation in Pakistan from 1989 till 2002. He offers an in-depth look at the highly secretive service, which is engaged in both fomenting and crushing insurgencies, shaping domestic policy, politics, and perhaps above all protecting the military’s supremacy in Pakistan.The book is strong on its history. Its traces the evolution of the ISI from an anemic, humble spy service into one of the leading practit

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Khaled Ahmed breaks down Pakistan’s internal war 

Posted On September 4, 2016

Title: Sleepwalking to Surrender: Dealing with Terrorism in PakistanAuthor: Khaled AhmedISBN: 9780670088966Pages: 320REVIEW By Sarah Khan in The Express Tribune, Sept 4, 2016If you are looking to delve deep into the reason why Pakistan is where it is, then you must pick up a copy of Khaled Ahmed’s Sleepwalking to Surrender: Dealing with Terrorism in Pakistan.Ahmed is a political analyst and well-known columnist. Aptly titled, his book breaks down the various factors that have

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