US designates Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist 

Posted On June 27, 2017

Marking the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington, the United States has designated Syed Salahuddin, the chief of United Jihad Council (UJC) as a “global terrorist”. UJC is a ISI-backed umbrella organization of Kashmiri militants groups. His outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), is by far the largest militant outfit in J&K. It takes credit for the resurgence of militancy in the valley after its operations chief, Burhan Wani was eliminated in a police operation in July last year.Seven months ago in Dec 2016, he along with

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US designates Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist 

Posted On June 27, 2017

Marking the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington, the United States has designated Syed Salahuddin, the chief of United Jihad Council (UJC) as a “global terrorist”. UJC is a ISI-backed umbrella organization of Kashmiri militants groups. His outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), is by far the largest militant outfit in J&K. It takes credit for the resurgence of militancy in the valley after its operations chief, Burhan Wani was eliminated in a police operation in July last year.Seven months ago in Dec 2016, he along with

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SL Floods: Flood Victims Unhappy With Relief Effort 

Posted On June 8, 2017

The recent floods and landslides caused by torrential rains from a southwestern monsoon pelted down, and a cyclonic stormhave left a trail of destruction. Initial estimates put the damage bill at around US $ 200 million in economic losses alone. Damages to houses is anywhere up to $ 100 million. The Sirisena government has appealed for international help to tide over the crisis and lend a helping hand to the needy. The Sri Lankan cabinet this week decided to call a “conference of donors” even as pledges of support continue to pour in. To d

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London attack And its Aftermath 

Posted On June 6, 2017

The London Bridge attack on Saturday, 04 June, followed the script the Manchester bombers had adopted on 22 May. In fact the script was similar to that of countless high-profile terror incidents throughout Europe, in which the attacks were carried out by people who had been known to the police. In many instances, warnings had been made about the perpetrators only to be ignored.Suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people, including children, who had been attending an Ariana G

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

Posted On May 13, 2017

The Trump administration has formally acknowledged the terrorism credentials of Pakistan. And has clamped sanctions on three more Pak terrorists- Hayat Ullah Ghulam Muhammad, who gathered and provided material and finances for LeT and JuD, Ali Muhammad Abu Turab, who was a prolific fundraiser for LeT; and Inayat ur Rahman, also a fundraiser and resource mobiliser. Also placed on the US sanctions list is a so called Charity outfit - Welfare and Development Organization of Jamaat-Ud-Dawah for Qur'an and Sunnah, (WDO), controlled by I

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Afghanistan-Pakistan border clash erupts amid seething regional tensions 

Posted On May 8, 2017

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan are fraught after a clash on Friday, 05 May, over their disputed border killed at least twelve people and possibly many more, while forcing up to ten thousand villagers to flee for their lives.The hostilities between the two countries come amid a surge in tensions between India and Pakistan across the LoC in Kashmir. India has vowed to inflict bloody punishment on Pakistan for the May 1 cross-border raid

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Two Chinese kidnapped in Pakistan; sign of Silk Road perils 

Posted On May 25, 2017

Two Chinese teachers were kidnapped on Wednesday, 24 May in the volatile Baluchistan province of Pakistan which is an important part of China’s new Silk Road to prosperity.The couple taught Chinese language at Jinnah town in Quetta. Media reports say that armed militants dragged them out of their teaching centre into a waiting vehicle and escaped at about noon. Why they were targeted remains a mystery with no group claiming responsibility for the kidnapping.  Also unclear

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Myanmar Still a Key Piece in China’s Grand Puzzle 

Posted On May 24, 2017

The State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, ended her visit to Beijing with the signing of five bilateral agreements with her Chinese counterpart, Premier Li Keqiang. One of these is a MoU on co-operation within the framework of the OBOR initiative. While increased co-operation particularly in the economic and security spheres, will prove mutually beneficial, it may be constrained by the long running and problematic conflict in areas adjoining the Chinese border and increasing unease among many in Myanmar about China’

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OBOR: Chinese Optimism, Indian Realism- An Australian perspective 

Posted On May 24, 2017

 Key Points<> India chose not to attend the recent Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, citing fiscal reservations.<>It is believed that the debt that would be generated would be unsustainable.<> Pakistan and other countries are valid examples of that understanding.It could be argued, therefore, that at this point at least, India has made the correct choice.As the Government of Australia describes it, ‘The “One Belt, One Road

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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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Pakistan: The More Things Change… 

Posted On May 18, 2017

In October 2016, media reports claimed that Cyril Almeida, a journalist, had been barred from leaving the country. He had reported that the Nawaz Sharif Administration in Islamabad had ‘informed the military leadership of a growing international isolation of Pakistan and sought consensus on several key actions by the state’, a reference to the Pakistan’s recognised use of terrorist groups based in Pakistan to strike at targets in India and Afghanistan. The travel  curbs on Almeida was widely objected to by

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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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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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India-US Statements – 2016 & 2017 

Posted On June 27, 2017

By all indications, the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump exceeded expectations of both sides, on the optics and on the language of their joint statement, especially given that officials in New Delhi and Washington had spent much time in the past week managing the expectations, predicating much on how well the two leaders got along.The “visible personal chemistry” that Ministry of External Affairs officials referred to frequently, was on display, with the two leaders exchanging three hugs and s

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Modi-Trump Joint Statement 

Posted On June 27, 2017

The Modi-Trump joint statement, titled, “Prosperity through Partnership” is short (1499 words), sharp and focused indeed with a direct reference (first time in a India-US summit) to “cross-border terrorismJoint Statement TextIn marking 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and the United States, the leaders resolved to expand and deepen the strategic partnership between the countries and advance common objective

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Modi-Puttin Summit- A vision for the 21st century 

Posted On June 4, 2017

Russia is the first country with which India instituted Annual Summits. This has followed the Declaration of Strategic Partnership between India and the Russian Federation in October 2000 in New Delhi. Since then annual Summits have been held regularly every year.Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Russia in early June (01-02) for holding the 18th India-Russia Annual Summit in St. Petersburg with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir P

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Give Afghanistan a Fighting “Last Chance” 

Posted On June 6, 2017

By Anthony H. Cordesman, CSISFor the moment, the key fight for Afghanistan has shifted to Washington and is centered in the White House. It is a struggle over whether President Trump should grant the request of General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) and the Resolute Support Mission for 3,000 to 5,000 more troops, more U.S. combat air support of Afghan forces, and possibly more Special Forces to support the Afgha

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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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Challenges Before New Nepal PM 

Posted On June 8, 2017

The Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has taken over as the Prime Minister at a crucial time in the history of the landlocked country that is sandwiched between India and China.  The days ahead would put the deftness and political acumen of Deuba to test. He had already shown the grit, by announcing “Holding three sets of elec

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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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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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