US Congress against including action against LeT as condition for funds to Pakistan ? 

Posted On November 14, 2017

After all the tough talk from the US administration and Secretary of State  Rex Tillerson, Washington appears to be back at its old practice  of not disturbing too many Pakistani feathers in one go. And its immediate goal post is clearly peace in Afghanistan. This much becomes clear from the reported US Congress decision against making  funds to Pakistan hostage to action against  the India centric LeT

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US Congress against including action against LeT as condition for funds to Pakistan ? 

Posted On November 14, 2017

After all the tough talk from the US administration and Secretary of State  Rex Tillerson, Washington appears to be back at its old practice  of not disturbing too many Pakistani feathers in one go. And its immediate goal post is clearly peace in Afghanistan. This much becomes clear from the reported US Congress decision against making  funds to Pakistan hostage to action against  the India centric LeT

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China at it again! Shields Masood Azhar, Pakistan 

Posted On November 3, 2017

China has blocked for the second time the US-UK proposal in the UN Security Council's sanctions committee to censure Masood Azhar, chief of Bahawalpur based Jaish-e-Muhammad.  Chinese move does not come as a surprise though. On the eve of sanctions committee meeting, Beijing declared its intention to save Azhar and its mentor, Pakistan.China has again blocked a US proposal for a ban on Pakistan-based Kashmir valley centric te

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IS operative engaged in radicalizing Indian youth nabbed in the Philippines 

Posted On October 21, 2017

Karen Aisha Hamidon , named in radicalisation of Indian IS recruits, has been arrested in the Philippines. She gained international notoriety last year (2016) when Indian agencies found that she used Facebook, & WhatsApp groups to recruit ‘ fighters’ from India and other countries.In a big boost to India's premier anti-terror agency, National Investigation Agency's probe into cases of Islamic State operatives of Indian o

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Khursani killed, Dost Muhamad takes over JuA 

Posted On October 20, 2017

Along with Khurasani, nine of his JuA associates were also killed in the American drone hit, which reflects a change in Washington’s Af-Pak policy. The past three weeks have seen a surge in the US strikes.The US has inflicted a severe blow to the banned Pakistani militant group, Jamaat ul Ahrar (JuA). Its chief, Umar Khalid Khorasani, was the target of the recent drone strike in Paktia province. He sustained serious injuries

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China’s billionaires expand their fortunes 

Posted On October 17, 2017

Analysts say that despite Xi’s administration's war on poverty to try "to head off social unrest", his five-year reign has accelerated a vast accumulation of corporate wealth. Among the list’s top 100, average wealth rose 60 percent this year.The Chinese Communist Party, CCP, which is holding its 19th national congress this week, will not be pleased by the latest list of the country’s billionaires and multi-millionaires.

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Xi Jinping After CPC 19th Congress 

Posted On November 1, 2017

As expected, the 19th Communist Party Congress saw President Xi Jinping consolidate his hold over the party and the government. The real test for Xi is not in making the Chinese military a mighty force. Nor is it in spreading the Chinese wings across the seas. The challenge will come from economy, which is causing hiccups across the rural and urban society. President Xi made no mention of India in his long speech but India is sure to figure high on Beijing's agen

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Chinese Communist party Congress amid gathering crises 

Posted On October 18, 2017

The CCP national congress will see elevation of President Xi's status with the inclusion of his thought in the Country's constitution - a honour conferred only on Mao and Deng.The 19th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) national congress, once- in- a five year event begins tomorrow Oct 18. The weeklong meet will see consolidation of President Xi Jinping’s hold on the party and government as China’s pre-eminent leader for the

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Twists in the Belt & Turns in the Road 

Posted On October 3, 2017

Observers are still sceptical of OBOR’s ambitious, expensive and risky vision since Beijing has often struck an assertive, even aggressive tone that is discordant with the Belt and Road’s peaceful message. It will take more than public relations, propaganda and public pronouncements to persuade many participants that the economic benefits outweigh their apprehensions. Moreover China’s increasingly restrictive national security laws and barriers to market entry have cooled the ardour of ma

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BRICS Summit: Beijing’s ‘LeT, JeM’ position victory for New Delhi’s diplomacy 

Posted On September 7, 2017

 In recent years, China has been increasingly resorting to ‘coercive, assertive practices’ to achieve its goals in the Asia-Pacific region but at Xiamen, the desire to make the BRICS summit successful ahead of the congress of its ruling Communist Party appears to have influenced Beijing's decision-making process on Doklam and its position on Pakistan-based terrorist outfits. India's quiet diplomacy with China has helped in resolving the Doklam standoff and BRICS nations nam

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Will couple rescue mark a new beginning in ties with United States? 

Posted On October 15, 2017

What prompted the US to share intelligence with Pakistan that had enabled the rescue if US-Canadian coupleOn October 11 at 4pm, the CIA sent an important alert to its Pakistani counterpart, the ISI. It was about the movement of a US-Canadian couple who was thought to be in the captivity of the Haqqani Network since 2012. The ISI was given a tip-off that the hostages were being transported from Afghanistan to Pakistan through the Kurram tribal a

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Beijing has signalled. Is Islamabad listening? 

Posted On October 3, 2017

Though China has repeatedly blocked Indian moves to sanction JeM and its leadership, it has given a clear signal to Islamabad through BRICS declaration that support to non-state actors isn’t a viable long-term policy for Pakistan Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister has been criticised by the usual suspects for his blunt remark at Asia Society in New York. The minister put up a robust defence of Pakistan’s position o

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Pak Census: What Pak Media Says 

Posted On October 3, 2017

Census results raise questions: edit in Dawn, August 27, 2017AFTER a prolonged delay, the census exercise is finally over and the first provisional results have popped a number of surprises. The population growth rate has actually increased by 30pc since the 1998 census, and the implications are truly alarming. The country’s total population now stands at more than 200m; with a growth rate of 2.4pc it will double again in less than 30 years if the growth rate continues unabated. This flies in the face of repeated assertions

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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- Australia relations: Stable, Significant 

Posted On November 4, 2017

The increasing recognition by Australia and India of the benefits that each has to offer has the potential to invigorate the relationship, a hope that was carried forward this year by the visits to India of the Australian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.In 2014, the two newly-elected Prime Ministers, Narendra Modi and Tony Abbott, added vigour to the lack of enterprise, even neglect, that had largely characterised the Indi

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In first summit after Doklam standoff, India celebrates Bhutan ties 

Posted On November 2, 2017

Bhutan King's three-day visit to India was an occasion to review and reinforce bilateral relations.Signalling an important milestone in their close relations, India and Bhutan held the first summit after the Doklam crisis as Bhutanese king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk began a three-day visit to India.While China dominated the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and King Wangchuk, there was also an intensive discuss

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Sri Lankan Economy Over-Reliant on China…? 

Posted On October 15, 2017

Sri Lanka lies in a strategically advantageous position between Europe and East Asia, along major shipping lanes, with easy access to West Asia, Africa and India. And it has the potential to become an Indian Ocean hub of trade, manufacturing, tourism and services. But reality check shows a different picture The Sri Lankan economy grew at an average of 6.4% between 2010 and

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Fifth Wave of Violence demands global, regional response: Ashraf Ghani 

Posted On October 25, 2017

While in India on a day long visit on 24 October 2017 Afghanistan President, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke of what he terms as the fifth wave of violence and said it has become a driver of uncertainty.“Terrorism is manifesting itself in its fifth wave since th

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Trump Tweaks Af-Pak policy – Part II 

Posted On October 15, 2017

President Trump’s policy shift on Afghanistan has wider ramifications than just for the US and Kabul, and encompass China and India.  It is Pakistan, however, that bore the direct brunt of President Trump’s hard-hitting speech. The speech could only be seen as a major blow to Pakistan’s economic development and an undermining of its strategic ties to China. While President Trump began his speech on Afghanistan by referring to the reasons w

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Trump Tweaks Af-Pak policy – Part I 

Posted On October 2, 2017

President Trump will retain a US military presence in Afghanistan.This is a direct reversal of his stated campaign promise; demonstrates the influence of his military advisers. The decision will have a major impact on other regional actors, including China, India and PakistanUnited States President Donald Trump delivered a much-anticipated speech on 21 August in Washington DC, in which he addressed the ‘path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia’. Th

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Politics of LA and DA in Nepal 

Posted On October 12, 2017

Prachanda's move to align with the UML has caught Prime Minister Deuba's Nepali Congress off-guard. His move may lead to a new churning in Nepali politics]Nepal is witnessing a bizarre development. The Maoist Centre also known as the Maoists have aligned with the Opposition Communist camp (CPN-UML) and Naya Shakti Party of veteran Communist, Baburam Bhattarai even as they remain a part of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s coalition government.  The new Left Allian

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700 B’desh Security Companies Run On Mere Trade License 

Posted On September 29, 2017

 No checks and balances on security companies that are mushrooming in BangladeshIt is not a new revelation that private security service companies in Bangladesh have no regulatory regime and that they are run on mere trade license.  But the way they are mushrooming despite the possibility of militants masquerading as private security staff is indeed a matter of concern. Dhaka Tribune, which  broke the ‘news’ today attributes the growth of private security companies to the absence of a regulator to  keep

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Nepal Local Elections: A Bold Step Forward 

Posted On September 22, 2017

Nepal is racing ahead for its provincial and Federal elections.It has just completed the local bodies elections despite several hiccups, and the results of these polls have offered good food for thought to political pundits. The controversial third phase of local elections in Province 2 of Nepal was held on 18th September, by and large peacefully. This completes a major step towards full implementat

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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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