ISIS claims attack on Istanbul nightclub 

Posted On January 3, 2017

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militia has claimed responsibility for the bloody attack on Istanbul’s Reina nightclub. Police suspect that the ISIS attacker could be around 25 years old and hailed from either Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, or the Xinjiang region of Western China.Around 700 people were celebrating the New Year at the nightclub when, at 1:30 a.m. on January 1,  the lone gunman with an assault rifle shot unarmed security guards and entered the premises, shoo

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ISIS claims attack on Istanbul nightclub 

Posted On January 3, 2017

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militia has claimed responsibility for the bloody attack on Istanbul’s Reina nightclub. Police suspect that the ISIS attacker could be around 25 years old and hailed from either Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, or the Xinjiang region of Western China.Around 700 people were celebrating the New Year at the nightclub when, at 1:30 a.m. on January 1,  the lone gunman with an assault rifle shot unarmed security guards and entered the premises, shoo

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7 Pakistani entities placed on US sanctions list 

Posted On December 31, 2016

On the eve of New Year, the United States has delivered a bad news to Pakistan. It has slapped sanctions against seven Pakistani entities allegedly associated with the country’s missile programme. This move comes two days after Washington tightened grip on Lashkar-e-Taiba by adding yet another of its aliases to its terrorists list and placing two senior LeT leaders — Muhammad Sarwar and Shahid Mahmood on the list of declared terrorists.:The notification by the US Department of Commerce said that the entities added to the Export Administ

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Pakistan’s blasphemy laws lack safeguards: Amnesty 

Posted On December 22, 2016

The Amnesty International has come up with yet another report on Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.Titled “As good as dead: The impact of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan", the report doesn't tell anything new but makes out a strong case, as in the past, for the repeal of these laws which have reduced the Christians, Ahmdiays, Shias and other minorities to second class citizens of the Land of Pure. Even  children, persons with mental disabilities, and the poor are also victims of these unjust laws.Islamisation of Pakistan which started unde

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Is Myanmar Battling a Radicalized Insurgency? 

Posted On December 22, 2016

Evidence of radicalization of Rohingyas has yet to materialize, but the situation has become more complicated in recent months with the emergence of a militant faction, Harakah al-Yaqin, or Faith Movement..In a country known for ethnic conflict, Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya stand out. The Muslim minority group, concentrated near the Bangladeshi border in Rakhine state, has a long history of marginalization. Its members lack full citizenship in Myanmar, and the leaders of many other minority populatio

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Musharraf Speaks 

Posted On December 21, 2016

Former commando Pervez Musharraf refuses to fade away from Pakistan scene though he has been living outside the country for a long while. His latest thank you to Gen Raheel Sharif is bound to keep in lime light for quite some time, whether it was a deliberate effort on his part on not. In a manner of speaking, there is nothing amiss in the new Musharraf-speak. The corridors of GHQ in Rawalpindi and PMO in Islamabad are abuzz that Musharraf’s exile was facilitated by Gen Raheel Sharif. Now the former strong man is putting his seal on these rum

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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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Myanmar Reckons With a Muslim Insurgency? 

Posted On December 23, 2016

A radicalised group, Harakah al-Yaqin is making waves among the Rohingyas of Myanmar.It has ties to Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its dedicated cleric, Saudi-educated Ziabur Rahman, has the authority to issue fatwas in support of the group's goals and actions. All this does not bode well for MyanmarMyanmar is no stranger to insurgency. Many of Myanmar's minority groups, which make up around 30 percent of the population, wer

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CCP plenum focus on party discipline signals inner crisis 

Posted On October 27, 2016

The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been meeting in closed-door session this week to focus on a further tightening of party discipline as President Xi Jinping, who is also CCP general secretary, consolidates his grip on power.The four-day plenum started on Monday and is the sixth since Xi was installed as party leader in late 2012.Xi’s determination to stamp out any threat from rivals reflects the inner crisis of the regime which confronts a slowing economy, mounting social tensions and Washington’

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Fear stalks Myanmar’s Rakhine State in wake of deadly attacks 

Posted On October 27, 2016

SITTWE/MYANMAR:Shwe Maung first heard the shots at around 1 a.m. on 9 October. At the time, the 23-year-old fisherman was in his village on the outskirts of Maungdaw Township in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Neighbours were roused from sleep. Phonecalls were made. The shooting continued for hours. “We didn’t really know what was happening,” he said on Wednesday, sitting in a tent at a shelter full of ethnic Rakhine people in Sittwe, the state capital, about a five-hour boat ride south of Maungdaw. “And all of us

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Musharraf ‘spills the beans’ — much to Sharif’s chagrin 

Posted On December 23, 2016

Now we know on record who had helped the former military ruler of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, to escape to Dubai even as the courts were hearing a slew of cases, against him. Army Chief (the then) Gen Raheel Sharif had helped him out, he told a Pak TV channel. He made the same remark to an American publication some months ago though in a passing manner.“He [Gen Raheel] did help me and I am grateful… he helped me out because the cases are politically motivated, they [Nawaz govt] put me on the ECL (Exit Control List], they turned it into

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Pentagon repeats ‘do more mantra’ to Pakistan 

Posted On December 17, 2016

The top leaders of the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are still freely operating from their safe havens in Pakistan, Pentagon said in its latest report to the US Congress.Pentagon has presented a security update  titled  “Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan- December 2016”, to the US Congress. It  offers no new insights in to the Afghan situation  and tells the same old story of the  limitations of Afghan forces and Pakistan's failure to rein in the Haqq

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Families torn apart as Pakistan forces Afghan refugees back over the border 

Posted On October 27, 2016

MARDAN (PAKISTAN): Rakshe Kanwal is confronted with a cruel dilemma: follow her husband, who’s been deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan – where he was born and she has never been – or succumb to family pressure and get divorced. “How can I get divorced from a person with whom I’ve spent half of my life?” she asked. “Even if I get a divorce, what about my children? I don’t want them to go to Afghanistan too, where I believe they will either be killed or forced to join militants.” Mixed nationality families li

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Jan 10, 2017 

Posted On January 10, 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. Afghanistan and China have signed an agreement on construction of a road worth USD 204 million. According to an Afghan official, a Chinese firm has got contra

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Jan 9, 2017 

Posted On January 9, 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.CHINA1. South China Morning Post commented that the alliance of Pakistan, China and Russia on Afghan issue is a positive step and said that the alliance could replace the US as prominent power in

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Jan 6, 2017 

Posted On January 9, 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.CHINA1. South African investors have demanded 100 acres in Gwadar under the CPEC as China and Pakistan are planning to make 63 African countries as partners of the ven

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Pak Urdu Media Digest, Jan 5, 2017 

Posted On January 5, 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.UNITED STATES 1. The US Foreign Office Spokesman in his press briefing in Washington said India and Pakistan should resolve the Indus Water Treaty related issues throu

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Pakistan Grumbling, Always 

Posted On December 9, 2016

There might be an occasional silence on the borders but Pakistan has stepped up a wordy dual with India, always showing it as the peace-loving victim of Indian ‘aggression’ or discourtesies. In recent days, two events provided back-to-back opportunities for Pakistan to indulge in its favourite game of blame India for everythingThe ‘demonetisation’ order by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that in one stroke sucked out huge currency from Indian monetary system, and the multi-national Heart of Asia conference in Amr

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Modi visits Tokyo: India-Japan Joint Statement 

Posted On November 12, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tokyo for the annual India-Japan summit with his Japanese counterpart. a highlight of the visit was Nuclear agreement which has been in the works for six -years.. The N-accord includes  reprocessing consent and a termination clause similar to the one in the Indo-US atomic deal. The Agreement also focuses more heavily on modern safety in the light of Japan's experience in 2011 with radioactive leak from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.Text of th

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General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students 

Posted On October 26, 2016

A general shut down was observed in Northern Sri Lanka on Oct 25. It was in protest over the police killing of two Jaffna University students—Puwanraj Sulakshan from Chunnagam and Nadarajah Gajan from Kilinochchi —last Thursday night.Government offices, schools, private businesses and shops were closed and all transport halted across Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Vavuniya and Mannar.On Monday morning, more than 1,000 Tamil and Sinhala students, teachers and workers from Jaffna University demonstrated outside the provinci

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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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Brussels Conference on Afghanistan 

Posted On December 13, 2016

More than one hundred countries and international organizations gathered in Brussels on October 4-5 to renew their partnership with Afghanistan. Building on the commitments made at the 2012 Tokyo Conference and 2014 London Conference, the international community recommitted to providing substantial financial support to Afg

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Poor Leadership Fuels Afghan Military Toll: Nicholson 

Posted On October 25, 2016

General John Nicholson, commander of U.S and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has said that poor leadership is the number one cause of the current military fatality rate among the conventional forces in Afghanistan.He also said that young Afghan officers battling insurgents in some remote regions continue to grapple with major issues such as food shortages and lack of ammunition.In reference to the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan, the top U.S commander stated that Daesh outfits have ramped up efforts to establish their so-called Khorasan C

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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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India-Nepal new deal 

Posted On September 17, 2016

As Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda completed his official talks with the Indian leaders, a joint statement was issued highlighting common interests and resolves.1. The Rt. Hon’ble Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', Prime Minister of Nepal, and Ms. Sita Dahal are on a State visit to India from 15-18 September 2016 at the invitation of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. The delegation includes the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat, the Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport M

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East Africa: Where Ambition Meets Reality: A Stratfor Analysis 

Posted On September 20, 2016

East Africa has been blessed, at least for the past decade, with a level of political stability rarely found on the African continent. Amid this period of relative calm, the East African Community (EAC) has enjoyed unbridled growth and rapid progress toward fulfilling its mission to merge its members — Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and, most recently, South Sudan — into a single, federated state. But despite its successes, the bloc may have a hard time turning its aspirations into reality. The common market that the E

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Indonesia Defends Its Strategic Islands 

Posted On July 31, 2016

At least three times this year, Indonesian authorities have confronted Chinese fishing vessels in the waters near the remote Natuna Islands, an area whose 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) overlaps China's expansive nine-dash line. In the wake of the run-ins, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo visited the islands and promised to boost defense, fishing and natural gas production in the area. Despite its provocative fishing activities in the South China Sea, however, China is not the sole target of Indonesia's def

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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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