Renewed debate on IS presence in Bangladesh …. 

Posted On March 14, 2017

An international security expert Prof Rohan Gunaratna has reopened the debate on whether the Islamic State is present in Bangladesh or not. He is emphatic however that “the group that mounted the Holey Artisan attack last year is not the JMB and that it was “the handiwork” of the Middle East based Islamist group.  Dhaka Police are not yet ready to share his perception, though.Prof Rohan Gunaratna, head of Singapore based International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research was i

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Renewed debate on IS presence in Bangladesh …. 

Posted On March 14, 2017

An international security expert Prof Rohan Gunaratna has reopened the debate on whether the Islamic State is present in Bangladesh or not. He is emphatic however that “the group that mounted the Holey Artisan attack last year is not the JMB and that it was “the handiwork” of the Middle East based Islamist group.  Dhaka Police are not yet ready to share his perception, though.Prof Rohan Gunaratna, head of Singapore based International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research was i

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Chinese hardliners have parts of brain missing: Dalai Lama 

Posted On March 7, 2017

Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Spiritual leader, is not known for using harsh words. He is also known for his pacifism though China has been branding him as a dangerous separatist.So much so his latest comment on Chinese hardliners comes as a surprise.The Chinese hardliners have parts of their brains missing, the Tibetan spiritual leader in an interview to US comedian John Oliver at his base in Dharamsala.The interview was aired this week in the United States. It is possible the soft spoken Nobel laureate was provoked by the Dragon’s sta

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ISIS Terrorists Tapping Organized Crime to Infiltrate Europe 

Posted On February 11, 2017

With the help of organized criminal elements, Islamic State (IS) terrorists reportedly are buying legitimate British passports that can evade security detection from security authorities.An Italian intelligence investigation into the Camorra mafia discovered an advertisement on the deep web that linked to a Naples firm capable of producing sophisticated biometric passports, the Daily Beast reported."We are selling original UK Passports ma

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IS Game In Afghanistan 

Posted On January 30, 2017

IS seeking to foment a sectarian war in Afghanistan.IS’s Afghanistan-Pakistan branch, which styles itself as Khorasan Province, has expanded into Zabul that borders Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province and established training camps to roll out fighters for the Afghan frontline.Its Pak ally, Lashkar-e Jhangvi Al Alami, a Punjab based radical Sunni anti-Shi’a militant group has also established a footh

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Anti-China protests in Sindh to oppose CPEC 

Posted On January 20, 2017

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s concerted efforts to push ahead with the multibillion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is meeting with opposition from an unexpected quarter. This is a setback he can ill-afford since Chinese leadership did some plain speaking with the chief ministers of the four provinces and made them fall inline.Reports in a section of the media say that Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM), a Sindh-based nationalist party, is vehemently opposing

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A New Muslim Insurgency in Rakhine State 

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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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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The Truth Behind The Detention Of Hafiz Saeed 

Posted On February 9, 2017

After remaining in denial mode over Hafeez Saeed's terrorist credentials, Pakistan in a surprise move, placed the terrorist mastermind  under house arrest in January along with four other leaders of his  LeT group.Terrorist mastermind Hafiz Saeed, leader of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), was put under house arrest in Pakistan last month along with four other leaders of his  group.It seemed a surprise move by Paki

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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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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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Sri Lanka tightens its belt 

Posted On March 4, 2017

by Malladi Rama RaoA high level IMF mission visited Sri Lanka this month and reviewed the progress of a $1.5 billion loan approved in the middle of last year as the island nation was struggling with heavy debts and balance-of-payments pressure.The IMF managing director, Christine Lagarde, was also due to visit Colombo in the first week of March but did not. No new date has been announced.  “Unfortunate

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India: Economic and Demographic Prospects 

Posted On February 3, 2017

Liberalisation of the economy has seen India prosper as never before. Increased wealth has led to greater demand for goods and services, making India a growing market. As wealth has increased, education levels have also risen, resulting in slower population growth. For the first time in the country’s recorded history, families with two or less children are now in the majo

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Jaishankar tells China not to fear India’s rise, criticises CPEC 

Posted On January 18, 2017

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for Chinese restraint in the Asia Pacific region and asked Beijing to show sensitivity and respect for New Delhi’s core concerns and interests, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Jan 18, Wednesday criticised India's largest neighbour for not honouring concerns over territorial integrity while building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that passes through the Pakistan-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan region. He also said the growth in China’s power and its implications for Asia wa

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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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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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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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