Even after one year, Xi Visit deals make no progress in B’desh 

Posted On October 15, 2017

The deal signed between Beijing and Dhaka for setting up a dedicated economic zone in Chittagong during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Bangladesh last year is yet to see any progress.Some 26 deals were signed during Xi's visit to Dhaka in October last year with a view to boosting trade and investment between the two countries. Of the deals, there has been movement on only one-fourth of them.The joint venture agreement for Chinese economic and industrial zone is one of the 13 deals that saw hardly any progress in the last one ye

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Even after one year, Xi Visit deals make no progress in B’desh 

Posted On October 15, 2017

The deal signed between Beijing and Dhaka for setting up a dedicated economic zone in Chittagong during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Bangladesh last year is yet to see any progress.Some 26 deals were signed during Xi's visit to Dhaka in October last year with a view to boosting trade and investment between the two countries. Of the deals, there has been movement on only one-fourth of them.The joint venture agreement for Chinese economic and industrial zone is one of the 13 deals that saw hardly any progress in the last one ye

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ISI has links with terrorists says Mattis 

Posted On October 10, 2017

The US officials are known to have questioned for long  the role Pakistan has played in Afghanistan but this they did in private. Mattis -Dunford- Speak will naturally cause concern in Islamabad and within the Pakistan military.General perception has been that ISI has links with terrorists who operate from Pakistani soil and along the LoC and Durand Line. the United States has for the first time not only acknowledged this reality but al

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IS flag in Islamabad, IS graffiti in Wah 

Posted On October 2, 2017

Pakistan's denial mode on IS presence, despite an ever increasing footprint, appears to be a part of its time tested soft approach to Islamist militancy with the fond hope of co-opting the IS too into the state policy of targeting India and Afghanistan through proxies.Notwithstanding the denials by the diplomats at the Foreign Office in Islamabad, and by the Generals at the GHQ in Rawalpindi, Pakistan cannot wish away the growing presence of the Islamic State on it

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Chinese Uyghur Muslims ‘told to hand in’ Quran copies 

Posted On October 1, 2017

As the countdown begins for Muharram, Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang are being told to shun their religion.  Virtually.“Three Illegals and One Item” campaign under way dubs as illegal copies of the Holy Quran, remote-controlled toys, large knives and inflammable items.Handover copies of Holy Quran, prayer mat, and the like, the Chinese officials have told them bluntly. “Abide by the directives or face punitive action”, say the announcements through local mosques and in the neighbourhoods, w

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Pakistan’s FM admits Haqqanis and other terrorists are liabilities 

Posted On September 30, 2017

 Asif-speak at the Asia Society that the Haqqanis and Hafeez Saeeds are indeed Pakistan's liability signals that the GHQ Shura is willing to do business with Washington on Trump's terms just as Gen Pervez Musharraf did after the US had launched a global war on terrorism in the wake of 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. It does not indicate a roll back of Pakistan's fixation with strategic depth concept vis-a-vis Afghanistan and its abiding faith in

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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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Delhi offers to spur growth in tense Rakhine 

Posted On September 7, 2017

India is trying to boost economic ties with resource-rich Myanmar, with which it shares a 1,600-km long border, to counter Chinese influence and step up links with a country it considers its gateway to Southeast Asia.India has offered on Wednesday, Sept 6, to spur development in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine province, one of the poorest and least connected areas and home to over a million Rohingya Muslims, even as the two countri

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China’s Himalayan Climb-Down 

Posted On September 1, 2017

 Beijing is claiming victory, but New Delhi successfully repulsed a Chinese attempt to assert control over the disputed region - Wall St Journal A three-month standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in a remote corner of the Himalayas ended this week with both sides agreeing to withdraw. Beijing is claiming victory, but this is face-saving bravado. New Delhi successfully repulsed a Chinese attempt to assert control over the disputed region.In June China

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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 and Japan strengthen “strategic partnership” 

Posted On September 20, 2017

Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi made no mention of China in their public pronouncements and in the lengthy statement they issued at the end of their summit. Japan pledged to work with New Delhi to combat Pakistan-based Islamist groups active in Kashmir and endorsed India’s demand that Islamabad “bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorist attacks including those of the November 2008 attack in Mumbai and the 2016 terrorist attack in Pathankot.” Toky

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Sri Lanka: Justice Minister sacked 

Posted On August 25, 2017

Sri Lanka's Justice Minister Wijedasa has been sacked on the charge of  inaction against the corrupt putting former President Rajapaksa, and his cabal, who are facing corruption charges, on notice.  President Maithripala Sirisena (on Wednesday Aug 23, 2017) sacked Wijedasa Rajapakse as justice and Buddhist affairs minister, following demands from the United National Party (UNP), the main partner in the “unity government.”  He is the second minister to go, the first being Foreig

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Sri Lanka’s Tryst with Tax reforms 

Posted On August 6, 2017

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera told a press conference on July 21 that everyone over the age of 18 years should have a taxpayer number “regardless of whether he or she had to pay taxes or not.” State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne chipped in saying that “everybody must pay tax.”The Sirisena government is planning to undertake sweeping tax reforms as a part of belt tightening exercise. But the Inland Revenue Bill has met with a hurdle. The country’s apex court will not appro

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What is Ashraf Ghani’s plan to end Afghanistan’s 40-year conflict? 

Posted On September 25, 2017

Ghani government is working on a multi-dimensional security reform programme to bring to an end the four-decade long Afghan conflict.  overhaul of the security forces under the new Trump plan is one component of the programme. The other components are Pak-Afghan  peace, and political dialogue with the Taliban. The Afghan gove

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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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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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