MQM troubles expose ISI raw games

 
 While seeking to undermine the MQM andits supremo Altaf Hussain, the ISI,which is known as State within a State hasexposed its raw gamesCarefully orchestrated Pakistan's ...
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Gilgit –Baltistan goes to polls today under Pak Army care

 
 Even before a single ballot was cast in today's G-B Legislative Assembly election, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's, PML-N is  all set to host victory  celebrations ...
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Murder of Tamil student sparks protests in northern Sri Lanka

 
Sinhala chuvanist elements have seized the protests in Jaffna over the rape and murder of a Tamil girl to reinvent the bogey of LTTE once again....
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Seymour Hersh's piece on bin Laden assassination is "spot on"

 
The 10,000-word essay by Seymour Hersh in London Review of Books (published on Sunday May 9) has put a new spin on what we know ...
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PAKISTAN

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After NSA Fiasco, India Has to Show Firmness

 
Since there is little prospect of India-Pakistan talks resuming in the near future after Pakistan called off the NSA-level talks, New Delhi must show firmness in dealing with the petulant and recalcitrant neighbour who thinks that all its recent sins have been forgotten and forgiven by the U.S., its most generous patron, says the author....
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Gilgat –Baltistan Elections -A Farce

 
Elections to Gilgit -Baltistan Legislative Assembly are taking place on June 8 under the supervision of the Pakistan Army. This 'democratic' exercise is a farce as actual power rests not with the elected assembly but with a Council chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan with Governor of Gilgit- Baltistan as its vice chairman, says the author while putting the issue in its historical perspective. ...
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Who is who of Baloch Insurgency

 
Balochistan is in the throes of the fifth and longest running insurgency since 1947. Triggered in 2005 by the rape of a lady doctor allegedly ...
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Money Laundering Thrives In Pakistan

 
Pakistan is strategically located at the nexus of south, central, and western Asia, with a coastline along the Arabian Sea. Its porous borders with Afghanistan, ...
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MYANMAR/CHINA

Chinese Market Turmoil: A Self-Inflicted Wound

 
Roots of the Chinese Stock Market turmoil are in the prescription to offset the export loss in the wake of financial meltdown of 2008. Investment backed by credit comprised around 50 percent of GDP while consumption spending accounted for barely 35 percent. It has proved simply unviable. ...
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Strikes hit hard Chinas free trade zones

 
 With Communist China turning into a Bamboo Capitalist, and opting for free trade zones to give a fillip to the sagging economy, lofty socialist ideals ...
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China’s Slow down Blues- rate cut announced

 
On May 9th China’s central bank has cut interest rates for the third time in six months in a bid to counter an economic slowdown ...
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Rajapaksa eyeing an amazing comeback

 
Making a determined comeback bid, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is re-positioning himself as he only strong Sinhala leader who is capable of taking on the devious Tamils, and hopes in the process to weather away the scams that are tumbling out of his past....
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Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean : An Indian Perspective

 
For a maritime nation like India, its conception of maritime security of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and, specifically, its approach to maritime security has ...
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Sri Lankan government postpones constitutional amendment

 
The postponement was a result of infighting between ruling and opposition parties and compounded by the Supreme Court’s advisory opinion that some clauses should be referred to a referendum....
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Radical lslamists threaten Bangladeshi American Writer Avijit Roy

 
The Publisher appears to have taken the threat seriously without much ado and listed Avjit Roy's books under the category "Out of Print”....
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Bangladesh moves to ban Jamaat-e-Islami

 
Jamaat has been a long time ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Begum Khaleda Zia. The ban on Jamaat can give a handle to Khaleda to go around the nation as a victim of Hasina politics. It may not get much mileage though, firstly because the BNPis in bad shape, with its leadership embroiled in corruption cases, and secondly because the Jamaat voters are already with the BNP....
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China Factor in B’desh

 
The Curtis- Hossain report pitches for greater US naval contact and cooperation with Bangladesh to further counter China. ...
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An extended ‘state of denial’

 
- By Abdul Saboor Sarir...
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Aid at risk as Afghanistan's war splinters

 
While the perception of the Afghan conflict as simply the government and allied forces against a unified Taliban has long been an over-simplification, in recent years the number of fighting groups has grown exponentially... There are now believed to be three shuras another seven or eight independent "fronts". ...
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Afghanistan War ends only to continue

 
While immediately after the 9/11, the concern of Washington was Al Qaeda, now its focus is on the Taliban and other armed militant groups that operate from the Pakistani soil, mostly with the patronage of Rawalpindi GHQ Shura which acts through the ISI....
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The Terror Attacks in Paris : Tip of the Iceberg or a Passing Episode?

 
The coordinated attacks by an Islamic terrorist cell against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in the heart of Paris, which caused ...
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Fall-out of Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

 
To check the slide of the Palestinian conflict from political to the religious level, Israel will do well to open a dialogue with the Arab civil society in East Jerusalem, says the analyst in the context of Nov 18 attack on a synagogue. ...
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Australia-India uranium deal

 
The civilian nuclear deal India had entered into with the US during Bush Junior’s presidency undoubtedly opened the doors for India-Australia uranium business. Hitherto, Abbott’s predecessors’ saw India through the NPT prism and blocked the sale of uranium since India is not a signatory to treaty. ...
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Dangers From Anti-West Mood In The Islamic world

 
The West must factor in and come to grips with the factors that have given birth to IS phenomenon; this they must do with the same seriousness with which they calculate their military moves since crushing the head of a serpent with a bomb or a missile is in no way sufficient for a successful war against the phenomenon like IS, says the analyst, who is a reputed authority on Islamic movements in the Arab World and Islamic Fundamentalism....
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Islam doesn’t forbid Friday work, cleric says

 
Contrary to the claims of radical groups, there is nothing in the Qur'an or teachings of the Prophet Muhammad that forbids working on Fridays, according ...
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Khusrau, a great pillar of 14th century Persian literature.

 
One of the most prolific genres composed by Khusrau are the pahelis, riddles that children of the subcontinent grow up enjoying. Deeply influenced by the spiritual philosophy of Like his master, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Khusrau believed in tolerance and affection between people of separate faiths. Khusrau loved Hindustan, India, with all its fragrant flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees and animals and likened it to Paradise writing, ‘The heavens said that of all the countries which have come out of the earth, it is Hindustan that has achieved the height of excellence’....
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