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0712 flag pakistanSectarian violence in Karachi is just another chapter in Pakistan’s long history of violence against minorities, has afflicted Pakistan virtually from its moment of birth...

TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY

U.S. allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, smiling through their teeth, are feverishly hoping that Washington will maintain its security commitments. The Russians are ... . . ..   

AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-USA

A US revaluation of its Af-Pak policy appears likely under Trump... It is, however, unlikely that US AfPak policy under Trump will be ‘more of the same’. Crucially, Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism in Afghanistan . . .

NUCLEAR WWWIII

Escalation of hostility may become a thermonuclear WWIII.

ARM & TRAIN

Non-Muslims in violent conflict areas to enhance the security...

HYDRO BOOM & CONFLICTS

With approval of power plants, conflicts have arisen ...

SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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Future of Nuclear South Asia

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Voice of Journalists

South Asia is the most volatile and unpredictable security complex. There are several states in it and all of them have a different pattern of relation among themselves. India is enjoying dominance and all other states, except Pakistan are designing their policies somewhat according to wishes of India. Pakistan is a challenger to India and both countries have fought several wars.

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Deterrence Instability in South Asia

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By Michael Krepon

The United States wants to pivot to Asia, but the Middle East keeps getting in the way. Likewise, India wants to pivot to China, but Pakistan keeps getting in the way. Pakistan matters to India for two primary, interconnected reasons: its home-grown terrorists and its nuclear-weapon programs. The pathway to crisis and war on the Subcontinent begin with the actions of violent extremist groups based in Pakistan.

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ISIS Can Get Hold of Nuclear Weapons from Pakistan

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The Islamic State is rewriting the whole idiom of al Qaeda type jihadi warfare.

By Colonel R Hariharan

Periodically, international media carries news items about terrorists trying to procure nuclear weapons to add to their increasingly sophisticated weaponry. The British daily The Independent’s recent speculative story about the Islamic State (ISIS), the world’s most notorious terrorist group, trying to get a nuclear weapon from Pakistan probably belongs to this genre of reports.

 

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How Many Nuclear Weapons Do India and Pakistan Need?

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By Beenish Altaf, Tanvi Kulkarni

Pakistan’s former Director-General of the Strategic Plans Division, Lt. General Khalid Kidwai’s recent remarks that Pakistan has enough nuclear weapons to ensure that war in South Asia is no longer an option, were carefully measured but caused apprehension. The remarks appeared to suggest that the nuclear deterrence debate in South Asia is settled. Of course, the debate is far from settled.

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The Forgotten India-Pakistan Nuclear Crisis: 25 Years Later

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By C Uday Bhaskar

In May 1990, then-U.S. President George H.W. Bush was convinced that Pakistan was poised to use a covert nuclear weapon capability against India. The impending apocalypse—which would have dwarfed Hiroshima and Nagasaki—had to be prevented at all costs.

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Seventeen Years of Deterrence

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By Ali Sarwar Naqvi

Seventeen years have passed since we conducted our five nuclear tests on the 28th of May, 1998 in the barren wastes of Chagai in Balochistan. The tests were conducted in direct response to India’s six nuclear tests of Operation Shakti held on May 11 and 13 the same year.

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Bangladesh: Freedom and Death

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On May 12, 2015, Ananta Bijoy Das (32), a progressive writer, blogger, editor of science fiction magazine Jukti, and an organizer of Gonojagoron Mancha (People's Resurgence Platform), was hacked to death, using machetes, by four assailants at Subidbazar Bankolapara residential area of Sylhet city, for writing against religious fundamentalism.

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PM Calls Would be Migrants 'Mentally Sick'

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By A Correspondent

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has criticised economic migrants leaving the country calling them "mentally sick" and accusing them of hurting the country's image.

The state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency quoted Hasina on May 24 as saying the migrants, many of whom are stranded in dire conditions at sea, had ample opportunities within the country.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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Government bans ABT for its militant and anti-state activities: Government on May 25 banned Islamist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) for its militant and anti-state activities. The group has been banned under the Anti-Terrorist Act, 2013. ABT is sixth Islamist outfit to be outlawed for militant and anti-state activities in the country. The other five banned over the past 10 years are Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HuT), Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B), Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) and Shahadat-e Al-Hikma (SAH). Daily Star, May 26, 2015.

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Media Jingoism Alienates Nepalis. Rise of 'The Ugly Indian'?

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By Praful Bidwai

Barely two weeks after a major earthquake which killed more than 8,000 people, Nepal suffered a powerful aftershock, adding to its misery and killing over 100 people. More than 3.5 million people are still in need of food assistance; 479,000 houses have been destroyed and 263,000 damaged; and only five percent of the $415 million aid Nepal needs has reached it. Given the extensive destruction and caving in of hill roads, it has been near-impossible to reach relief material to those in dire need.

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Towns And Villages Totally Devastated And 90%...

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Clinics And Schools Are Unusable

By Countercurrents.org

With further rise in death toll, devastation of thousands of villages and slow pace of rescue and relief operations the survivors in Nepal earthquake are facing a desperate situation. In areas, towns and villages suffered total devastation. Today, a report said some 600,000 houses have been destroyed in 13 districts.

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