• Hindustan’s Da Cui Yun Debacle0

    by Rabia Javed 13 March 2020 In a now-all-too familiar display of hypocrisy, Indian customs officials seized Chinese vessel “Da Cui Yun” that made the headlines once again. While India has a track record of involvement of her Military, Police and Intelligence agencies in false flag operations to gain international attention, now the customs officials

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  • As the Afghan peace process gets underway, reality eclipses magic0

    by William Milam March 13, 2020 Two weeks ago, as we awaited the signing of the US-Taliban Agreement which intends to ignite a peace process in Afghanistan, I wrote of the magic realism in general of US foreign policy and specifically in the agreement about to be signed. The agreement was signed on February 29

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  • Pakistan committed to curbing Money Laundering and Terror Financing1

    by Irfan Ali 13 March 2020 Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog. It has nine associate members and Asia Pacific Group is one of them. Pakistan is the member of APG because of this membership it is bound to comply with the recommendations. Pakistan was placed in

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  • India-US Defence Deal 2020: Security Implications for Pakistan0

    by Sher Bano 23 March 2020 During recent Trump’s visit to India, both the countries signed US 3 billion dollars defence deal involving various sophisticated weapons. The deal consists of the sale of six Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for the Indian Army and 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Sea Hawk multi-role helicopters for the Indian Navy. Pakistan

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  • RA’AD-II: Enhancing Pakistan’s Deterrence Posture0

    By: Haris Bilal Malik 13 March 2020 Over the past few years, the South Asian region has witnessed profound developments and enhancements of cruise missiles.  This is primarily because of India’s aspirations for supersonic and hypersonic weapons. Evidence comes from how India has been carrying out an extensive cruise missile development program along with its

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  • Current State of Terrorism and Counter-terrorism measures of Pakistan0

    by Basma Khalil  12 March 2020 Lately, there have been numerous reports and indicators that hint at the improved security situation across the country. According to the report of Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies’ (PIPS), over the decade terrorist activities in Pakistan have plummeted by more than 85 %. This could be attributed to the

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  • Collective Destinies in Pestilence by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera*0

    “No longer were there individual destinies; only a collective destiny. Made for plague and emotions shared by all.” Albert Camus In 430 BC, an entire chapter of the Peloponnesian war documented by the Greek historian, Thucydides was about a deadly epidemic. According to him, while Athenians prepared for war with Sparta, its course changed dramatically

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  • Sri Lanka: Working with India on the UNHRC front now?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 12 March 2020 At a time when Sri Lanka is being hauled up before the UN human rights affiliate, UNHRC, all over again, it may have found a more understanding benefactor of sorts in neighbouring India than at any time in the past. Yet, the differences between the procedural row that Sri

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  • Bloodletting in Delhi: A Tighter Hug on Progrom0

    by Shamsa Nawaz 11 March 2020 In an intense echo of bloodletting during the partition of 1947, in which approximately 2 million people died and several lost their property and homes, phased into a rerun of the Gujrat riots in 2002, Modi’s  Hinduisation  is ambitiously hankering on geo-politically strategic and obfuscated regional and international championship

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  • FRAGILITY OF THE US – TALIBAN PEACE ACCORD0

    by Jamal Hussain 11 March 2020 Will the US – Taliban peace accord hold? The majority perhaps would respond with a vociferous ‘no’ while some with a nuanced ‘may be’. The naysayers primarily belong to two distinct categories: first, those who firmly believe the 9/11 episode was stage-managed by the USA to provide them with

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  • The International Criminal Court : Who Bells The ”Big Cats”1

    Anisur Rahman* 11 March 2020 At last another tyrant is going to face trial at The International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of carrying out genocide, mass murder and crimes against humanity upon a large ethnic group. Omar Al-Bashir, ex-dictator of Sudan who was ousted by a popular uprising in 2019 will be extradited to

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  • Remembering Bangladesh0

    by Vivek Noble Paikada 11 March 2020 Exclaiming the love and reverence for the mother land Bangladeshis sing Amar shonar Bangla, ami tomay bhalobashi, professing the love and affection to the motherland. Gruesome memoirs of the partition in 1905 influenced Tagore to compose the song. As they celebrate the fifty years of its independence from

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  • Need to Balance Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability in Nepal0

    by Hari Prasad Shrestha 10 March 2020 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), byname Earth Summit, conference held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (June 3–14, 1992) and by means of treaties and other documents signed at the conference, most of the world’s nations nominally committed themselves to the pursuit of economic development in ways that would protect

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  • Fulbright For Smart Villages0

    by Krishna Sharma* 10 March 2020 American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is a U.S.-supported institution in Kabul which has produced the most Fulbright Scholars in the world in recent times, according to Department of State records. Since its inception in 2006, more than 32 AUAF graduates have secured the coveted scholarship. However, records also reveal

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