• Is Peace with the Taliban Possible?0

    By Mohammad Shoaib Haidary     April 25, 2018 From March 25-27, delegations from across the region and around the world gathered in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, in an effort to broker peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. While there have been dozens of similar attempts in the past, these were emboldened by a strong offer on

  • Bangladesh environment: Despite Opposition, Work on Controversial Rampal Power Project Continues0

    Resistance to the India-Bangladesh thermal power project is not only due to the possible destruction of the Sundarbans but also the displacement of “over 3,500 land-owning families” and others dependent on the forest for livelihood. The site for the Rampal thermal power plant. Credit: Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty Environment South Asia 24/Apr/2018 Mongla (Bagerhat

  • Apex committee to hold talks with PTM0

    By Iftikhar Firdous, The Express Tribune Published: April 24, 2018 Manzoor Pashteen PHOTO: EXPRESS PESHAWAR: The Apex Committee of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa formed a high-powered jirga, comprising politicians and local elders, which will hold talks with the Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), it was revealed on Tuesday. The Jirga members also includes the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Chief Minister

  • Shutdown of Pakistani TV network hints at army’s bid for control0

    Geo concedes to military pressure after going off air for two weeks and agrees to self-censor Mehreen Zahra-Malik in Islamabad Mon 23 Apr 2018  Geo channels went back on air after agreeing to cease favourable coverage of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and censor any criticism of the military. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters When Pakistan’s largest

  • Manzoor Pashteen: The young tribesman rattling Pakistan’s army0

    By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Islamabad 23 April 2018   Image copyright Alamy Image caption Manzoor Pashteen has accused the Pakistani military of promoting militancy Tens of thousands of Pashtuns are demanding an end to extrajudicial killings and abductions they blame on the Pakistani state – and a charismatic young man has become their

  • How autocrats rig elections to stay in power – and get away with it0

    24.4.2018 Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham and Brian Klaas, London School of Economics and Political Science If a government wants to be considered a respectable democracy on the world stage, it must pass a litmus test: holding multi-party elections. But while more elections are being held around the world than ever before, the average quality


  • Understanding Bharat-Pakistan Bilateral relations through Cinema0

    Abstract Films are just like textbooks, by reading dialogue, songs and different situation depicted in the film explored a lot during its definite period and left few impacts on viewer. In framing our perception films play very crucial role. In South-Asian territory Bharat and Pakistan are two permanent rivals neighboring nations from their emergence after

  • The significance of Nuclear Information Sharing in South Asia0

    by Asma Khalid  29/4/2018 The regional competitive environment of South Asia has fueled the diplomatic tension and security anxieties between India and Pakistan. Both countries share a history of hostile relations which have been strained by some historical and political issues. Due to prioritization of security concerns of regional states, South Asia is undergoing a

  • India and China: The Risks of a Reset0

      Asia’s Game of Thrones by Aparna Pande   27/4/2018 Modi’s visit to China this week could lead to an easing of their strained ties—but any reset will benefit Beijing far more than New Delhi. When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Wuhan, China on April 27, many will be waiting with bated breath to see whether

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  • The Rohingyas – Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide, book review

    The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya have prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence, underpinned by the

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