• India’s new Shia party seen as Hindu divisive effort0

    Firebrand politician Rizvi accused of being a divisive figure splitting the Muslim vote Indian Muslims waving Indian flags participate in a flag-hoisting event as they celebrate India’s 69th Republic Day in Ahmedabad on Jan. 26. (Photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, New Delhi  India May 25, 2018 The leader of a new political party

  • Fears of religious rioting haunt poll-bound India0

    Politicians accused of stirring communal strife for their own ends after two die in Hindu-Muslim riot in Aurangabad Supporters cheer as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech in October 2015 during an election rally in Aurangabad, where two people died in a recent Hindu-Muslim riot. (Photo by Money Sharma/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, New

  • Rohingya Militants Killed Nearly 100 Hindus In Myanmar’s Rakhine State: Report0

     May 24, 2018 BenarNews     Rohingya Muslim militants unlawfully killed nearly 100 Hindus in Myanmar’s Rakhine state during deadly attacks on police outposts last year that resulted in a violent crackdown and an exodus of refugees into Bangladesh, Amnesty International says in a new report. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) carried out brutal attacks on

  • Kashmir: Islamic Groups Reject India’s Ceasefire0

     May 24, 2018 UCAN   By UCAN By Umar Manzoor Shah Islamic militants and separatist groups working to free the Kashmir region from India have turned down a federal offer of a ceasefire during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The United Jihad Council (UJC), an amalgam of militant groups leading an armed struggle against India’s military, on

  • Is Pakistan Army Chief’s Offer For Talks Serious?0

       May 24, 2018 Observer Research Foundation     By Harsh Kakkar Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had recently stated, during the passing out parade at the Pakistan Military Academy, that “it is our sincere belief that the route to peaceful resolution of Indo-Pak disputes, including the core issues of Kashmir, can be found through

  • Bangladesh’s Escalated Anti-Drug Campaign Draws Fire from Rights Activists, Opposition0

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury Dhaka 2018-05-23 Police in Barisal, Bangladesh, present suspected drug dealers who were arrested as part of an intensified nationwide crackdown against illegal drugs, May 23, 2018. BenarNews Bangladeshi rights activists and opposition politicians are criticizing as heavy handed this month’s intensified nationwide anti-drug crackdown in which, police agencies say, officers gunned down


  • Playing with Peace in Myanmar

    Playing with Peace in Myanmar0

    International aid and “statebuilding” exercises risk exacerbating ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. Here’s a more realistic approach. As ceasefires in Myanmar enter their third fragile year, international aid commitments geared towards “peacebuilding” have proliferated, particularly from the West and Japan. Although aid remains one of the few tools available to these governments, and there are countless

  • Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank0

    Since the dawn of civilization, except for the last 250 years, Asia had half the world’s wealth and two centres of gravity – China and India. With Asia estimated to possess two-thirds of global GPD in 2050, because of favourable demographics India has the potential to overtake the United States and once again become the

  • Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

    Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled0

    Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation. Several recent developments affirm the Pakistani military’s belief that cosmetic changes or words alone will suffice to convince others, especially the U.S., that Pakistan is serious

  • Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia

    Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia0

      Recent weeks have brought a bevy of news headlines attesting to the rising profile of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in South Asia. The group’s literature has circulated in Pakistan, and its flags have been spotted in Kashmir. Several Pakistani militant commanders expressed their allegiance to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Alleged

  • Flashpoints from Indo-US Nuclear Deal for Business

    Flashpoints from Indo-US Nuclear Deal for Business0

    The India-U.S. nuclear agreement represents a $17 billion opportunity for Indian business. It will also help India secure fuel for its indigenous reactors, and contribute to cheap and plentiful energy. But a major concern remains—will these projects be efficiently executed? With the U.S.-India nuclear agreement clearing two major hurdles on 25 January—civil nuclear liability and

  • Bangladesh: Comprehensive Response Required to Complex Displacement Crisis

    Bangladesh: Comprehensive Response Required to Complex Displacement Crisis0

    Executive summary During the 20th century, millions of people were forced to flee their homes in what is now Bangladesh. They were displaced both within the territory and to neighbouring areas by different triggers. As of January 2015, IDMC estimates that at least 431,000 people were displaced in the country as a result of conflict

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