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  • 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

  • Bangladesh govt took little steps to prosecute abuses, killings by security forces in 2017: US0

     April 21, 2018 Those responsible for attacks on Rohingyas must be held accountable, US acting secretary of State Sullivan says UNB, Dhaka The government of Bangladesh took limited measures to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by security forces in 2017, said a US report on Human Rights Practices released on Friday. US acting secretary

  • China Pulls Pakistan Further into its Economic Orbit0

    April 22, 2018 | Bennett Seftel Bottom Line: China’s “One Belt, One Road” economic strategy, aimed at developing regional trades routes connecting East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and Europe, has expanded into Pakistan where Chinese companies have launched numerous projects to build up Pakistan’s infrastructure and energy sector as part of the China-Pakistan Economic

  • Bangladesh – dawn of Islamism | DW Documentary0

      DW Documenta   Published on Apr 17, 2018   In Bangladesh headlines are dominated by violence: Secular bloggers murdered by islamic extremists, government opponents disappear, the Hindu minority is under attack. The country that wants to reconcile democracy and Islam appears to be finding it harder and harder to strike a balance between the

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  • Counting to Segregate: Behind Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC)

    On 31 August, India released the final iteration of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of “genuine Indian citizens” that is being updated on order of the Supreme Court. The final version, which comes after two preliminary drafts published in 2017 and 2018, identified close to 1.9 million as “illegal immigrants”. The second

  • The Kashmiri narrative

    Columbia Journalism Review by Rozina Ali August 28, 2019 In mid-February, a young man named Adil Ahmed Dar killed 44 Indian paramilitary officers in a suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It was the deadliest attack against Indian soldiers in three decades. Dar was from a local village, but the militant group that claimed responsibility

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