• Challenging the state- Pakistani militants form deadly alliance0

    • Blog
    • February 17, 2017

    Challenging the state- Pakistani militants form deadly alliance By James M. Dorsey and Azaz Syed This week’s suicide bombing of a popular Sufi shrine is the latest operation of a recently formed alliance of militant jihadist and sectarian groups that includes the Islamic State (IS) and organizations associated with the Pakistani Taliban, according to Pakistani

  • Counter-extremism in Pakistan: success or falling short?0

    • Blog
    • February 16, 2017

    Counter-extremism in Pakistan: success or falling short? By Zahid Shahab Ahmed 16 February 2017: Two years on from the development of the Pakistani government’s flagship plan to tackle terrorism, has it had any success? Zahid Ahmed discusses developments in the light of recent attacks. Pakistani capital Islamabad. The government in Pakistan has been accused of


    • Blog
    • February 16, 2017

    ELECTION COMMISSION BANGLADESH (ECB) 2017-2022 K.M. Nurul Huda, the new CEC EXCHANGE OF OPINION WITH SEARCH COMMITTEE ON SELECTION OF CEC AND OTHER EC FOR ELECTION COMMISSION BANGLADESH (ECB) 2017-2022 Sakhawat Hussain At last after grueling months of efforts starting from President’s dialogue with 31 political parties of Bangladesh and subsequent setting of six members

  • Bangladesh – 10th Parliament Election and Lesson learnt0

    10th Parliament Election and Lesson learnt Kazi Rokibuddin Ahmed, outgoing CEC Sakhawat Hussain Elections are considered to be the building block of democracy. If that building block is weak, then the entire system remains fragile. Therefore election has to be legitimate. Legitimacy in any election is subject to a few conditions in which the process

  • Militants put half-hearted Pakistani counter-terrorism at crossroads

    Militants put half-hearted Pakistani counter-terrorism at crossroads0

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    • February 16, 2017

    A militant faction associated with the Pakistani Taliban has put Pakistani authorities, already under pressure from the United States and an Asian money laundering watchdog, at a crossroads in their hitherto half-hearted efforts to crack down on violent groups, some of which maintain close ties to Pakistani intelligence and the military. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar earlier this week

  • Ethnic Dimensions of South Asia

    Ethnic Dimensions of South Asia0

    • Blog
    • February 13, 2017

    Ethnic Dimensions of South Asia Dr. Rajkumar Singh Introduction The terms ‘ethnic and ethnicity’ are used to include religious, racial, linguistic, tribal and similar divides which have been activated in the sociopolitical conflict in the present age. It is associated with a sense of identity arising from shared customs, language and culture, physical characteristics, and


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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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