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Anti-Americanism and Radicalization: A Case Study of Pakistan
Khuram Iqbal
Published: June 30, 2010

Following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 and the subsequent War on Terror, Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) emerged as the epicentre of global terrorism. The international and local terrorist groups based in FATA do not pose an existential............
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Peace Process, Spoilers and Indo-Pak Conflict
Rizwan Zeb
Published: September 29, 2009

Pakistan has been engaged in a peace process with India since April 2003 which has been termed irreversible by the leadership of the two countries. Despite a number of pitfalls, it has survived many threats of stalemates.Cynics believe that post-9/11 Islamabad is under............
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FATA: Tribal Economy in the Context of Ongoing Militancy
Asif Mian
Published: September 15, 2009

In recent years, the semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and of late, the Swat region have increasingly been defined by the Taliban militancy that has now spread to large parts of the North West Frontier............
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Humanitarian Crisis Deepens in Swat
Yousaf Ali
Published: May 19, 2009

The humanitarian crisis is deepening in the Malakand division where Pakistan’s security forces have launched a military operation to clear the territory of militants. The military operation started in Lower Dir on April 26, 2009 spreading out to Buner and now Swat............
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Peace Agreement in Bajaur Agency
Yousaf Ali
Published: March 20, 2009

Badly affected by seven-month long military operation and clashes between security forces and the militants, the security situation in Bajaur tribal agency has witnessed a rapid return to normalcy following the unilateral ceasefire announced by militants on 20 February............
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Swat Pact: Restoration of Peace Should be the Objective
Muhammad Amir Rana and Yousaf Ali
Published: February 20, 2009

The people in the entire Frontier province, in general, and restive Swat valley, in particular, are jubilant over the recently agreed pact between the provincial government and Sufi Muhammad, head of banned Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi (TNSM)............
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Media Security in Pakistan: 2008 Report
Muhammad Azam
Published: January 29, 2009

All kinds of violence are resorted to and all types of threats are used against the media. Journalists and media persons in Pakistan are victims of violence committed by radical groups and organizations, political parties, religious organizations, governments and other............
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Mumbai Attacks: Time to Reassess Pakistan’s Policy towards India
Syed Adnan Ali Shah
Published: December 30, 2008

The tragic Mumbai terrorist attacks, while shocking for the entire world, have upset the delicate peace that prevailed over the South Asian subcontinent since January 2004. The attacks have the intended consequences of putting the snail pace and largely ceremonial peace............
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Human Rights Reporting in Pakistani Media
Safdar Sial
Published: December 24, 2008

Pakistan’s Urdu and English-language print and electronic media understand and present human rights issues in a variety of ways. The manner in which newspapers, magazines and television channels portray human rights issues, victims of violations and abuses, and...........
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The Rising Wave of Domestic Terrorism: Time for New Delhi to Face Reality
Ryan Clarke
Published: December 5, 2008

India’s official refusal to acknowledge that many of its most recent attacks, including the Mumbai outrage, were largely carried out by Indians is fatally undermining any efforts to form an effective counter-terrorism strategy and develop functional partnerships with its neighbours...........
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Mumbai Terror: Blaming External Connection will Mislead Indian Counter-terrorism Discourse
Khuram Iqbal
Published: December 1, 2008

The terror episode unfolded in Mumbai on the night of 26 November finally came to an end on 29 November. The multiple and diversified terrorist attacks extended into a wide range of time and space left more than 150 dead and hundreds injured. In addition to many...........
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Kidnapping in NWFP and tribal areas
Yousaf Ali
Published: November 21, 2008

In the wake of the spill over of militancy, kidnapping mostly for ransom, particularly in the capital of the Frontier Province, Peshawar, has become another major security issue. During the past several months many cases of high profile kidnappings were reported. In several...........
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Tribal Lashkars need Govt. Support
Yousaf Ali
Published: November 10, 2008

The increasing number of anti-Taliban laskhars of volunteers in the tribal areas as well as settled districts of the Frontier province was no doubt a ray of hope for the people and the government, who believed it the most effective way to curb militancy. But the successive attacks on ...........
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Afghan ambassador-designate is still missing
Yousaf Ali
Published: October 29, 2008

The kidnapping of nominated Afghan envoy, Abdul Khaliq Farahi, still shrouds in mystery as more than a month has passed but no clue to him could be found. The interest of the people and governments of both the countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan – is also seemingly...........
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Marriott Blast: Security Implications for the Capital
Safdar Sial
Published: September 26, 2008

It was not the first or the second terrorist attack on Marriott Hotel, located in the heart of Islamabad, but the third one, which rocked the entire city on 20 September besides completely burning the hotel out. The burnt-out wrecks of cars outside the hotel presented a...........
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Legality of attacks inside Pakistan: US needs to first satisfy itself that Pakistan is unable to suppress the militants: Dr. James A Green

Published: September 9, 2008

The US raids into the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have inflamed Pakistani public opinion. Seen as a violation of the Pakistan’s sovereignty, President Asif Zardari has recently suggested that these attacks were in violation of the UN Charter Article 2 (4)...........
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Madaaris Reforms: Status of Computer and English Education in Madaaris
Shahzada Saleem
Published: September 8, 2008

Musharraf regime launched a five-year madaaris reforms program worth an amount of Rs 5.759 billion. Government decided to provide computers, printers and qualified teachers for English and science subjects. But madaaris administrators and owners initially refused to take...........
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Indian Terrorism: An Indigenous Phenomenon
Abdul Mateen
Published: September 8, 2008

Following series of bomb blasts in Ahmedabad (Gujrat) and Banglore (Karnataka) in July 2008, blast in Kanpur on August 24, in which Rajiv Mishra and Bhupinder Singh activists of Bajrang Dal were killed, has uncovered those elements that are propagating terrorism in India...........
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Bajaur Operation: Accomplishments and Needs
Yousaf Ali
Published: September 4, 2008

The people of restive Bajaur tribal agency heard the announcement of temporary ceasefire by the federal government with joy and majority of the internally displaced families rushed back to their hometowns. But the tragic incident of Monday evening (September 1) forced some of...........
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China: External Forces supporting Separatist Movements
SAN Report
Published: May 27, 2008

The Muslim separatists in Xinjiang, the western province of China bordering Pakistan, are consolidating themselves whereas violence in Tibet is further deteriorating the security situation. Muslims of Xinjiang, who are racially from Turkmenistan, entitle themselves as...........
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Xinjiang: An Alarming Buzzer for Pakistan
Saba Noor
Published: May 23, 2008

Pakistan and China have been enjoying friendly relationship, deep-rooted in mutual trust, for the last 57 years. This friendship between both countries is higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the oceans.Basically the relations between both countries are excellent...........
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Democracy and Security in the Middle East: A Response to Sharansky
Muhammad Azam
Published: April 30, 2008

In his book The Case for Democracy, former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, Natan Sharansky, campaigns for respect for human rights of the Palestinians by the Palestinian Authority (PA). But he forgets all human rights violations committed by Israeli forces against the same...........
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Will Parliament take up Kashmir Policy?
SouthAsiaNet
Published: April 25, 2008

The political elite of the new ruling coalition, particularly the PPP-P co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, the PML-N head Mian Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, have repeatedly vowed to make the parliament sovereign. Sovereignty of parliament translates into taking...........
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Pak-Afghan: Post-Election Relationship Scenario
Aqeel Yousufzai
Published: April 8, 2008

The opposition political parties, PPP, ANP and PML-N, have won the general elections held on February 18, 2008. Their electoral campaign was staged against President Musharraf and his political allies like Pakistan Muslim league Quaid-i-Azam (PML-Q), Mutahidda...........
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Indian Demagogues take on Prisoners’ issue
Saba Noor
Published: April 7, 2008

India has a strong political system where every political party is seen vying to win hearts of the people by employing diversified tactics, especially on the eve of new elections, and political exploitation of religion has mostly taken lead in this context. We have seen in the...........
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Bhutan: From Monarchy to Democracy
Itrat Zahra
Published: April 1, 2008

Bhutan held its first general election on March 24, 2008, for the National Assembly. Only two parties, registered with the Election Commission of Bhutan, contested the election: the Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party (DPT) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP). The third...........
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Global War on Terror: Who is Paying Hard Price?
Nayyar Zaidi
Published: March 11, 2008

Pakistan has been sacrificing lives of its soldiers and citizens in the US-led war on terror for the last seven years and what it has to reap is a severe criticism from the American statesmen and diplomats, from within and outside the US Congress. Their criticism is based on this...........
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A Fragmented, Myopic Approach will not Piece Together Afghanistan
Safdar Sial
Published: March 7, 2008

Much has changed in Afghanistan since 2001 but a stable, peaceful and functional Afghanistan is not yet in sight. Some recent reports on Afghanistan suggest that the international community's involvement in Afghanistan has been marked by inefficiency and a fragmented...........
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Nepal: The Road Ahead to Peace and Democracy
Khuram Iqbal
Published: March 5, 2008

Located between the two rising powers, India and China, Nepal is undergoing a crucial phase of its centuries old history. After successful orange revolution in April 2006, country has witnessed many landmark changes that provide an optimistic picture of a democratic...........
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Balochistan: Outcome of Polls and Reconciliation Outlook
Safdar Sial
Published: February 29, 2008

Historically, the province of Balochistan has produced coalition governments comprising of mainstream political parties, local groups and factions, and independent candidates, mostly Nawabs and Sardars, and this pattern is likely to be repeated as poll results for...........
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Post-Election Scenario (II): US Frustration Will Benefit Extremists
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: February 23, 2008

A clear verdict from Pakistani voters against pro-Musharraf political parties has stunned policymakers in Washington. The Bush administration has built its anti-terror strategy in the region around a single person i.e., President Pervez Musharraf. In return, he has...........
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Counter-Terrorism & Post-Election Scenario (1): Fighting Our Own War
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: February 22, 2008

The outcome of February-18 parliamentary elections has proved a great blow to President Musharraf and his policies especially the ongoing war against terrorism. He has successfully been maneuvering his policy on war on terror for having financial gains from the US, ...........
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Pakistan’s Troubled Electoral History
PIPS Report
Published: February 16, 2008

Pakistan has yet to settle several basic constitutional questions. Other than the role of the military in politics, Islam, ethnicity, provincial autonomy and the country’s geo-strategic engagements are some of the dominant themes in ever general elections in Pakistan. In the February...........
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Gwadar: Strategic Asset of Pakistan and Indian Concerns
PIPS Report
Published: February 16, 2008

World powers, especially the US and Russia have always remained deeply interested in Balochistan because of its strategic location, a long coast of warm waters and huge mineral reserves. The USSR had planned to access the ‘warm waters’ of the Arabian Sea through Balochistan...........
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Ideology: Clergy holds War on Terror Responsible for Terrorism

Published: February 11, 2008

Pakistani religious scholars, mostly the Deobandis, have suggested that President Musharraf should step down to save the country from suicide attacks and the current turmoil. As part of solution they also demanded the restoration of judiciary on November 3, 2007 position...........
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Election 2008: PIPS Survey Challenges Conventional Wisdom

Published: February 2, 2008

ISLAMABAD: They may use transport provided by an election candidate to go to polling stations, but Pakistani voters use their own mind when casting the ballot.According to a pre-election survey conducting by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), although 75 per cent voters...........
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New Approaches to the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Pakistani Tribal Areas
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: January 27, 2008

The global war on terrorism has not been won despite the lapse of eight years and a consensus is now emerging for the need to develop new strategies and approaches to neutralize terrorism. Afghanistan and Pakistan have once again become the focus of all the tried and............
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New Approaches to the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Pakistani Tribal Areas
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: January 27, 2008

The global war on terrorism has not been won despite the lapse of eight years and a consensus is now emerging for the need to develop new strategies and approaches to neutralize terrorism. Afghanistan and Pakistan have once again become the focus of all the tried and............
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Election 2008: Political Disintegration in Balochistan
Safdar Sial
Published: January 24, 2008

Politics in Balochistan has mostly remained in the grip of tribal elders and nationalist parties. In Baloch tribal areas the Sardars and Nawabs are in actual fact the political parties and they serve as engines of political vehicle. Political history of Balochistan is replete with such...........
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Sri Lanka: The official end of Peace Ceasefire
Ranga Kalansooriya and Namal Perera
Published: January 16, 2008

The much talked-about ceasefire (CFA) of Sri Lanka officially ends today (January 16) at 7.00pm. It was signed on Feb 22, 2002. At least 200 militants and six army men have been killed since the decision to scrap the six year-old Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) was taken by the...........
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PIPS Security Report 2007: 1442 Attacks/Clashes took 3448 Lives

Published: January 7, 2008

Security situation in Pakistan during 2007 remained highly unsatisfactory amid terrorist attacks throughout the year. Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson, Benazir Bhutto's tragic assassination on December 27, 2007, and continued attacks on and kidnapping of Army personnel...........
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BB Martyrdom: Why al-Qaeda Denies its Involvement?
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: December 31, 2007

The contradictory statements on brutal assassination of Benazir Bhutto by state officials, and al-Qaeda and its associates leave confusion and suspicions around her martyrdom.Government claims that they had intercepted a telephone call made by some cleric to Baitullah Mehsud...........
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BB Martyrdom: How PPP Evades Establishment Trap?

Published: December 30, 2007

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Benazir Bhutto’s martyrdom has entirely changed the political scenario in Pakistan. All the national and international election polls, which were predicting the hung parliament, have lost their relevance. Her sacrificial...........
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Indonesia: Islamic Radical Movement and Islamic Law in Indonesia
Fatima Astuti
Published: December 30, 2007

In the last five years, a number of foreign observers have been focusing their study on the growing radicalization among some fringe militant groups in the South and South East Asian region. The radicalization resulted in at least two alarming developments. First, the region...........
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Afghanistan: Taliban Uprise to put Pakistan in Pressure
Fatima Talib
Published: December 28, 2007

Talibans have initiated their long awaited and much trumpeted spring offensive. The suicide attack aimed at visiting US Vice President Dick Cheney at US military base in Afghanistan exhibits intensity of the attacks. Taliban are claiming that they had sent 1,000 suicide...........
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Benazir’s Death Serves Whose Agenda?
Safdar Sial
Published: December 28, 2007

What is more tragic in reality than the Shakespearean tragedy in fiction can be seen with wide-open eyes and bleeding heart in the ‘political’ history of Pakistan [and with special reference to the Bhutto family]. The climax sequel of this tragedy was witnessed by the world on...........
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Elections 2008: Will Taliban get Access to the Parliament?

Published: December 13, 2007

The Election Commission of Pakistan has issued Elections 2008 schedule and the political parties, which were showing apathetic and cynical political behaviour after imposition of emergency, have now changed their stance. On the other hand the government is pleased with this...........
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Frontiers of Extremism: The Radicalization of Borders
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: November 3, 2007

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) brought together over three hundred senior government officials, leading researchers, and many of the Institute’s influential members from around the world to discuss and address some of the world’s most critical issues at...........
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Terrorism: Attacking Our Own Soldiers
Safdar Sial
Published: September 25, 2007

Though not unprecedented in the history of Pakistan yet suicide attack on Special Services Group (SSG) commandoes on September 13 in Tarbela Ghazi was unique in the sense that it was highly targeted, intelligently planned and tactfully implemented attack in one of the high ...........
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Lal Mosque: Aftermath and Future Repercussions
Safdar Sial
Published: November 24, 2007

Lal Mosque was just one piece of a ‘whole picture’ of religious extremism and violence in the country, which kept millions of people across the globe, stuck to their TV screens for more than a week. Now that the Lal Mosque saga is over, there are fears that many other pieces of...........
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Balochistan: Bugti Death wouldn’t help to heal the Wounds of Balochistan
SAN Report
Published: August 29, 2007

Veteran Baloch nationalist politician Nawab Akbar Bugt was killed in a military operation in Bhamboor Hills area between Kohlu and Dera Bugti on August 27’s night. Earlier reports indicated that Bugti's two grandsons, Mir Bramdagh and Mir Ali, as well as Mir Balach Marri...........
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IPI: Energy Security & Strategic Conflicts
Safdar Sial
Published: August 20, 2007

Progress on Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline, also known as ‘Peace Pipeline’, has been inching forward since its inception in the early 1990s though much ambitious and dynamic rhetoric has been in action after the revival of negotiations in February 2004. The US$ 7 billion...........
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Pak-Afghan: Grand or Grandeur Jirga!
Safdar Sial
Published: Auguat 7, 2007

The historical Bagh-e-Bala Loya Jirga tent behind International Hotel in Kabul will be hosting 700 members of the first ever 3-day Pak-Afghan Grand Jirga from August 9 inside a three ring security corridor established by ISAF, Afghan Army and the Police. Pakistani...........
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Pak-Afghan: Grand or Grandeur Jirga!
Safdar Sial
Published: August 7, 2007

The historical Bagh-e-Bala Loya Jirga tent behind International Hotel in Kabul will be hosting 700 members of the first ever 3-day Pak-Afghan Grand Jirga from August 9 inside a three ring security corridor established by ISAF, Afghan Army and the Police. Pakistani President...........
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Terrorism: Mystery Shrouds Mehsud’s Death
Azhar Hassan
Published: Auguat 6, 2007

Though Abdullah Mehsud, the most important Taliban commander in the Pakistan after Baitullah Mehsud, was killed on July 24, 2007 in Zhob district of Balochistan, the way he was killed still remains a mystery that may not resolve till the cows come home.Noor Alam...........
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Refugee Crisis: Revisiting Afghan Diaspora
Azhar Hassan
Published: July 30, 2007

Origin of the Afghan influx, The Afghan refugee crisis dates back more than 28 years. Since 1978, as many as, one third of Afghanistan's 26 million inhabitants have been forced to flee their homes, temporarily or permanently. The first wave of Afghan refugees came in April of...........
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Refugee Crisis: Revisiting Afghan Diaspora
Azhar Hassan
Published:July 30, 2007

The Afghan refugee crisis dates back more than 28 years. Since 1978, as many as, one third of Afghanistan's 26 million inhabitants have been forced to flee their homes, temporarily or permanently. The first wave of Afghan refugees came in April of that year (1978),...........
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Refugee Crisis: Revisiting Afghan Diaspora
Azhar Hassan
Published: July 30, 2007

Origin of the Afghan influx,The Afghan refugee crisis dates back more than 28 years. Since 1978, as many as, one third of Afghanistan's 26 million inhabitants have been forced to flee their homes, temporarily or permanently. The first wave of Afghan refugees came in April of...........
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Lal Mosque: Aftermath and Future Repercussions
Safdar Sial
Published: July 16, 2007

Lal Mosque was just one piece of a ‘whole picture’ of religious extremism and violence in the country, which kept millions of people across the globe, stuck to their TV screens for more than a week. Now that the Lal Mosque saga is over, there are fears that many other pieces...........
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Conflict: Is the Lal Masjid Saga Over?
Safdar Sial
Published: July 12, 2007

The Operation Silence at last broke the silence when 66 persons including Lal Masjid deputy cleric Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi, 55 militants and 9 soldiers were killed and over 130 injured as the security forces stormed the Lal Masjid-Jamia Hafsa complex and fought a...........
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IPI: Energy Security & Strategic Conflicts
Safdar Sial
Published: June 20, 2007

Progress on Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline, also known as ‘Peace Pipeline’, has been inching forward since its inception in the early 1990s though much ambitious and dynamic rhetoric has been in action after the revival of negotiations in February 2004. The US$ 7 billion...........
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Sri Lanka: The 'Hot-Spot' of Conflict
Ranga Kalansooriya
Published: June 17, 2007

The Sri Lankan government on July 11 announced that it had captured therebel stronghold in the Eastern jungles of Sri Lanka, Thoppigala. Capturing the training and partly logistic bastian of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the eastern jungles of Sri Lanka is...........
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Nuclear Deal: Would the US Yield to Indian Conditions?
SAN Report
Published: June 14, 2007

The deal for civilian nuclear co-operation between India and the US i.e. “123 Agreement” was dubbed as a ‘mere formality’ last year. It was assumed that mere paper work was left to strike this deal and, certainly, this would have been the case if both the Indian military and...........
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Armed Conflicts in South Asia: Overview and New Dimensions
Khuram Iqbal & Safdar Sial
Published: June 7, 2007

Caught in various Intera-state and inter-state armed conflicts, South Asia is considered to be the most volatile part of the world. It represents around one and a half billion people or one quarter of the world’s population. The region comprising India, Pakistan, Bangladesh,...........
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Corruption: The Common Factor between the Politicians of India & Pakistan
Nazir Naji
Published: May 24, 2007

Nazir Naji is a senior Urdu columnist, associated with Daily Jang. Recently, he wrote a piece on Indian State, Uttar Pradesh’s election. SoutAsiaNet is presenting translation of his column. Neither the population of Pakistan and Uttar Pradesh (UP) is much different in number...........
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Afghanistan: Learning to get on with Taliban
Fatima Talib
Published: May 18, 2007

Afghan Senate (colloquially known as Meshrano Jirga), in a bid to bring Taliban to negotiation table, has urged immediate talks with them. This move by the 101 members’ house, headed by its Chairman Sibghatullah Mojadidi, becomes relevant in Afghanistan’s current...........
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Sri Lanka: Peace Process needs new Approach
SAN Report
Published: May 10, 2007

Sri Lanka appears like a mango on the map and a 20-miles wide gulf separates it from India. Around 65,000 people have died in the three decades old civil war and another 500,000 have been rendered homeless. Tamils in the North and North East of the island want a...........
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India: Rahul’s Statements Creating Hullabaloo on the Political Scene
Azhar Hassan
Published: May 7, 2007

The involvement of Rahul Gandhi-son of Congress president Sonia Gandhi- in the election campaign for the polls of Uttar Pardesh (UP) assembly has given a new direction to this election combat. Three of the seven phases of the UP election have been completed. Last phase of the election...........
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Kashmir: Hizb on Crucial Juncture
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: May 3, 2007

The government officials in India and Pakistan are claiming that the peace process between the two countries is about to yield a solution of Kashmir issue. The demilitarization and militancy in Kashmir were the major difference areas in the peace process between Pakistan and...........
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Conflict & Diplomacy: US, Karzai to Fall Back on Pakistan
Safdar Sial
Published: April 19, 2007

Northern Alliance and its recently extended political wing, “United National Front of Afghanistan (UNFA)”, under the aegis of some key ex-communists, are pushing Karzai regime and its chief mentor, the USA, towards political solitude in Afghanistan. Once again, America...........
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Afghan Unity: A Silver Lining in the Cloud
Azhar Hassan
Published: April 16, 2007

The recent occupation of Bakwa, a district of the province of Farah, following the capture of ‘Qila Moosa’ by Taliban has added considerably to the concerns of US and NATO as it is being termed as a ‘great danger’ for them. Surprisingly, US Defense Minister, Roberts Gates, made two...........
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Security: Afghan War Trickles Down to Pakistan
Fatima Talib
Published: April 3, 2007

Pakistani government’s extreme efforts regarding war on terrorism with special focus on Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants’ infiltration across the western borders have not ever been commended and its chief mentors in Washington are urging Pakistan to do more. It is obvious...........
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Afghanistan: Hikmatyar; Back on Political Track?
Aqeel Yusafzai
Published: March 21, 2007

The statement of Gulbadin Hikmatyar, head of Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan and ex-premier, regarding the support of America’s blue eyed boy Hamid Karzai, has given rise to many questions. After the ouster of Zahir Shah from power, Hikmatyar, an associate of Aalmi...........
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Conflict Resolution: Demilitarization of Kashmir
Ahmed Yar Ranjha
Published: March 14, 2007

Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri’s visit to India was a very difficult and delicate matter amid Pakistan Railways minister Sh. Rashid Ahmed’s nude criticism on Indian government after Samjhota Express tragedy who was trying to trace the roots of this heinous act...........
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Politics: Northern Alliance stands against Karzai
SAN Report
Published: March 8, 2007

On 23rd February 2007, more than 25,000 Afghans protested against Karzai regime in Ghazi stadium of Kabul and chanted slogans against America, Human Rights Watch and Mulali Joiya. The leaders of Northern Alliance Qasim Faheem, advisor to president Karzai, vice...........
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Northern Areas: Identity Politics and Future of the Region
DJ Mathal
Published: 00 00, 2007

Members of Legislative Council Northern Areas, Imran Nadim, Hafiz Hafiz ur Rehman, and Dr. Muzafar Rallay presented their resolutions in the council demanding change in the name of Northern Areas, empowerment of the Deputy Chief Executive and advisors of...........
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Jihad Media: Jihadist media claims success of Taliban at different fronts
Mubasher Bukhari
Published: 00 00, 2007

Afghan officials dismissed Pakistani claims that an Al Qaeda’s kingpin, linked to alleged plot to blow up airliners in UK, is based in Eastern Afghanistan. Pakistani security officials claim that Islamabad had informed the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan about presence of ...........
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Pakistan: Father of Suicide Attacks in Pakistan Arrested
Mubasher Bukhari
Published: 00 00, 2007

A well-coordinated and action of joint teams of intelligence agencies and security forces not only saved Lahore from a series of suicide attacks but also led to arrest of chief of the most feared terrorist outfit in Pakistan, Lashkar e Jhangvi and his four accomplices. The terrorists...........
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Afghanistan: Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami: Differences despite Common Target
Jamshed Ahmad
Published: 00 00, 2007

Though Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami are fighting against their common enemy in Afghanistan, they are not united and do not have coordination or harmony of thoughts with each other. On many occasion it has happened that both groups claimed responsibility for some certain...........
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Islam: Role of Religious Parties in Bangladesh
Mujtaba Rathoor
Published: 00 00, 2007

Until the 1990s, Bangladesh was considered a liberal society but that concept has changed rapidly since then. In the last general elections held in 2001, the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Islamic Oikya Jote won 20 seats jointly. They joined the Bangladesh National Party (BNP)...........
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Extremism: The Nexus in Southern Nepal
Khuram Iqbal
Published: 00 00, 2007

On January 13, 2007, South Asia Net published a report on Nepal, which perceived that after the accomplishment of People revolt in Nepal, Hindu extremist groups in the country backed by the Hardliner Hindu outfits in India would react as the anti-revolutionary forces...........
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Conflict: The lingering Threat in Nepal
Khuram Iqbal
Published: 00 00, 2007

According to the latest reports, 19 members delegation of United Nation’s Nepal Arms Monitors has (been) reached Nepal and in the first phase the two teams will proceed with the inspection of seven camps recently established in Kathmandu and the western city of Nepalganj to...........
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Indo-Pak Peace: Questions over out of the Box Solutions
Sushant Sareen
Published: 00 00, 2007

The last few days have seen plenty of ‘out of the box’ talk on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. First, in an interview to an Indian TV channel, General Pervez Musharraf ‘unveiled’ his four-point formula for resolving the Kashmir issue and said that if these proposals were...........
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Terrorism: How the Suicide Attackers Operate in Pakistan
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: 00 00, 2007

The wave of the suicide attacks has posed a new security threat to Pakistan. With the recent suicide attack in Charsada, the number of such attacks in the country has risen to over 20 in a year.Suicide attacks are not new phenomena in Pakistan as country has suffered...........
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Conflict: Children Library to Enforce Shariah?
Khuram Iqbal
Published: 00 00, 2007

CDA razed a century old Ameer Hamza Mosque on 24th January 2007 situated on Murree Road in Islamabad on the pretext of security risks. CDA opined that they had got an intelligence report that mosques situated on the VIP road could be used to launch terrorist attacks on...........
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Jihad Media: Ex-General in Spotlight
Mubasher Bukhari
Published: 00 00, 2007

Pakistani Jihad media, as usual, is playing role as the mouthpiece of Jihadist outfits, not only of Pakistan, but also of Iraq, Kashmir, Somalia, Palestine and Chechnya. Despite having very limited readership, it is effectively countering Western media. Publications of different...........
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Fatwa: Suicidal Attacks Termed Un-Islamic

Published: 00 00, 2007

After the wave of suicide attacks in Pakistan, a Karachi based Urdu daily “Ummat” conducted a survey for the issuance of fatwa (religious decree) against suicide attacks. Ulema from all schools of thought have declared suicidal attacks un-Islamic and forbidden it under the code of...........
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Afghanistan: Taliban's Resurrection Affecting Pak-US Relations
Azhar Hassan
Published: 00 00, 2007

Sad it may be for the Bush administration, but it is a fact that US has not been successful in accomplishing the objectives for which it invaded Afghanistan in 2002. Though the death rate of US troops in Afghanistan is lesser than in Iraq yet it is a cause of great anger and...........
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Judicial Crisis: Where do Jihadis Stand?
Khuram Iqbal
Published: 00 00, 2007

This is fairly evident from the recent socio-political history of Pakistan that the Jihadis and Jihadi culture are becoming a significant phenomenon in the country. Jihadis are now opting multifaceted manifestation of their existence to advance and consolidate their...........
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Indo-Pak Peace: Dialogue back on Track, Enter Complex Phase
Sushant Sareen
Published: 00 00, 2007

The meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan has put the composite dialogue process between the two countries back on track. But no one, except perhaps those working overtime in the ‘back-channel’, seems to really have any clear idea as to where the track is...........
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Dispute: Pakistan Position on Kashmir
Nazir Naji
Published: 00 00, 2006

Nazir Naji is a senior Urdu columnist, associated with Daily Jang. Recently, he wrote two pieces on Pakistan’s historical position on Kashmir. SoutAsiaNet is presenting translation of his columns. Comments of readers are welcomed.Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front’s Leader...........
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Kashmir: Talks on Kashmir Dispute are in Final Stage?
Mujtaba Rathoor
Published: 00 00, 2007

Progress in Talks over Kashmir: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is visiting Pakistan in the beginning of 2007. Prior to his visit, many rounds of talks between the two countries have been held and a couple of meetings between officials from both sides are expected...........
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Bangladesh: Two parties dominate the Bangladesh politics
Mujtaba Rathoor
Published: 00 00, 2007

Bangladesh teetered on the brink of more trouble after President Iajuddin Ahmed's talks with top advisers failed to resolve a stand-off between the country's two feuding political groups. Over the weekend, there were violent street clashes between the activists of the two major...........
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Swat: A Symptom of a Deeper, Older Malady
Safdar Sial & Aqeel Yusafzai
Published: November 16, 2006

The idyllic valley of Swat, one of Pakistan’s main tourist attractions, has over the last six months turned into a theatre of insurgency by religious extremists. Led by Maulana Fazlullah, a village cleric and a leader of the ‘banned’ Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM)...........
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Bangladesh: Bangladesh Politics at Critical Juncture
Mujtaba Rathoor
Published: November 11, 2006

Bangladesh is once again in the grip of a political crisis. Although an interim government under President Iajuddin Ahmed has assumed control in Dhaka, the atmosphere continues to be tense. Opposition parties in Bangladesh are holding back from further violent protests for...........
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Sri Lanka: No way for peace in Sri Lanka as talks with Tigers failed
Jamshed Ahmed
Published: November 6, 2006

Talks between Sri Lanka and rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Geneva over the weekend, Oct 28 and 29, failed as the latter stick to their demand for immediate opening of strategic highway to the Jaffna peninsula and the government asked for more time to...........
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Ideology: Paternalism, Ijtihad & Counter-Terrorism
Zhou Suli
Published: October 10, 2006

There has been a constantly growing consensus amongst groups opposed to violent extremism that the only effective way to permanently neuter support for these extremists is to attack their ability to recruit via the de-legitimization of their ideology. This can be done through...........
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Ideology: OIC’s Passive Existence: Unfulfilled Dreams?
Dr. Ruhanas Harun
Published: September 12, 2006

The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has come a long way and to nowhere. From the original twenty-five Muslim countries that gathered in Rabat in 1969, the organisation has today expanded to include some 57 countries spanning from Morocco to Indonesia . It is a...........
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Jihad: Pakistan Banned the Jihad Student Organization
Mubasher Bukhari
Published: September 7, 2006

Pakistan foiled a bid of outlawed Millat Islamia (formerly known as Sipah e Sahaba Pakistan) to promote sectarianism and jihad in Pakistan through its student wing by imposing ban on Islamic Students Movement of Pakistan (ISMP).ISMP is not a new organization but the...........
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Tribal Areas: Another Deal with Militants for Peace in Tribal Areas
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: September 7, 2006

A day before, President, General Pervaz Musharraf visit to Kabul, the government and local Taliban commanders signed a peace agreement in Miranshah on September 5, 2006. The peace agreement was inked to end two-year violence in North Waziristan. The Taliban had been...........
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Jihad: Terrorist Attacks and Jaish’s Dilemma
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: August 23, 2006

Jaish-e-Muhammad (JM), an outlawed jihadist group, suddenly reappeared on the scene is believed to be involved in six major terrorist acts during last five months including the UK aircraft plot, car bombing outside the US consulate in Karachi, President General Musharraf...........
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Ideology: The NWFP Government Struck a Deal with TSNM
Jamshed Ahmad
Published: August 22, 2006

The NWFP government, under a deal, has allowed the banned Tehrik Nifaz Shariat e Muhammadi (TSNM) to continue using its ‘illegal’ FM radio station, and the TSNM, in return, would not torch electronic entertainment shop.The government was forced to strike the deal to...........
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Tablighi Jamaat: Peaceful Preachers or Jihad Supporters?
Najum Mushtaq
Published: August 20, 2006

On November 10 over a million devout Muslim missionaries from all over the world gathered in Raiwind, in the outskirts of Lahore, Punjab, to attend the 3-day grand annual congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat (TJ). This missionary movement adheres to the Sunni-Deobandi...........
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Sri Lanka: India behind the assassination attempt on Pakistani High Commissioner
Jamshed Ahmed
Published: August 19, 2006

On August 14, suicide attack in Colombo on Pakistan’s high commissioner in Sri Lanka, Bashir Wali Mohmand, seems to be a sign that the Tamil Tigers wanted to widen their battle fronts. The explosion took place (On the Pakistan’s Independence Day) near the official...........
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Bangladesh: Political Equilibrium in Bangladesh at Jeopardy
Mujtaba Rathore
Published: August 16, 2006

A sudden change in the political situation of Bangladesh has left a ripple effect in the country’s politics. All political and religious parties have started grouping, and are trying to cobble alliance with the two biggest parties – Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party...........
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Afghanistan: Eastern Afghanistan still a hub of Al-Qaeda
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: August 16, 2006

Afghan officials dismissed Pakistani claims that an Al Qaeda’s kingpin, linked to alleged plot to blow up airliners in UK, is based in Eastern Afghanistan. Pakistani security officials claim that Islamabad had informed the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan about presence of...........
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Jihad: Investigations Started to Find Link between Muslim Charities and the UK Plot
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: August 16, 2006

British and Pakistani intelligence agencies are keenly analyzing the affairs of Muslim charities active in Pakistan on the suspicion that a couple of them might have connections with the alleged plot to blow up aircraft in the UK, intelligence sources told SAN. Pakistani...........
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Tribal Areas: First Ever Suicide Attack in Waziristan
SAN Report
Published: August 16, 2006

The 4 August suicide attack on the command base of security forces in South Waziristan is the first ever incident of its kind in the tribal area. It occurred at a time when a grand tribal jirga is trying for peace between militants and the government in the neighboring North...........
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Tribal Areas: Implementation of Islamic rules goes on rapidly in N. Waziristan
Jamshed Ahmed
Published: August 16, 2006

As part of a drive for implementation of Islamic rule in North Waziristan, the local Taliban have issued warnings against the sale of electronic entertainment equipment including CDs while barbers have also have been directed not to shave off beard of any person...........
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Madariss: Madariss Reluctant in Expelling Foreign Students
SAN Report
Published: August 16, 2006

The government has decided to expel all foreign students staying in Pakistan without no-objection certificates from their respective countries. But Madariss (religious schools) are reluctant to expel their illegal foreign students and the joint body of Madariss educational...........
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Tribal Areas: Will Bajaur Air Strike affect Peace Deals in Tribal Areas?
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: 00 00, 2006

Nazir Naji is a senior Urdu columnist, associated with Daily Jang. Recently, he wrote two pieces on Pakistan’s historical position on Kashmir. SoutAsiaNet is presenting translation of his columns. Comments of readers are welcomed.Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front’s Leader...........
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India: Another Opportunity for Peace in Northeastern India
SAN Report
Published: August 16, 2006

India has once again suspended anti-insurgency operations in North Eastern state of Assam for 10 days despite a week-long wave of bombings that left 10 dead and wounded 50. This is a positive move to bring about peace in Assam. The Indian Union government has contained...........
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India: Ignoring Rise of Militant Islam within India
Sushant Sareen
Published: July 14, 2006

The arrest of a pesh imam (prayer leader) from Phulpur for his involvement in the Varanasi bomb blasts, and the letters written by Muslim ulema to the prime minister asking him to solve the Kashmir issue if he wants the votes of the Indian Muslims have shattered the two...........
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India: US Legitimizes Indian Nuclear Status
Sushant Sareen
Published: March 14, 2006

The focus on the civilian nuclear deal reached between India and the United States during the visit of the US president, George W Bush to India, is quite naturally considered the historical breakthrough that the deal represents in Indo-US relations. But rather than the...........
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Conflict: Afghanistan and the Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Hekmat Karzai
Published: April 28, 2006

A young man wearing a military uniform is sitting on the floor and reading from the Holy Qur’an. After a few minutes, he starts his sermon by introducing himself and his objective. “My name is Amanullah Ghazi and I am from the province of Khost . The infidels have come to...........
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Madariss: Reforming Madariss: a Comparative Perspective of South Asia and South East Asia
Faizah A Samat
Published: April 24, 2006

The Islamic schools in Southeast Asia and in Pakistan share some similarities and diverge on others. It helps for one to understand some characteristics of the schools in Southeast Asia while juxtaposing them to their Pakistan ’s counterpart before understanding why many of the...........
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Jihad Media: Pakistani jihadist media support Pakistan’s Afghan Policy
Mubasher Bukhari
Published: March 14, 2006

Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been deteriorating by the day for some time now, particularly in the wake of the unannounced visit of US President George W. Bush to Afghanistan. At a time when Pakistan and Afghanistan are leveling allegations against each...........
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Northern Areas: Sunni Curriculum Causing Unrest in Northern Areas of Pakistan
Ali Waqar
Published: February 22, 2006

The Northern Areas of Pakistan have been in the grip of sectarian tension for the last five years now and it has led to dozens of deaths and loss of an academic year to a large number of students. Many cities in the Northern Areas have been under curfew from time to time in recent...........
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Madariss: Militancy and Madariss in Pakistan: An Overstated Connection
Faizah A. Samat
Published: 00 00, 2006

MADRASAHS or religious schools in Pakistan have been on the receiving end of much bad publicity recently. Often labeled as “terror incubators” since September 11, these Pakistani madrasahs are of more than mere academic interest to Southeast Asia. After all, in September...........
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Jihad Media: Taliban & Kashmiri Militants getting Strong
Mubasher Bukhari
Published: 00 00, 2006

Kashmir: Jamaatud Dawa’s Weekly Ghazwa, Lahore (February 3-9) wrote: Seventeen Years of Kashmir Movement During 17 years of Kashmir’s Freedom Movement, 90635 Kashmiris martyred out of which 6819 were killed in police custody. Indian forces arrested...........
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Tribal Areas: Waziristan: Can Military Succeed Against Tribal Taliban?
Muhammad Amir Rana
Published: 00 00, 2006

Security forces have been claiming success in their struggle against tribal Taliban in Waziristan for last couple of years but threat of terrorist attacks in Pakistan still remains clear and present. In April 2006, military conducted 22 raids at the Taliban’s hideouts while the...........
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Afghanistan:49 Important Taliban Leader including Mullah Omar at warfronts
Mubasher Bukhari
Published: 00 00, 00

Afghan officials dismissed Pakistani claims that an Al Qaeda’s kingpin, linked to alleged plot to blow up airliners in UK, is based in Eastern Afghanistan. Pakistani security officials claim that Islamabad had informed the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan about presence of...........
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