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Himalayas, the greatest mountain range in the world, home to world’s highest peaks is situated in South Asia. They traverse Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Tibet, and Nepal forming a boundary between the Tibetan plateau to the North and alluvial plains of the Indian subcontinent to the south and have had a profound significance on the mythologies, literature, religions and culture of South Asia. There are deep rooted differences and boundary disputes between most of the countries, a legacy owed to the common history of the entire region. Nuclear Capability of three nations within the region further lends to instability and the region is considered as a potential nuclear flashpoint. This site is dedicated to the Himalayan Region, its news, views and analysis.
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Q1.Do you believe that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is in need of serious reform?

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  A. Yes ( 86% )

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WASHINGTON: The commander of US forces in Afghanistan has warned that the Islamic State (IS) terror group is making recruitment in Afghanistan and Pakistan...................   
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The deadly attacks by Afghan Taliban are continuing across Afghanistan. The recent attacks in Kabul are again claimed by their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid via his twitter account. In the latest attack Mujahid claimed his organization’s suicide bomber hit the Benz..................   
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It will not be any exaggeration if someone says that all Afghans except just a few disgruntled and misled elements hanker after peace. Just ask any citizen about the importance of peace and you will get you answer, how much they miss peace. For them peace means li..................   
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KABUL: The Central Statistics Organization (CSO) in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Tuesday released a survey presenting a grim picture of public services delivery in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan...................   
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When judiciary fails in living up to expectations of people and protecting their civic rights and provision of justice, it happens, what residents and civil society members lamented over in western Ghor province. They alleged that judiciary has abysmally failed in..................   
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Last week’s terror attack on a military public school in Peshawar showed that how ruthless terrorist become. The attack killed as many as 132 schoolchildren and injured some 240 others. It shocked the entire world. Following this horrendous attack, anger is boilin..................   
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KABUL: Seasoned political and security affairs analysts have discussed ties between the national unity government (NUG) in Afghanistan and Nawaz-led government in Pakistan...................   
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As an Afghan, the barbaric slaughter of school children in Peshawar was a reminder of the everyday carnage of innocent Afghans by the same extremist groups who have continued killing their own Muslim brothers and sisters for decades now. As I was reading the news ..................   
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Until yesterday, Afghanistan, made headlines just for poppy production and drug industry, however today the rising number of drug addicts in southern Nimroz province particularly of female drug addicts is the talk of the town. The number of drug addicts has reache..................   
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A leading Pakistani radical suspected of masterminding one of the deadliest terror attacks ever in South Asia issued a statement Tuesday condemning the attack on a school in Peshawar in which more than 140 people, mostly children, were killed...................   
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LAHORE: Five Pakistani terrorists were today sentenced to death by the high court here for attacking an army camp as the government continued to move ahead swiftly with executions of convicted militants in the aftermath of the grisly Peshawar school attack...................   
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We, as a nation, have been hit by a deadliest and nastiest crescendo of doom. The death and destruction is going on unabated, but with different phases. First it came in the name of fighting the red infidels. Then it came in shape of Muslims on Muslims violence. A..................   
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Hundreds of militants have been killed ever since the military in Pakistan launched an offensive against the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the country’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in June 2014. There have also been numerous reports that ever s..................   
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Perhaps it is much na?ve to hope that change will happen in the region, even after a biggest disastrous incident like the Peshawar school bloodbath on 16th December, Pakistan didn’t change its narrative on good and bad Taliban...................   
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Terrorism is a disease. What happens when terrorists come for you, or refuse your worth, sometimes kill you at your very own home when you are armless, you are a common man, sometimes when you are in uniform and they kill your mother, sister and father. The same h..................   
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Terrorism in any shape, stage and society, is not only a tale of death and destruction, which is worth condemnation; but, unfortunately, there has been no culture of delving deeper into the causes that give birth to terrorism. Those who trained people to become su..................   
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Perhaps, there is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. This is quite implementable on the ruthless Taliban and the unaccountable coalition forces. But, what happens when some of Afghan citizens reach Syria and join Assad’s army? And ..................   
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ISLAMABAD: For the second time in two days, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced his resolve to take on terrorists of all hues, wherever they may be in the country. But there were many confused faces at Tuesday’s meeting at the Prime Minister’s House and many par..................   
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ISLAMABAD: After the government lifted a moratorium on executions, two men convicted of gang rape have approached the Supreme Court in a bid to halt the carrying out of the death sentences awarded to them, on the plea that they have already served out life sentenc..................   
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While no definition of terrorism has been still not been accepted, the US had come up with the term “violent terrorism”. Even within the US hate crimes have been brought into the ambit of terrorism just recently. But coming to violent terrorism, did it imply that ..................   
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PESHAWAR: Awami National Party president Asfandyar Wali has welcomed the government’s decision to end death penalty moratorium, saying it will the pave way for execution of terrorists in the country...................   
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Kunar’s Dangam district is in the grip of violence and terror. Dangam borders Pakistan where in the past few months locals took up arms against the local and foreign insurgents as their life had become a hellhole at their hands. The locals hoped the government wil..................   
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Does the visit of Pakistan’s military chief and DG ISI to Kabul, and how Pakistani media painted their visit pave ground for Afghan forces to chase militants on the other side of the Durand Line is a question whose urgency has been felt particularly?..................   
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It’s such a horrific tragedy that no words of condemnation will sum up Taliban’s barbarism. Bloodshed, loss and despair in Peshawar left hundreds of parents in sobs, and made other thousands to shed their eyes when militants stormed a school on Warsak road morning..................   
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Afghanistan and Kazakhstan discussed boosting energy cooperation. The discussion took place during the visit of CEO Abduallah Abdullah to Kazakhstan where he met with Kazak Prime Minister Karim Massimov. Afghanistan’s energy crisis goes far beyond a shortage of su..................   
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Following the visits of Pakistan’s National Security Advisor, Chief of Army Staff and the ISI Chief to Kabul, and then of the new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Islamabad – all in space of last two months, there seems to be a positive movement in the relationshi..................   
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Time is tough for Afghans, no matter they live on this side of the Durand Line or the other. Their lives are at stake. They are killed on different pretexts but on daily basis. The valueless blood has become cheaper. Sometimes Afghans are killed in military operat..................   
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Since Afghanistan has been fighting terrorism tooth and nail, media reports that point at gradual inroad of ISIS is more than unnerving. Media reports say that ISIS has been making inroads in universities and garnering popularity among students. Even despite the f..................   
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The insurgent Taliban have mounted attacks and carried out several bombings in Kabul in recent weeks. They also have increased attacks in provinces. Their attacks have been raising questions about security. The militant group increased their attacks manifold parti..................   
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A senior Pakistani Taliban leader captured by Afghan forces and then taken over by American forces, last year, was clandestinely flown to Pakistan on December 05. This development has sent odd vibes in Kabul as when Pakistan’s security officials are confirming the..................   
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Anti-corruption day, was marked this year, just one week after the London Conference on Afghanistan. Corruption was the main theme that dominated the London Conference. International community hailed Afghanistan’s progress on fighting corruption. Other than clampi..................   
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. has carried out a series of airstrikes in recent days against some of Pakistan's most wanted militants hiding in a remote border area, the latest sign of improving relations between the two reluctant allies after years of recrimination follo..................   
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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — In the dusty badlands along its disputed border with Afghanistan, Pakistan is carving out a massive trench to keep out separatists, smugglers and militants in an attempt to bring order to a lawless, tribal region...................   
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The sacking of Pakistani Taliban (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid for supporting Islamic State is the latest sign of divisions in an already fragmented militant movement. Over the years Pakistan's insurgents have spawned a bewildering array of splinter groups an..................   
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On 4 November 2014, a young Christian couple was publically set on fire in Punjab, Pakistan. It was alleged by a mob of 1200 persons that the couple had desecrated verses from the Quran. According to source, the mob had apparently offered a waiving of severe retr..................   
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Iran and Pakistan have been facing issues on the border relating to terrorism and drug trafficking for some time now. This has raised tensions between Tehran and Islamabad, resulting in clashes. The recent clash in October resulted in casualties for both sides and..................   
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In November 2014, the new President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, made his maiden visit to Pakistan, one that is being projected as a “breakthrough” in the bilateral relations between the two countries. Only recently, the renowned international research organizati..................   
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In a strong reaction to Pakistan providing support to Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led JuD for the terror group’s two-day congregation in Lahore, India on Wednesday termed it as a “blatant disregard” of global norms against terrorism.“Supporting UN-sancti..................   
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Through three decades of war, waves of Afghans have fled their homes along the eastern border areas, many of them seeking shelter in the Pakistani tribal regions next door. Last summer another wave of refugees surged through the area. But in a reversal, it is Pak..................   
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Phiran-clad, ruddy-complexioned students, wage earners and shopkeepers gather at the central market square here to discuss politics and the assembly polls...................   
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Condemning the Pakistani cleric-cum politician Fazalur Rahman for his pro-militants statement, the Afghanistan Ulema Council (AUC) on Monday urged the government of Pakistan to take serious notice of the statement as it was an act of aggression against Afghans...................   
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There is an international focus on the phenomenon of foreign fighters today; thanks to the unprecedented attraction that the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq possess, there are foreign fighters expanding the size of the Islamic State from Central Asia, Europe and t..................   
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The approval of security accords with US and NATO by overwhelming majority of lawmakers is considered to be a fruitful step aimed at development of Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani also welcomed the approval of BSA with US. BSA with the US and SOFA with NATO c..................   
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A theatre of the absurd is on display in Islamabad with the street-fighters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri breaching the barricades to storm the Parliament and lay siege to the Prime Minister’s House. The denouement of this clear collapse of state authority in th..................   
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Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is planning to recruit gullible Punjab youths keen to venture abroad as part of its strategy to carry out terror activities in India. The interrogation of two Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) terrorists has also thrown ..................   
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Christine Fair, a security affairs professor at Washington's Georgetown University, has written extensively on Pakistan's powerful army. Her new book, "Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War," analyzes the ideological culture of the country’s security..................   
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India remained severely affected by and vulnerable to terrorism from Pakistan-based groups and their affiliates as well as left-wing violent extremists, last year, according to a new US report...................   
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India’s diplomatic coup d’état by making the US President agree to become the Guest of Honor for the Republic Day celebrations for 2015 needs applause. However, even as India’s growing stature in the global geopolitical and diplomatic arena is commendable, few inc..................   
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Condemning the Paktika suicide blast in strongest possible terms, Chairman of the Senate Fazil Hadi Muslimyar alleged that Pakistan was responsible for the terror attack which claimed over 60 lives and left more than 70 injured during a volleyball match in Paktika..................   
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Following the deadly attack in eastern Paktika province that killed and wounded dozens of civilians, head of Senate said Monday that Pakistan's army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) are enemies of the Afghan people and the Afghan government, and instability a..................   
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The arrest of a Burmese Rohingya Muslim by NIA in connection with the Bardhaman blasts case is turning out to be perhaps the first attempt by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to set up base in India. Intelligence agencies have found that the accused, identified as ..................   
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The lingering saga of Pakistan’s rocket attacks into Kunar is getting worse with each passing day. Sporadic rocket attacks from Pakistan’s security forces have made life in this eastern province miserable...................   
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Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two neighboring and Muslim states have almost all the times remained locked in tensions. It doesn’t mean the two sides have never attempted to heal the situation and improve their ties, but hostilities have overpowered the efforts aim..................   
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Former president Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said his country would not allow itself to become the battleground for a proxy war between India and Pakistan after the imminent departure of US-led troops...................   
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Officials in Regional Studies Center of Afghanistan (RSCA) have said instability in Afghanistan poses threat to Pakistan more than any other time, particularly when political rivalry between India and Pakistan is considered...................   
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On 4 November 2014, a young Christian couple was publically set on fire in Punjab, Pakistan. It was alleged by a mob of 1200 persons that the couple had desecrated verses from the Quran. According to source, the mob had apparently offered a waiving of severe retr..................   
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Defence expert Lieutenant General (retd.) Raj Kadyan on Thursday said that terrorism becomes a real threat to India when Pakistan is frustrated...................   
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For over six decades, the Pakistani elite have pursued a `hyper-national security state’ geopolitical approach, stemming from an almost continuous and obsessive `search for power symmetry with India’, which has laid a “geo-strategic curse” on the country at the ex..................   
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The greatest challenge that the new Pakistan government faces is on the national security front. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Fissiparous tendencies in Balochistan and the re..................   
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It is both tragic and funny how the poor Pakistanis take anyone and everyone for the political messiah. All this proverbial messiah needs to do is say the right things with passion and fervour...................   
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In recent weeks, there has been a lot of activity taking place in various parts of Pakistan in the name of the abominable, but also ineluctable, Islamic State (IS). Apart from some senior commanders of the Mullah Fazlullah-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) facti..................   
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A CURSORY analysis of the START Global Terrorism Database reveals that over the past decade, Pakistan has had the highest number of terrorism-related deaths in the world...................   
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Canada and its allies must take a united front against Pakistan because it is a state sponsor of terrorism that threatens world security, says Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander...................   
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Terrorism is the biggest threat to Pakistan’s progress. It roots can be traced back from 1979, when there was an effort to kick out Russia from Afghanistan. But the problem became severe after 9/11. And now in 2011, it’s become a menace for our motherland. I do no..................   
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At present, our country and security forces are facing suicide attacks, bomb blasts, sectarian violence and targeted-killings coupled with intermittent battles with the militants...................   
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Since the entire region is being plagued by militancy, particularly AfPak region therefore the two neighboring countries—Afghanistan and Pakistan need joint mechanism against the common threat—terrorism and extremism. However, unfortunately the two stand poles apa..................   
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The Islamic State (IS), also known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is just reported to have increased its presence on Pakistan in a big way and recruited up to 12,000 people from Pakistans restive province Balochistan. Does it mean that the already tind..................   
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The ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) an army of the Sunni Muslim Jihadists comprising some 4000 warriors has overwhelmed the militarily powerful Shia regimes in Iraq and Syria in a relatively short span of time. Correspondingly they pose a dire threat to..................   
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In a recent spate of bloodshed, militants ruthlessly massacred nearly a dozen government officials in the Zurmat district of southern Paktia province. Militancy in this country, through all the decade, has drenched entire Afghanistan with blood. There is hardly a ..................   
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The recent International Crisis Group (ICG) report on the Af-Pak region, following its excellent previous reports on the same subject, now addresses a crucial question: Can Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan be reset?..................   
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WE’RE already in the middle of it, so why not try and figure out the likely small print. Here’s an idea for the draft agreement: “The Federal Government shall be under an obligation to take steps to enforce the Shariah, to establish salat, to administer zakat, ..................   
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Ayman al Zawahiri’s declaration that al-Qaeda was opening an office in the Indian subcontinent poses a significant threat to India and other countries of the region. India needs to reassess the likely modus operandi of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) an..................   
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For several months, senior operatives of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) quietly slipped into India to visit seven madrasas across three West Bengal border districts to build a robust network before the October 2 Burdwan blast exposed a growing terror plot...................   
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The recent International Crisis Group (ICG) report on the Af-Pak region, following its excellent previous reports on the same subject, now addresses a crucial question: Can Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan be reset?..................   
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Terrorism is a crime against humanity. It threatens most the lives and rights of ordinary citizens, whom every modern state must serve best to justify its legitimacy. Given this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of “zero tolerance” against terrorism is only n..................   
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The recent attempt by the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the new wing of the Al Qaeda, to take control of PNS Zulfiqar, a Pakistan Navy frigate berthed in Karachi harbour and use it to attack US Navy warships has showcased the continued vulnerability ..................   
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The Establishment in Pakistan may have worried about a two-front war bordering India and Afghanistan for a long time, but it never would have imagined a two-front war within the country itself, vis-à-vis the elected political leadership and the media. After enjoyi..................   
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It is a troubled world that we live in today and there are many reasons for this. Draw a straight line from Pakistan to Turkey, swing down to the Gaza Strip and from there to Yemen, and we have an area embroiled in all sorts of conflicts, some recent and some that..................   
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The video message circulated by al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in early September 2014 announcing his intention to raise the flag of jihad in the Indian subcontinent raised several questions regarding the capacity of the organisation, independently as well as th..................   
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Ideally, Pakistani efforts to internationalise the Kashmir issue should draw big yawns, not just from India but also the international community. After all this is a script that has played out before, and except for a short period in the early 1990s, it hardly dra..................   
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Terrorism, like almost every other human activity that involves production and creation of goods and services, needs money. Collecting funds initially through donations, borrowing or robbing banks and the rich are the first stage when terrorism/insurgency is inter..................   
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As violent jihadist activities in Syria and Iraq intensify, the number of foreign nationals enrolling to fight for the Islamic State (IS) is witnessing an exponential growth. The case of Central Asian jihadists - fighters who are nationals of Tajikstan, Uzbekistan..................   
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This is not about Musharraf who wasted his life trying to mate radical organizations in the vain hope of getting eulogized as Zia-ul-Haq II, killing more Pakistanis than Indians in the process hallucinating annexation of J&K and under trial for treason in his own ..................   
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The Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations of the Pakistani military establishment, Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, visited China from 14-18 October 2014. A statement made by this Pakistani officer that was reported by the Chinese media is of sig..................   
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China seems to believe it can follow a dual-track policy of benefiting from economic and diplomatic engagement while continuing to remind the other nation that it has territorial issues to settle...................   
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Will the new political arrangement (President and a Chief Executive Officer) in Afghanistan work, and more importantly, deliver? Though it looks simple in paper, given the recent history between the two contenders – Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah – will the po..................   
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Months of deadlock followed a hard fought election in Afghanistan after which both principal contenders - Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah - claimed victory, and a uniquely Afghan solution was found. Ghani will be President with Abdullah being the de facto Prime..................   
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