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Welcome to Himalayan Affairs

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% )

  B. No ( 8% )

  C. Don't know ( 5% )

  

  
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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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