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Are TTP supremo Fazlullah’s days numbered?

 
It is legitimate to entertain the question: Are Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Ameer Mullah Fazlullah’s days numbered?  This question crops up in the context of the ...
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Uyghur academic completes one year in detention

 
Professor Tohti is held on charges of separatism; he was sentenced to life imprisonment on September 23, 2014 after a two-day trial....
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ISIS not a game changer of Jihadisim

 
Enterprise Jihad is not a monolith as such; the IS and Al Qaeda are battling out for top honours in Syria and Iraq even as they work together occasionally to take on the common enemy....
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Pakistan takes China too for a raid on terrorism

 
Like the Americans, the Chinese, while extracting the promise of being a good boy from Pakistan, have been going about on their own to ensure the security of their men and materials in the land of the pure....
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Pakistan Parliament paves way for further militarization ...

 
Criticising the new Pak law that seeks to facilitate the trial of terrorists and others in military courts, the analyst, a Pakistani Sindhi activist, says the law legitimises the practice of military courts trying dissenters....
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Wake up call from Islamabad heralds 2015

 
The hysteric anti-US chants across the land of the pure have vanished into thin air. The more familiar anti-India rants returned with religious extremists to ‘moderate’ politicians back at their old habit of holding India responsible for everything that is wrong with their country – from the melting glaciers in Northern Areas to spurt in vegetable prices in Lahore and Islamabad. ...
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Graveyards become havens for Pak drug addicts

 
Karachi has become the hub of drug trafficking, and is fast becoming the Mexico of the East with the drug trade said to be worth a whopping $2 bn annually, and contributing to the spurt in violence in the city ...
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All is not well with Sino-Pak relations

 
While China has become a reliable friend of Pakistan in the field of trade as well, reality check shows the trade ties with China are not benefiting Pakistan but no one is willing to speak up because Beijing has become the undisputed diplomatic god father, whom Pakistan cannot afford to annoy...
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MYANMAR/CHINA

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Anti-corruption campaign in China

 
The on-going anti-corruption campaign in China targets three "tigers". They are the “Security Gang,” the “Petroleum Gang,” and the “Shanxi Gang. ...
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China’s maritime forays away from home

 
Chinese Navy is enlarging its operational reach beyond the South China Sea and the eastern part of Indian Ocean, It is in this context Colombo port has become important in the Chinese scheme though Beijing is generally downplaying the military aspect of Chinese presence in ports away from home, says the analyst. ...
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Chinese Prez visit to India: A Perspective

 
 "New Delhi recognizes Beijing’s strategic predicament. Its response to Xi’s visit shows that it calculates it can pick and choose from whatever inducements Beijing offers ...
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Ballot Changes Regime In Colombo

 
Till a week before the ballot day on January 8, Rajapaksa was seen as the winning candidate though by a slender margin. Under Sirisena there may not be any immediate change in SL foreign policy and on the ethnic issue but some gradualism in departure from the past can be expected in the near term, says the analyst...
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Indo-Sri Lanka fishy lore

 
Actor Salman Khan’s visit to Colombo to "campaign" for Rajapaksa in his third presidential bid could have something to do with the latter’s attempts to woo the Muslim community, which is concentrated in the eastern province but it has not gone down well with the likes of Vaiko’s MDMK in Tamil Nadu....
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What Next For Saarc After Kathmandu Summit

 
Kathmandu is a summit Indian Prime Minister Modi could have done without but he doesn't appear to share such a perception. And provided the answer to the question: why? It must have made the egg-heads in Islamabad to search for thinking caps, says the analyst...
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Radical lslamists threaten Bangladeshi American Writer Avijit Roy

 
The Publisher appears to have taken the threat seriously without much ado and listed Avjit Roy's books under the category "Out of Print”....
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Bangladesh moves to ban Jamaat-e-Islami

 
Jamaat has been a long time ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Begum Khaleda Zia. The ban on Jamaat can give a handle to Khaleda to go around the nation as a victim of Hasina politics. It may not get much mileage though, firstly because the BNPis in bad shape, with its leadership embroiled in corruption cases, and secondly because the Jamaat voters are already with the BNP....
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China Factor in B’desh

 
The Curtis- Hossain report pitches for greater US naval contact and cooperation with Bangladesh to further counter China. ...
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Aid at risk as Afghanistan's war splinters

 
While the perception of the Afghan conflict as simply the government and allied forces against a unified Taliban has long been an over-simplification, in recent years the number of fighting groups has grown exponentially... There are now believed to be three shuras another seven or eight independent "fronts". ...
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Afghanistan War ends only to continue

 
While immediately after the 9/11, the concern of Washington was Al Qaeda, now its focus is on the Taliban and other armed militant groups that operate from the Pakistani soil, mostly with the patronage of Rawalpindi GHQ Shura which acts through the ISI....
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Obama wakes up to Afghan reality with half-step

 
The developments in Iraq and Syria have lessons for the Americans in Afghanistan. Playing for short term stakes, pampering Pakistan or spurning help from India, which has a stake in the well-being of Afghanistan besides expertise in handling insurgency, pay no dividends even in the near term, says the analyst....
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The Terror Attacks in Paris : Tip of the Iceberg or a Passing Episode?

 
The coordinated attacks by an Islamic terrorist cell against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in the heart of Paris, which caused ...
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Fall-out of Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

 
To check the slide of the Palestinian conflict from political to the religious level, Israel will do well to open a dialogue with the Arab civil society in East Jerusalem, says the analyst in the context of Nov 18 attack on a synagogue. ...
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Australia-India uranium deal

 
The civilian nuclear deal India had entered into with the US during Bush Junior’s presidency undoubtedly opened the doors for India-Australia uranium business. Hitherto, Abbott’s predecessors’ saw India through the NPT prism and blocked the sale of uranium since India is not a signatory to treaty. ...
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Dangers From Anti-West Mood In The Islamic world

 
The West must factor in and come to grips with the factors that have given birth to IS phenomenon; this they must do with the same seriousness with which they calculate their military moves since crushing the head of a serpent with a bomb or a missile is in no way sufficient for a successful war against the phenomenon like IS, says the analyst, who is a reputed authority on Islamic movements in the Arab World and Islamic Fundamentalism....
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Islam doesn’t forbid Friday work, cleric says

 
Contrary to the claims of radical groups, there is nothing in the Qur'an or teachings of the Prophet Muhammad that forbids working on Fridays, according ...
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Khusrau, a great pillar of 14th century Persian literature.

 
One of the most prolific genres composed by Khusrau are the pahelis, riddles that children of the subcontinent grow up enjoying. Deeply influenced by the spiritual philosophy of Like his master, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Khusrau believed in tolerance and affection between people of separate faiths. Khusrau loved Hindustan, India, with all its fragrant flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees and animals and likened it to Paradise writing, ‘The heavens said that of all the countries which have come out of the earth, it is Hindustan that has achieved the height of excellence’....
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