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What is Modi upto – India, Pakistan relations

With what might have sounded like a simple, throwaway comment in the middle of a speech, India’s prime minister opened a geopolitical Pandora’s box. Narendra Modi’s remark came as he stood on the ramparts of a 368-year-old fort, addressing the nation on its 70th independence day. And it really came down to just one word: Baluchistan. Baluchistan is a Pakistani province that …

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Understanding Pakistan’s view point

Many articles have been written since the death of Mullah Mansoor- purportedly on Pakistan’s soil. US State Department spokesperson Mike Toner however said, “I don’t have any more clarity of where the actual strike took place. What I can say is that it was in that border region. I just can’t say on which side of the border it was.” …

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US not hopeful of Afghan peace

The US killing of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour marks a significant shift for President Barack Obama, highlighting a new willingness to target the group’s leaders in Pakistan and risk retaliatory attacks against struggling Afghan security forces. The move also shows that Obama has — at least for now — abandoned hopes of bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table …

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Has Pakistan missed the opportunity?

Pakistanis appear to be deciding that, yet again, there is only so much good news they can handle. Over the past two years, Pakistan has appeared to be rebounding from a miserable decade. Major terrorist attacks continue to decline, building off the nine-year low recorded in 2015. The economy has settled, and a plan by China to invest billions to …

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Pakistan’s Interior Minister to Trump “ Pakistan is not a colony of USA”

Pakistan angrily criticised Donald Trump, frontrunner for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination, for saying he would force the country to free a jailed Pakistani doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Trump, a 69-year-old billionaire real estate developer, told Fox News on Friday that, if elected, he would get Pakistan to free …

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PML-N’s ultra conservative streak

Mumtaz Qadri’s execution is an indication that something has changed in Pakistan, even if just at the state level, thanks to the callousness of the Taliban and perhaps a nudge from the army. But has the ideology of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) undergone a sea change as well? After the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar …

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Out in the open – Political leadership needs to wakeup

Out in the open – Political leadership needs to wakeup

Pakistan was subjected to an international conspiracy in 1971. India supported by former Soviet Union hatched the gory plan of cutting Pakistan into two and creating Bangladesh. India had been working upon East Bengal since 1948 with the aim of subverting the Bengalis and poisoning their minds against people of West Pakistan through an orchestrated subversion plan. Mujibur Rahman was …

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No discussions on US foreign policies in presidential candidate debates

With little discussion of foreign policy in the primary races, we’re left wondering whether diplomacy will continue to take a backseat to military action. With the possible exception of Ted Cruz, who proposed that the U.S. carpet-bomb Syria, discussion of foreign policy has been notably absent from the pre-primary election campaigns of both parties. Consequently we can only hope that …

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Militants kidnap eight Pakistani govt employees from NW

Unidentified gunmen on Thursday kidnapped eight government employees in Pakistan’s troubled northwest while they were heading to inspect an under construction dam, officials said. The incident took place in Toi Khula area of the South Waziristan tribal district along the Afghan border where unidentified gunmen intercepted their vehicle and took them to an unknown location. Zafrul Islam, the top government …

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Why the Afghans hate Pakistanis

Parliamentarian Shazia Marri’s recent experience at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul shows how Pakistan and Afghanistan have a heavy baggage of historical acrimony and mutual suspicion to deal with. Ms Shazia Marri flew from Karachi to Kabul – via Dubai – on March 1, to participate in the Pakistan-Afghanistan Beyond Boundaries Track II initiative. The organizers couldn’t make …

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