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In Balochistan, Hindus Under Threat in the Face of State Indifference

Targeted killings, robberies aim to weaken the community’s business influence. Veengas Karachi (Pakistan): Minorities face threats and have been under attack in Balochistan, the southwestern province of Pakistan. The province is struggling with an insurgency and Christians, Shias, Hazaras and Hindus are unsafe. Recently, reports claimed that Christian and Hazara …

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Who will join Washington’s coalition against Tehran?

The US government is seeking a global coalition to counter what it calls Iran’s ‘destabilising activities’. A threat to the world. That’s how US President Donald Trump‘s administration is describing Iran’s government. The State Department has announced plans to form an international coalition to counter what it calls Iran’s destabilising …

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Beleaguered Nawaz Sharif Rattles Pakistan Army’s Cage

With a not-so-subtle jab, the former prime minister has virtually indicted the country’s powerful army for a disastrous national security policy that has turned Pakistan into an international pariah. Mohammad Taqi The three-time former prime minister of Pakistan Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif took a not-so-subtle jab at the Pakistan army’s …

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Elections in Pakistan and the Baloch dilemma

By Hassan Hamdam When Pakistan was carved out of India in the name of two-nation theory in 1947. The British Empire left its legacy of parliamentary system alongside other administrative governing bodies. After the independence of Bangladesh, the constitution of new Pakistan was framed to give the country a federal …

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Why Iran and Israel Are Clashing in Syria

By Sewell Chan May 10, 2018 A simmering conflict between Israel and Iran escalated overnight when Israeli jets struck dozens of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria. The strikes came after what the Israeli military described as an Iranian rocket attack against its forces in the Golan Heights. The Israelis said …

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Iran has a tricky balancing act on its hands

AFP TEHRAN: Iran finds itself in a tricky balancing act as it weighs a response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal. “They need to find a response that keeps the Europeans on their side but also shows they can’t just be pushed around,” said …

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What Iran Really Wants

 Paul R. Pillar THE ADVENT of the Trump administration has put U.S.-Iranian relations into a deep freeze. President Trump has repeatedly indicated his displeasure with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement that restricts Iran’s nuclear program. His appointment of Mike Pompeo to become secretary of state, and …

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Why Pakistan’s Pashtuns Are Pushing Back

Rarely if ever in Pakistan has a movement of the marginalized criticized the military so publicly, emphatically and relentlessly. Michael Kugelman Something big is brewing in Pakistan—a development that is wholly unprecedented, yet so contentious that many major media outlets in the country aren’t covering it. Pashtuns—an ethnic minority in …

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Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement: A destabilising threat or a testament to its resilience?

IN the battle to vanquish militancy and terrorism from Pakistan’s midst, the armed forces have paid a high cost. Yet Gen Qamar Bajwa’s recent comments — amongst them that this nation has a tendency of forgetting its heroes and its history — are open to question. Their heroism and sacrifices …

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The future of Chabahar Port

Harsh V. Pant December, last year, saw the inauguration of the first phase of the strategic Chabahar port by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the presence of officials from 17 countries. India is central to this port project as it remains keen on opening a trade route to Afghanistan and …

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