Tag Archives: Pakistan

Sri Lanka Tilts to Beijing, Dumps India?

Sri Lanka’s strategic orientation is undergoing a sea change as it emerges as China’s new best friend and security partner in the eastern Indian Ocean. With a stable and cooperative authoritarian regime strategically located in the central Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka ticks many of China’s strategic boxes after increasing instability in Pakistan, its strongest ally in the region.

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Pakistan Has World’s Fastest-growing Nuclear Program

A new reports by a leading U.S. think tank warns that unresolved territorial disputes, cross-border terrorism, and growing nuclear arsenals are threatening South Asia’s strategic nuclear stability. It notes that Pakistan has the fastest-growing nuclear program in the world.

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View from India: Saarc Without a Backbone

Saarc declarations have made considerable progress on a range of issues, from trade and connectivity to ecology. But these declarations only serve to highlight that Saarc has near zero credibility.

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Pakistan: Monetizing Rights

Pakistan has seen most of the deaths due to hunger and abuse of blasphemy laws in the regions that the country’s two political dynasties — the Bhuttos and the Sharifs — claim to be their bastions. And shamefully enough, none are ready to take the blame.

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Turkmenistan Gas for India, Pakistan?

State gas companies of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India have established TAPI Pipeline Company to build, own and operate the planned 1,800-kilometer natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan. The move has rekindled hopes of Turkmenistan's gas reaching energy-starved India and Pakistan.

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South Asia’s States of Denial

Increasing militarization of South Asia’s conflict zones has led to severe human-rights violations. From the extraordinary denial of the universal right to life, to citizen security and justice, the empirical realities of South Asia point to a systemic crisis, in which a situation akin to martial law exists within these conflict zones, without the government-in-question needing to declare it as such.

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Pakistan: Beyond Irking Bangladesh

Outsiders are perplexed over the rhetorical commitment of Pakistani leaders to ‘fight terrorism of all shades’ and lofty claims on strategies to deal with them. The country needs friends and supporters on world stage. But its interior minister is wasting no opportunity to offend others, the latest being Bangladesh.

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Pakistan: Quest for Homeland Security

Coordination in intelligence failure to prevent the terrorist attack near Pakistan-India border despite early warning was a major security lapse. To address lack of coordination, Pakistan must create an umbrella “Homeland Security” Command to combine all available resources of logistics, manpower, intelligence, communication, operations etc. from both civil and military resources.

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Pakistan: Polio, Politics, Polemics & Personal Profit

A fast resurgent polio virus has turned Pakistan into a “polio comfort zone” and is evoking fears of its export worldwide but Islamabad’s efforts remain bureaucratic and confusing, lacking effective leadership.

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Greed, Corruption and Accountability

Notwithstanding the necessity for controlling corruption in the third world, the actual problem lies in the first world failing to implement the laws of their land. Most illegal money travels to US and EU countries, considerable sums flow to newly emerging countries in Asia, quite sizable amounts go to China.

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