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Hindu extremists threaten to torch British cinemas showing Bollywood film

  2 comments   |     by South China Morning Post on 27, December 2017

British film distributors are reconsidering the release of a Bollywood blockbuster after its production sparked threats, violence and protests in India over the belief that it insults a legendary 14th-century Hindu queen. After false but persistent rumours that the film depicted Padmini in intimate love scenes with the Muslim king, there were protests, attacks on the set and director, and threa

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“Human Rights Violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir

  2 comments   |     by IPRI Publication on 21, December 2017

A one-day workshop titled “Human Rights Violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK): Kashmiri Aspirations and Responsibility of International Community” was organized by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) on August 8, 2017 at IPRI conference hall, Islamabad. The workshop consisted of one working session, in addition to an inaugural session. The three sub-themes

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Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Agenda by Shakthi De Silva

  4 comments   |     by Shakthi De Silva on 18, December 2017

Sri Lanka looking committed in building institutions and mechanisms, brick by brick and in middle of balancing relations with East vis-a-vis West but internal human rights situation still a challenge. Sri Lanka continues to maintain a delicate balance in its ties

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Peace in Kashmir - Kashmiris won’t accept a bilateral deal with India

  0 comments   |     by AG Noorani on 12, December 2017

DINESHWAR Sharma, New Delhi’s ‘interlocutor’ for Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), left after a five-day visit, announcing that “there is no plan, there can’t be a plan” and “it is going to be a long, drawn-out exercise”. He has only an illusion of dialogue to offer. Everyone of consequence in J&K shunned him. A union home ministry official said that the J

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Trumps Diplomatic Vandalism-By recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

  3 comments   |     by Saeed Ismat on 07, December 2017

By recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the facade of US neutrality on the Palestine –Israel issue has been lost. Trumps shifting US embassy to Jerusalem is a body blow to Palestinian cause. In so doing United States has taken sides and granted sovereignty of entire Jerusalem to Israel.  The consequences of this move are impossible to predict other than the fact that this

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Pakistan: Russia's New Best Friend? by Arif Rafiq

  2 comments   |     by Arif Rafiq on 27, November 2017

As the U.S.-India embrace tightens, former Cold War foes Pakistan and Russia are bolstering ties with one another. Pakistan was an early Cold War partner of the United States, ultimately helping to evict the Soviets from Afghanistan in 1989. While India proclaimed a policy of non-alignment, it was firmly allied with the Soviet Union, which served as its chief defense supplier for decades. Those

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Land rights protests met with militarised response and brutality

  0 comments   |     by Indigenous World - IWGIA's global report on 15, November 2017

Arbitrary arrest and detention, shootings, tear gas, and killings. This is, how local authorities, military and police have reacted to non-violent protests of indigenous peoples throughout 2016. People were shocked by how the protesters at Standing Rock were met with a disproportionate militarised response. At the same time in India and Bangladesh, land rights protesters were met with even hars

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Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

  0 comments   |     by M.K. Bhadrakumar on 13, November 2017

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming the country’s new status to Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Friday on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings in Washington. The Afgh

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Can India match Pakistan’s strategic depth in Afghanistan? by Irtiza Nasim Ali

  0 comments   |     by Irtiza Nasim Ali on 09, November 2017

It was in summer of 1987 that I first visited Afghan capital Kabul. Journalists from 26 countries assembled in Moscow and then were flown to Kabul to attend a conference on a reconciliation program and see on ground its outreach. In the name of reconciliation the Soviets were doling out packages of ‘gifts’ to the tribal chiefs to allure them into supporting the Soviet-backed Najib g

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The US-Sino Great Game: Washington embraces Indian position on CPEC

  1 comments   |     by News Analysis on 04, November 2017

US Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis has said that China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is untenable because it passes through a disputed territory. He was alluding to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through the northern areas of Pakistan – claimed by India as part of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir territory. While appearing before th

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