Indian elections and psephologists
Adeela Naureen

India has 29 States and seven union territories BJP has government is in (10) states, whereas, in (7) states, the party shares the government with coalition partners. Modi’s “extremist politicking” has also provided ample ground to the mainstream and regional opposition parties to exploit the situation and make rebounds with hope of countering and neutralising the Saffron party. Elections for 17th Lok Sabha are scheduled between April-May this year in seven phases. READ MORE: PM Khan to address public rally in Jamrud today

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Pak’s conventional deterrence
Adeela Naureen

While Indian and Pakistani militaries stared at each other after 48 hours of a hot air show over the lofty mountains of disputed Kashmir, the world watched with breathlessness as two nuclear armed neighbours slugged it out.

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French journalist’s exposé of Indian barbarism
S M Hali

India must listen to the voices of the world French journalist Paul Comiti’s documentary Cachemire: la guerre sur le toit du monde (Kashmir: The War on the Roof of the World) exposes the massive genocide of the Kashmiris by the Indian forces in the Occupied Valley exposes the genocide of Kashmiris by Indian forces. M6, a major French private TV channel, aired the documentary on 1 April.

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How Xinjiang tamed the scourge of terrorism
S M Hali

Fighting and preventing terrorism In the previous article on the subject, ‘Xinjiang combats terrorism’, the scourge of terrorism was examined. Here, the solutions adopted by China to tame the scourge of terrorism are examined. China has come to the correct conclusion that religious extremism under the banner of Islam runs counter to Islamic doctrines. For a long time, separatists have tied extremism to religion, to religious believers, and to society as a whole. They tell people not to obey anyone but Allah and incite them to resist government management. They abuse those who do not follow the path of extremism as pagans, traitors and scum, urging their followers to verbally assault, reject, and isolate non-believers, Party members and officials, and patriotic religious individuals. They deny and reject all forms of secular culture, preaching a life without TV, radio or newspapers, forbidding people to weep at funerals or laugh at weddings, imposing bans on singing and dancing, and forcing women to wear heavily-veiled black long gowns. They over-generalise the ‘Halal’ concept, stamping food, medicine, cosmetics, clothing, and so on, with the Halal symbol. They turn a blind eye to the diverse and splendid cultures of Xinjiang created by all its ethnic groups, trying to sever the ties between the Chinese culture and the ethnic cultures of Xinjiang. All this indicates their denial of modern civilisation, rejection of human progress, and gross violation of the human rights of their fellow citizens.

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Xinjiang combats terrorism-1
S M Hali

The global spread of terrorism and extremism over the years has inflicted agony on humanity. Some of the most notorious terrorist attacks include: the September 11 attacks in 2001 that killed 2996 people in the USA; the Bali bombings on 12 October 2002 that killed 202 people in Indonesia; the Madrid train bombings on 11 March 2004 that killed 190 and injured over 1500 people in Spain; the Beslan school siege on 1st September 2004 that killed 335 people, including 186 minors, and injured 958 people, in Russia; the London bombings on 7 July 2005 that killed 52 and injured over 700 people in the UK; the Mumbai attacks on 26 November 2008 that killed 195 and injured close to 300 people in India; the shooting on 22 July 2011 that killed 77 people in Oslo, Norway; the Westgate shopping mall attack on 22 September 2013 that killed 72 and injured 168 people in Nairobi, Kenya; the 16 December 2014 Army Public School Peshawar terror attack which took a toll of 149 lives including 132 children; the Paris attacks on 13 November 2015 that killed 132 and injured more than 300 people in France; the Brussels bombings on 22 March 2016 that killed 35 and injured over 300 persons in Belgium; the Berlin truck attack on 19 December 2016 that killed 12 and injured 49 people in Germany; the Istanbul nightclub shooting on 1st January 2017 that killed 39 and injured 69 people in Turkey; the Sinai mosque attack on 24 November 2017 that killed 235 and injured 109 people in Egypt. According to incomplete statistics, in 2018 there were 1,127 terrorist attacks globally, causing 13,000 deaths.

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4th reprieve for Masood Azhar
S M Hali

While India continues beating the war drums Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar has received a reprieve for the fourth time from being branded a global terrorist by the UN Security Council. In a note sent to it, China said it needed more time to examine the sanctions request targeting Azhar. Beijing had reminded the UNSC earlier this week that “a responsible solution” to the listing issue could come only through discussions. It had urged the international community to also focus on the Kashmir dispute while making such demands. “China’s position on the designation of a terrorist by the 1267 Sanctions Committee is consistent and clear,”

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Light at the end of Pakistan’s economic tunnel
S M Hali

The PTI government has been in power for nearly eight months and so far, the economic indicators are bleak. Pakistan’s consumer price inflation rose in March to its highest since November 2013, adding to economic headwinds besetting Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government.

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Pompeo’s pomposity
S M Hali

The relationship between the US and Pakistan has been strained but in the near past, with Pakistan’s efforts in getting the Afghan Taliban to have direct negotiations with the US bearing fruition, one would expect the US to respect Pakistan. The showdown with India concluding in Pakistan’s favour in the last week of February, once again saw the US State Department leaning towards New Delhi.

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New Zealand massacre and humanity
S M Hali

The cold-blooded massacre of 50 Muslims while engaged in Friday prayers in two Christchurch mosques needs to be condemned but the manner in which the people of New Zealand have responded, must be lauded. About 50,000 Muslims call New Zealand home, a small minority in a population of nearly five million. From India and Indonesia to Pakistan and Palestine, the Pacific Island country’s Muslims come from around the world. Apparently, the Muslims have gelled well in a peace-loving country as it became evident after the catastrophic event. Led by their Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has proved herself to be a person of crisis and a live wire in bending backwards to mitigate the aftermath of the horrendous catastrophe, the New Zealanders have won the heads and hearts of every Pakistani, Muslims and humanists the world over.

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Pulwama incident & Indian elections
S M Hali

Four weeks after the Pulwama incident, India’s failed surgical strike at Balakot and its losing two fighter aircraft to the Pakistan Air Force, there appears to be no letup in Indian rhetoric.

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Sushma Swaraj’s maiden appearance at OIC
S M Hali

History was created when Sushma Swaraj was invited as the guest of honour at the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) moot of the OIC at Abu Dhabi on 28thFebruary 2019. Pakistan had strongly objected to the presence of the Indian External Affairs Minister since the Indian security forces are carrying out genocide of the hapless Kashmiris. It should be considered derogatory to the over one hundred thousand Kashmiri Muslims martyred by the savage Indian armed forces. Pakistan’s foreign minister threatened to boycott the moot, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

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US-Taliban Talks: To What End?
Umair Jamal

The peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the United States have not progressed despite the fact that both parties have steadily been meeting for weeks.

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Understanding the Latest India-Pakistan Meeting on the Kartarpur Corridor
Umair Jamal

On March 14, Pakistan and India’s delegations met on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border to finalize the modalities for the Kartarpur corridor’s opening. The development comes a few weeks after the two countries were on the verge of an all-out war. Does the meeting reflect another rebuilding phase between New Delhi and Islamabad or did the meeting take place because it fits into both countries respective political and diplomatic initiatives?

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On ‘strike’ and ‘surprise’
Mohsin Raza Malik

Pakistan and India got closer to a full-blown armed conflict last week as both countries remained committed to surprise each other militarily. First, India claimed to have conducted a “surgical strike” on a “terror facility” inside Pakistan. However, not really impressed by such Indian claim, Pakistan also readily vowed to thoroughly surprise India. So, in rather a surprising move, Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian aircrafts the very next day. Later, Pakistan also returned the captured Indian Air Force pilot to de-escalate tensions between the two countries. But despite such “peace gesture” by Pakistan, India currently looks in no mood of climbing down the escalation ladder. Soon after the release of Indian pilot by Pakistan, Indian army martyred four, including two Pakistan army soldiers, during unprovoked shelling along the Line of Control in AJK.

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Pakistan-India military escalation
Mohsin Raza Malik

The military tensions between two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours have escalated since the attack in Pulwama. Instantly accusing Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed a “crushing response”. He had given the armed forces a free hand to punish the masterminds of this suicide bombing.

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