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Little to cheer for in Pakistan

Pakistanis are justified in asking a pertinent question: Is it worth celebrating the coming of the New Year? The answer to that question depends on where they stand in the social hierarchy Gulf News Farhan Bokhari If Pakistan’s past year was a reflection of its future, the country is poised …

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Pakistan Needs a Nuclear Future, Not a Nuclear Deal

A nuclear agreement between Pakistan and the United States benefits everyone. Except Pakistan Foreign Policy Magazine RABIA AKHTAR Regardless of the conditions, Pakistan should not pursue any civil nuclear agreement with the United States. Pakistan should review its national security concerns and decide whether it wants to be bound by …

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Pakistan is still trying to get a grip on its madrassa problem

Washington Post Tim Craig In a country that has more than 20,000 religious schools, Pakistani investigators say the madrassa where Tashfeen Malik studied the Koran doesn’t stand out as being especially radical or linked to past violence. But experts here don’t think they can say the same about every other …

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Afghans See Taliban as a Key to U.S. Aid Projects, Study Finds

New York Times JAMES RISEN The United States spent $64,597 to build a wall around a school in Qala Nazir Baba, a village in Logar Province in Afghanistan. It spent an additional $41,792 to rehabilitate an irrigation system in Zoya, a village in Wardak Province. Both projects were part of …

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From Geopolitics to Geoeconomics

Islamabad needs space for broader engagement with all its neighbors Newsweek Pakistan EJAZ HAIDER Pakistan just hosted the two-day fifth ministerial conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process. Two positive developments marked the event. India, which, since the coming to power of Narendra Modi had adopted the policy of not …

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A Year After the Deadly Peshawar School Massacre, Pakistan Is No Safer

Foreign Policy Magazine DAUD KHATTAK To honour those killed one year ago, Islamabad must fully enforce a bold plan to curb terrorism and increase security On Dec. 16, Pakistan will observe the first anniversary of the massacre at an army public school in Peshawar that left over 140 people dead, …

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Russia and Turkey in new confrontation

Financial Times Mehul Srivastava A Russian warship fired warning shots at a Turkish fishing vessel in the Aegean Sea and Moscow summoned the Turkish military attaché, in the latest outbreaks of tension between the two countries. The Smetllivy, a guided missile destroyer in the Russian Mediterranean Fleet, warned the fishing …

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Bomb Rips Through Market in Northwest Pakistan

Wall Street Journal Safdar Dawar And Saeed Shah Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a violent Pakistani sectarian group, claimed responsibility for the bombing PESHAWAR, Pakistan-A bomb ripped through a market in Pakistan’s remote northwest Sunday, killing at least 25 people, security officials said, with a militant group saying it carried out the attack as …

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Can Daesh be defeated?

Gulf News Shahir Shahidsaless In the two weeks preceding November 13, 2015, Daesh (the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), organised three massive terrorist attacks. First, an explosive device was placed on a Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers, causing it to explode midair and crash in Egypt’s Sinai …

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Plot to destabilize Bangladesh

Arab News SHAMSUL HUDA A new plot is in the works to destabilize Bangladesh which has just overcome bloody political turmoil caused by the boycott of the January 5, 2014 parliamentary elections by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The prolonged violence left nearly 100 people dead and thousands injured. The …

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