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Pakistani party ends blockade of NATO route

Pakistani party ends blockade of NATO route | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
LAHORE: The provincial government in Pakistan’s northwest state of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has said it has ended a more than three-month blockade of a NATO supply route to Afghanistan over contentious US drone strikes in the country, citing change in policy, Aljazeera reported.Until Thursday, the
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Re-evaluating friendships?

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is miffed. Like children losing a game, they are crying foul. In a statement after the death of Asmatullah Shaheen, they claimed that this was an irreparable loss, that the Pakistan government was responsible for his killing and that it was on the warpath to
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Pakistan, China vow to boost defence ties

Pakistan, China vow to boost defence ties | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and China have decided to strengthen their defence ties. This was announced during a meeting between Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif at the General Headquarters. The meeting was followed by delegation-level bilateral
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Govt to use ‘other options’ if Taliban talks fail: Nisar

Govt to use ‘other options’ if Taliban talks fail: Nisar | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
PESHAWAR: Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday that if the peace dialogue with the Taliban fails the government will use other options to establish durable peace.Nisar said that the government was in contact with some militant groups, as talks with the main Taliban faction remained
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Ulema conference asks TTP to stop bomb blasts

Ulema conference asks TTP to stop bomb blasts | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
LAHORE: The Pakistan Ulema Council on Tuesday asked all the militant groups including Taliban to immediately stop suicide attacks and bomb blasts and demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif play his role for the success of dialogue with the Taliban. The PUC made this demand at a peace conference which
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15 injured in Kashmir clashes with police

15 injured in Kashmir clashes with police | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
SRINAGAR: Hundreds of angry villagers clashed with police in Indian-held Kashmir on Tuesday, following suspicions that security forces shot dead seven civilians they mistook for rebels, a police officer and a witness said.The villagers torched a police station in the forested Kupwara region to
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Pak-Afghan relations

Geography binds neighbouring states to live together come what may. The only recourse in any event is to modify the attitude towards one another to adjust to the changing situations both globally and regionally. Nowhere does this maxim apply more aptly than to Pakistan’s relations with
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Afghanistan and the lessons of history

In the context of Afghanistan, the point is made that invaders are always defeated by the locals. However, there is hardly anyone who calculates the cost of the victory in human terms. In recent history, the decade of the Soviet-Afghan conflict (1979 to 1989) consumed the lives of about one million
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Pak-Afghan relations

Geography binds neighbouring states to live together come what may. The only recourse in any event is to modify the attitude towards one another to adjust to the changing situations both globally and regionally. Nowhere does this maxim apply more aptly than to Pakistan’s relations with
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Four people fall prey to Karachi violence

Four people fall prey to Karachi violence | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
KARACHI: At least four persons were killed in different incidents of violence in the city on Monday. According to police, two men were killed in two separate incidents of firing in Orangi Town. The firing incidents occurred in Sector 11 and its surroundings in which 25-year-old Shahid and Sarwar
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Opp asks govt to take political ownership of military operation

Opp asks govt to take political ownership of military operation | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties in the Lower House of parliament sought an explicit response from the government on the fate of dialogue with Taliban militants, and called upon it to take political ownership of the military operation if it is planning such a move.   The opposition also
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Imran supports surgical strikes against Taliban

Imran supports surgical  strikes against Taliban | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Taking a U-turn, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan Monday called for a military action against Taliban militants.Talking to media persons outside the Parliament House, Imran said surgical strikes should be carried out against those militant groups who kill our soldiers. The PTI
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National Security Policy

The National Security Policy (NSP) has been born after a ‘full term’ of nine months. On Wednesday, the NSP was presented in the National Assembly by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali. The 100-page document, according to the minister, comprises three parts, one of which is secret
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Afghanistan must not provide shelter to fleeing Taliban: FO

Afghanistan must not provide shelter to fleeing Taliban: FO | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday expressed the hope that Afghanistan, as per international understanding and bilateral understanding, would not allow any terrorists fleeing from tribal areas to take refuge on its territory.In her weekly press briefing on Thursday Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim
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Shia scholar, cleric shot dead in Karachi

Shia scholar, cleric shot dead in Karachi | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
KARACHI: Gunmen shot dead a Shia scholar in central Karachi as he travelled on a busy road on Thursday, police said, in what appeared to be a sectarian attack. Allama Taqi Hadi Naqvi, a cleric who was also an employee of the government educational board, was targeted as he returned home in a
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Dasti drops ‘bombshell’, stuns National Assembly

Dasti drops ‘bombshell’, stuns National Assembly | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: Independent MNA Jamshed Khan Dasti on Thursday dropped a bombshell in the National Assembly when he made the startling disclosure that the Parliament Lodges have turned into a “centre of immoral activities” where dance parties have become a norm.The outspoken Dasti –
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Wide Afghan support for post-Taliban government: study

Wide Afghan support for post-Taliban  government: study | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON: Despite a wave of violence, an overwhelming majority of Afghans believe their government is in control of the country and oppose a return to the Taliban, a survey said Monday.The study comes as concern mounts in the West for Afghanistan’s future. The United States is preparing to
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Fighter jets bomb Taliban in Waziristan, 30 killed

Fighter jets bomb Taliban in Waziristan, 30 killed | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
MIRANSHAH: Fighter jets bombarded Taliban hideouts in tribal areas Tuesday, killing at least 30 people according to security sources.The morning attacks on the North and South Waziristan districts were the fourth set of raids since February 20. More than 100 alleged terrorists have now died, the
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Surgical strikes, peace talks to go side by side

Surgical strikes, peace  talks to go side by side | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday decided to continue surgical strikes against Taliban in tribal northwest alongside efforts to engage the terrorists in peace dialogue, as federal cabinet put its stamp on what is being billed the country’s first National Security Policy.The cabinet
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Barack Obama: the miracle man?

In the midst of the world’s worst economic recession since the thirties’ depression, many saw in Barack Obama’s election as US president in 2008 the great hope for a new era. The Bush era’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq undoubtedly contributed to the dark mood all around
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Not again

As Pakistan gears up to tackle militants in the tribal areas using attack helicopters and fighter jets, the advantage of airpower is proving critical. The Pakistan Air Force is highly trained and, though small in size, it possesses advanced interdiction and ground attack capabilities, as do the
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Terrorism and the Pashtun belt

The recent interview on television of Islamic scholar Javed Ghamidi in which he attributed the Taliban’s beheading and stoning to death to tribal Pashtun culture has triggered a debate on social media. Ghamidi further said that even a child in the tribal belt could behead with ease. These
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An interview with Philippe Thiebaud : ‘France backs peace talks with Taliban’

An interview with Philippe Thiebaud :  ‘France backs peace talks with Taliban’ | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
LAHORE: French Ambassador to Pakistan Philippe Thiebaud has said that it is the responsibility of the Pakistani government to ensure peace and security in the country while treading the democratic path.He said that his country was supportive of the Pakistan government, but France was “not
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Attack on Afghan soldiers planned in Pakistan: Kabul

Attack on Afghan soldiers  planned in Pakistan: Kabul | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
KABUL: A deadly attack on an Afghan army outpost that left 21 soldiers dead was planned “outside Afghanistan”, a term used by Afghan officials to refer neighbouring Pakistan, an official said Monday.Hundreds of militants stormed an Afghan army outpost in the eastern province of Kunar on
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