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India should be worried: Is Pakistan army trying to mainstream jihadi groups?

India Today   02 December 2017

https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/up-front/story/20171211-pakistan-army-trying-to-mainstream-jihadi-groups-india-tlyra-1097531-2017-12-02

 

The series of events in Pakistan over the past two months that culminated in the siege of its capital Islamabad by adherents of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) – and the following abject surrender of the state – are an ominous warning of the rise of the religious right in the country. The TLYRA is a Barelvi group formed following the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, the police guard who killed Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in 2011 and was hanged for the crime in February 2016. (more…)

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The Gilgit- Baltistan feint

Indian Express Published 19 April 2017

The Gilgit- Baltistan feint

 

Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has been in the news recently due to the March 14 revelation of a Pakistani minister that the government was considering making it the fifth province of Pakistan. This was pursuant to the recommendations of a committee headed by the (more…)

United with a rope of sand

BOOK REVIEW

AJAI SAHNI, India Today

Published 03 March 2017

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/book-pakistan-courting-the-abyss-indian-intelligence-officer-tilak-devasher/1/894898.html

We live in an age of jingoistic ultranationalism, and a book on Pakistan by a former top Indian intelligence officer raises expectations of a high measure of rancour and stridency. Instead, Devasher approaches his subject with extraordinary calm, but is unblinking in his gaze on Pakistan’s endless courting of the abyss. (more…)

CPEC: A game changer or debt enhancer for Pakistan?

BOOK EXTRACT

SOUTH ASIA MONITOR Published 03 February 2017

http://southasiamonitor.org/news/cpec-a-game-changer-or-debt-enhancer-for-pakistan-/sl/21918

Book extract from the chapter on Pak-China Relations

There are several issues with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. For one, transparency and accountability have been sacrificed because details of the projects have not been shared, there is no public bidding or even announcement. Clearly, the intention is that the major proportion of these loans will be channelled back to China to (more…)