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China Raids Offices of Rights Group as Crackdown on Activism Continues

By ANDREW JACOBS BEIJING — Chinese security agents raided the offices of a leading human rights organization, according to its employees, the latest sign of the authorities’ mounting hostility toward nongovernmental groups, especially those that receive foreign funding or promote civic activism. Employees say about two dozen police officers on ...

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Was Provisional government of Kashmir Legal?

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Dr Shabir Choudhry The man was angry and strongly criticised me for not supporting the Provisional Government of Jammu and Kashmir. He was my old colleague from the JKLF; and met after many years. He said Maharajah Hari Singh was deposed on 4th October 1947; and after that he had ...

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PAKISTAN; Another church attack

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It seems the Christian community in Pakistan needs to brace  itself for even worse times ahead. On Tuesday the Saint Peter’s Catholic Church and High School in Township, Lahore, came under attack when two masked motorcyclists opened fire with the intent to cause as much damage as possible. It is ...

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Whither Gwardar Port!

Gul Ajaz One of the most touted phrases in the security lexicon is Gwadar port on the Balochistan coast. This ambitious project, initiated in the 1970s and which finally went online in 2007, is still to become operational. This is despite Chinese efforts to make the port active. Strategic vision ...

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Pakistan’s Afghan game doomed to fail

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There is of late growing interest in how Pakistan is making itself a key player in the Afghan game. China is the new sheriff in town, hosting and talking to the Taliban. Pakistan is obviously the interlocutor. Army chief Raheel Sharif has been going to and fro between Kabul and ...

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Sindhis Suffer

Aftab Siddiqui  , Who is responsible for the mess in Sindh? The two main political parties, MQM and PPP, are busy painting each other as obstacles to progress and good governance on the one hand, and on the other, trying to woo one another. However, neither party has an answer to ...

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