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Hindu doctor shot dead in Pakistan

December 13, 2012 17:48 IST A well-known Hindu doctor was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the restive Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan on Thursday, police said. Lakshmi Chand was going home when two gunmen riding a motorcycle fired at him in Mastung town, police officials said. Chand was killed instantly and the gunmen fled from the spot. Police sent the body for an autopsy and registered a case. The motive for the killing could not be immediately ascertained. Members of the minority Hindu community in Balochistan have been targeted by criminal gangs and extremists in recent months. Several Hindus, mostly petty traders, have been kidnapped for ransom. http://www.rediff.com/news/report/hindu-doctor-shot-dead-in-pakistan/20121213.htm

Pakistan on the Edge

Pakistan Project Report Author 2012 Publisher: Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) Price: Rs 399/- [ Download E-Book ] About the Report The Pakistan Project of IDSA has come up with a second report titled Pakistan on the Edge. This Report takes into account various political developments in Pakistan focusing more on the events of the last two years and analyses its impact on the nation's nascent democracy. The Report takes a broad view of the politics, emerging political alliances, economy, foreign policy, India-Pakistan relations and civil-military relations. Two chapters of this report focus on Pakistan's English and Urdu language print media and how it looks at the critical issues of domestic and foreign policy

Quote of the Day...

"The fallacy of the belief that countries that print their own currency are immune to sovereign crisis will be disproven in the coming months and years. Those that treat this belief as axiomatic will most likely be the biggest losers. A handful of investors and asset managers have recently discussed an emerging school of thought, which postulates that countries, as the sole manufacturer of their currency, can never become insolvent, and in this sense, governments are not dependent on credit markets to remain fiscally operational. It is precisely this line of thinking which will ultimately lead the sheep to slaughter." — Kyle Bass, founder of Hayman Capital Management, L.P.

Monitoring Humanitarian Crises in the Digital Age: Crisis Mapping, Crowdsourcing, and Satellite Imagery

  Date/Time:  December 13, 2012 -  9:30am  -  11:00am Location:  Cambridge, MA, United States   Website: https://hsphevents.webex.com/mw0307l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=hsphevents Description: Click here to register for this event. Developments in digital and communication technology have fueled significant innovations in humanitarian assistance and protection. Crisis mappers have used digital data to track beneficiary needs in real time and have collaborated with UN agencies and NGOs on various humanitarian initiatives. Additionally, images from satellites have helped humanitarians identify threats to civilians; have played a role in advocacy campaigns to raise public awareness about ongoing conflicts; and have been entered as evidence before several international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the European Court of Justice. While some practitioners highlight the benefits of the un

China defence news round-up

Contributor:  Defence IQ Press  After unveiling its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, in September, China has announced that it has successfully completed the landing of J-15 fighter on the vessel. Chinese television showed the fighter being brought to a halt using an arrestor hook and cables, which is a technology the Chinese had not previously demonstrated and indicates a significant moment in its growing sea power. The Chinese also recently unveiled its range of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the first time at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. Prior to this many of the models on show had never been seen in public. China has been on somewhat of a diplomatic surge of late as it seeks to improve military relations with a number of key allies and opponents. Last month Chinese and Sri Lankan officials met to firm up relations and boost defence ties. Liang Guanglie was the first Chinese Defence Minister to visit the island. In an attempt to allay gr

INSENSITIVE TIMING OF REHMAN MALIK’S VISIT TO INDIA

B.RAMAN If NaMo, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, had been well-advised, instead of raising the issue of Sir Creek, he would have raised the insensitive timing of the official visit of Mr. Rehman Malik, the Interior Minister of Pakistan, to India at the invitation of Shri Shushil Kumar Shinde, our Home Minister. His visit is scheduled to take place from December 14,2012,a day after the 11 th anniversary of the attack on the Indian Parliament by Pakistan-sponsored jihadi terrorists on December 13,2001. This is not only an insult to the memory of the security forces personnel who were killed during the attack, but a reminder of the embarrassing fact that 40 years after Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) started using sponsored-terrorism against India, we are still without an effective answer to it. 2.One can't have an objection to Mr.Malik being invited to India to launch the new visa liberalisation measures, but this was not the time to do so. ISI of

Is Boko Haram More Dangerous Than Ever?

December 13, 2012 | 1102 GMT By Scott Stewart Vice President of Analysis On Nov. 25, Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group from northern Nigeria, attacked a church in Jaji, Kaduna state, using two suicide bombers during the church's weekly religious service. The first bomb detonated in a vehicle driven into the church, and the second detonated approximately 10 minutes later, when a crowd of first responders gathered at the scene. About 30 people were killed in the attacks; the second blast caused the majority of the deaths. The incident was particularly symbolic because Jaji is the home of Nigeria's Armed Forces Command and Staff College, and many of the churchgoers were senior military officers. In the wake of the Jaji attacks, media reports quoted human rights groups saying that Boko Haram has killed more people in 2012 than ever before. The group has killed roughly 770 people this year, leading many to conclude that Boko Haram has become more dangerous. Howe

THE DIVIDED OCEANS: - Towards a larger Asia-Pacific security architecture

Kanwal Sibal http://www.telegraphindia.com/1121213/jsp/opinion/story_16302719.jsp#.UMk03KUTtkc The security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, which American 're-balancing' towards Asia and Barack Obama's tour of some Asian countries so early into his second presidency seek to address, are many and complex. Territorial disputes remain sharp in the region. China lays claim to Indian territory and so does Pakistan. Afghanistan and Pakistan have border differences. China has maritime territorial disputes with Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. Taiwan is also party to these disputes, besides China itself having sovereignty claims over Taiwan. Japan and Russia have an outstanding dispute over the Kuril Islands. The problem of terrorism is more acute in this region than anywhere else. Pakistan, along with the border areas of Afghanistan, is a breeding ground of terrorism targeting India and Afghanistan, and creating a sense of vulnerability i

INSENSITIVE TIMING OF REHMAN MALIK'S VISIT TO INDIA

B.RAMAN If NaMo, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, had been well-advised, instead of raising the issue of Sir Creek, he would have raised the insensitive timing of the official visit of Mr. Rehman Malik, the Interior Minister of Pakistan, to India at the invitation of Shri Shushil Kumar Shinde, our Home Minister. His visit is scheduled to take place from December 14,2012,a day after the 11th anniversary of the attack on the Indian Parliament by Pakistan-sponsored jihadi terrorists on December 13,2001. This is not only an insult to the memory of the security forces personnel who were killed during the attack, but a reminder of the embarrassing fact that 40 years after Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) started using sponsored-terrorism against India, we are still without an effective answer to it. 2.One can't have an objection to Mr.Malik being invited to India to launch the new visa liberalisation measures, but this was not the time to do so. ISI officers will see in t

Afghan may be focus of future Indo-Pak rivalry: US

Press Trust of India , Lalit K Jha :  Washington, Tue Dec 11 2012, 02:40 hrs http://www.indianexpress.com/news/afghan-may-be-focus-of-future-indopak-rivalry-us/1043197/0   Another Mumbai-style terror attack on India emanating from Pakistan holds the potential of triggering off a nuclear confrontation, a report by the US intelligence said today, identifying Afghanistan as the next focus of a future rivalry between the two countries.The report, however, said that normalisation of Indo-Pak trade would be a critical factor in building trust between the two countries over the next few years."India worries about a second Mumbai-style terrorist attack from militants backed by Pakistan. A major incident with many casualties and Pakistani fingerprints would put a weakened Indian Government under tremendous pressure to respond with force, with the attendant risk of nuclear miscalculation," said the report. Pakistan's large and fast-growing nuclear arsenal in addition to its doc

The Israeli Periphery

December 11, 2012 | 1100 GMT Stratfor By Reva Bhalla Vice President of Global Affairs The state of Israel has a  basic, inescapable geopolitical dilemma : Its national security requirements outstrip its military capabilities, making it dependent on an outside power. Not only must that power have significant military capabilities but it also must have enough common ground with Israel to align its foreign policy toward the Arab world with that of Israel's. These are rather heavy requirements for such a small nation. Security, in the Israeli sense, is thus often characterized in terms of survival. And for Israel to survive, it needs just the right blend of geopolitical circumstance, complex diplomatic arrangements and military preparedness to respond to potential threats nearby. Over the past 33 years, a sense of complacency settled over Israel and gave rise to various theories that it could finally overcome its dependency on outside powers. But a familiar sense of

'No problem if Kabul seeks direct military help from India'

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/no-problem-if-kabul-seeks-direct-military-help-from-india/1043538/0    | Agencies : Washington, Tue Dec 11 2012, 10:43 hrs The US has said it will have no problem if Afghanistan seeks any direct military assistance from India for its armed forces in dealing with security issues born out of insurgent activities in the country. "We have had discussions with the Indians about this issue and about the Afghans, and I don't see any particular problems with the overall approach here at all," a senior Defence Department official said yesterday. Reportedly the official requesting anonymity said that Afghan military commanders and intelligence officials have begun urging India to provide direct military assistance to the country's fledgling armed forces. The report claimed that key military equipment including medium trucks with capacity of carrying 2.5-7 tonne cargos, bridge-laying equipment and engineering facilities, light mountain a

Envisioning 2030: US Strategy for a Post-Western World

I herewith attach the US Strategy for 2030 published by Atlantic Council yesterday.  You may download the same from the link.  http://www.acus.org/publication/envisioning-2030-us-strategy-post-western-world Envisioning 2030: US Strategy for a Post-Western World  is a report released today by the Atlantic Council's  Strategic Foresight Initiative  that urges the Obama Administration to seize a historic opportunity to ensure America's global interests over the long term. It outlines a US leadership strategy for the period ahead to 2030 and offers policy approaches in key subject areas to ensure a positive outcome at this inflection point toward a "post-Western world," given historic shifts in political and economic influence. Offered as a companion to the US National Intelligence Council (NIC)'s Global Trends 2030 quadrennial assessment released today, the Council's Envisioning 2030: US Strategy for a Post-Western World surveys the emerging economic and