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BALOCHISTAN: Peace linked to missing persons’ recovery: Dr. Malik

 June 15, 2013 Bari Baloch QUETTA - Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Maalik said that efforts are being made to persuade civil and military leadership to resolve issues being faced by the province. He expressed these views while talking to media Friday after visiting missing person’s hunger strike camp set up by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons outside the Press Club. The hunger strike camp has been established for the last 1,177 days and the CM has visited it for the first time after taking oath. Maalik accompanied by other NP leaders assured the VBMP vice president that his government is serious in resolving missing person issue, adding that he had also taken up the matter with Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. “Enforced disappearances and recovery of decomposed bodies of missing persons are the serious issues of the province,” he said adding, “We have made it clear to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that recovery of missing persons is vital to restore peace in Baloch

IRAN: High Turnout in Election Shows People's Trust in Voting System

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi underlined that participation of over 70% of eligible voters in Iran's presidential election on Friday displayed that Iranian people have deep trust in the Islamic Republic's electoral process. "The partnership of people from all walks of life (in the presidential election) showed that the Iranian people trust the electoral system of the country and consider the Islamic Republic as one of the most clean and trustworthy systems," Naqdi said in Tehran on Saturday. His remarks came in response to the foreign media claims on election fraud in 2009 presidential election in which outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the voting but the Iranian people showed the incorrectness of such allegations by their 64% turnout in the last parliamentary election and their over 70% participation rate in yesterday's presidential election. Naqdi stressed that the Iranians&#

Time for Japan, India to go beyond words

By Sourabh Gupta During the last week of May, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid a return visit to Tokyo in keeping with a tradition inaugurated by him and Prime Minister Abe Shinzo in 2007 to exchange summit-level visits on an annual basis. China's cancellation of the 2013 Trilateral (Japan-China-Korea) Summit meeting, slated for late-May, opened space on the calendar for the Abe-Singh meeting. China's equally short-notice announcement of a Premier Li Keqiang visit to New Delhi in May and its attendant engineering of a mini-crisis on the disputed China-India frontier that drained political and bureaucratic attention from preparations for the Japan visit, robbed the Abe-Singh meeting of substantive content. There was modest progress in resuming negotiations toward a bilateral civil nuclear cooperation accord. At first blush, Prime Ministers Singh and Abe are a study in contrasts. Of modest upbringing, cal

"Create the Future" Design Contest

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Hindu lawmaker in Pakistan raises fears of his community's exodus

Monday, Jun 10, 2013, 17:09 IST | Place: ISLAMABAD | Agency: PTI Mahesh Malani, the only non-Muslim elected to the Sindh Assembly from Tharparkar, claimed discrimination against Hindus, the country's largest minority group, was forcing them to migrate to 'safer places'. A Hindu legislator has cautioned Pakistan's new government about a possible exodus of members of his minority community and called for quick and effective legislation to safeguard their rights, according to a media report on Monday. Mahesh Malani, the only non-Muslim elected to the Sindh Assembly from Tharparkar, claimed discrimination against Hindus, the country's largest minority group, was forcing them to migrate to "safer places". "The increasing sense of insecurity, caused by issues like forced conversion of Hindu girls to Islam, is compelling the community members to migrate to other places (like India)," Malani was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune. Malani, wh

Iranian presidential election: strengthening or weakening the new Mongol empire?

Contributor:  Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan Military Academy  Posted:  06/10/2013  12:00:00 AM EDT       Presidential election, strengthening or weakening of the new Mongol empire? Over the past few years, Iran has moved much closer to China but also to Russia. This pragmatic alliance based on the Sino-Iranian axis is marked by mutual geopolitical support, close cooperation with the Russian energetic hinterland and the dissemination of a global vision that challenges our own stereotypes. Does Iran wish to build a new Mongol Empire with its two strategic partners? Between 1206 and 1294, the Turkish-Mongol Empire of Genghis Khan indeed extended over Central Asia before it broke up into four blocks. Beyond the debate on the huge domestic challenges of the Islamic Republic, the presidential election of 14 June 2013 will be an opportunity to consider a possible inflection of Iran's international position. Marked by an ancient cooperation with China and Russia, Iran now has the choice between s

Busy Internal Security Agenda: Maoists, Police Reforms and the NCTC

We have the pleasure of sending you our latest Policy Brief titled  Busy Internal Security Agenda: Maoists, Police Reforms and the NCTC authored by Dr. Radha Kumar. You can access it here: http://www.delhipol icygroup. com/pdf/Policy- Brief.pdf < http://www.delhipol icygroup. com/pdf/Policy- Brief.pdf > Alternatively, you can download the Policy Brief from the Recent Publications Section of our website: www.delhipolicygrou < http://www.delhipol icygroup. com > We would welcome feedback and/or comments. Please write to us at peaceandconflict@ delhipolicygroup. com <mailto: peaceandconflict@ delhipolicygroup .com > or at nationalsecurity@ delhipolicygroup. com <mailto: nationalsecurity@ delhipolicygroup .com > Yours truly, Webmaster Delhi Policy Group Core 5-A, 1st Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi- 110 003 Tel: 91- 11- 4150 4646 & 4150 4645 Fax: 91- 11- 24649572 Email: office@ delhipolicygroup. com