American embassy shiftNafisa Hoodbhoy Dawn Newspaper (June 12, 2018) https://www.dawn.com/news/1413574/american-embassy-shift

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THE Trump administration’s decision to shift the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last month could not have come at a worse time for the Arab-Israeli conflict. In retrospect, even some Israeli politicians have said that the US should not have shifted their embassy on the anniversary of the ‘Nakba’ — the period the Palestinians allege their land was …

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History beckons for Trump and KimStephen Collinson, CNN Analysis Mon June 11, 2018

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are the unlikeliest of statesmen, but fate has thrown the US President and the North Korean tyrant an opportunity granted to few historic figures — together they can change the world. Their summit in Singapore on Tuesday — which will begin with a one-on-one meeting, alongside translators — represents an opening awaited for 70 …

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UK ‘deeply concerned’ by brief abduction of British Pakistani journalist and establishment critic Ben Farmer 6 June 2018 The Telegraph

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The UK has expressed deep concern after a British Pakistani journalist was abducted by unnamed men in the latest seizure of a media critic of the military establishment. Gul Bukhari was driving to a television studio late on Tuesday when her car was intercepted by pick-up trucks in the city of Lahore. Her plainclothes abductors were overseen by men wearing …

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Bomber attacks meeting of Islamic scholars in AfghanistanBy Ehsan Popalzai and Hilary Clarke, CNN (June 4, 2018)

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At least seven people were Monday killed by a suicide attack on a meeting of several thousand Islamic scholars in Afghanistan who were discussing issuing a fatwa, or religious ruling, against such attacks. The bomber, who was on foot, detonated the explosives at around 11:30 a.m. local time near the Loya Jorga hall at the Kabul Polytechnic University, Interior Ministry …

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SECURITY INTELLIGENCE BOOK REVIEW The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace By IMAD ZAFAR JUNE 1, 2018 (Asia Times)

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The book The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace, co-authored by the former chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), General Asad Durrani, and A S Dulat, the former chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), has created a buzz around South Asia. Former counterparts from the rival countries’ intelligence services coming together to produce a book …

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Interview on Freedom of Media in PakistanRehman Bunairee (Deewa TV) Washington DC May 2018

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In this interview with Rehman Bunairee of Deewa (Pushtu) television, the author is asked about why the Pushtun Tahafuz Movement has been censored in Pakistan despite holding big rallies across the country. Her answer, translated on the spot in Pushtu, states that the size of the rallies has brought newspaper outlets to cover the event. According to her, the PTM’s …

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Pakistan authorities block distribution of oldest newspaperReporters Without Borders May 20, 2018

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Distribution of the English-language daily Dawn, Pakistan’s oldest newspaper, is being disrupted in much of the country since it published an interview with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns this latest attack on media freedom. The interview, which reportedly displeased the Pakistani military, appeared in the 12 May (Saturday) issue and the blocking began on 15 …

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Pakistani ethnic rights group stages first rally in KarachiSaad Sayeed (REUTERS) May 13, 2018

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KARACHI (Reuters) – A Pakistani ethnic Pashtun rights group on Sunday staged its first rally in the southern city of Karachi, the site of a killing in January that sparked the movement and led to nationwide protests and rallies. The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) emerged after the January killing by police of Pashtun youth Naqibullah Mehsud in Karachi. A crowd …

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Plane returns from Rawalpindi leaving US diplomat in lurchThe Express Tribune May 12, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: An aircraft that arrived at the PAF’s Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi to reportedly fly out Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall of the United States’ embassy has returned after the diplomat failed to obtain clearance from pertinent authorities. Sources told The Express Tribune that officials at the airbase reached the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to determine if the diplomat was …

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Iranians fear the future after Trump exits Iran nuclear dealby Ali Arouzi and Saphora Smith (May 10, 2018) NBC News

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TEHRAN, Iran — President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many people here in the Islamic republic. Many Iranians hoped the Obama-era pact would lead to prosperity and closer ties with the West. But with the agreement now on the rocks, some Iranians feel double-crossed by America and say …

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India, Pakistan Set for Counterterror Drills — Together, in RussiaBy Nafisa Hoodbhoy VOA Central News (Published May 3, 2018)

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Washington, May 3: In an unprecedented move, nuclear-capable South Asian rivals India and Pakistan are gearing up to take part in joint military drills. Last week, Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman confirmed that India would participate in anti-terrorism military drills alongside Pakistan. The two nations, partitioned in 1947, agreed to train under the auspices of the eight-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization …

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Another $1 billion loan makes its way from ChinaBy Shahbaz Rana (April 29, 2018) The Express Tribune

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ISLAMABAD: Desperate to boost foreign exchange reserves over the $11-billion mark, Pakistan has received another loan of $1 billion from the China Development Bank as authorities remain adamant, at least in public, not to read the writing on the wall. Pakistan secured on Saturday financing of $1 billion, said Dr Miftah Ismail, the newly-appointed finance minister, while addressing a post-budget …

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The British find Allies in the Conquest of Sindh in 1843Aga Khan’s Mahallat in Jheeruk Preserved for Posterity

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After the conquest of Sind in 1259/1843, the British attempted to subjugate neighbouring Baluchistan, in which the Aga Khan again helped them militarily and diplomatically. From Jerruk, where the Aga Khan was staying after February, 1843, he contacted the various Baluchi chieftains, advising them to submit to the British rule. He also sent his brother Muhammad Bakir Khan together with …

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`Clouds of War Billowing from Attack on Syria’ – Sindh TV interviewAnchor - Fayyaz Naich

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In this current affairs program, the Washington based author speaks about how the US and European allies made a strategic decision to conduct a limited bombing of chemical weapons in Syria – with the express intent of regaining a foot hold in the Middle East. Sindh TV anchor Fayyaz Naich interviews Nafisa Hoodbhoy on the US decision to intervene militarily …

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`PAKISTAN NEEDS TO BEFRIEND NEIGHBORS TO CUT DOMESTIC TENSIONS’Interview with Zakia Aijaz - Dharti TV (April 9, 2018)

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Jamshoro, SINDH: Zakia Ejaz from Dharti TV speaks to visiting journalist Nafisa Hoodbhoy about her background and what she experienced as the only woman reporter for Dawn under Gen. Zia ul Haq. Now based in Washington DC, Hoodbhoy speaks about the draw of Pakistan and Sindh even while she lives and works overseas. In particular, she analyzes the conditions for …

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`Pakistan Risks Total Alienation if its Policies don’t Change’ – Author`Mukalma’ with Dr Jabbar Khattak

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In an interview with Awami Awaz editor, Dr Jabbar Khattak, the author discusses why Pakistan has come to a turning point where it has to choose to revise its policies or face total alienation in the international community. During the wide ranging interview on foreign policy, Nafisa Hoodbhoy speaks about how the Trump administration views Pakistan on account of the …

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Hundreds of Copies of `Aboard the Democracy Train’ Sell Across PakistanUpdated Edition `Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within' Restocked in Book Stores

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The updated edition of Aboard the Democracy Train, Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within has sold hundreds of copies across Pakistan, with most of the sales having taken place in Karachi. Published by Paramount Books, Karachi in 2016 in hard cover, the final edition brings the reader up to speed on the title originally published by Anthem Books, London in 2011. …

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Chinese workers thrash policemen in KhanewalSajjad Akbar Shah (Dawn Newspaper) April 4, 2018

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Chinese engineers and other staffers, engaged in the construction of M4 Motorway from Bahawalpur to Faisalabad, attacked policemen deployed for their security after the foreign workers were barred from leaving their camp’s premises without a security squad, DawnNewsTV reported on Wednesday. Several mobile phone clips doing rounds on social media show Chinese nationals approaching the police officials in a provocative …

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The Taliban Have Gone High-Tech. That Poses a Dilemma for the U.S.By THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF and JAWAD SUKHANYAR (The New York Times)

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WASHINGTON — Once described as an ill-equipped band of insurgents, the Taliban are increasingly attacking security forces across Afghanistan using night-vision goggles and lasers that United States military officials said were either stolen from Afghan and international troops or bought on the black market. The devices allow the Taliban to maneuver on forces under the cover of darkness as they …

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Archives and Manuscripts at the Bodleian LibraryDonation of a Sindhi artist’s manuscript

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We have recently received the generous donation of an illustrated history of the Mirs of Sindh, given in memory of its author and illustrator Mrs. Amina G. Hyder Khaliqdina (1919 -1959). Amina’s family have written an account of her remarkable story and kindly given permission for it to be posted here. Amina was born on 19th April 1919 in Hyderabad, …

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