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April 2018

IS CHINA PAMPERING ISLAMIC RADICALISATION?

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Author: COL SANJEEV DALAL (RETD)

There is enough evidence that ETIM has training bases in Pakistan but China continues to downplay the role of its all-weather ally, Pakistan. While China, unlike Pakistan, may not be supporting Islamic terrorism as a policy tool across the board, but is certainly using it selectively against India for a number of reasons.

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MARRIAGE OF TERROR AND POLITICS

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Author: COL SHAILENDER ARYA

The marriage of politics and terror in Pakistan is a systematic failure of Pakistan’s democracy. It will lead to a greater tolerance for terror, as terror is now mainstreamed. After the military-mullah nexus which is still flourishing, the politics-terror nexus shall be the new kingmaker in Pakistan. The army is out to remove the political heavyweight Nawaz Sharif from politics which may leave Punjab open to the influence of new parties.

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FINANCIAL SETBACK TO PAKISTAN: US WITHDRAWS ITS SUPPORT

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Author: BRIG RUMEL DAHIYA (RETD)

So far there are no signs of a rethink at the institutional level in Pakistan; particularly in the Army, on use of terrorism as a foreign and security policy tool. And, unless, Pakistan takes care of American sensitivities on Afghanistan that allow it to leave with some sense of achievement and without loss of face, the US is expected to keep the pressure on.

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KASHMIR: EDUCATED YOUTH DRIFTING AWAY

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Author: PROF SANJEEV BHADAURIA

An important issue that receives less attention in the larger framework of policies to fight militancy is related to creating secure and humane societies. Our governments ought to continue to work towards eradicating unemployment, reducing disparities of income and wealth, eliminating corruption and indeed, formulating good governance policies which is the need of the hour in Kashmir.

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MAINSTREAMING TERRORISM: ROLE OF HAFIZ SAEED

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Author: LT GEN DALIP BHARDWAJ (RETD)

Hafiz Saeed, has, for a long time, been on the most wanted militant list in the region, yet he is living freely in Pakistan despite the $10 million bounty on his head. To most Pakistanis, Hafiz Saeed is a hero, the architect of a long militant campaign to fight against India for Kashmir and a prominent voice for fundamentalist Islam. He enjoys huge popularity in Pakistan, especially in Lahore which will only grow larger once he enters the active political arena.

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