CRT 2004: RETURN
An encouraging aspect of CRT 2004 is that the numbers given for all the
countries in South Asia (this Assessment deals only with the Country
Reports for this region) are in conformity with other available
open-source and Governmental data (within an entirely acceptable range
of variation), a radical departure from the past, where the divergence
between the PGT numbers and other sources bordered on the
Facing international criticism over its status as a host to numerous
Islamist extremist elements, the Musharraf administration has, from time
to time, sought to take steps to deflect growing internal and
international criticism of the activities of fundamentalist elements
within Pakistan. Inner contradictions within the ruling establishment
are, however, bound to hamper these efforts......more...
DANGER SIGNAL FROM CENTRAL ASIA
DR. K. N. PANDITA
May 13, 2005
witnessed a massive orgy of death and destruction in the eastern
Uzbekistan town of Andijan. Andijan is
located in Ferghana valley, which stands on the confluence of three
republics of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. It is important to
note that the bloody event in Ferghana Valley happened close at the
heels of March event in which Askar Akayev, the former President of
Kyrgyzstan, had to flee his post and country....more...
DEADLOCK IN BALOCHISTAN
As part of the continuing efforts to find a
'political solution' to the Baloch imbroglio, the Parliamentary
Committee on Balochistan chaired by former Prime Minister Chaudhry
Shujaat Hussain unanimously approved, on May 2, 2005, a report by its
Subcommittee headed by Senator Syed Mushahid Hussain, proposing various
recommendations on clearance of gas royalty arrears, abolition of the
Concurrent List, the National Finance Commission (NFC) award, provincial
autonomy and the development of gas-rich areas.....more...
JOURNEY ALONG THE CROSSROAD
DR. K. N. PANDITA
No political organization is as weird as Hurriyat is.
Ever since the conglomerate was cobbled together in 1993, it always
found itself at pains to mince, mix, eat or suppress words and
statements, deliberately creating more confusion and less clarity about
its precise objectives and instruments. The reason is that they are
riding a bus without any control on its driver. Its double speak is a
class by itself that embodies the strange blend of ridicule and sublime,
an art in which Kashmir political class is remarkably adept......more...
KISHANGANGA IMBROGLIO - PAKISTAN ‘S MYOPIC
Far from settling down, the dust over Baglihar
Hydropower project dispute in Jammu and Kashmir is still raging. And
here is another power project, the Kishanganga, in the eye of a storm. Despite visits, inspections, assurances and
several rounds of meetings over many years, India and Pakistan have not
been able to resolve the Baglihar dispute so far. Pakistan went ahead to
approach the World Bank which negotiated the Indus Water Treaty between
the two countries in 1960. The Bank has now appointed an Umpire, in a
bid to resolve the differences......more...
SUMMER MAYHEM: The Dances of Death and Dialogue in Jammu & Kashmir
Even as President Pervez Musharraf was finalising his preparations for
talking peace with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month, the
had set about realizing a rather different agenda. Late on the night of
April 14, a group of LeT terrorists entered the home of Mohammad Shafi
at the village of Bathoi, near Mahore in Jammu province. Shafi had
opposed jihadist groups in the area; that evening, he paid for it
with his life.....more...
WAR AND PEACE IN
The American Commander of the US-led
coalition forces in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David Barno stated on April 18
that terrorists were infiltrating into Afghanistan from Pakistan and
Islamabad had been asked to begin a fresh operation against remnants of
al-Qaeda presently hiding in the
Waziristan region of Pakistan.....more...
J&K: PROXIES ON TOUR
Among aspects of the
'collateral damage' inflicted by 9/11 on Pakistan's enterprise of terror
and covert warfare in South Asia is the increasing uncertainty it
confronts in managing both the underground and the 'overground'
movements it created and sustained over the past decades.....more...