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A Smouldering Volcano: Pakistan And Terrorism After Balakot

Although propitious political circumstances made the Balakot crisis between India and Pakistan manageable, Pakistani terrorism remains the principal continuing threat to stability in South Asia. U.S. policy moving forward must relentlessly pressure Pakistan to crack down on jihadi groups or risk continuing crises in the region.

Read Here – Carnegie Endowment For International Peace

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Jaish-e-Mohammed: Under The Hood

Masood Azhar is deeply plugged into the Pakistan military’s intelligence setup, or at least those parts of it with which he shares an appreciation of the need for the Islamic world to have a strong center to provide protection to Muslims all over the world. Azhar is for the Deobandi jihadis what Lt. General Hameed Gul (former head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI who was part of the Afghan jihad of the 1980s) was for the ISI – an inspirational figure who is well connected in the jihadi world and resolutely believes in Ghazwa-e-Hind (the battle for a definitive conquest of India) and the ultimate crusade against all non-Muslims.

Read Here – The Diplomat

China Walks Fine Line As India Calls On United Nations To Impose Anti-Terrorist Sanctions On Pakistani Militant Leader

A senior Chinese diplomat said China and Pakistan will defend their core interests as India called on Beijing and the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council to place a Pakistani militant leader on a counterterrorist sanctions list. Deputy foreign minister Kong Xuanyou stated China’s position at meetings with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad…

Read Here – South China Morning Post

India’s China Problem In Pakistan

The deadly terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir last month has triggered renewed questions about China’s continued protection of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. Will China continue to block international sanctions against JeM’s leader, Maulana Masood Azhar, who has claimed credit for the attack?

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Terrorism Destroying Lives, Destabilising Regions: Indian Foreign Minister Tells OIC

Addressing members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Friday said the fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. Swaraj, who has been invited as a guest of honour at the meet of the 57 countries, said, “Terrorism and extremism bear different names and labels. It uses diverse causes. But in each case, it is driven by distortion of religion, and a misguided belief in its power to succeed.”

Read Here – The Indian Express

Pakistan Says It Will Return Captured Indian Pilot, As U.S. Urges De-escalation

Pakistan will return a captured pilot “as a peace gesture” to India, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday, amid efforts by the United States to defuse a crisis between the two nuclear powers a day after both downed enemy jets.

Read Here – Reuters

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India Says Airstrike Hit Major Militant Camp Inside Pakistan

Indian jets conducted air strikes against a militant camp in Pakistani territory on Tuesday, India’s foreign secretary said, and a Indian government source said 300 militants had been killed, but Pakistan denied there had been any casualties. The airstrikes hit a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the group that claimed credit for a suicide car bomb attack killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir on Feb. 14, ratcheting up tensions between the two nuclear armed neighbours.

Read Here – Reuters

Statement By Indian Foreign Secretary

Indian Aircraft Violate LoC, Scramble Back After PAF’s Timely Response: ISPR

Why Do Extremist Groups Thrive In Africa?

Throughout the continent of Africa—like throughout the rest of the world—extremism in all its forms has been on the rise. Unemployment, poverty, deprivation, marginalization can be contributing factors as well as catalysts to an individual’s pathway to extremism, though it is important to note that, based on numerous social science research reports, the journey to extremism is individualized and personal.

Read Here – National Interest

Ten Years After Mumbai, The Group Responsible Is Deadlier Than Ever

The attacks derailed a fragile peace process between India and Pakistan, created fears that another attack of similar scale and lethality in India would trigger war between the two nuclear-armed powers, and ushered in a trend of active shooter sieges by other jihadist groups. The most notable legacy of the attacks, however, may be that the group has actually increased its presence and influence in Pakistan…Bluntly speaking: Lashkar-e-Taiba got away with it. That fact says a lot about the group and about Pakistan.

Read Here – War On The Rocks

My Son, Osama: The Al-Qaida Leader’s Mother Speaks For The First Time

Nearly 17 years since 9/11, Osama bin Laden’s family remains an influential part of Saudi society – as well as a reminder of the darkest moment in the kingdom’s history. Can they escape his legacy?

Read Here – The Guardian

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