Iran’s death penalty for juvenile offenders

Dozens of people who were arrested in Iran for crimes committed before they turned 18 remain at risk of the death penalty despite recent reforms, with many having already spent years on death row, according to areport by Amnesty International released on Tuesday.

The London-based group also found that Iran has executed at least 73 . . . → Read More: Iran’s death penalty for juvenile offenders

US bombings in Muslim countries in 2015

Council of Foreign Relations resident skeptic Micah Zenko recently tallied up how many bombs the United States has dropped on other countries and the results are as depressing as one would think. Zenko figured that since Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. has dropped around 23,144 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, all . . . → Read More: US bombings in Muslim countries in 2015

Modi visit can’t change India – Pak relations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised everyone by paying a short visit to his Pakistani counterpart on his birthday on December 25. This was the first visit of an Indian premier to Pakistan in 12 years and has raised high hopes for peace on both sides.

But lest we get carried away, let’s . . . → Read More: Modi visit can’t change India – Pak relations

Afghanistan situation not favourable for the West

THE news from Afghanistan is very bad. No one says that, of course. President Ashraf Ghani has a “national unity government” that “supports a strong partnership with the United States”, according to President Barack Obama.

Sure, Kunduz was captured by the Taliban – but then the Afghans got it back (though minus one American-bombed hospital, . . . → Read More: Afghanistan situation not favourable for the West

Pakistan wants peace with all neighbors

Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Tuesday, emphasising the need for peace and security in the region, said Pakistan is committed to help its neighbours including Afghanistan to ensure durable peace.

Addressing the fifth senior officials meeting prior to Ministerial Heart of Asia Conference-Istanbul process, here at Foreign Office today, he said . . . → Read More: Pakistan wants peace with all neighbors

Big hopes from Heart of Asia in Islamabad

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai on Tuesday emphasised the need for a united and collective approach to counter the menace of terrorism and violent extremism from the region.

Addressing the fifth senior officials meeting prior to the Heart of Asia conference here at the Foreign Office, he said that the Heart of Asia . . . → Read More: Big hopes from Heart of Asia in Islamabad

Looking beyond Zarb-e-Azb

Pakistani ground forces began their assault into the Shawal Valley, the final substantial militant stronghold in North Waziristan, in August. Shawal represents an endgame of sorts for Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the large-scale offensive to clear the region of militants. It has successfully dislodged the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), but Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas face significant challenges as . . . → Read More: Looking beyond Zarb-e-Azb

Does Pakistan have the capacity to gain from CPEC

The biggest obstacles to China’s plans lie in the dysfunction and incompetence of Pakistan’s governing structures.

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Those we kill and forget

(By Laura Gottesdiener) Here’s a little thought experiment: imagine that we’re in Kansas (without Toto) and a bridal party in three rented limos is heading down a highway toward a church where a wedding is about to take place. Suddenly, a small out-of-control plane plummets into those limos killing the bride, the mother of the . . . → Read More: Those we kill and forget

Pakistan’s wheat gift to Afghanistan

Pakistan donated a planeload of wheat to Afghanistan last week to help mitigate the food shortage in the country.

The donation was made on special instructions of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity with the people and government of Afghanistan, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Office . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s wheat gift to Afghanistan