Azhar Blacklisting: UN Panel to consider Indian proposal

Masood Azhar -the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad and a resident of Bahawalpur, Pakistan has been accused by the Indian agencies of orchestrating several terror attacks on Indian soils including the one on Parliament in 2001, Pathankot airbase on January 2 and the latest one at Uri which claimed lives of 19 Indian soldiers. Azhar is said […]

Pakistan bans Indian Channels: Art versus Politics debate is back

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has banned the broadcast of all Indian channels with effect from October 15 in retaliation to the ban imposed on Pakistani artists by IMPPA. Indian Motion Picture Producers Association IMPPA had passed a resolution against all Pakistani artists and technicians from working in India in solidarity with the national spirit […]

What is happening in Kurdistan Now?

The Kurdish people are indigenous to the Middle East region. They form the 4th largest ethnic group of the region and are also the world’s largest ethnic group without their own state. They are mostly Sunni Muslims and the estimated 30 million Kurds live mainly in mountainous region of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Some […]

Linkages of Organized Crime with Terrorism

Organized crime mainly exploits legitimate activities for criminal purposes. The UNODC tried to give a definition to “organised crime” in the organised crime convention. So an organised crime may be defined as A group of three or more persons that was not randomly formed; Existing for a period of time; Acting in concert with the […]

Types and Means of Terrorism

There is no universally accepted definition of terrorism mainly because a ‘terrorist’ in one country may not be viewed as ‘terrorist’ by other countries. Further, terrorists are generally non-state actors; only a few states supporting or using ‘terrorism’ as part of their foreign policy to destabilise their rivals. In commonsense, terrorism is a tactic of […]

Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill, 2015

On 25th September, the NDA government has cleared the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill, 2015 and sent it to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent. Currently, presidential approval is pending. There is no time limit for President to give assent or return this bill. Background The bill was initially introduced in […]

Non-state actors as creation of state in context with Pakistan

Non-state actors such as Mujahideen and Taliban are creation of Pakistan and role of state in their birth is an open secret. Pakistan created them to use them to achieve concealed objectives against both India and Afghanistan. However, the groups instead have carved a comfort zone and strategic niche for themselves in Pakistan itself. So, […]

Backgrounder: Pakistan Taliban Movement

The terrorist activities have spread in the world like a cancer. Earlier these activities were mainly restricted in middle-east, but the attacks of 9/11 on America saw the leap of courage of the terrorist, which left a great impact on the world. This was a conflict between extremist Muslim group and USA. It was an […]

India and Peshawar Attack

Despite a change in mood in Pakistan after the Peshawar massacre, India cannot afford to be complacent given that the network of the various ‘Talibans’ is more united and synchronised than ever, and benefits from the differences between South Asian neighbours. There is a deep sense of anger and empathy across India about the brutality […]