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A blogger since July 2008 James Duglous Crickton is a London based consultant working with a consultancy firm focusing on Asia, particularly South Asia and East Asia. Political Research is his functional focus area. While his interests are conflict management solutions, he loves adventurous and James Bond type movies, and works of Dan Burton.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Dirty Games in Afghanistan
Afghanistan is in turmoil again with the Taliban going back on its deal with the US and Pakistan based terror outfits like ISKP are on rampage. An IS off-shoot, ISKP staged a major attack in Kabul last month. Its target was a shrine of minority Sikhs. The surge in terror violence appears orchestrated to make Pakistan a pivot in the post-deal scenario, and check India's plans for a place under Kabul sun
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 2, 2020 Flip side of Pakistan's Covid-19 fight
Pakistan is seeking rescheduling of loans taken from World Bank and IMF as a part of its fight against COVID-19. Such a moratorium is no guarantee that the money would be utilized for building a proper health infrastructure and provides relief to all communities with no discrimination on religious grounds.
SHARE Friday, June 28, 2019 Pakistan - Home Truth
Blasphemy laws in Pakistan target the minority Hindus and Christians besides the Ahmedias. The laws are often invoked to settle personal scores as was the case in Asia Bibi case, which had hit global headlines. Sadly the Blasphemy laws have come to fir the official narrative sanctified by the country's deep state. It is time Pakistan addresses the concerns of its minorities.
SHARE Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Signals of drift in China-Pakistan relations
The reason for China giving up its opposition to the Security Council move to declare Maulana Masood Azhar as an international terrorist (in the wake of Pulwama massacre of 40 Indian paramilitary personnel in February) is not western diplomatic pressure but China's growing unhappiness with Pakistan, argues the author.
SHARE Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Pakistan : Manifestation Of Brazenness
The prospect of an upturn in India-Pakistan relations is bleak in the near to medium term, and Pakistani provocations will not be limited to Kashmir theatre says the author while examining the equation between the two nuclear neighbours in the wake of Pakistan based JeM terrorists strike that killed 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers in early February
SHARE Wednesday, December 12, 2018 America ramps up pressure on Pakistan again
United States has just designated Pakistan as one of the countries of Particular Concern (CPC) for its violation of religious freedoms but has waived sanctions that go with the tag. This is a half-measure. The new designation will not serve intended purpose in forcing Pakistan to give a better deal to minorities and to yield to US pressure on Afghan peace process.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 4, 2018 No Af-Pak Peace: Pakistani Games with Militants
Americans have killed Mullah Fazlullah, who has been hiding in Afghanistan. Pakistan considered him as a "Bad Taliban", and has declared that the US finally did it a favour. So are we about to witness a new Great Game. The author does not think so and argues that peace in Afghanistan will remain elusive as long as Pakistan mollycoddles terrorists as a matter of state policy.
SHARE Wednesday, May 2, 2018 India, Pakistan Race For Press Freedom
Press is under fire in Pakistan. The situation does not appear to be different in India but the gravity of threat to the media in the two countries is vastly different. Pakistan's problems are compounded by judicial activism, which appears to serve the military establishment's plan for a 'desirable outcome' in the forthcoming general election.
SHARE Sunday, February 18, 2018 Bulls in Afghanistan's China Shop
With Parliament elections set for later this year, Afghanistan's political landscape is seeing several players vying for power. Prominent amongst them are Mohammed Atta Noor, Dr Abdullah and President Ashraf Ghani. Noor and Abdullah have personal scores to settle, though they were together not too long ago in the Jamiat-e-Islami (JeI) and that makes the outcome a keenly watched event
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, October 13, 2017 A Canadian Sardar in the reckoning
For the first time Canada's National Democratic Party (NDP) has anointed a non-white, who is also a Sikh of Indian origin. While this is in synch with pluralism practiced in the country, it will have a bearing on Canada-India relations since the gentleman subscribes to anti-India views
SHARE Thursday, May 25, 2017 'Disgrace' for Pakistan, thanks to a leader and a lawyer
Pakistan is reeling under twin humiliations. One was Trump snub to Nawaz Sharif at the Saudi summit; the other International Court of Justice (ICJ) snub attorney Qureshi has brought upon the country. While Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was unprepared for the 'royal ignore' at what was largely a Trump event in Saudi Arabia, the ICJ disgrace appears self-inflicted because of the military's foray into unchartered waters.
SHARE Thursday, April 13, 2017 Fretting, Fuming Dragon
China is upset over the visit of Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh (India). Beijing considers Arunachal with a large population practicing Tibetan Buddhism as South of Tibet. India does not agree with this view. But this is not for the first time the Dalai Lama was visiting the region. So, why Beijing has gone to the town with its anger.
SHARE Friday, March 24, 2017 With No Love from Khunjerab Pass".
Sino-Pak relations don't appear to be in pink of health. Everyone crossing Khunjerab Pass is viewed as a potential smuggler of guns or drugs. Southern Xinjiang on the border has earned the official tag of terror plagued with the integration of Uyghur militants into Af-Pak based global networks. Drugs from Pakistan are flooding China all the way from border tows to the most populous Guangzhou city, about 120 km from Hong Kong.
SHARE Thursday, February 9, 2017 The Great Game in Afghanistan revived!
Latest Russian maneuvers on the Kabul theatre show it is getting back into the big game in Afghanistan, just as it has got back into Syria with a vengeance! And that signals the ability of Moscow to fill the vacuum created by the US in West Asia quite well. The Chinese and their ally Pakistan are exploiting the Russian plans to give their prote'ge' Taliban legitimacy, and a share in Ghani government.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, August 26, 2016 Dalai Lama dilemma for Tibet, Tibetans
Dalai Lama is important to the Tibetans- yesterday, today and tomorrow- as Spiritual Guru and as an institution. These days, however, Communist China is working overtime to promote the 26-year-old 11th Panchen Lama "to mitigate Dalai's influence" as China's feisty state tabloid, Global Times reported on Aug 24. It is imperative therefore to identify the 81-year-old 14th Dalai Lama's successor when he is around us.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 23, 2016 China's talks with the Taliban: Objectives of Engagement
China is in talks with the Afghan Taliban. The short-term goal is to prevent a nexus between the Taliban and the Uyghur Muslims. The long-term objective is to counter American influence in the region and to get a push to the Belt-and-Road initiative.
SHARE Thursday, August 11, 2016 Uyghur militancy becomes transnational threat to China
As China's business interests are expanding, so are the threats to its personnel from Western China's minority Uighur Muslims, who have been fighting for their human rights at home, and have aligned with IS, al-Qaeda and Taliban in Africa, Middle East, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 30, 2016 Musharraf too has Swiss Bank Account
In popular perception Pakistan military generals are holy cows, beyond corruption. As this article shows, this perception has lost its shelf life. Two four-star generals, Musharraf, who went onto become President in a bloodless coup, and Kayani, are no different from leaders of many third-world countries including Pakistan, who stash their ill-gotten wealth in the time-tested, numbered Swiss bank accounts.