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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.

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Gunmen storm Sikh religious complex in Kabul on 25 March and killed 25 people, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
Asia Bibi Lawyer Saif Ul Malook. He courageously fought for and won the freedom of the lady as she remained on the death row for nine years on blasphemy charges, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Jihad  Moulana Masood Azhar, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Anger of indians in the wake of Jaish-e-Muhammad suicide terrorist attack that killed forty para military personnel at Pulwama, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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
Pakistan boundaries, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 29, 2018
Pakistan's New Gamble With The Sikhs To Settle Old Scores There is an unexpected turn around in US-Pak relations because of President Trump's plans to buy peace with the Taliban. This has given the Pakistanis they needed to settle old scores with India using the Khalistan card
Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit ( file photo), From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Maulana Fazlullah, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
World Press Freedom, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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.
DALAI LAMA, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Khunjrab Pass on Silk Road at  Sino- Pakistan border crossing, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Russian Tanks covered with snow seen in Kabul are the left overs from the Soviet Union's Great Game in Afghanistan. The tank in the fore ground is T-54 or a T-55  while the one in the background is a T-62 as evidenced by the the barrel and the shape of th, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Curse Terror Kill Graphic, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 19, 2017
Terror Money Trail From Gulf to Pakistan Under Scanner The Jan 10 attack in the Afghan city of Kandahar on UAE diplomats has put once again the focus on terror financing and money transfers from the Gulf to the Pak-based militant groups.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Spiritual Guru of Tibetans, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Afghan scene- Quite true to life, sad to say, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Uighur protest in Berlin on July 10, 2009 for the human rights of this persecuted Muslim minority in China., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        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
General (Retd) Musharraf, former Pakistani President & Army Chief, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.

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