South Asia

United Nations Report: One-Third of Detainees Recently Transferred to Afghan Custody Have Been Tortured

January 22, 2013

“Based on interviews with hundreds of detainees between October 2011 and October 2012, the 139-page report found “credible and reliable evidence” that more than half of those interviewed experienced torture or abuse.”

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Coordinated Suicide Attacks Target Police Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan; 3 Police Officers Killed

January 22, 2013

“The attack raised the possibility that insurgents were shifting tactics, testing Afghan security forces in Kabul after a series of high-profile attacks on Western targets last year.”

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Rape Cases Increased By 23% in New Delhi, India

January 19, 2013

“The numbers were released as the trial of five men was set to begin on Monday on accusations of murder, rape and kidnapping over the death last month of a 23-year-old gang-rape victim, whose assault sparked nationwide protests,”

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Pakistan Cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri’s Political Party May Participate in Elections

January 19, 2013

“A cleric who has been pushing for electoral reforms in Pakistan will resort to street protests again if the government does not abide by an agreement that eased a political crisis, an aide said on Friday.”

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Pakistan Vows to Release All Afghan Taliban Prisoners As Part of Reconciliation Efforts

January 18, 2013

“Regional power Pakistan is seen as critical to the success of U.S. and Afghan efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan, a task gaining urgency as the end of the U.S. combat mission in 2014 draws closer.”

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India Foreign Ministry: Won’t Rush into Talks with Pakistan to Defuse Military Tensions in Kashmir

January 18, 2013

“The two armies have agreed to “de-escalate” tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) after a meeting of their chiefs of operations.”

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Pakistani Government Grants Preacher/Activist Muhammad Tahir-ul Qadri’s Political Party Symbolic Input

January 18, 2013

“Mr. Qadri failed to achieve his headline aims, like the immediate dissolution of President Asif Ali Zardari’s government and the installation of a temporary administration led by technocrats.”

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NATO Officer: Top Military Planners Weren’t Consulted On U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan

January 17, 2013

“The fact that top planners have not been asked for input suggests the so-called “zero option” might not be being looked at seriously by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration.”

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U.S. Suspends Transfer of Afghan Detainees to Some Afghan Prisons Due to Human Rights Concerns

January 17, 2013

“In addition, the American-led coalition said that it had asked the Afghan government to investigate allegations of torture by Afghan Local Police units that have been trained and advised by American Special Operations forces.”

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Pakistan Anti-Corruption Chief Refuses Pakistani Supreme Court Order to Arrest Prime Minister Ashraf

January 17, 2013

“Fasih Bokhari, chief of the National Accountability Bureau, told the Supreme Court that the initial investigation into the case was flawed and that he needed more time to determine whether the prime minister should be arrested.”

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Pakistan Warns Camping Anti-Government Cleric and Protesters to Disperse, Saying They’re at Risk of Militant Attacks

January 17, 2013

“Rehman Malik said authorities had learned militants might be planning to target the crowd, and that the cleric, Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, would be held responsible for any attacks.”

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Pakistani Security Forces Accused of Killing 15 Civilians in Peshawar in an Overnight Raid on a Village

January 16, 2013

“In Peshawar, the protesters said members of the security forces had arrested the victims on Tuesday after the beheading of six paramilitary forces in the area three days ago.”

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U.S. Marine Pleads Guilty to Urinating on the Dead Corpse of a Taliban Soldier

January 16, 2013

“”A Marine who pleaded guilty Wednesday to urinating on the corpse of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will likely be demoted one rank under a plea agreement. The judge, Lt. Col. Nicole Hudspeth, said she would have sentenced him to six months confinement, a $5,000 fine, demotion to private and a bad-conduct discharge.”

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India and Pakistan Agree to De-Escalate Military Tensions in Kashmir

January 16, 2013

“Pakistan’s military earlier accused the Indian army of killing one of its soldiers with “unprovoked firing” in the territory.”

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) Building in Kabul, Killing 2 Guards

January 16, 2013

“A building belonging to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) has been attacked by a suicide bomber in the capital, Kabul, officials have told the BBC.”

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