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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Where does Pakistan go from here?

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

If the killing of Pakistan’s first Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan in 1951 paved the way for military rule for most of the next 60 years in the country, the killing of Benazir Bhutto now, is no less ominous. It is not a mere coincidence that she fell to the assassin’s bullet only a few meters away from the place where Liaqat Ali was killed at Liaqat Bagh in Rawalpindi. The killing has put a big question mark on whether Pakistan can move forward to establish democracy in the country, a challenge Benazir had accepted despite all odds. There is a strong feeling that it will not be an easy course, hereafter.

United States is troubled over the decision to terminate Ceasefire Agreement

The United States is troubled by the Sri Lankan Government’s January 2 decision to terminate the 2002 cease-fire agreement. Sean McCormack, State Department spokesman in his daily press briefing said “Ending the cease-fire agreement will make it more difficult to achieve a lasting, peaceful solution to Sri Lanka’s conflict. We call on both the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to avoid an escalation of hostilities and further civilian casualties.” He further underlined that all parties to the conflict share the responsibility to protect the rights of all of Sri Lanka’s people. Sean McCormack said, “We urge them to work toward the goal of a just, political solution that ensures the rights of minority communities and benefits all Sri Lankans.”

Burma’s Junta Oblivious to International Pressure Imposes Media Control

By Zin Linn

The 74-year-old Burmese junta's leader, Senior General Than Shwe, was oblivious to international pressure for political change and totally ignored General Aung San, who is recognized as the architect of Burma's independence regained from Britain 60 years ago, and also the father of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Instead he, urged people to work together in realizing the regime's seven-step road map with ‘union spirit, patriotic spirit and the spirit of sacrifice.’ Military junta of Burma made a defiance sign of non-cooperation with the international community on 4th January, the 60th anniversary of independence from Britain, in the midst of worldwide pressure for political change following the blood-shed crackdown on Saffron Revolution.

Sixtieth Anniversary of Independence: a Look at Sri Lanka’s Navy in Decimating the LTTE

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

As Sri Lanka celebrates its 60th anniversary of independence, it is most opportune that our Navy’s role in combating terrorism be given its due recognition. They proved their metal over and over again due to their commitment and dedication. Recent reports indicate that they fought the LTTE in a multitude of terrains under circumstances which would normally have tested even the most professional combat forces. They also engaged in humanitarian missions amidst all odds when the enemy had poisoned the hearts and minds of the beneficiaries using the most despicable tactics. They played a key role in thwarting LTTE’s growing sea power just in time when the armed forces were making inroads into the LTTE territory.

It is time to say not 'Good Bye,' but to say 'Thank you Norway.'

By K.T.Rajasingham

At last Norway is kicked out of the peace process in Sri Lanka. Norwegian spent millions of dollars in their endeavor to bring peace to Sri Lanka - a war torn country. Unfortunately their money has been wasted in a futile mission. While they failed to bring peace to Sri Lanka, their image as international peacemakers has been sullied because of the setback. Erik Solheim is a most ambitious Norwegian politician. He put his political life on line by getting involved in the Sri Lanka peace facilitation works. Right from the beginning though he worked very hard, however he was criticized. Sri Lanka media and a section of the political circle in the country branded him as a Tiger supporter. He was called a 'White Tiger.'