International

Lock & key: No easy fit for persecution bill and realpolitik

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/06/98, 12:00 am

On May 14, lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a bill to combat religious persecution overseas, which would presumably give the United States new leverage against the anti-blasphemy laws and how they are used in Pakistan. But in Washington, it's never that simple.

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Settling a score?

International
by The Editors
Posted 6/06/98, 12:00 am

Joyful Pakistanis shot their guns in the air, celebrating the news last week that their country had successfully detonated five nuclear bombs-settling, in the words of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, "the score with India."

"Today the flames of the nuclear fire are all over," Mr. Sharif said. "I am thankful to God that ... we have jumped into these flames ... with courage." He also thanked ally China-another of India's rivals-for its help but did not specify what that entailed.

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To execute or not?

International | Pakistan faces that question on two fronts: its nuclear program and ongoing persecution of Christians
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/06/98, 12:00 am

After Pakistan responded in kind to India's nuclear tests with five underground blasts of its own, speculation around the world focused on the specter of a nuclear arms race in South Asia. The tension led to reports of renewed clashes between Indian and Pakistani soldiers at the disputed border in Kashmir. These in turn prompted think-tankers in Washington to ponder not just another Indian-Pakistani conventional war, which would be the fourth since the 1940s, but an even bigger issue: Would such a war go nuclear?

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