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Is it accurate to compare the nuclearization of North Korea with that of Pakistan and India? Why or why not?

It is important to understand the vast geopolitical differences between the two situations of India and Pakistan developing nuclear weapons and North Korea developing nuclear weapons. India/Pakistan ...
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Why is there no willingness in the international community to step in between Pakistan and India?

why aren't more of the leading nations of the world stepping in to help make amends between these two countries and try to actively solve the recent Kashmir issue? Many of the “leading nations of the ...
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How do countries justify their missile programs?

Longer range missiles could conceivably be sea-launched, as an SLBM, from a standoff position. Having a more capable platform would give that option. (India does have SLBMs but not necessarily of ...
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Why has Pakistan never faced the wrath of the USA similar to other countries in the region, especially Iran?

The US relationship with Pakistan is complicated, but for decades it was viewed as an ally. In the 1970's and 80's, India was somewhat friendly towards the Soviet Union (while remaining nonaligned). ...
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Is it accurate to compare the nuclearization of North Korea with that of Pakistan and India? Why or why not?

More nuclear powers mean less stability. There used to be two. Then five or possibly six. But France and the UK were closely allied with the US, so adding them to the mix didn't complicate things very ...
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Why do people say the Pakistani government has failed because the army is interfering with politics?

Coups by the army - 4 since inception Wars lost by the army - 4 out of 4, all of which it seems to have instigated. Budget used by the army - Accounting for 18.5% of national government expenditure ...
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How did India and Pakistan avoid war when India accidentally launched a missile at Pakistan?

At present I cannot find any quotes that definitively nail down what the rationale of Pakistani leadership was for this particular event. There are some details and government responses that at least ...
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Is there a version of the flag of Pakistan which uses black instead of green?

No, it’s just an odd colour balance in that particular image - see another angle from the same event from Alamy:
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Why has Pakistan never faced the wrath of the USA similar to other countries in the region, especially Iran?

To quote UK Essays. (November 2018). Geopolitical Position Of Pakistan History Essay, " Pakistan has a significant geopolitical position as it is situated in a region that is of high grandness ...
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How did India and Pakistan avoid war when India accidentally launched a missile at Pakistan?

Pakistan and India avoided nuclear war because the incident did not reach any of the the threshold levels for Pakistan's nuclear weapons to be used Spatial threshold - The military penetration of ...
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Why do people say the Pakistani government has failed because the army is interfering with politics?

TL;DR: like fire and electricity, the military make good servants but bad masters. The army is supposed to be the military arm of the government, so it follows that the government should control the ...
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Why does India want Kashmir so much?

I will try to touch on all aspects here. Historical: As you have rightly pointed out, Kashmir was ruled by a Hindu ruler during that time(Maharaja Hari Singh). Now, Hari Singh was a stupid ruler. The ...
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Have cross-border terrorist attacks in Pakistan declined or stayed the same after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan?

Afghanistan–Pakistan border is a 2,670-kilometre (1,660 mi) international land border between the both countries that is called as The Durand Line. Although the Durand Line is internationally ...
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Is it accurate to compare the nuclearization of North Korea with that of Pakistan and India? Why or why not?

There are plenty of reasons to be worried about all these countries having nuclear weapons. From a selfish position in Europe, it seems most likely that India and Pakistan would use their weapons ...
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Why are dams so controversial in Pakistan?

While damming a river can provide a large population with a reliable source of drinking water and an environmentally friendly source of electricity, it often has several negative consequences for the ...
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How do countries justify their missile programs?

Part of the question was about the rules-based international order, which is more of a political concept than a strict legal one. Many countries disagree what exactly it means. There is no rulebook ...
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Why do countries like Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh have a parliamentary form of democracy?

These countries basically all use the Westminster parliamentary system of government which is modelled after the UK parliamentary system. This parliamentary system is mainly used by former British ...
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What are the historical claims to Kashmir from India and Pakistan?

This is a burning issue recently. I will try to cover all bases here. TLDR: The region of Jammu & Kashmir is a Muslim-dominated state with a sizeable minority population. Its last Hindu king ...
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Why did the USA suspend its military aid to Pakistan in 1965?

A fair bit of searching online did not turn up any mention of U.S. sanctions on Pakistan in 1965. However, the U.S. Department of State's website does include a discussion of U.S.-Pakistani relations ...
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Is it accurate to compare the nuclearization of North Korea with that of Pakistan and India? Why or why not?

I heard a prominent university professor say on the radio the other day that we shouldn’t worry about North Korea going nuclear, because Pakistan and India both went nuclear peacefully - is this an ...
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Why didn't Pakistan face any sanction from the USA for sheltering Osama Bin Laden?

Pakistan has been considered a U.S. ally since the cold war. They didn't face any repercussion from sheltering Bin Laden in order to maintain that status and avoid a lot of uncomfortable truths for ...
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Is there a term limit for prime minister of Pakistan?

I originally misread the question to refer to the president of Pakistan. The restrictions on the president and Prime Minister of Pakistan are set forth in the constitution of Pakistan. However, ...
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Why does Iran-Turkey relation function well, but not Iran-Pakistan?

Much of this is speculation, but will try to backup opinions with links. Turkey - Iran Common ground vs Kurds. Despite the religious differences, both countries find common ground in fighting ...
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Are the Taliban Pashtun nationalists?

Not ... exactly. Pashtun culture is traditionally very tribal. So it is much more natural for them to feel allegiance to their family groups, tribes, and clans. Effectively, this means they like their ...
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Would it be possible for Pakistan or India to join NATO?

Apparently, no, since they are not European States. Wikipedia: The process of joining the alliance is governed by Article 10 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which allows only for the invitation of "...
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Is Seymour Hersh's account of the killing of Osama bin Laden credible?

The main criticism come from the government and some journalists doubting Hersh's sources. From the White House, they're saying Hersh's stories are more fiction than reality. Former Navy SEALs doubted ...
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What can Pakistan do; so as to be treated by the USA as an ally with the advantages countries like Japan or South Korea enjoy

Well, let's start with population is is by and large friendly to USA and not actively hostile to it, like majority of people living in Pakistan are and were. Japanese and South Koreans fit, and thus ...
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Why would citizens of a country crave warfare against a nation that holds nuclear weapons?

They are convinced that deterrence will hold and conventional warfare is possible under the nuclear umbrella, as long as no vital interests are touched. If you look at the history of the Cold War, ...
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