Highlights From South Asia News: March 24, 2013

Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s Karzai Heads to Qatar to Discuss Peace with Taliban
By Hamid Shalizi (@HamidShalizi)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is going to Qatar in a few days to discuss a peace process with the Taliban.
Reuters http://reut.rs/X65haP

Bangladesh
Opinion
Justice in Bangladesh- Another Kind of Crime
The Economist argues that the war crimes tribunal court has been an utter failure.
The Economist http://econ.st/14nLExo

Nepal
EC Gets Full Shape at Last
By Gani Ansari (@ansarigani)
President Ram Baran Yadav has appointed members of the election commission.
Republica http://bit.ly/11Ap5Vn

India
Ford India Ad: Car Company, Ad Agency Apologize for Figo Ad Showing Gagged and Bound Women
By Timothy Stenovec (@timsteno)
Ford Motors India has apologized for offensive ads that show women gagged and bound in the back of a car.
Huffington Post http://huff.to/11zxULs

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Thrash Bangladesh by 8 Wickets in First ODI
Sri Lanka had an easy victory in the first day of the Three One-Day International cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The Indian Express http://bit.ly/1062idK

Pakistan Ex-President Musharraf Returns to a Different Pakistan
By Melisa Goh

After four years of political exile, Pervez Musharraf the army chief who gained power in 1999 has returned to Pakistan to re-enter politics.
NPR http://n.pr/11zAvoE

Myanmar
US Envoy Visits Myanmar Ethnic Conflict States
Vijay Nambair, the UN special advisor visited the city wrecked by the worst religious violence this year. He called on the government to punish those responsible for the tragedy.
Aljazeera http://aje.me/11AtEPF

Maldives
Maldives Ex-Leader sees Chaos if Unable to Contest Elections
Former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed says the country could plunge into turmoil if he is prevented from running for elections.
Gulf Times/ Bloomberg http://bit.ly/ZZXR5H

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