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  • The announcement of COAS Gen Raheel Sharif that he would not seek an extension at the expiry of his term in the later part of this year begs the question of whether it would not have been better coming from a civilian authority, preferably one involved in the process of appointing a service chief. ...

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  • Pakistan has found itself involved in more issues than its policymakers would perhaps like, and certainly at this point they would find themselves stretched very thin. As the centre of attention would be the problem of keeping the Indo-Pak peace initiative on track despite the militant attack on ...

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  • Pakistan has found itself involved in more issues than its policymakers would perhaps like, and certainly at this point they would find themselves stretched very thin. As the centre of attention would be the problem of keeping the Indo-Pak peace initiative on track despite the militant attack on ...

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  • By establishing the Prime Ministers National Health Programme, the PML-N government has taken a step into the world of socialised medicine, a step away from the present capitalist model. However, presently, this is merely a baby step, for the coverage is by no means universal, nor is it unlimited. ...

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  • When Narendra Modi dropped in on the day of Mian Nawaz Sharifs granddaughter’s wedding, he moved towards meeting a goal one had heard in 1999, from a retired Indian diplomat: that the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers should feel free to drop in on the others country whenever there was ...

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  • On the 136th birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the most pressing political problem seems to be that of the fate of former Federal Minister Asim Hussain, who is being defended as vigorously as he is being pursued. It is perhaps a bizarre coincidence that the case has brought ...

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  • The Paris attack and the shootings in San Bernardino have caused an outburst of anti-Muslim sentiment in both Europe and the USA, respectively. Both have been reflected in mainstream rightist political gains, with the former showing in the unprecedented success of the Front National in the French ...

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  • The country has finally come to the end of the local body elections, with a number of things apparent. Perhaps most obvious is the advantage of incumbency, but in the provincial government, not the federal. The party ruling in the centre lost in the two provinces ruled by other parties, and also ...

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  • The UN Conference on Climate Change is taking place in Paris less than a fortnight after the attacks there, providing an illustration of the huge difference between the two threats of terrorism and global warming. Terrorism is happening, and everyone agrees that it is. However, one of the most ...

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  • Perhaps so much attention had never before been devoted to the visit of an Army chief to a foreign capital, as that of Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif to Washington, probably for three reasons, though the ultimate result will be seen later. It is worth noting that the overt ...

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  • The attacks in Paris have shaken the world. They are like France’s 9/11, an unprecedented disaster, which have provoked the most stringent of measures by the French state, such as the first curfew since the end of German occupation in 1944. That occupation prevented the attacks from being ...

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  • Within a week, Turkey and Myanmar have both had elections at what amount to opposite ends of the Old World. While they may be seen as examples of democracy in action, they are also important to the Muslim world, even though there is a dispute among Muslims about whether Muslims are supposed to vote ...

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  • The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has held the first phase of local council elections in 12 districts of Punjab and eight of Sindh, for the first time ever under a democratic dispensation, and for only the third time ever, but for the first time ever in phases. A potent symbol of what local ...

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  • Prime Minister Mian Nawaz sharif completed his visit to the White House without having made any concessions on the nuclear programme, and without obtaining a civilian nuclear accord. Though Mian Nawaz avoided the chits that bedevillled his last visit, getting a promise of eight F-16s allowed him ...

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  • There is a rising tide of intolerance in both India and the West, particularly Europe, which indicates the commonalities of Europe and India, which surprisingly are not based on a universal view of humanity as being one, but on a racism based on a narrow and particularist view of the world. While ...

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  • One of the more mysterious, and thus more interesting, things about the NA-122 by-election in Lahore was the massive defeat to which the PPP went crashing. From the moment the election tribunal hearing Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s petition against the PML-N winner, Sardar ...

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  • The Election Commission of Pakistan has stopped the operation of certain provisions of the Kissan Package, announced with much fanfare by the Prime Minister, accepting the argument of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf that its announcement after the election schedule was announced by the Commission for ...

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  • Chinese President Xi Jinping visit to the USA would not concern Pakistan, but it is more than likely that it will be closely watched by Islamabad because it not only represents a renewal of an old understanding, but also a go-ahead for a new drive into the world. And it is not just because ...

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  • The Muslim world engaged on the only celebration of the Abrahamic sacrifice in the Hajj on Wednesday, and whereas the Arab world followed the Hajjis in sacrificing animals on Thursday in Eidul Azha, the Subcontinent, including Pakistan, marks Eid on Friday.The vicissitudes of date apart, the Hajj ...

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  • Mr Justice Jawad S. Khwaja had a very brief tenure as Chief Justice of Pakistan, and thus it was not possible for him to do as his more famous predecessor, Mr Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, did. He therefore had to select one area, indeed one case, where he could as a judge make a difference. ...

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  • The 50th anniversary of the 1965 War deserves to be marked on both sides of the border, but in Pakistan, greater focus is being paid because the armed forces loom larger, much much larger, on the national political horizon. While 50 years ago there was some fear in Indian minds that the military ...

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  • By agreeing to talk with the government, Baloch Republican Army head Brahamdagh Bugti did not merely cause an earthquake in the politics of Balochistan, but in that of the entire country. Balochistan is not just important because it is one of Pakistan’s provinces; it is by far the largest in ...

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  • There was a last-minute flurry, and the meeting between the Indian and Pakistani National Security Advisers that had been agreed at Ufa by their Prime Ministers, was cancelled, because India objected to something that had virtually become a ritual, and which would probably have had no effect on the ...

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  • The resignation of the MQM members from the Sindh Assembly and Parliament have attracted comparisons with the Pakistan Tehrik Insaf (PTI) members’ resignations last year, and once again, have not been accepted. It now appears that a new category of resignation has gained acceptance: one which ...

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  • The decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the military courts indicates its rapprochement with the Army, and may mean not only a hesitation to apply the Salient Features doctrine, but also a re-establishment of the military-judiciary nexus that allowed the validation by the Supreme Court of all ...

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  • The announcement of the death of Taliban chief Mullah Omar two years ago coincided both with the killing in a police encounter of Malik Muhammad Ishaq, the leading spirit behind the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, and eight companions. It was almost as if rivals of the ISIL were being eliminated. That ...

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  • The Judicial Commission set up to investigate the PTI’s 2013 election rigging allegations has delivered an expected verdict: the poll was not rigged and the result reflected the wishes of the electorate. This was enough of an endorsement for Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to come on TV and ...

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  • Looking at its broad sweep, the journalistic career of Majid Nizami is striking first of all because of its extent. It preceded his editorship of Nawa-i-Waqt, and even that extended over half a century. But it should never be forgotten that he was also a founder of newspapers. This newspaper itself ...

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  • It was almost as if a miraculous alignment of the stars favoured the making of deals. Not only did the USA and Iran lead the way to a resolution of the Iranian nuclear programme, but there was also an agreement on the programme that Greece had to follow to remain within the Eurozone. This came just ...

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  • The arrest of KP Mineral Development Minister, Ziaullah Afridi, was a test for the Pakistan Tehrik-e- Insaaf, to which he belonged, not just because it showed the kind of ‘Naya Pakistan’ the party was busy constructing, but also how it reacted to members who were accused of abusing ...

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