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  • The BJP government might have found it ironic that it was dragged further on a collision course because of someone who belonged to an Other Backward Caste, even though it is full of high-caste Hindus, but then being headed by Narendra Modi, whose own Modh Ghanchi caste is counted as being an Other ...

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  • The gas attack in Syria caused a number of reactions. The most dramatic was that it caused the USA to launch Cruise missile strikes on Syria, which was the first US military intervention in the Syrian Civil War, apart from its bombings of Islamic State targets. This intervention may have been the ...

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  • Pakistan’s decision to build a wall across the Durand Line is seemingly not connected with the Trump Administration’s decision to build one across the US-Mexican border, but the way it was announced by COAS Gen Qamar Zia Bajwa shows that there was an element of inspiration. The Durand ...

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  • The attack in London, which led to four being killed, by a single attacker, showed up a peculiarly British problem. The attacker showed that Islam can now be the vehicle for expressing rage, and how rage is the natural response among those Britons who form the underclass. In a certain respect, the ...

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  • The visit of Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad ibn Salman to the USA might well be an attempt at fence-building with Saudi Arabia’s old ally, but there are two parallel developments, one of which involves Pakistan indirectly, the other directly, which deserve to be linked with ...

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  • Though there is a clear understanding that parties will not play politics with the War on Terror, the introduction of the 22nd Constitutional Amendment and the accompanying enabling amendment to the Army Act exposed just that: that the parties are seeking partisan interests in this. It should also ...

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  • The Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) Summit in Islamabad was not just attended by the nine members. Though much attention was focused on the failure of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to attend, perhaps of greater significance was the presence of the Chinese Executive ...

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  • The blowback of militancy suffered in the third week of February by the country was new in that it covered all four provinces. All the provinces had been hit before, and there was no new pattern to the targeting, but the closeness of the attacks showed that the rhetoric about the end of terrorism ...

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  • The PPP and the Jamaat-e-Islami are once again exploring the possibility of an electoral alliance, something which would appear to a majority of both parties’ members as an impossibility. However, whereas the two saw each other as the enemy in the country’s first election as the ...

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  • It was so distantly related to President Donald J. Trump that it almost seems unfair to link it to him. However, the attack on the Quebec City mosque, in which six men were killed, does constitute the first high-profile act of terrorism of his presidency. In addition, the accused perpetrator, ...

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  • New US President Donald Trumps flurry of activity on assuming office has been focused on foreign policy. This reflects the reality that he might have been elected because of the economic woes faced by many Americans, but those woes have been translated into a xenophobia that has meant the intrusion ...

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  • That the Panamagate case is a major one can be gauged by the number of side issues it throws up. One has been the immunity the Prime Minister enjoys for words uttered in Parliament. Actually, it has not been made clear that he enjoyed two different immunities, one as a legislator, and the other as ...

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  • Pakistan’s successful test of the Babar III, a Sea-Launched Cruise Missile (SCLM), was a gamechanger in the nuclear equation in the region, and also represented Pakistan’s completion of the third leg of the Nuclear Triad (air, land and sea). By giving Pakistan second-strike capability, ...

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  • Outgoing COAS (retd) Gen Raheel Sharif’s acceptance of the command of a multi-country Saudi military coalition, or maybe just an advisership, may be viewed by many as providing a COAS with a job post-retirement, but it not only means that a Pakistani general has been plunged into the ...

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  • The return of PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari to Pakistan raised memories of his wife Benazir Bhutto’s return eight years ago, which was obliquely acknowledged by his using her death anniversary rally to announce that he and his (and her) son would enter Parliament forthwith through ...

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  • One of the salient features of 2016, not just in the South Asian region but in the entire world, was how the Kashmiri freedom struggle sparked up again, and caught international attention. The flashpoint for this was the killing of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, himself a sort of posterboy for the Kashmiri ...

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  • The killing of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, by a Turkish riot policeman, was apparently over the role played by his country in the fall of Aleppo, but while it has been used by President Tayyip Recep Erdogan to further besmear the Gulen Network, it has also been seen as a ...

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  • That the fall of Aleppo to Syrian government forces was a serious matter was shown by the rumour that accompanied it: that women civilians belonging to the rebel side were committing suicide rather than fall into the hands of the Syrian Army, and that 20 had done so. A letter by a hospital nurse ...

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  • The Supreme Court’s dealing with the Panama Papers has run up against procedural issues. First comes the retirement at the end of the month of the head of the bench, none other than the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali. At the last hearing of the case, it was ...

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  • PPP Co-Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is spearheading the party’s 2018 election campaign, which marks the transition of the party from the Zardari era, choosing the partys Foundation Day Conference in Lahore to make it clear that the Zardari era is over. The PPP was founded in Lahore, which ...

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  • The presentation to the Supreme Court of a letter purportedly by a Qatari prince to the Sharif family has ended up raising more questions than it has answered, but what counts is how the letter is treated by the Court. Though not relevant to this, an apparently closely associated issue is the ...

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  • There was a wide expectation that supporters of Donald Trump would protest by taking to the streets if he lost, thus violating the fundamental norm of electoral politics, the readiness to accept election results. However, he won, and Hillary Clinton supporters have taken to the streets. This has ...

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  • The seemingly impossible has happened. The next President of the USA will be Donald Trump, who has edged out Hilary Clinton in a hard fought race. The remarkable thing is that Hilary Clinton lost. She actually won the popular vote, but lost in the electoral college, making Trump the second ...

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  • PTI chief Imran Khan called off his party’s lockdown of Islamabad just one day before it was to have started after the Supreme Court ordered a commission, possibly because not enough of a crowd was gathering in the face of a firm, even heavy-handed, crackdown by the government on the ...

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  • The slapping of a lady reporter representing a TV channel, by an FC constable posted at a NADRA office in Karachi, has sent shock waves throughout the social media, but in the midst of the debate about whether the reporter deserved to be slapped or not, what seems to have been lost sight of is the ...

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  • Donald Trump at this point evokes pity, but not mercy. His candidacy for the US Presidency is dead in the water, and he has been exposed to the whole world as a salacious groper of women, who boasts about his exploits in the nudge-nudge wink-wink way that the whole feminist movement has rebelled ...

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  • The joint session of Parliament may well be seen as an expression of national unity, and ever since the joint session called in March 2012 to consider the situation arising out of the USA shooting up the Pakistani checkpost at Salala in November 2011, it has become the means of choice for ...

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  • Imran Khan’s drive against Mian Nawaz Sharif for alleged money laundering was to have kicked off on Friday with a rally in Raiwind, just outside the personal residence of the Prime Minister. Instead, it became him and his party pursuing a purely domestic issue at a time when the country was ...

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  • The latest exchange between India and Pakistan in their ongoing war of words, must qualify as a war scare. That it has been allowed to occur is an indication of what the future holds for the world community if it allows India, as it so far has, to act without restraint. However, India should see ...

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  • The storm that has arisen over the clash between some Army officers and a Motorways Police squad headed by an inspector has turned into a clash between the civilian and military arms of government, and is an apparent instance of an immoveable object colliding with an irresistible force. The ...

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