M A Niazi

  • TThe example of Catalonia should show that there seems to be a tendency to split that prevents states getting too big. Not only has there been a referendum even though the central government tried to prevent it, but now there has been a declaration of independence. The fleeing of the head of the ...

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  • TThe Sharif Family saga began when Mian Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as an MNA, and thus as Prime Minister. Previously a sort of sub-story of the Nawaz Sharif Story, it assumed centre-stage. Though Mian Nawaz himself did not look it, he is 68 on his next birthday, in December. He was obviously not ...

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  • TUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Swami Adityanath, of the BJP, has it in for the Taj Mahal, but not as much as his MLA Sangeet Som, who set off a controversy by describing it as a ‘blot on the landscape’ and ‘built by traitors.’ His list of traitors is interesting, for it ...

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  • TThe passage of the Election Reform Act 2017 was most prominently criticised for allowing Mian Nawaz Sharif to be re-elected as President of the PML(N), a position he had had to vacate after he was disqualified from membership of the National Assembly, something which cost him the Prime ...

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  • TPerhaps the Muslim world is too distracted by the refugee crisis in West of Syrians and in the east of the Rohingya to much note two major developments, the permission given to women to drive in Saudi Arabia and the referendum on statehood in Kurdish Iraq. However, while such distraction might be ...

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  • TThough Aung San Suu Kyi spoke about the fate of the Rohingyas at last, she addressed the Myanmarese audience which elected her to office rather than her many critics. The plight of the Rohingya is not going away, as their statelessness has led to their being forced to flee their native Rakhine ...

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  • TThe NA-120 by-election was not going to be easy for the PML(N) to lose. Not only had it held the seat since 1988, but it was in office in Punjab. It is still an implicit condemnation of the provincial government if it loses a by-election, even if the seat had previously been held by the opposition. ...

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  • TThat the BRICS declaration is being regarded in Pakistan as anything more than a furtherance of US President Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Pakistan providing safe havens to militants fighting the USA in Afghanistan, is because China is one of the members of BRICS, and has indicated that ...

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  • TThe Rohingya problem has once again reared its head. The Myanmarese Army is engaged in a prolonged battle with them after they were driven to an armed clash which was being blamed on the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). There is also a dispute about the torching of 2600 homes in various ...

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