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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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  • One of the issues that Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif plans to take to the United Nations General Assembly, which he will address later this month, is that of nuclear relations with India. These have come into focus for two reasons. First, there has been an increased cut-and-thrust between the ...

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  • The US-India logistic agreement signed by Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on his recent US visit is not just important in itself, but because it signals the breaking of a logjam, and is merely another in the series that will culminate in US-India joint arms production, another sign of the ...

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  • MQM Rabita Committee Convener Dr Farooq Sattar seems to be doing something that MQM supremo Altaf Hussain is no longer doing: acknowledging that the MQM is outgunned, that it cannot afford to take on the Rangers. That might explain why his reaction to the speech by Altaf in which he raised the ...

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  • The picture of Omran Daqneesh, a Syrian boy wounded by the bombing of Aleppo, has caught the world’s imagination, and is the most potent image arising out of the Syrian conflict since that of Aylan al-Kurdi, whose dead body washed up on the Greek coast last September, and showed how dire a ...

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  • The Quetta blast was horrific, but not the worst the country had experienced. So what prompted the outpouring of horror that resulted from it? One reason seems to have been that Balochistan is already behind in the development race, and this blast provided another reason for the debate to resume. ...

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  • The nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate represents the first time that a woman has been nominated by a major American party as its presidential candidate. This coincides with Theresa May becoming the second woman to be Prime Minister of UK. It is also interesting ...

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  • On the face of it, it does not seem that the replacement of Qaim Ali Shah as Sindh Chief Minister by Murad Ali Shah represents a transition from the Asif Zardari era to the Bilawal Zardari Bhutto era, though it does represent a generational change. At 54, Murad Ali Shah is closer in age to Zardari ...

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  • The bottom line of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir election is that the PML-N has won for the first time. And once again, the party ruling in Islamabad has won power in Muzaffarabad. The election was not held because of the renewed tension in Indian-Held Kashmir, but because Kashmir has gone to the ...

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  • There seem to be two opinions about both the recent Turkish military coup attempt and the reaction of the Turkish people among Pakistanis, depending on one’s position on the political spectrum. That position also seems to dictate whether or not one supports a military coup, and whether one ...

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  • The attacks which spread through the Muslim world just before Eid were particularly horrific, because one of them struck uncomfortably close to home, in the shape of an attack on the Masjid-i-Nabvi, which is, along with the Haram in Makkah, one of the two most sacred sites in Islam. Though the ...

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  • Well, it has happened at last. After about four and a half decades of griping, the UK’s voters have taken the option given by their government and chosen to quit the European Union. The reasons have not got to do with the realities of politics or economics, but with old-fashioned ...

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  • There seems to have been a distinct shift in the Russian position on the Syrian crisis. Last Friday, its President, Vladimir Putin, said that there could be elections to solve the crisis, and that there was no guarantee that there would be a place for current President Bashar Al-Assad afterwards. ...

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  • By supporting India’s application for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the USA signaled as clearly as possible that it was backing it in Asia. This move also told Pakistan that its attempt to curry favour with the USA was not going to work any longer. Of course, the US move ...

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