Malik Muhammad Ashraf

  • Two very ominous developments have taken place this week. Reportedly the US, has decided to send 4000 more troops to Afghanistan and though not formally announced yet, the media reports suggest that the Trump administration is poised to harden its approach towards Pakistan and the likely options in ...

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  • Humans beings are an embodiment of virtue, evil and prejudices that they exhibit in given situations. It is probably because of the prejudices that they entertain that we come across ethnic, racial, social and political slurs that people hurl at each other. While all other slurs are offensive and ...

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  • An incisive appraisal of developed countries reveals that their phenomenal economic growth was propelled by entrepreneurship, which is rightly regarded as a key to economic prosperity. Entrepreneurship is the capacity and willingness to start a new business venture and the hallmark of ...

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  • There is a legal aphorism, “Justice should not only be done; it must also be seen to be done.” This is a universally accepted principle of jurisprudence. The historic perspective about this principle is the landmark decision given by Lord Chief Justice Hewart at the King’s Bench ...

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  • The dawn of 28 May 1998, when Pakistan professed its nuclear credentials as a seventh nuclear power of the world by conducting seven nuclear explosion in response to five by India exactly 17 days ago, not only made Pakistan a member of the prestigious nuclear club of the world but it also ...

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  • The PTI has a well established reputation of denigrating and ridiculuing state institutions and hurling unsbstantiated allegations against their political opponents, with embarassing consequences. But what happened on Tuesday was probably the biggest ever goof-up by the PTI leaders. ...

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  • Article 19 of the constitution reads: “Every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression and there shall be freedom of press, subject to any reasonable restriction imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or ...

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  • The decision given by the Supreme Court in the Panama case has not only triggered a legal debate among the community of jurists but has also provided an opportunity to the political opponents of the government and the parties that filed petitions for the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz ...

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  • True that democracy has not been able to find its roots in Pakistan due to the shenanigans of the military dictators but it is also true that our political parties and political leaders were equally guilty of shattering the vision of the founding father. During the civilian rule that interspersed ...

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  • The World Bank in its South Asia Economic Focus Report for 2017 has projected 5.25 % GDP growth rate in Pakistan. In early February Fitch Ratings, a global agency which monitors the performance of economies around the world with a view to assess their growth potential and the future prospects, gave ...

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  • Amidst the deafening sabre-rattling and finger-pointing over the conflict in Kashmir and the nosedive in relations between the two countries in the backdrop of death sentence awarded to Kalbushan Yadav, Prime Minister Nawaz has again reiterated the desirability of peaceful coexistence between ...

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  • Pakistan’s permanent representative at the UN Maleeha Lodhi, speaking at the UN Disarmament Commission, rightly pointed out that the achievement of the objectives of disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation have remained elusive because some of the nuclear states had failed to fulfill their ...

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  • As part of the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series launched by the US embassy, a US entrepreneur made a presentation at the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the ‘Dos and don’ts of starting a business’ and the unmistakable conclusion was that the best way to nudge ...

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  • It is indeed very regrettable to note that despite the best efforts made by Pakistan to promote the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan and to develop a common strategy to deal with the common enemy of terrorism, the relations between the two countries continue to be marred by an ambience of ...

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  • Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in his key-note address at the two-day seminar organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, unequivocally reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment not to transfer weapons of mass ...

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  • Nations are sometimes faced with situations which pose and existentialist threat to the state, like the phenomenon of terrorism in Pakistan. These situations require national unity; cohesiveness, resilience, determination and a demonstrative resolve to thwart the designs of the evil forces at any ...

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  • The two-year time span for the military courts established through 21st amendment and duly endorsed by the apex court has already expired. The government and the security establishment feel that the purpose for which the courts were established has not been fully accomplished as yet and it was ...

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  • Just when the phenomenon of terrorism in the country seemed to have been checked in its tracks as a consequence of operation Zarb-e-Azb and the implementation of NAP, the sudden recurrence of a flurry of terrorist attacks in the country has again shaken and shocked the nation and given a clear ...

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  • The ultimate inhumanity enacted at Lahore on Monday that claimed 17 precious lives including senior police officers and caused serious injuries to ninety people has surely sent a wave of indignation and anxiety among the masses and no words are enough to condemn it. Our security forces, ...

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  • The importance of quick and inexpensive justice can hardly be over-emphasised. In civilised societies the state and the government make sure that their judicial system is capable of dispensing justice to the litigants as expeditiously as possible and with minimum costs to bear. They are conscious ...

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  • The United States of America is a country of immigrants, a fact which has not only been recognised in the Declaration of Independence and future goals set accordingly, but is also amply reflected in the phenomenon known as the ‘American dream’. The American dream, elaborating on the ...

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  • Notwithstanding the essentially hostile propaganda of the detractors of the government and its political opponents in regards to corruption and economy, the government of PML-N has been credited by global corruption monitoring and rating agencies for its successful record in both the domains. The ...

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  • Ever since the installation of the Modi government in India, relations between Pakistan and India- notwithstanding positive overture by the PML-N government to restart the suspended dialogue to resolve all the outstanding issues, including Kashmir - are continuously in a nosedive due to an ...

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  • It is said that judges speak through their decisions and while hearing cases they must refrain from making remarks that entail any expression of opinion because the interested parties can either exploit the judge or the situation. In the opinion of a retired judge of the apex court, the Judges are ...

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  • Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while presiding over a high level meeting on Tuesday which was also attended by the COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa and DG ISI, observed that the National Action Plan was being fully implemented. He is probably right. There may be certain areas where the progress may be ...

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  • It is an irrefutable reality that the security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, helped by the increasing influence of Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan. Reportedly, representatives of China, Russia and Pakistan who met in Moscow on December 27 expressed grave concern over the increased ...

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  • The PPP, led by Bilawal Bhutto is striving hard to revive its fortunes, particularly in Punjab where it was completely routed in the 2013 general elections. In this regard, it also held its Founding Day celebrations at Lahore which continued for one week, providing Bilawal the chance to interact ...

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  • It is indeed hard to take an issue with those who believe that peaceful co-existence with India was not possible as it had not accepted the partition of the sub-continent and was relentlessly pursuing a policy to harm Pakistan, unmindful of the fact that continued animosity and hostility between ...

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  • It is a universally accepted principle of jurisprudence and undoubtedly a law that the litigants or the media should avoid commenting on the issue which is pending for adjudication before a court, in such a way that could prejudice the trial by exerting pressure on the judges, the jurors and ...

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  • Reportedly, the sixth ministerial meeting of the Heart Of Asia Conference, also known as Istanbul process, is scheduled to be held in Amritsar, India on December 4. This dialogue process was launched in Istanbul in November 2011 with the prime objective of ensuring peace and security in ...

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