Malik Muhammad Ashraf

  • The Indian Independence Day on August 15 was observed as a Black Day by Kashmiris on both sides of the divide and the world over, while it was marked by a complete shutdown in Indian held Kashmir on the call of APHC. The Indian authorities imposed a curfew and other restrictions in Srinagar and ...

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  • The political scenario unfolding in the country in the backdrop of the SC decision in the Panama case to disqualify former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the petitions filed by PTI and other political parties, unfortunately points toward a new round of political instability. The PTI and its allies ...

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  • Military dictators, particularly General Zia ul Haq will always be cursed by the people of Pakistan for the harm that they inflicted on Pakistan and its political landscape through amendments in the constitution with the complicity of pliable judges. God knows how long those aberrations introduced ...

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  • Pakistan and Afghanistan are both victims of terrorism and as such, they need to cooperate with each other earnestly to effectively deal with the common threat. But it is regrettable to note that the persistent efforts by Pakistan to promote Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation in Afghanistan ...

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  • Sitting governments all over the world have the disadvantage of incumbency. Opposition parties try to belittle the achievements and policies of the ruling parties using their own perceptions and stated positions on particular issues, which is quite understandable in the democratic process. However, ...

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  • The country has seen four martial laws during seventy years of its existence and the challenges confronting the country at the moment are in one way or the other, connected to the shenanigans of military dictators. Civilian governments that interspersed military rules were also not allowed to ...

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  • A bi-partisan delegation of US Senate Armed Services Committee headed by its Chairman Senator John McCain visited Pakistan and held meetings with the Prime Minister, advisor to the Prime Minister on foreign affairs and the COAS. The visit coming in the backdrop of the US decision to ramp up ...

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  • It is an indisputable reality that edifice of a state and society rests on justice and accountability. Justice means rule of law and equality of all individuals and entities within the state before the law. Accountability means holding all government functionaries and state institutions accountable ...

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  • 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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