Malik Muhammad Ashraf

  • President Mamoon Hussain inaugurated the sixty-fourth session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Islamabad on 9th of October. The four day event is being attended by representatives of all 22 countries in WHO’s Mediterranean ...

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  • The commotion and anxiety triggered by Trump’s policy on Afghanistan and South Asia seems to have been defused to some extent, thanks to a clear and firm stand taken by the civilian and military leadership against the military option to resolve Afghan conundrum. Pakistan seems to follow the ...

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  • Former Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, addressing a press conference on 26th September after he had appeared before the accountability court, claimed that his disqualification was pre-determined and when the institution of justice was turned into a tool of seeking revenge it only damaged the ...

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  • The two-day secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan, under the auspices of the World Bank, on the issues of Kishenganga and Ratle hydro-electric power plants within the framework of Indus Water Treaty, ended without producing any result. However, the World Bank, which is a signatory to the ...

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  • After the announcement of new US policy on Afghanistan and South Asia, which envisaged a military solution of the problems in that conflict-ridden country and also indicated tough measures against Pakistan in case it did not end the alleged support for terrorist outfits, it had become imperative ...

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  • The BRICS Declaration, among a host of issues, mainly focused on opposition to protectionism, denouncing North Korea’s latest nuclear test, tougher measures against terrorist groups and the UN reforms. It is however the naming of the terrorist outfits in the declaration that is being ...

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  • The Sindh government has out rightly rejected the results of 6th Population and Housing Census alleging that the federal government had conspired to deliberately show the population of the province lower than the actual numbers. Senior minister of Sindh and provincial President of PPP Nisar Khoro ...

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  • President Donald Trump, while unfurling his first Afghan-South Asia strategy, made it abundantly clear that the US no more looked for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan and from now on, would seek military goals saying, “Our troops will fight to win. From now on, victory ...

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  • 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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