Durdana Najam

  • TIt has been generally perceived that if an honest leader were to become the head of the state Pakistan would be pulled out of corruption that has bogged it down for seven decades. It was in this equation that many saw Imran Khan, being an honest man, an antidote to the crises. Now that he is the ...

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  • TNo matter how the policymakers from both the countries plan, some realities never change between India and Pakistan. The opening up of the Kartarpur corridor is one such reality. The circumstances in which Pakistan was born from United India may have instilled bitterness in the hearts of the ...

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  • TWhen the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in Sehwan, Sindh, Pakistan, was torn apart, in 2017, by the suicide attacker, it was not only the walls of the saint’s final abode that wailed on the desecration, but also every eye that had known or visited the saint broke down into tears. People ...

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  • THealthcare in Pakistan resembles corporate culture. With the only difference that, unlike a marketplace, the healthcare functions like a casino where the physicians hold all the cards. The medical industry has experienced this behavioural change world over, but what makes Pakistan’s case ...

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  • TA majority of the complaints received at the Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) relates to the behaviour of doctors and other medical and administrative staff of a Healthcare Establishment (HCE). A general complaint is that doctors are rude and easily get irritated. Another resentment is that in ...

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  • TThe core responsibility of the Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) is to ensure quality in the Punjab health sector. The enforcement of Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) is the first step towards the implementation of the quality regime that a Healthcare Establishment (HCE) is required to ...

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  • TStrange as it may sound, but no amount of development and civilisation has stopped the prevalence and acceptability of quackery. It was expected that with the emergence of sophisticated and advanced innovations in medical sciences, people impersonating as doctors would have no reason to exist. ...

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  • TThe Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) was created to implement the PHC Act 2010, with an objective to develop a culture of responsibility and quality in the Punjab health sector. The Act provides a framework for the development of Minimum Service Delivery Standards (MSDS) under the purview of ...

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  • TPeople used to wait for the clock to strike 8:00 at night. The khabarnama (News Bulletin) at night was a follow-up delight. Men would come from offices and their businesses in time to enjoy the nashriyats (transmissions) of the Pakistan Television. It was not unusual for the neighbours to gather at ...

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  • TThe Financial Action Task Force (FATF) team has arrived in Islamabad to look into the steps Pakistan has taken to get rescued from the grey list. If not removed in time, the black list of which North Korea and Iran are already candidates, will hound Pakistan in ways that will confirm what the US ...

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  • TThe China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has a third partner now. When Prime Minister Imran Khan paid his maiden foreign visit to Saudi Arabia, people back home knew it was going to be a call to relieve Pakistan of the financial burden pushing the country once again to seek another bailout ...

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  • TOn July 20 the Modi-led National Democratic Alliance was faced with its first vote of no confidence. The occasion marked barrage of criticism against the government for overpaying for the 36 “ready-to-fly” Rafale fighter jets. The president of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi ...

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  • TIran wants a peaceful Afghanistan and has, for long, opened its arms for the Taliban – its former foe – to give peace a chance in the war-torn country. Regionally speaking, every major country has some channel of communication with the Taliban, and with wisdom informing the US, it too ...

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  • TThe ‘China Model’ of International Relations is enshrined in the wisdom of having bilateral economic engagements despite geopolitical tensions. Within the region, China has a history of political disagreements with countries such as India, Taiwan, and Japan; however, these differences ...

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  • TOf late, India has tried to explain its relationship with Afghanistan in the context of civilization and cultural affinity. Not to forget the mention of Gandhara civilization, where, according to Indian historians, the famous Mahabharata character Gandhari lived. Studying the history of Gandhara ...

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  • TIn early August, a two-day inaugural meeting of Russia-Pakistan Joint Military Consultative Committee ended with the signing of a ground-breaking military corporation agreement that allows Pakistan’s army officer to be trained in Russia. Russia’s engagement with Pakistan has increased ...

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  • TPakistan-US relations have been transactional and not all-weather. Even a slight swing in relations from either country has been viewed as a breach of faith, to begin another spell of sanctions and crippled diplomatic ties. It has happened so often that now both the countries have earned the ...

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  • TThe first law of medicine is “doing no harm.”   People who spend years in medical colleges, followed by equally strenuous training, to become responsible medical practitioners inherit the commandment. However, in developing and underdeveloped countries, we find doctors giving ...

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  • TWhy does the government regulate the health sector? One answer could be that a health sector is regulated for the same reason as are other businesses: to combat monopoly and to provide products and services not hazardous to the wellbeing of the general public. However, the health industry differs ...

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  • TThe question of whether the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an alliance between the US and major Western European countries, or an alliance that only benefits USA, has been doing rounds since Donald Trump assumed presidency. In spite of reservations, NATO has supported the US in its ...

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  • TMany considered the 2018 general elections as one of the most rigged elections in Pakistan’s history. A common catchphrase making rounds was that the establishment a.k.a military was pushing the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) to the corner to bring its ‘handpicked’ party, the ...

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  • TAfghanistan never loses attention.  Three conferences from July 10 to 15, 2018, saw their members pledging to play a role in bringing about the much elusive peace in Afghanistan.  The Afghan debacle is now more than three decades old, but the last 17 years, since the US took upon itself ...

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  • TNawaz Sharif could not establish the source of assets, worth billions rupees, he had accumulated while being at the helm for over three decades. When the Panama papers revealed the names of the tycoons who had parked their assets at offshore companies, ideally to get away with the burden of ...

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  • TWill Afghanistan savour peace? The three-day truce between the insurgents and the Afghan security agencies, on the occasion of Eid, has been celebrated as proof that the estrangement between the Afghans has the potential to meltdown.  However easy the meltdown of estrangement may seem, the ...

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  • TWhat the US has stood for, for all these decades, is coming apart. It has been difficult to imagine or even discuss with conviction, the downfall of the mighty civilization that the US had become. Mimicking the American style, in clothing, eating and speaking has been natural to be at the right ...

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  • THere we go! From a party of purist to a party of a dirt mixture—-the PTI has hitched itself to a bandwagon that had brought a bad name to this country. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has issued almost 98 per cent of election tickets to those against whom Imran Khan, the party’s ...

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  • TThat quacks are ruining the lives of the people, perhaps, is not as much scary as the fact that they are abetted by none other than the professional and qualified doctors to carry out this nefarious business. Doctors have been found at the back of many quacks, making their arrest and elimination ...

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  • TA midwife plays a crucial role in giving awareness to women about their reproductive health. She looks after a pregnant woman and her baby throughout the antenatal period, during child birth and gives postnatal care. She also provides psychological assistance and helps the mother in family ...

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  • TAfter getting discharged from the hospital, Ahsan Iqbal went straight to his mother’s grave. Though it is a normal practice in our culture to visit graveyards and especially to offer prayers on one’s parents’ graves, what makes Iqbal’s visit to his mother’s grave ...

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  • TElectoral rigging is a common issue in Pakistan. After every election, a common refrain the opposition party holds against the winning party is that the victory has been achieved through engineering and manipulation. The 2013 elections remained in the limelight until Imran Khan held a sit-in of 126 ...

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