Durdana Najam

  • 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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  • TIs it news that Pakistan and the US have once again been unable to arrive at a consensual policy towards solving the Afghan crisis? For the last 16 years, since the war against terrorism first began, both Pakistan and the US have been pursuing different strategies to deal with Afghanistan. Not that ...

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  • T‘Give respect to vote.’ The PML-N has raised this slogan to counter the avalanche of lawsuits, blames, and accusations of corruption resulting in the dismissal of Mian Nawaz Sharif from power. The slogan has helped PML-N in its political revival among its voters. People are told that ...

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  • TEvery massacre in Kashmir is used as a precise moment by our politicians to remind the international community of its responsibilities towards human rights violations taking place in so-called largest democracy. All of a sudden media reverberates with voices condemning the crisis and demanding the ...

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  • TIf one were to keep count of all the talks so far held to bring peace in Afghanistan, it might exceed the weight of intentions, to actually end the war. If history is any guide, most wars have ended in a political settlement. Wars are allowed to breakout to weaken the will of the enemy and bring ...

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  • TThe Varieties of Democracy Project (V-Dem), the world’s largest database on democratic indicators, in its annual report for 2017, talks about democracy sliding back in many countries. The US, a revisionist state and a staunch supporter of liberal democracy, has gone back on its commitment to ...

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  • TSince the ouster of Nawaz Sharif in July 2017, a barrage of criticism has been let loose against the establishment for designing his exit from politics. Instead of accepting the verdict of the Supreme Court, the PML-N has buckled down to expose the higher courts for tolerating a disarrayed lower ...

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  • TThough the history of democracy begins in Athens, it finds recognition in the era of European Enlightenment. It is here that human beings are defined as rational individuals endowed with inalienable rights. At the heart of any definition of democracy lies the provision of human rights. West’s ...

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  • TMost of what we heard at the three days’ conference held at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, on the topic of “The Kashmir Dispute: Past, Present and the Future,” was already known. But a few ideas were really thought provoking, such as the word ...

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  • TKashmir has a history of legal frameworks around United Nation resolutions. In 1948, when India launched a complaint with the United Nations Security Council under Article 35 of the UN Charter. Charging Pakistan with aiding and abetting tribal invaders into Jammu and Kashmir, which the complaint ...

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