Dr Rashid Ahmad Khan

  • The federal government, at last, seems to have recognised the true nature of Balochistans problem, that it is basically a political issue, which can be settled only through a political approach. As reports appearing in the national press suggest, the government has persuaded the army to put on hold ...

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  • A constitution is not a static document. It is like an organism, which grows, evolves and adjusts itself with emerging imperatives of a politically organised society i.e. state. In the process if some of its provisions are modified, deleted or new provisions are added through amendments in ...

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  • That the announcement of the Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order in northern areas by PM Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has been received with a mixed reaction should be no surprise. The cross-section of historical legacy with political imperatives provides the basis for the present ...

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  • On the eve of 62nd Independence Day of Pakistan, President Zardari announced a package of political and judicial reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of the country. The reforms package aims to grant about 3.5 million people of the tribal areas the fundamental political and legal ...

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  • President Obama's recent summit meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow has led to the signing of an agreement between the US and Russia to allow transportation of American troops and military equipment across the Russian territory to Afghanistan. The US has hailed this agreement as a ...

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  • President Obama's new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan focuses more on augmenting Afghan security forces. He said that the strength of Afghan National Army (ANA) will be raised to 134,000 and also pledged to implement his decision of sending 17000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Bush had also ...

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  • In less than ten days after his inauguration as 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama has taken certain initiatives that indicate a departure from the policies of his Republican predecessor. He ordered the closure of Guantanamo Bay prison facility, sent George Mitchell to the Middle ...

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  • Quite predictably, the Indian Government has reacted negatively to a suggestion for linking the settlement of long-standing dispute over Jammu and Kashmir with terrorist attacks on Mumbai lastNovember. The suggestion was implicit in the statements the British Foreign Secretary, Mr Miliband made ...

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  • Former Prime Minister Khalida Zia's Bangladesh National Party (BNP) was never a favourite in the parliamentary elections held on December 27. Riddled with factionalism and charged with inept handling of mounting corruption and rising violence during its last term, BNP was bound to suffer at the ...

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  • The stunning terror attacks in Mumbai last week have left in their wake many a question the answers to which are being sought fervently. One of these questions is: what will be the future of nearly the five-year-old Pakistan-India peace process? Will it be reversed as some analysts are opining? Or ...

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  • One thing on which the regime of former President Pervez Musharraf prided itself most was the so-called Devolution of Power Plan, first announced in March 2000 and then with some changes and modifications launched from early 2001. The existing Local Government (LG) institutions are (re) constituted ...

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  • AS the armed forces of Sri Lanka in their current offensive close in on the last stronghold of (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam) LTTE, feelings of unease and discomfort have begun to run high in New Delhi about its impact on India's Tamil population of southern states, especially Tamil Nadu. In ...

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  • President Zardari has reached Beijing on his official visit to China. The visit carries great symbolic as well as substantive value as it is the first official foreign visit being undertaken by Zardari since his election as head of the state on September 6, 2008. The glorious history of more than ...

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  • President-elect Asif Ali Zardari's success in the last Saturday's presidential election was a forgone conclusion, but the wide margin with which he has scored victory over his rivals goes much beyond what was being generally conceded. The presidential election and its outcome is a land mark event ...

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  • A history was made when, following February 18 elections, Pakistan's two main political parties, namely Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) formed a broad based coalition at the federal as well as at the provincial levels. It was a move that had no precedent in the 61 ...

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  • It would be no exaggeration to say that politics in Pakistan has always revolved around the struggle for supremacy between the two centres of power i.e. president and parliament. In the last about six decades, the struggle more often than not resulted in the victory of the former over the latter. ...

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  • On July 19, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani addressed the nation to apprise it on the performance of his government since it took over more than three months ago; to inform the people about the challenges facing the country and the steps the government plans to take in this regard. ...

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  • The Long March organised by the legal fraternity of Pakistan, which had set out from Lahore on June 13 ended peacefully in Islamabad on the same day. Although it has left in its wake many a question, which will be debated for long by the analysts and commentators, it can be termed as a complete ...

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  • Viewed from any perspective, PM Yousuf Raza Gilani's address at National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad could not be more timely, delivered at a better place and directed to more relevant audience. His speech is a political discourse on the emerging paradigm of civil-military relations in ...

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  • By releasing Sardar Akhtar Mengal, the former chief minister of Balochistan and head of his own faction of Balochistan National Party (BNP), the government has taken an important step towards reconciliation in Balochistan. Sardar Mengal and his bodyguards were arrested on flimsy grounds by the ...

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