Malik Muhammad Ashraf

  • Notwithstanding the flak directed at the government in regards to economic management and the poor state of the economy under its stewardship, there are visible signs of reversal of the trend. There are verifiable economic indicators to suggest the beginning of the process of revival of the ...

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  • Pakistan is currently faced with a national crisis of an unprecedented magnitude due to the onset of the pandemic particularly the second wave which seems more threatening from its first stint regarding claiming human lives and its debilitating impact on the economy. While the government is doing ...

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  • Prime Minister Imran Khan, while briefing the media on the pandemic and the deliberations of the NCOC on Monday November 16, rightly urged the nation to follow SOPs strictly and wear facemasks in public, as it reduced the risk of contracting the virus. He said that the number of coronavirus cases ...

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  • A self-owned shelter called home is the dream of every individual and family, as apart from being a basic need it is also a necessity-driven desire from the perspective of social recognition and prestige. For the incumbent governments and the parties aspiring to win the franchise of the people to ...

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  • Sitting governments all over the world have the disadvantage of incumbency. The opposition, the media and critics relish taking a dig at the government. The phenomenon gains more intensity in a politically-charged atmosphere with the result that even the good steps taken by the government for ...

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  • Peaceful co-existence and cooperation among states having geographical proximity is undoubtedly the best propeller of their economic well-being and security. The emergence of the EU in the Post World War-II period that transformed hostility into an impregnable bonhomie as well as economic and ...

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  • The hopes pinned on the intra-Afghan dialogue in regards to finding an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation in that war ravaged country in the backdrop of the peace deal signed between the US and Taliban, remain elusive as ever and the situation is quintessential of the adage that there are ...

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  • Notwithstanding the fact that the UNSC in its informal meetings has thrice reiterated that the Kashmir dispute requires to be resolved in conformity with the principles of the UN charter and the relevant Security Council resolutions and the fact that the world has refused to buy the Indian ...

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  • Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing the 75th session of the UN General Assembly strengthened his credentials as a global statesman who was deeply concerned about the issues which were affecting peace and security on the regional and global levels, as well as those that posed a threat to ...

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  • Trump administration’s nominated ambassador to Pakistan, William Todd addressing the Senate Confirmation Committee, on US relations with India and Pakistan said, “Our hope is that both countries will take the necessary steps to reduce tensions, and as President Trump has offered, we are ...

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  • Reportedly, US-India Counter Terrorism Joint Working Group and Designations Dialogue in a joint statement on September 10, noted that the two sides underlined the urgent need for Pakistan to take immediate, sustained, and irreversible action to ensure that no territory under its control was used ...

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  • The author of the hate philosophy against Muslims was Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the founder of Hindu Mahasabha, who authored the pamphlet ‘Hindutva’ during his incarceration in jail at Andaman and Nicobar Island during 1910-1921 wherein he expounded on the racial superiority of Hindus. ...

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  • Needless to emphasise that mutually hostile sentiments between Muslims and Christians, the major religious entities and civilisations of the world, have always been there in one form or the other. But these feelings were never manifested in an extremist ferment. Different societies had accepted ...

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  • For quite some time, the media has been focusing on the reported issues in relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, insinuating that the Saudi government was not happy over criticism of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) by our foreign minister for not convening the meeting of its ...

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  • In a briefing on Wednesday about the implementation of the Kamyab Jawan programme launched by the PTI government, the Prime Minister was informed that since the initiation of the scheme, 30,000 youth had applied for loans amounting to Rs53 billion. He was informed that 21 banks were handling the ...

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  • Nature has imbued human beings with altruistic passions which motivate them to help others in distress situations voluntarily in their neighbourhoods, within the community, on the city and country levels or even at the global level in case of natural disasters and pandemics which pose ...

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  • Never before was solidarity with the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir exhibited so strongly and overwhelmingly as on ‘Youm-e-Istehasl’ observed on August 5. The unity shown by the government, opposition parties and the armed forces in sending a strong and unequivocal message to India ...

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  • While the world remains oblivious to the sufferings of the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IO&JK), Indian security forces feel free to kill, terrorise and brutalise. Since August 5, 2019 more than 200 Kashmiris have been killed through extra-judicial killings. But this has not ...

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  • According to the figures released by the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC), 38 people died from coronavirus on Tuesday, while the number of new infections was 1013. The trend is very encouraging on both counts as it is constantly on the downward curve, compared to the period after ...

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  • Human history is replete with oppression, persecution and the denial of basic human rights to subjugated masses by tyrant rulers and the resistance by the oppressed against the injustices perpetrated on them, leading to barbaric responses by the rulers to quell the uprisings. Kashmir is ...

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  • On July 5, Pakistan and China signed the accord for construction of 700 MW Azad Pattan Hydro Project at a cost of $1.5 billion which will be entirely foreign investment. The project also envisages the creation of 3000 jobs. Earlier on June 25, 2020 an agreement for the launch of 1142 MW Kohala ...

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  • The anti-Pakistan nexus between India and Israel is a well-known fact which has gained greater strength since the advent of Modi as Indian Prime Minister. Robert Fisk, a multi-award winning Middle East correspondent in an article written in the backdrop of the Indian attack at Balakot last year ...

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  • Every year under the auspices of UN, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is observed on June 26. The aim and objective of this observance is to speak out against the crime of torture and to honour and support victims and survivors of this inhuman treatment throughout the world. ...

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  • Human history is replete with wars and conflicts that cause deaths, destruction and pile miseries on the vanquished or subjugated people. The painful reality about them is that sexual violence against women and girls is often employed as a weapon of war and as a tactic to brutalise, humiliate, ...

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  • Announcing the ECC decision to sack over 9300 workers of the Steel Mills as part of the government plan to revamp the entity, the Federal Industries Minister Hammad Azhar said that with a view to revive the industrial unit, it was imperative to move away from an owner and operator mode to that of ...

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  • Reportedly, Indian forces on Tuesday killed 13 Kashmiris in IOK in fake encounters and the so-called anti-infiltration operations. Pakistan, while condemning these extra-judicial killings, has again urged the international community to take immediate action to dissuade India from committing such ...

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  • Peaceful co-existence and cooperation among states having geographical proximity is undoubtedly the best propeller of their economic well-being and security. The emergence of EU in the post-World War II period that transformed hostility into an impregnable bonhomie as well as economic and political ...

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  • The hope ignited by a peace deal between the US and Taliban to end the four decade-old strife in Afghanistan unfortunately remains elusive as ever, due to the inexplicable position taken by the Afghan President in regards to its implementation and the differences between him and Abdullah Abdullah ...

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  • Reportedly an improvised explosive device (IED) hit a vehicle of the military personnel in Buleda (district Kech) Balochistan near the Pak-Iran border on May 8, killing one major of the Pakistan Army and five soldiers who were returning to their base after conducting a routine patrol in the area. ...

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  • Reacting to the instructions given to the Government of Pakistan by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for holding elections in Gilgit-Baltistan under the Election Act of 2017, India in a statement said that Pakistan or its judiciary had no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by ...

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